Change Your Bathing Routine
The first tip for moisturizing sensitive skin starts in your bath or shower. One question you should ask yourself is, "Am I bathing too often?"
Some dermatologists argue that people with sensitive skin should take as few as two or three baths or showers a week during the winter months [source: Brody]. This will keep your skin's natural oils from being stripped away by hot water and soap.
Of course, that means that you shouldn't use as much hot water and soap when you bathe. Baths and showers should be lukewarm, not scalding hot [source: Singer]. A hot bath actually draws moisture out of your skin, which is bad news. (We'll talk more about the dangers of soap on the next page.)
When you're done with your bath or shower, make sure that you dry off your skin gently. Don't rub it roughly with big back-and-forth motions. Instead, skin care experts say you should pat your skin lightly with a towel, so you don't damage healthy skin cells.
If you're going to apply a moisturizer -- and we'll talk more about moisturizers later -- the best time to do it is right after the bath or shower, preferably while your skin is still damp. Moisturizers contain ingredients called humectants that can actually draw moisture in from the surface of the skin [source: Kraft et al].