Dry Skin Remedies

If you’re like many people, your skin takes a beating in the cold winter months when your furnace is running. There are numerous products you can buy to combat this problem, and you can spend a lot of money trying to find a solution. However, there are some simple things you can do that won’t put a big dent in your pocketbook.

  1. Staying hydrated is particularly important in the winter. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Both of these are diuretics, which means that you will be losing liquids instead of retaining them.
  3. Take shorter showers and baths.
  4. Avoid using extremely hot water in the shower and bath.
  5. If you like baths, try adding a cup or more of ground oatmeal or powdered milk to the water.
  6. Towel off gently.
  7. Apply moisturizer immediately after toweling off.
  8. Make sure to put moisturizer on your legs after shaving.
  9. Use rubber gloves when washing dishes or doing other chores involving water or harsh chemicals.
  10. Keep a bottle of moisturizer near your sink and use it on your hands every time you wash them. It doesn’t need to be an expensive brand. Just buy the largest, cheapest bottle you can find.
  11. Coat your hands and feet with petroleum jelly and wear cotton gloves and socks at night.
  12. Try to use a humidifier. The ones that install on your furnace are the easiest and best to use, but if you can’t afford that, buy a portable model. Don’t forget to clean it regularly.