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Tips For Preventing Dry Skin

December 18, 2013, 6:14 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Tips For Preventing Dry Skin

If you're battling dry skin, you're not alone.  It's a common problem this time of year.  The lack of moisture in heated indoor air can cause your skin to dry out, even crack.

Like many of us, Monica Likness deals with dry hands every winter.

"I have to moisturize many times every day," Likness said.

Itching for relief, Likness has even set up appointments with her dermatologist.

"Luke-warm showers instead of hot showers can help," Avera Dermatologist Dr. Jenny Nelson said.

Long, hot showers strip skin of moisture and wash away protective oils.

"Then use something in the shower as your soap that's mild. Generally we recommend you look for the word cleanser instead of soap. That's a lot easier on your skin," Nelson said.

It's best to put lotion on right after a shower, so you can trap the moisture in your skin.

"Use a heavy cream and something that's thick. Put it on right away--within 30 seconds of getting out," Nelson said.

Nelson recommends lotion that comes in a jar or tub.

"If you can get it out of a pump, generally it's a little more water-based and not as good of a moisturizer," Nelson said.

Also avoid scented moisturizers because they can aggravate your skin more.

"You want to look for something that's fragrance-free and doesn't have a lot of additives in it," Nelson said.

With all these tips, Likness hopes her problem will dry up, but she'll have to switch her skin routine again once the weather warms up.

"Every season I have to know which product I need to use depending on if it's humidity or dry or if it's the real cold," Likness said.

Dry lips can also be a problem this time of year.  Nelson recommends Aquaphor lip repair for chapped lips.

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