Flaking, cracking, itching. That about describes what Mother Nature does to my skin when the temperature begins to slowly make it’s descent into the 40s, 30s, 20s and below, and I don’t fight back. I’ve become kind of a pro at keeping my skin silky smooth year-round thanks to lots of great advice from doctors, friends and yes, the Internet. Here are 8 tips that really work to manage and even prevent dry skin.
1. Take a short shower in warm, not hot, water. And give the tub a time out. While long, hot baths (with candles and a glass of wine, which is also a no-no) may be soothing, they can dry the skin.
2. Apply a rich moisturizing cream, lotion or ointment several times a day. Read the label carefully to make sure the product doesn’t contain alcohol.
3. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser. Avoid antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers during the colder months.