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Fight back against your family's dry skin this winter

October 23, 2014

Dry air often accompanies cold weather, and dry skin follows soon after. If you and your family are experiencing itchy and flaky skin, it can make for a long winter. Use these tactics to fight back against this uncomfortable condition and keep skin hydrated through the winter.

Use an air humidifier
The air in your home will often become dry when you turn on the heat for the winter. Harvard Health recommended that you use an air humidifier to combat this problem and prevent dry skin. Set the appliance to around 60 percent humidity, and you'll quickly notice a difference. The moisture in the air will help to replenish the top layer of skin and stop the itching and flaking.

Limit shower time
It's tempting to take long, hot showers when the cold weather sets in, but this habit can worsen your skin condition. The American Academy of Dermatology explained that you should rethink your shower habits to prevent dry skin. Keep your time in the bathroom to five or 10 minutes, and turn the temperature back to warm. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, but don't use too much, as this can strip moisture from your skin.

Use a cream, not a lotion
There are many different products that can be used to combat dry skin, but you should follow a number of best practices to make the most of them. First, choose a cream or ointment instead of a lotion. The extra ingredients in lotions can reduce the effectiveness of the product or cause irritation. The AAD recommended choosing a cream that contains an oil like jojoba and ingredients like lactic acid, petrolatum or lanolin. Try to put on the moisturizing product within a few minutes of drying off from a shower. This will help to seal moisture into your skin.

Drink more water
Encourage your family to drink lots of liquids during the winter. When your body is properly hydrated, your skin will be too. Try to drink water as much as possible, and avoid consuming too many sugary drinks. Ideally, your family members should be drinking eight glasses of water each day.

Don't scratch
Scratching is one of the worst things you can do when a patch of dry skin pops up. Instead of digging your nails into the itchy spot, apply a moisturizer or use a cold compress on it. When you have dry skin, you should avoid wearing wool or other coarse fabrics that will irritate it further.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.