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Top 5 fixes for itchy winter skin

A humidifier, moisturizer, and lukewarm water can help.



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Struggling with itchy skin this winter? It's likely the result of dry winter air that sucks the moisture out of your skin. Fight back with these quick fixes from dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Arndt, a Harvard Medical School professor.

Moisturize

Using a good moisturizer puts a barrier between your skin and dry air. "Look for a heavier ointment with an oil base and ingredients that block the evaporation of water, such as mineral oil and lanolin," says Dr. Arndt.

Change your routine

Hot water and perfumed soaps can strip away your skin's oily layer. Instead, aim for five to 10 minutes of daily bathing in lukewarm water, and stick to moisturizing or soap-free cleansers.

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