Skincare for Dry Itchy Skin

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Dry skin.  Everyone gets a little dried out as winter sets in but I deal with this all year long.  I'm constantly itchy, even in the summer.  I swear sometime I feel like I'm allergic to air.  It's ridiculous.  I thought I'd share the products I use and some tips I have for dealing with dry, itchy and sensitive skin.  It might still be a little early in the season to be talking about this but it's all about prevention, people!

#1: Colors and Fragrances Are NOT Your Friends
Seriously, when it comes to skin care products just get the super plain stuff.  Usually anything advertised for sensitive skin doesn't have a lot of extra stuff in it.  Same goes for what you use in the shower.  Olive oil soap is really gentle and moisturizing.  It's actually so moisturizing that I use it instead of shaving cream most of the time.

#2 Wash What Needs Washing
Maybe you shower too much... I know!  This sounds crazy!  But hear me out.  If it is winter and you aren't working out and don't spend the day sweating....do you actually need a shower?  A lot of people don't wash their hair every day because it gets dried out.  It's the same thing for skin.  I also alternate between a shower where I use soap everywhere and a shower using soap only for places that need it (ex. armpits).

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#3 Moisturizers for Dry Skin
I have tried SO many different moisturizers over the years.  My two favorites are Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24hr moisturizing lotion and Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme.  I use the Aveeno as a hand/arm creme every day and I put it all over my whole body after a shower.  The Eucerin is a thicker creme so I don't always use it every day.  But if I am suddenly feeling itchy I'll put that on.  It's also good for feet and really, it's the only thing for hands by the time January and February roll around and your skin starts cracking.

#4 Cracked Hands
Speaking of the dreaded cracked hands...  This is the WORST.  You're supposed to wash your hands all the time to avoid getting sick.  It's also nice to get some hot water on your hands in the middle of a freezing New England winter.  But that combined with already dry skin and it's a recipe for cracked, bleeding knuckles.  Gross.  All you can do is try to keep your hands moisturized from the start.  It can be so painful to try to rub in lotion on your hands when they are cracked.  Even the fragrance free stuff stings.  A trick I learned when I used to work in a daycare (changing diapers all day is the worst for your hands) was to put on Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment first and then follow up with your regular moisturizer.  It helps to numb the little cuts.  I've also been using Sally Hansen's Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil at night lately and it seems to be keeping hangnails away so far.

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#5 Sensitive Skin Eye Cream Alternative
I think the main point of an eye cream is to lock in lots of moisture.  Various formulas might also do different things for you but if you have sensitive skin those things can be really irritating.  I'll take wrinkles over red inflamed skin around my eyes any day, thank you.  Anyway, Vaseline is an awesome alternative to regular eye cream.  It is very gentle, it's incredibly moisturizing and it just soaks in overnight while you're sleeping.  While you're at it smear some around your nose because it's probably irritated from blowing your nose every 5 seconds and on your chapped lips.  You can put it on your feet, too.

#6 Water Is Always The Advice For A Reason
Drink water.  Lots of water.  Coffee is warm but it dehydrates you.  Make hot lemon water if you want to be warm.  When you don't drink enough water your skin totally suffers.  It's easy to remember when I'm sweating it all out in the summer but I have to remind myself in the winter.  Don't forget: hot soup gives you some hydration points, too!

This is definitely not an exhaustive list.  I just wanted to share some of the things I do to help my own skin.  I spend October to May being cold and itchy so it's an issue I've been researching for years.  Do you have any more dry skin tips?  I would love to hear them!


  1. That's a great post. I really need something like that. Great post.


    1. Thanks, Leja! Always appreciate the support. :)