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Cure Dry Skin

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.


Winter Causes Dry Skin

Many people have dry skin, especially during winter. They need a moisturizer for dry skin. Skin irritation, scaly skin, itchiness and chapped hands are a problem for many people.

The skin can get so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema, in which the skin becomes inflamed. Once the heat gets turned on indoors and particularly if you don't have a humidifier, your skin starts to dry out. It is a good investment

.There are certainly other reasons for dry skin and they will be reviewed.

Overview of Skin

Your skin is a flexible membranous tissue which operates as a complex organ to perform vital protective and metabolic functions of the body. The skin makes up about 18% of adults' weight.

The skin contains two main layers of cells:

  1. A thin outer layer called the epidermis
  2. A thicker inner layer immediately below called the dermis.

Along the internal surface of the epidermis, young cells continuously multiply pushing the older self outward.

At the outer surface fielder cells flatten and overlap to form a tough exterior and gradually sheds calluses or collections of dead skin. Hair and nails are evolutionary adaptations of the epidermis. As the skin is the largest organ in the body we do want to take good care of it.

The skin serves as a waterproof covering for our bodies and provides a barrier against invasion of outside organisms such as bacteria or fungus. It also helps the human body maintain its normal temperature. Human skin has remarkable self-healing properties


Remedies for Dry skin

First, you exacerbate dryness by turning up the heat in your home or your car, using electric blankets and space heaters, soaking in a hot tub or taking long hot showers. Cold air also makes your veins constrict, which is another factor that promotes dry skin.

Dr. Jeanette Graf is a board certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in the state of New York. She is a skin care expert. According to Dr. Graf the first step is keeping the skin moisturized, which helps our skin regulate our body temperature and skin protects us from pathogens and infections.

Finding a good dermatologist or esthetician is probably your best bet, as your drugstore employee is unlikely to give you the best advice. A specialist can determine your skin type and troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, giving you advice on the skin products you should be using.

The good news is that inexpensive products may work just as well as high-end ones. There are many organic homemade products which also work well. My dermatologist suggested I try Cerave products, and they have been very helpful.

5 Step Perfect Skin Routine (A.M. & P.M.)

Herbal Products

There are literally tens of thousands of websites that contain herbal, at homeopathic, holistic and natural skincare treatments. Some of the information is very helpful but some is not worthwhile. Choose carefully.

Sometimes the FDA is unfairly influenced by the nation's biggest drug companies instead of actually protecting us against unsafe drugs.

Billions of dollars are spent by these big drug companies to lure us to use their products. This is another good reason to see a dermatologist or specialist for your particular skincare problems.

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How Can I Stop Dry Skin?

Best Moisturizers

Sometimes the moisturizer that works well in spring and summer does not work well in the winter. Winter will often require an ointment moisturizer rather than water-based, as they will create a protective layer on the skin and retain more moisture than cream or lotion. It's important to look for non-clogging oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, Primrose oil or almond oil.

The best oils for winter contain three main types of ingredients, so look for oils that contain:

  • Humectants
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Lecithin.

Another set of ingredients might contain C and jelly, silicone, lanolin, and mineral oil helps seal that moisture within the skin.

Children Typically have Beautiful Skin


Home Remedies That Can Work

  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom during the winter.
  • Avoid brushes, sponges, scrub brushes and washcloths. Minimize your use of soaps choosing preparations such as Dove, and Basis, or consider cleansers like Cetaphill, or Aquanil. Steer clear of deodorant, perfume and or alcohol products which strip away natural oils.
  • Look for moisture–rich ingredients like lactic acid, urea, glycerol, petrolatum at home and hyaluronic acid to combat winter skin to combat dry winter skin. Use of body wash, which is less drying the bar so then apply your moisturizer immediately when your skin is still damp.
  • Limit yourself to 15 to 10 min. bath or showers, and don't use hot water. According to Dr. Graf people don't need to shower as often in the winter, and only three times a week using lukewarm water getting in and out quickly as the best way to keep your skin moisturized.
  • Don't scratch. Most moisturizers can control an itch.
  • Use fragrance–free laundry detergents and avoid fabric softener.
  • Avoid wearing wool and other fabrics that can irritate the skin.
  • Even though it is not summer you still need to use sunscreen, using a broad – spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, as the winter sun can damage your skin.
  • Pamper your feet as the skin tends to get very thick and dry in the winter. One method is soaking them in Epsom salt, and then using a foot scrub. Rub in a thick moisturizer and put on socks before going to bed, and you will wake up with noticeably softer feet.
  • To protect your hands and winter use powder – free latex gloves when cleaning or doing the dishes, and keep bottles of moisturizer at convenient locations so you can use them throughout the day. If you work, keep one in your desk, keep one in your purse or glove compartment, and always keep one by your bathroom sink.
  • Many people do use some home remedies, and one that I've tried successfully is honey with a little bit of olive oil mixed in. I rub it on my face and leave it for about 10 min. then wash it off and my skin is very soft. I think I learned that trick from someone on Hubpages actually.

Helpful Changes in Lifestyle

Quit smoking and avoid stress situations that can show up on your face no matter how thoroughly you take care of your skin.

Women; never go to bed with your makeup on, it can seep into your pores, clogging them. Wash your skin twice at the end of the day – first to take off the makeup and then to wash the skin itself.

