Without the proper application methods, moisturizing eczema would be a useless task -- just squirting a few drops of lotion on your legs or smothering your hands in 10 layers of salve probably won't keep eczema at bay.
As we mentioned earlier, the key is locking in moisture after bathing. Gently apply the product by stroking it downward on the skin. Take your time smearing on the cream or ointment -- it may take a few minutes for it to absorb completely. If necessary, roll the product between your hands before application to increase its malleability and temperature. Always apply topical medications before moisturizers [source: National Eczema Association].
Depending on the product you use, it's usually a good idea to reapply moisturizer throughout the day. Rub cream into your skin right after bathing and anytime you use soap and water. Even if you don't come into contact with water but you feel a bit itchy and dry, massage a few globs of moisturizer into your skin.
The less humidity in the air, the more protection your skin may need. That's why people who live in very dry climates, like the Southwest, may require heavier, less watery moisturizers than those who live in wetter regions. People who deal with harsh winters may need to load up on thicker moisturizing agents as well.
If the urge to scratch dry, itchy skin has overtaken every other thought in your mind, you may need to try a wet dressing.