Updated 25 August 2015

How to take care of dry skin

Do you suffer from dry skin? Here are some tips on how to take care of the problem.


The parched air during the winter months in some areas can take a toll on skin, leaving it dry and itchy.

The Harvard Medical School offers these suggestions to help ward off dry skin during winter:

- Run a humidifier that's set to about 60%.

- Bathe only once daily for up to 10 minutes, using lukewarm (not hot) water.

- Use moisturising cleanser over plain soap.

Read: How to take care for combination skin 

- Allow shave gel or cream to soak into your skin before you begin shaving.

- Don't use a washcloth, sponge or scrub brush on your skin.

- Apply moisturiser immediately after bathing or washing hands.

- If you have an itch, don't scratch. Instead, apply a cold compress or moisturiser.

Read more:

A natural approach to skin problems

What to eat for a healthier skin

5 steps to blemish-free healthy skin

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