Dry winter air can suck moisture out of the skin and cause itching. To combat this, one can stop scratching; wear protective clothing when outdoors; use a humidifier; and limit bathing to five minutes in lukewarm water. Hot water and perfumed soaps can strip away the skin’s oily layer. Doctors also recommend moisturizing the skin frequently using a heavier ointment with an oil base and ingredients that block the evaporation of water, such as mineral oil and lanolin. Moisturizing should take place right away after every hand washing or shower.
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