Possible Reasons for Dry Skin

  • Not drinking enough liquids
  • Spending too much time in the sun or sun tanning
  • Being in very dry air
  • Smoking
  • Losing sweat and oil glands, which is common with age

Ways to Help Dry, Itchy Skin

  • Use moisturizers, like lotions, creams, or ointments, every day
  • Take fewer baths or showers and use milder soap
  • Try using a humidifier, an appliance that adds moisture to a room
  • Use sunscreen
  • Use warm water in showers, instead of hot water


Find out more at the National Institute on Aging

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