You can also nourish your skin by making facial masks from plain yogurt, banana, avocado and taking vitamin C that helps in formation of collagen, improving skin's texture.

Keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day and a good home remedy is to use a few drops of chamomile (rose) essential oil to the distilled water, pour it into the spray bottle – and spray it on your skin as frequently as possible, shaking gently before each use.

Keep your skin supple and looking good by stimulating blood circulation and it. A glass of hot water with lemon daily helps to energize your entire organism, including liver and gallbladder, cleaning the blood toxins responsible for problem skin.

Cream dry feet at night and wearing socks can also help dryness or blisters.

In Summary

There are many easy affordable ways to maintain healthy looking skin with minimal effort on your part. There is a lot of information in this hub to help you keep well moisturized, healthy skin. The healthier your skin looks, the less wrinkles you will have and the younger you will look. I think we all like the idea of looking younger, but I am not a doctor. If you have a dermatologist, then follow their advice.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 22, 2011:

Audrey, Thanks so much for your comments.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on February 21, 2011:

Great tips for a real problem with skin!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2011:

Christine, I know that is very painful for your mother. She really needs to put some thick cream on her hands several times a day or as often as she can to try to get them to heal. Maybe there is something in this hub that will help her. Thanks for sharing your comments.

katrinasui, I'm glad you appreciate the hub and I appreciate your comments as well.

katrinasui on February 21, 2011:

Thanks for these nice tips. Very useful for me.

ChristineVianello from Philadelphia on February 21, 2011:

Great tips, my mom works in the cold and at times her hands get wet. During the winter her fingers crack and bleed. I feel so bad!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2011:

Susie Duzy, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on February 21, 2011:

Thanks for the tips. My skin is in need.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2011:

Prairieprincess, I have also heard that women helps remove age spots which is a real blessing as you get older but I haven't tried it yet. Thanks so much for your comments.

Loves to Read, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you so much for your comments. God bless you also.

Loves To Read on February 21, 2011:

As always Pamela, a very interesting and informative hub to chase away that Winter dryness. Thank you for sharing.

God Bless

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on February 20, 2011:

It's funny ... just sitting here applying moisturizer, reading your hub! This is very useful. I am going to try the oil and honey idea you suggest. The lemon idea is good, too. I did not know lemon would be good for moisturizing your skin. Great hub!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 20, 2011:

My pleasure!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 20, 2011:

Pixienot, him so glad that you enjoyed the hub and learned some new things. I appreciate your comments very much.

Nellieanna, Thank you for sharing those products as I'm going to look for them when I go to the store. And thank you so much for your comments.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 20, 2011:

I found a wonderful product at the Herb Mart -called Wrinkle Rescue. It is very hydrating and I use it, then apply a small drop of lanoliin. I've had no problem with drying out since -and have begun to omit foundation from my makeup routine. My skin looks better without it and doesn't dry as much as with it.

Pixienot from Clarksville, Indiana on February 20, 2011:


This was an awesome hub. I thought I knew about dry skin, but I did not. I had no idea that the same lotion I use all year round was only for summer usage. And washing my face twice a night...that was new to me.

I really appreciate your article.

Voted up, useful and awesome.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 20, 2011:

POP, That seems to be true for most of us. I appreciate your comments.

breakfastpop on February 20, 2011:

Thanks for the great advice. This winter has played havoc with my skin. Up and useful!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 20, 2011:

Susan, I am so glad that my hub is going to be helpful for you and I experienced much the same thing in the winter. Thanks so much for your comments.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 20, 2011:

Pamela never knew about the fabric softener and will always remember that now after reading your article. My skin gets terrible in the winter and I go through so much moisturizer and will try some of your helpful tips. Thanks great Hub!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 20, 2011:

Pamela, I have the same problem which is why I did some research and wrote this hub. I hope it helps you. Thanks for your comments.

Anginwu, I'm glad you found the hub helpful and I appreciate your comments.

Hello, The good thing about oily skin is you probably won't have any wrinkles into you are really old which certainly isn't true for people with dry skin. Thanks so much for your comments.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 20, 2011:

Very, very helpful hub, Pamela. I am sure it is only too useful fo rpeople with dry skin. I, myself must have been born in a oilwell. I don't perspire, I ooze oil. Honest. All the best and take care.

anglnwu on February 19, 2011:

Great tips. I hate dry skin, so your tips are really useful. I have to try not to take too long in the shower--my weakness. Rated up.

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on February 19, 2011:

Good tips, Pamela. This time of year I can't seem to keep enough lotion on my skin.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 19, 2011:

rpalulis, Dr. Macola has some great information I am just becoming familiar with him. Thanks so much for your comments.

rpalulis from NY on February 19, 2011:

Well done Pamela, very well researched. I too enjoy the really hot baths and showers in the dead of winter even knowing that it's not good for dry skin. Great tips and selection of video, I am a big fan of Dr. Mercola.

Take care- Rob

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 19, 2011:

Om Paramapoonya, I know I like the hot bath also. Thanks so much for your comments.

Om Paramapoonya on February 19, 2011:

A lot of wonderful tips here! The only thing that might be hard for me to do is to avoid hot bath; it just feels so good in the winter. But I'll try to follow your advice. Voted up and useful. :)

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