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When we think dry skin, most of us immediately think of winter with its cold temperatures and dry and arid weather. The winter time can indeed be trying for those with dry skin, but there are other traps that we often ignore that can cause the skin to dry and itch. This article will provide you with some tips to avoid these common pitfalls. For more skincare information, visit

Avoid hot water:

Hot water can dry out your skin by removing the natural oils in your skin which retain water. First, reduce the frequency of bathing from daily to once in two days. Long hot baths are also a common cause of dry skin. For showers, use lukewarm water instead. After showering, dry your skin by patting your skin gently with a towel. Remember to moisturize immediately after drying as damp skin will absorb the moisturizer better.

Drink lots of water:

Drinking lots of water is important for your bodily system. It increases your body’s natural hydration, and will have beneficial effects for your skin too.

Use a moisturizer:

Moisturizers have many benefits for the skin. It hydrates the skin, and keeps water binding substances that keep the skin moist from leaving. Additionally they also form an extra layer of protection against bacteria, virus, and other contaminants. Products which serve the dual function of cleansing and moisturizing can save you time and money.

Don’t lick your lips:

Don’t lick your lips, as it will actually remove remaining moisture from the lips. Instead, apply lip balm to keep your lips moisturized. Application before sleeping will have a considerable effect in keeping your lips from becoming chapped.


Mild cleansers can actually help you protect your skin against the cold dry winter weather. Learn more about cleansers at

Travelling Tips:

You may notice that your skin or hair often feels tight after a long flight. The humidity of an airplane cabin is generally much lower than those of regular houses and office buildings, and can reach as low as 1% on long flights. In 3 hours or less, a dry environment like an air cabin can remove moisture from your hair and skin. During long flights it is important to keep yourself hydrated, both before and after the flight. Drink lots of fluids during the flight, but watch out for coffee and alcohol as these actually have a dehydrating effect on the body. Finally, don’t forget to moisturize yourself.

Contact dermatitis:

If your skin has suddenly become red, itchy, or inflamed, it may be contact dermatitis. Watch for potential allergens that may be causing your skin to become irritated. Moisturizers can help inflamed skin too, as the heat increases the rate at which the skin evaporates liquid, making it dry out faster than other parts. If your skin itches, adding oatmeal to your bathwater can help relieve some of the itch.


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