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You Will Need
- Warm baths
- Bath oil
- Mild soap
- A lowered thermostat
- A humidifier or bowls of water
- An oatmeal bath treatment (optional)
Switch to baths
Switch to baths; showers strip more of your skin's natural oils. Don't make them too hot or too long; both can dry out skin.
Use bath oil and mild soap
Pour bath oil into your tub, and wash with a mild, non-deodorant, fragrance-free soap.
Moisturize as soon as you step out of the bath, after gently patting your body with a towel. Reapply during the day – especially before going into the blustery outdoors – and before you go to bed at night.
Wear soft clothes
Avoid clothing and bedding made from wool, synthetic materials, and wool blends. Layer clothes to avoid overheating and sweating, which make dry skin worse.
Turn down the thermostat
Reduce the drying effects of central heating by lowering the thermostat to between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Put on a sweater if that's too chilly for you.
Add moisture to indoor air with a humidifier. Or make a homemade one by putting a heatproof bowl filled with on top of a radiator or near a heating vent.
See a doctor
See a doctor if you itch all over your body, it's so bad that you can't sleep, or your skin is broken from scratching so much; these are all signs that you may have a more serious medical condition.