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Protecting dry skin through the seasons – Dove
Protecting dry skin through the seasons – Dove

How to protect extremely dry skin through the seasons

If you have extremely dry skin, you’ll know that the smallest things can affect it. The clothes you wear, exercise and of course, changes in the weather. 

If your skin is prone to dry skin conditions, it’s not always possible to predict your triggers – but changes in your environment are easier to track. With the help of the real experts – women who live with dry skin conditions – we put together some tips for how you can adapt your skin care routine to help your skin stay calm.


As the weather starts to warm up, the heat can irritate psoriasis or eczema-prone skin. Staying cool during the night is easier if you wear natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or silk – a tip Christine (who lives with eczema) swears by. She also suggests using anti-microbial bamboo sheets, “which help to cool the body off” she explains.

In Spring, you might want to switch the rich emollient you needed for winter for something lighter. Dove DermaSeries Eczema Relief Body Lotion is light and fragrance-free, and it helps restore your skin’s protective barrier in between flare ups over time too. 


The hotter weather causes us to sweat more, which means one thing for those of us with severely dry skin conditions: itchiness. Cool showers will refresh your skin – and it’s also a chance to add extra moisture to your cleansing routine. Choose a moisturizing body cleanser like Dove DermaSeries Gentle Cleansing Body Wash, suitable for eczema-prone skin. Tailored to care for severely dry skin, the luxurious, creamy lather is 10x more moisturizing than a regular body wash. 

Some of you might feel that getting outside helps your skin ¬– like Gail, who actually finds the sun is good for her psoriasis. But, she says, “try to limit it, and use a gentle sunscreen too.”  


As the temperature drops and we crank up the thermostat, moving between the cool, damp weather outside and the warm, dry air inside can cause dry cracked skin and flare-ups. The moisture evaporating from your skin can leave it feeling itchy – and delicate facial skin can be especially sensitive to this. Gail has a secret weapon: “I sleep with a humidifier. Not only is it great for your breathing, but also definitely helps with dry skin. As soon as I started using it I noticed an improvement.”

Keep that moisture replenished with Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Face Cream. This hypoallergenic and fragrance-free face cream has been specially created for very dry skin (and it has SPF 15 too – protecting your skin from the sun is important all year round).  


Cold winter weather can really dehydrate skin – especially if it’s already extremely dry or eczema-prone. Your hands often get it the worst, since they’re exposed – so gloves are your best friend. Wool can actually irritate your dry skin, so opt for leather instead.

But the real star here is a hypoallergenic hand cream. Rebecca, who lives with eczema, makes sure she’s never without it. “I keep hand cream absolutely everywhere,” she says. “By the kitchen sink, next to the sofa, beside my bed – you name it!” Try Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Hand Cream – with a fast-absorbing, moisturizing formula that glides on easily, it’s our best dry hand cream for extremely dry skin in winter and is suitable for psoriasis and eczema-prone skin.

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