Health Tip: Keep Skin Moist

(HealthDay News) -- If your skin tends to become dry, irritated, scaly or itchy, here are suggestions from the University of Virginia Health System on how to keep it from drying out this winter:

  • Take fewer baths, and don't use water that's too hot.
  • Apply moisturizer or cream throughout the day.
  • Use gentle products. Stay away from harsh soaps, detergents and other products that may dry the skin.
  • Don't rub or scratch your skin, as it will only make symptoms worsen.
  • If your skin begins to look scaly, try applying a salicylic acid cream or ointment.

-- Diana Kohnle

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