Seal in water with moisturizer. The best time to slather on moisturizer is immediately after you step out of the bath or shower. “Just blot off excess water with a towel, and liberally apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp,” says D’Anne Kleinsmith, MD, a staff dermatologist at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. This after-bath treatment helps trap the moisture that has gotten into your skin while bathing.
Go fragrance-free. “I advise patients to look for bland moisturizers that don’t have a lot of fragrance, color, or additives that could irritate skin,” says Dr. Leiferman.
Keep moisturizers handy. “Stock up on small travel-size tubes of moisturizer, and carry them around in your purse or pocket,” says Dr. Kleinsmith. “That way, every time you wash your hands, you can reapply a coat of moisturizer.”