Health Tip: Ward Off Dry Skin

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(HealthDay News) -- The parched air during the winter months 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 percent.
  • Bathe only once daily for up to 10 minutes, using lukewarm (not hot) water.
  • Use moisturizing cleanser over plain soap.
  • 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 moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing hands.
  • If you have an itch, don't scratch. Instead, apply a cold compress or moisturizer.

-- Diana Kohnle

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