Dry Skin Prevention Tips
Avoid Triggers – Harsh soaps and skin care products may irritate the skin and cause dryness. Fragrance-free, non-irritating, hypoallergenic moisturizers and cleansers may help make prevent dry skin from getting worse. Also, products labeled as non-comedogenic won’t clog your pores.
Cool Off – There’s nothing quite like a hot bath in the evening, but bathing or showering in hot water could be making your dry skin worse. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, causing essential moisture levels to drop. To help prevent dry elbows, take cooler baths, or quick showers, and avoid soaking the elbow skin in hot water for long periods. If you do have a short hot shower or bath, it’s important to replenish moisture. Gently pat yourself dry with a soft towel and apply a good moisturizer to seal in moisture and help prevent the skin from drying out.
Cover Up – To prevent elbows from drying out in cold, windy weather, wear suitable clothing. Layer up to protect your skin and opt for thermals if you work outside or are planning on spending a long period of time outdoors. Also it’s a good idea to wear natural fibers, such as cotton, to help avoid irritation to the skin.