Skin Moisturizing Tips

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Dry — or ashy — skin is the subject of many comedians' jokes, but it's no laughing matter. Find out why almost anyone can get it and how to treat it.

By Alia Hoyt

Having a cold is brutal on your skin. Getting a chapped nose can be painful, so follow our tips for treating a chapped nose.

By Abigail Libers

It's not always easy finding moisturizers for combination skin. But they are out there. You just know what to look for.

By Jennifer Cohen


Dry skin on your feet is a fashion faux pas, especially during sandal season. Remove dry skin on your feet with our moisturizing tips.

By Diana Kelly

Forget lotions – try oils for dry skin! From grapeseed to olive oil, we found five soothing oils that will treat dry skin.

By Amanda MacMillan

Are you experiencing dry skin on your ears? Learn how to moisturize these sensitive areas and ease flaky, dry skin on your ears.

By Abigail Libers

Stop skin from drying out overnight with these moisturizing tips. Learn how to keep skin from drying out and wake up with smooth skin in the morning.

By Jennifer Cohen


Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is a great moisturizer. But is it OK to apply it to dry, flaky skin? Follow our do's and don'ts of using Vaseline on dry skin

By Amanda MacMillan

Looking for a natural do-it-all oil for your various skin care needs? Try sesame oil.

By Brion O'Connor

We put our elbows through a lot, especially when we lean on them too much, and this can cause a scaly buildup to form. What can you do to soften them up and make them appear less dry?

By Cherise Threewitt

Unless you enjoy watching daytime television on NyQuil, there's nothing fun about having a cold. A red, cracked nose may be the biggest insult to a cold sufferer, as it's both unattractive and painful. How can you avoid turning into Rudolph?

By Molly Edmonds


Moisturizing skin can be problematic when it's sunburned and inflamed. How do you keep sunburns moisturized without pain?

By Josh Clark

TV commercials make it seem like you should moisturize just about every part of your body -- including your underarms. But is it a good idea to put those specially formulated lotions on your cuts and scrapes?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Regardless of whether you live in a hot, humid climate or a cold, dry climate, your skin needs moisture. But what type of moisturizer will work best in your climate?

By Sarah Jourdain

Neatly packaged nighttime facial creams promise a youthful glow and anti-aging effects. But do you really need one?

By Mary Salisbury


Finding a moisture balance for acne-prone skin can be frustrating. If you don't moisturize, oily skin can feel dried out or flaky. If you do, you'll end up with greasy skin -- and a few more breakouts. What can an acne-prone person do?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

As far as medical conditions go, dry skin isn't a big deal. But if you have a severe case, it can take the form of a maddening itch or may make you feel as though your skin is beset by hundreds of hungry fleas. Moisture can alleviate your skin woes.

By Chris Obenschain

If you've never dealt with a bout of eczema, consider yourself lucky. Those who suffer through its itchy hell (and suffer they do) know that the key to calming the urge to scratch may lie in how you treat your skin.

By Melanie Winderlich

If you have oily skin, you've probably spent a great deal of time trying to make it look less greasy. So why on Earth would anybody with oily skin need to moisturize? Think of it this way: Moisture is about water, not oil.

By Shanna Freeman & Maria Trimarchi


When it comes to skin care, people have many misconceptions about other ethnicities. Everyone can experience the same problems, such as dry or oily skin. But does how dark or light your skin is affect how you use moisturizer?

By Mary Salisbury

Men may be from Mars, and women may be from Venus, but do they have to think about skin care differently? Women are more likely to moisturize, but that doesn't men should ignore the practice altogether.

By Mary Salisbury

Winter is the season for dry skin and chapped lips due to many factors. Check out these skin tips for getting through a scratchy, dry skin free winter.

By Dr. Rob Danoff