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Video:How to Get Rid of Itchy, Dry Skin

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Get rid of dry, itchy skin with a few simple tips. Watch this video to learn how to manage your dry skin all year long.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Get Rid of Itchy, Dry Skin

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for about.com, and today I'm going to show you how to get rid of dry, itchy skin. While it can happen any time of year, dry skin is most prevalent problem during winter months when the cold, windy weather is at its worst. Couple that with the fact that furnaces and heaters have sucked all moisture out of our living environments, and it's a recipe for dermal disaster. Here are a few things you can do to combat your dry and itchy skin.

Shower With Lukewarm Water to Prevent Dry Skin

The first thing you need to do is avoid hot tubs altogether and shower or bathe at the right temperature. Since hot water sucks moisture right out of skin, the water temperature you expose yourself should not exceed lukewarm. However, if you can't stand a shower that isn't scorching, then keep your showers brief. You should also avoid using harsh soaps that will dry your skin, sticking to moisturizing bars or cleansers that contain glycerin instead.

Apply Moisturizing Products to Dry Skin Frequently

The next key to correcting dry and itchy skin is moisturizing on a regular basis. You should apply moisturizer immediately after showing or washing your hands, and be sure to do so while your skin is still moist. You'll want to choose heavier moisturizers containing anti-oxidants, grape seed oil, and/or dimethicone which helps to keep skin hydrated.

If your skin is extremely dry, or even cracked, consider using coconut or baby oil, or petroleum-based products, which are effective at preventing the evaporation of water from your skin.

Exfoliate Dry Skin Regularly

You can improve the effect of your moisturizing routine by exfoliating on a weekly basis. Using a salt or sugar scrub while you're in the shower will slough off any dead skin that's lingering, creating the ideal surface for your moisturizer to work its magic. If your face is also dry, be sure to use a more mild scrub when exfoliating and follow up with a facial moisturizer.

Stay Hydrated to Combat Dry Skin

A lack of moisture in the air can make dry, itchy skin even worse. If you live in a low-humidity area, or your home is constantly heated due to cold weather, running a humidifier while you sleep can replenish moisture to your environment, as well as to your skin. Be sure to close any doors or windows in your room to maximize the effectiveness of the humidifier. Lastly, stay hydrated. While it's not a cure-all for dry skin, drinking the recommended amount of water per day will prevent dehydration, which can definitely affect the look and feel of your skin. You can also take fish oil pills, which have been found to soothe dry skin.

While dry, itchy skin is a common problem in the winter, it can really strike any of us at any time. Knowing how to treat it, and using the same steps to prevent future episodes, is the best way to ensure soft skin year-round. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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