Moisturize daily. Petroleum or cream-based moisturizers are better than lotions for normal to dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, choose a moisturizer without fragrance or lanolin. Apply moisturizer directly to your wet skin after bathing so the moisturizer can help trap surface moisture.
Cleanse your skin, but don’t overdo it. Too much cleansing removes the skin’s natural moisturizers. It is enough to wash your face, hands, feet, and between the folds of your skin once a day. While you can rinse your trunk, arms, and legs daily, it is not necessary to use soap or cleanser on these areas every day.
Limit the use of hot water and soap. If you have “winter itch,” take short lukewarm showers or baths with a non-irritating, non-detergent-based cleanser. Immediately afterward, apply a thick cream or moisturizer. Gently pat skin dry.
Humidify & hydrate. Dry air can pull the moisture from your skin, which is where humidifiers and frequent hydration can really make a difference!
Protect your skin from the sun. Overexposure to sunlight can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Remember that winter sun can also be dangerous to the skin. Even in the winter, you should use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater if you plan to be outdoors for prolonged periods.
Take vitamin D supplements. During the summer, your natural vitamin D production increases as a result of daily sun exposure, but when winter rolls around that exposure decreases. Taking vitamin supplements can ensure that you get the recommended amounts of vitamin D all year round.
HOT TIP: Not all skin types are the same–so listen to your skin! If you decide to increase usage frequency of a product, be sure to so do gradually.