How can I prevent my face and other areas of my skin from getting too dry?

facial moisturizerEvery day our skin comes in contact with many different things such as the weather, clothes, soaps and lotions, and a variety of beauty products. Many of us will have dry skin from time to time but some of us will have very sensitive skin and/or a chronic skin condition. For occasional dry skin (often caused by dry heat or cold weather) try using a quality moisturizing cream, especially after showering or bathing.

If your symptoms don’t get better, contact your health care provider. You may have a skin condition such as eczema.

Things that may cause dry skin and what you can do:

  • Too much bathing, showering, or swimming -> Limit your time in the water. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizing lotion.
  • Sweating too much -> Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and avoid getting overheated.
  • Sudden temperature changes, humidity -> Avoid being outside during extreme weather conditions.
  • Harsh soaps, cosmetics, perfume -> Use mild soap and hypoallergenic makeup and avoid perfume scented products.