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A lot of things are working against your skin’s health in the winter—the dry air, the constant covering up of your skin to stay warm and the lack of sun exposure, just to name a few. If you find that simply keeping your skin moisturized with lotion isn’t enough to keep some areas from cracking and flaking, you might need to take a little more care to help repair your skin with these steps.
If you have some dry or scaly skin built up, you can try to remove or soften those areas by soaking them in warm or cool water for about 15 minutes. You can also add oil, oilated oatmeal and salts to the water to help soften your skin. (You can ask your pharmacist for treatment options.) Rub the area with a washcloth or a soft sponge in a circular motion to gently remove the buildup.
Once out of the water, rub lotion or oil onto your skin. Look for skin care products with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, lanolin and beeswax.
You can increase the moisturizer’s ability to absorb into areas of your skin like feet and hands by covering them with cotton socks or gloves and leaving them on while you sleep.
For areas that are more difficult to treat or if you have severe itchiness from dry skin, talk to your health care provider about the best treatment options for you.
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