Dealing with dry skin

Consumer Reports: Dealing with dry skin. (WPEC)

The high winds and dry conditions could lead to a bothersome issue for you: dry skin.

Itchy legs, chapped lips, rough hands, our recent weather may have you trying to quench the thirst of dry skin.

"It's not only uncomfortable, it can also be a health risk. If bacteria gets into breaks in the skin, that can cause an infection… certain medications like diuretics or certain medical conditions like thyroid hormone disease can also make the problem worse, so it's really important to pay attention to it," said Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports Health Editor.

Consumer Reports has some simple fixes. Moisturizers with ingredients such as ceramides, dimethicone and shea butter can all help put a good seal on the skin.

The thicker your moisturizer, the better. A good test is to put some in your palm and turn your hand over. It shouldn't slide off.

If you can tolerate the greasiness, ointments like petroleum jelly can help hydrate skin even better than creams and lotions.

"For most people, moisturizing once a day is enough. But when people get older and their skin gets drier, many dermatologists say that upping that routine from once to twice a day, can be really helpful," Calderone.

Also, skip the long, hot showers, which can dry out skin. Use lukewarm water instead and keep showers to no more than five minutes.

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