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    Top tips for relieving dry skin from a dermatologist

    Dani Blum

    ANN/CNA – As we plunge into holiday travel, many people are bracing for the itchiness, flakiness and dryness that can plague skin that comes winter. Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington Dr A Yasmine Kirkorian knows how tricky it can be to keep skin moisturised. Here’s what she does:

    SHE STEERS CLEAR OF FRAGRANCES

    Scented products are a common culprit of allergic contact dermatitis, an itchy rash that can occur when your skin touches substances that can cause reactions. Because this condition can dry out the skin, it’s important to avoid products that could further aggravate things when the air is drier.

    SHE PROTECTS HER HANDS

    Dr Kirkorian bikes to work year-round, so she wears gloves in the colder months to prevent chapping. She also avoids washing her hands with harsh soaps and often moisturises them after washing.

    SHE AVOIDS OVER-LATHERING IN THE SHOWER AND WASHES HER HAIR UPSIDE DOWN

    Dr Kirkorian said most people use too much soap all over when they bathe. She focusses her lathering on “the stink zones” – the underarms, groin and feet.

    And when residue from shampoo drips onto your neck and back, it can lead to dry skin and rashes if you have sensitive skin. So she flips her head upside down when washing and conditioning her hair.

    SHE REDUCES ABRASION

    Scrubbing with loofas, sponges or washcloths creates friction that can remove healthy oils that keep the skin moist. Dr Kirkorian uses just her hands when washing up, and when she gets out of the shower, she gently pats dry with a towel.

    SHE USES MOISTURISER – AND LOTS OF IT

    After bathing, she slathers her body in a generous layer of moisturiser – “the thicker the better”, she said. She opts for fragrance-free ointments, and looks for products that absorb quickly into the skin.

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