Tips that can pre­vent dry skin or keep it from get­ting worse:


Hot wa­ter re­moves your nat­u­ral skin oils more quickly. Warm wa­ter is best for bathing.

Soaps can strip oils from the skin. Look for ei­ther a mild, fra­grance-free soap or a soap sub­sti­tute that mois­tur­izes.

Do not use hot wa­ter.

A 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds mois­ture to the skin. Spend­ing more time in the wa­ter of­ten leaves your skin less hy­drated than be­fore you started. Do not bathe more of­ten than once a day.

Limit time in the bath­tub or shower.

To lock in mois­ture from a bath or shower, ap­ply a mois­tur­izer while the skin is still damp.

Mois­tur­ize right af­ter baths and show­ers.

It is best to shave right af­ter bathing, when hairs are soft. To lessen the ir­ri­tat­ing ef­fects of shav­ing your face or legs, use a shav­ing cream or gel. Leave the prod­uct on your skin about 3 min­utes be­fore start­ing to shave. Shave in the di­rec­tion that the hair grows.

Be­fore you shave, soften skin. Change ra­zor blades af­ter 5 to 7 shaves.

dry skin.

Use a hu­mid­i­fier. Ap­ply cool cloths to itchy dry skin. Soothe chapped lips. Cover up out­doors in win­ter. Be good to your face.

A dull blade both­ers Keep the air in your home moist with a hu­mid­i­fier.

At bed­time, ap­ply a lip balm that con­tains petro­la­tum. Other names for this in­gre­di­ent are petroleum jelly and min­eral oil.

In the cold, wear a scarf and gloves to help pre­vent chapped lips and hands.

If you have very dry skin, cleanse your face just once a day, at night. In the morn­ing, rinse your face with cool wa­ter.

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