Tips for Preventing and Treating Dry Skin

February 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Dry skin is common, especially during the winter months. It can occur at any age and for many reasons. Using a moisturizer often helps repair dry skin.

Here are tips that can help prevent dry skin this winter or keep it from getting worse:

  • Do not use hot water. Hot water removes your natural skin oils more quickly. Warm water is best for bathing.
  • Use a gentle cleanser. Look for a mild, fragrance-free soap or soap substitute that moisturizes. Avoid perfumed soaps and skincare products containing alcohol.
  • Moisturize right after baths and showers. To lock in moisture, apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
  • Before you shave, soften skin. It is best to shave right after bathing, when hairs are soft. To lessen the irritating effects of shaving, use a shaving cream or gel.
  • Change razor blades after five to seven shaves. A dull blade can irritate dry skin.
  • Use a humidifier. Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
  • Apply cool cloths to itchy dry skin.
  • Soothe chapped lips. At bedtime, apply a lip balm that contains petrolatum.
  • Cover up outdoors in winter. In the cold, wear a scarf and gloves to help prevent chapped lips and hands.
  • Be good to your face. If you have very dry skin, cleanse your face just once a day, at night. In the morning, rinse your face with cool water.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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