Top 3 Tips for Dry, Itchy Skin



eeling skin can make you crazy – the redness, flaking and itchiness. Lathering on moisturizer  help, but it’s not enough. These 10 tips will soothe

Dry skin isn’t usually serious, but it looks ugly and is infuriating.

Dry skin isn’t usually serious, but it looks ugly and is infuriating.

But before you go running to the dermatologist, here are 10 tips to try at home:

1. Put Down the Soap
Do you wash your dry skin with soap and water?

You’re stripping away the skin’s protective natural oils along with dirt and grime.

Switch to cleansing creams, gentle skin cleansers or bath or shower gels with moisturizers, not harsh soap.

Your skin should feel soft and smooth after washing, never tight or dry.

“Use fragrance-free, nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin,” says Monica K. Bedi, M.D., founder of Dermatology Associates in Sarasota, Fla.

Try mild soaps such as Cetaphil, Aveeno, Neutrogena, Basis or Dove. Experiment with several brands until you find the right one.

For a natural Rx, try aloe or a tepid water-oatmeal mixture on the irritated area.

3. Soak Your Skin With Moisturizers
What if you don’t want to give up a lifelong Ivory soap routine?

About 75% of dry skin problems can be solved with one step, says dermatologist Morgan P. O’Donoghue.

“After bathing in tepid water, moisturize immediately to help trap water in the surface cells, then pat dry,” she says.