Dryness can be a symptom of dehydration, a side effect of treatment, or simply a fact of life. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got a number of strategies to help you avoid and overcome dryness-related discomfort:

01 Moisturize your skin: We recommend using a moisturizing cleanser such as Cetaphil or its generic substitute instead of soap, and applying a fragrance-free hypoallergenic cream immediately after bathing. You’ll also want to apply sunscreen before going out into the sun.

02 Avoid extremely hot showers and baths: the extreme heat will dry you out.

03 Dry air can dry you out: If you live in a dry climate or have a central heating system in your home, you may want to invest in a humidifier or keep a bowl of water in the room to increase humidity.

04 If your mouth is dry: Sip water throughout the day. You can also ask your dentist or pharmacist about products specifically formulated to treat dry mouth.

05 Eyes too dry? Moisten them with artificial tears.

06 Nose goes: Many of our members have been nervous to try it, but saline nose spray work wonders to keep the nasal passages moist. A light application of petroleum jelly or A and D ointment may also bring relief.

07 Make sure you’re getting enough water: Check out our 7 Strategies to Stay Hydrated.

08 Bonus tip for the ladies in the room: You may need some K-Y Jelly or other lubricants to provide moisture during sex. If using barrier contraception, avoid petroleum or oil-based products, since oil can destroy condoms and diaphragms.

Are you dealing with dryness? What do you do to make it better?


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