You can dress for success without falling into a dry-skin spiral, as long as you make some sound choices when scanning your closet. Select clothing that isn't too tight. This is especially the case if you already have dry skin because close contact with fabric will just make it worse. In addition, avoid fabrics that make you itch just by looking at them, such as scratchy wool. Instead, try cashmere or affordable cotton options [source: Griffin].
Know when to cover up, as well. In harsh winter weather, cold air can attack your skin. Wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands. Choose longer socks that offer protection even if cold air finds its way up your pant legs. And just because the weather is cold doesn't mean the sun isn't hard at work; remember, the absolute worst dryness comes from burned, peeling skin. A hat is a good option if you're out in the sun for long periods of time.
Once you've gotten into the habit of choosing skin-friendly attire, be sure to see it all the way through to laundry day. Select detergents without dyes or perfumes, which can turn your wise selections into skin irritants [source: Mayo Clinic].