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Fighting Dry Skin

Tips and facts you should know


Dry skin is a problem not just in the winter with its cold temperatures, and howling winds, but dry skin can come from using harsh cleansers, having too hot a bath or even getting on an airplane. Here are a few tips to help you minimize that annoying, itchy dry skin: If you want more skin care tips, visit Skin Care Tips .

Form a Barrier:

Moisturizers are designed to reduce water loss from the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). In addition to preventing further dryness, they provide a barrier against soot and dirt, make your pores seem smaller and offer a temporary feeling of smoothness.

Say "No" to Hot Baths

Don't take long, hot baths because this can exacerbate dry skin in the winter months. Instead try short, lukewarm baths or showers. When you get out of the shower, gently pat dry your skin and then moisturize right away.

Moisturize! Moisturize!

A moisturizer is essential - A moisturizer performs several important functions. It replaces lost water and water-binding ingredients (such as glycerin) help keep it in the skin. Find products like OlayŽ Ribbons, that cleanse and moisturize, saving you one extra step.

Your Skin Wants Water!

Drink lots of water - Increase your body's natural moisture level by staying hydrated throughout the day.

Dry lips?

Licking them won't bring relief - it will only make them more dry and chapped. To keep your lips soft and smooth, apply a moisturizing lip salve, especially before bed.

Careful How You Cleanse

With the cold, harsh, dry winter, using mild cleansers on the skin will help prevent against dry, itchy skin. Learn more on

To Shower or Bathe?

Do you have dry skin? Try showering or bathing every other day instead of daily. This will help your skin maintain the oils that are so essential to great-feeling skin.

"Airplane" Skin

Does your skin and hair feel tight or dry when you get off of an airplane? The humidity on a plane can reach as low as 1% humidity on long flights and it can take just a 3 hour flight to sap all the moisture from your skin and hair. So stay hydrated during and after your flight, limit your intake of coffee and alcohol - they just make things worse, carry your moisturizer in your hand luggage to slather on mid flight and before you deplane, splash your face with water and follow by your moisturizer.

Seal In The Moisture

Want skin that is soft and smooth? When drying off after a bath or shower, apply lotion or body oil while you're skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture and leave your skin feeling great.

Can It Be Contact Dermatitis?

Has your skin suddenly become red, itchy or inflamed? Maybe a red rash? You may be experiencing contact dermatitis. Remember that moisturizers can play an important preventative role by increasing the skin's hydration levels and maintaining and repairing the skin barrier.. Inflamed skin is warmer so more water evaporation takes place therefore more moisturizing is needed.

Soothe Your Skin

Dry or sensitive skin, eczema and other factors can result in itchy skin. A traditional way to sooth the itch is to add oatmeal to your bathwater. Learn more about eczema by clicking on Patient portal for Eczema.

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