(HealthDay News) -- The parched air during the winter months can take a toll on skin, leaving it dry and itchy.
The Harvard Medical School offers these suggestions to help ward off dry skin during winter:
Run a humidifier that's set to about 60 percent.
Bathe only once daily for up to 10 minutes, using lukewarm (not hot) water.
Use moisturizing cleanser over plain soap.
Allow shave gel or cream to soak into your skin before you begin shaving.
Don't use a washcloth, sponge or scrub brush on your skin.
Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing hands.
If you have an itch, don't scratch. Instead, apply a cold compress or moisturizer.