The winter weather can wreck havoc on your skin, especially as you get older.
As the temperatures drop and you spend more time indoors in a dry, heated environment dry skin can worsen and itchy, flaky dryness can become the norm.
But there are things you can do to combat dry skin every day. Here are some tips and some products you may want to try using to combat this pesky seasonal problem.
1) Oatmeal soap. An oatmeal soap is a great starting point. Try Yardley's Oatmeal and Almond Soap. It's mild and inexpensive -- and, it gets the job done.
2) Exfoliating gloves. You can buy these at any drugstore and they're a great way to scrub away dead skin and eliminate many of the problems that accompany dry skin.
3) Avon's Skin So Soft. Soak in it. It not only does wonders for your skin but it's the kind of pampering everyone could use once in awhile.
4) Kiehl's Creme de Corps. All of Kiehl's products are remarkable but this rich lotion is uniquely effective against dry skin all over your body. Available at Kiehl's and fine department and speciality stores.
5) A humidifier. A whole house humidifier is best but, absent that get a good room humidifier and use it -- particularly at night.
6) Lac Hydrin. This alpha-hyrdoxy acid lotion is now available without a prescription. Great for the most stubborn patches of dry skin -- even on your face.
7) Kiehl's moisturizing face cream. Use it at night before you go to bed. It's like a thirst-quencher for your face.
8) Crabtree & Evelyn Gardner's Therapy hand cream. The best product of its type. Leaves your hands soft and nourished.
9) A quick, tepid shower only. Hot water only makes dry skin worse. And, repeated showers invite more dry skin.
10) After a shower, be sure to thoroughly dry your skin vigorously with a fresh towel. After a moisturizing bath, pat dry. Then, apply lotions.