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Top 10 ways to relieve dry skin dermatologist approved

Updated on December 7, 2015
Dry scaly skin
Dry scaly skin

Like a lot of people when the weather gets cold my skin gets dry. Things like cracking, redness and sometimes inflamed skin happen too. So here are the top 10 ways to relieve dry skin in the cold months to come.

  1. Use lots of moisturizer. Use non-irritating, hypoallergenic moisturizer, use creams with barrier repair formula in it this will help keep moisture in.
  2. STOP taking hot showers and baths. I know it's so cold in the winter and a hot bath sounds so good, but the heat in the water breaks down the lipid barriers of the skin which can lead to moisture loss.
  3. Avoid soaps full of fancy fragrances. Fragrance free is always best, some perfumes in soaps can further irritate your skin.
  4. Get more moisture into your home. Use a humidifier or if you use a wood stove like I do keep a big pot of water on it at all times while fire is burning.
  5. Wear gentle fabrics, often we don't realize the clothes we wear can be the main source for irritated skin. Try to use fabric that are natural and breathe, like cotton or silk.
  6. Use fragrance free laundry detergents, and try skipping the fabric softener. Use scented soaps that are all natural if you can find them, I know everyone likes their clothes to smell good so go natural and save your skin while still smelling great.
  7. Hydrate your skin, drink plenty of water.
  8. Avoid as much as possible exposing your skin to the harsh conditions when winter comes. Layer up and protect you skin.
  9. Protect your hands, chapped and irritated hands are very common even for those who aren't prone to dry skin. Use rubber gloves to protect against hot water and detergents. If allergy prone to latex wear cotton gloves underneath. And keep hands moisturized.
  10. If you skin is beyond home repair please see a physician of sorts. Find out what's happening and perhaps a prescription will be required.

Dry skin is a real pain, so keep your body moisturized you will look and feel better. Be happy and live healthy...


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      Feli @ Dry Skin Lotion 

      8 years ago

      Hi Raguett, commenters and everybody else – The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need – Keep ‘em coming… you all do such a great job at such Concepts… can’t tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

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      10 years ago from SWFL

      Having oils in your diet makes a difference too (e.g. oilive and flax).

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      10 years ago

      Very good article, I do all those things, But sometime the dryness just can't be controlled

      Having eczema sucks, thank goodness the kids are fortunate not to have it as i was born with it



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