4. Stop Scratching
Although scratching doesn’t necessarily cause dry skin, it can break the already brittle dry skin layer and create small abrasions. These tiny cuts can introduce bacteria into the skin, possibly causing an infection. Scratching can also create a vicious cycle, making dry skin itch even more. If the itching is unbearable, a cold pack can numb the itch, and moisturizing can reduce dryness.
3. Drench Yourself After Bathing
Moisturizing the skin after bathing is a must for people who have dry skin. After a bath or shower, gently towel off by patting, not rubbing the towel to remove excess water. Immediately apply moisturizer to the damp skin to trap water in the skin’s layers.
2. Moisturize the Skin
Moisturizers trap water and oils in the skin to keep them from evaporating or washing away. Oils, like baby oil, are excellent at sealing water within the skin layer. Ointment, like Vaseline, can also keep skin moisturized but might feel thick or greasy to some people.Related: 9 Remedies to Fight Dry Skin
1. Choose Soft Fabrics
Clothing and bedding that feel rough to the touch can exacerbate the itching of raw, dry skin. Wool, for example, might make dry skin itch and create flakes. Instead, choose cotton or silk and avoid harsh detergents when washing clothes.
Don’t Forget Your Face and Hands
The face and hands, which are exposed to the elements, tend to be the first areas to become dry. Dry air, especially on windy days, can make facial skin tender, dry, and red. And repeated handwashing and sanitizing can strip moisture away from hands, causing them to crack and flake. To keep skin in these areas moist, keep them protected during harsh weather (use gloves and scarves) and moisturize them often.