Skin Rashes and Other Conditions

8 Ways to Combat Dry Skin

Eileen Bailey Jan 17th, 2014 (updated Jun 16th, 2015)
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Exfoliate
Exfoliate

Skin tends to dry out in winter, and the first step to preventing or getting rid of dry skin is exfoliating. Use a scrub made specifically for your body, and make sure you don’t use that on your face. Make sure to exfoliate your entire body. Some exfoliating products even have built-in moisturizers to do both at the same time.

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Shower differently
Shower differently

Take shorter showers and baths, and use warm water rather than hot water. This will minimize the dryness of your skin.  Also, make sure to use a gentle cleanser or moisturizing body gel.

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Moisturize
Moisturize

Remember to apply moisturizer to damp skin when you finish your shower or bath.

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Protect your skin in winter
Protect your skin in winter

Try using a humidifier indoors during the winter, and when outdoors, keep your skin covered and protected, especially on windy days.

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Pay attention to your body
Pay attention to your body

Your body may react differently to different lotions.  If your skin is still dry, switch to a new lotion. In the winter you can use heavier creams, natural oils and butters. Look for lotions that heal dry skin. You may have to try several before you find one that works for you.

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Drink plenty of water
Drink plenty of water

Your skin is moisturized from the inside as well as the outside. Staying hydrated helps your skin retain moisture and look healthy.

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Continue to exfoliate
Continue to exfoliate

Don’t wait until your skin starts to look dry to exfoliate, make it a part of your weekly routine. Exfoliating rids your body of dry skin cells, which makes it easier for your skin to absorb moisturizing lotions and creams.

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Use shaving cream
Use shaving cream

Shaving cream and gel can minimize skin irritation when shaving. Razors can irritate dry skin and remove essential oils, making your skin drier. Be sure to moisturize after you shave as well, and change your razor or blades after about five to 10 shaves.