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