Dry skin

What causes dry skin?

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There are many causes of dry skin, but the most common are:

AGING: As you age, your skin produces less of the natural oil that helps retain its moisture.

CLIMATE: Wind, cold temperatures, and low humidity.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Indoor heating or air conditioning, which can dry out the air in your home. During the winter season, use a humidifier. Set it to around 60% to help replenish the top layer of the skin.

Using a daily moisturizer, which rehydrates the top layer of the skin and seals in the moisture, is the first step in combating dry skin.

Dry skin relief

When you have flaky, itchy, dry skin, you want fast relief. Relieving your dry skin isn't just about what you put on it.

Healthy, hydrated skin can be achieved if you spend a little time perfecting your daily skin care routine. Using the right combination cream or lotion, you can work to lock in moisture and protect your skin.


Dry skin is usually not a serious health problem, but it can produce serious complications, such as eczema or bacterial infection. Rarely, dry skin can be associated with an allergy. Extremely dry skin can be a warning sign of a skin problem called dermatitis.

Useful tips*

Always Moisturize!

Apply moisturizer daily, immediately after bathing or washing your hands. This helps to trap moisture in the skin.

Shower & Bath

Shower or bathe in warm water. Don't shower too often and avoid using soap every time. Limit yourself to one 5 to 10 minute shower a day. If you bathe more than that, you may strip away much of the skin's oil and cause it to lose moisture. Use lukewarm rather than hot water.

Use a light touch when using bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths. Don't rub your skin when toweling dry.


Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Avoid irritating fabrics from touching your skin.

Use fragrance-free laundry detergents and avoid fabric softeners.

Get some relief

Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion & Cream

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Specially formulated to relieve extremely dry and rough skin.

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Overnight Deep Moisturizing

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Uses 7 replenishing moisturizers to hydrate your skin overnight and into the next day.

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*Consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your skin concerns or treatment.