Health Tip

Dealing with Dry Skin

Many of us are dealing with dry, itchy skin. Dry skin affects most people at some point in their lives and is found more common in the winter. There are a number of causes for dry skin. All of these causes have the end result of skin cells not holding in as much moisture as they should.

In order to treat and prevent dry skin on the body, there are a few things we can do. The most important tip is to moisturize. Moisturizing performs several functions, including replacing lost water and water-binding ingredients to help keep moisture in the skin. Another tip is to drink lots of water to help replace water lost from the skin. Staying hydrated throughout the day will result in increasing the skin’s natural moisture level.

Another tip is to avoiding long hot baths and showers in the winter. Hot baths and showers may feel good, but they are actually taking more moisture out of your skin than replenishing it. If you do like to indulge in a hot bath or shower, ensure that you pat your skin dry (rubbing with a towel can make dry skin more uncomfortable) and apply a moisturizer to the skin immediately after to help retain moisture and leave you skin feeling soft and smooth.

A final tip has to do with your lips. Avoid licking dry cracked lips, since saliva on the lips will evaporate and cause the lips to dry out more. Try applying a moisturizing lip salve to your lips to help prevent them from drying out.

If these tips and tricks are not working on your dry skin, talk to your pharmacist about other treatment options or ways in which you can help to prevent dry skin.