TODAY   |  February 21, 2012

10 tips for dealing with dry skin

Dermatologist Francesca  Fusco explains how you can prevent dry and itchy skin this winter by using a humidifier, taking shorter showers and eating walnuts and almonds.

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>> "today's health." this morning the best ways to take care of your skin in the winter months. dr. fusco is a dermatologist in new york city and is joining us. good morning.

>> good morning.

>> this is a tough time of year to have skin not itch and be dry. you say there are simple things we can do at home.

>> yes.

>> tell us about these ideas.

>> we have had a mild winter so far but it still takes a toll. we have a humidifier here.

>> that's a small one.

>> it's cute and portable. you can bring it to the office.

>> with a bottle of water.

>> right. this delivers humidity to the air.

>> how much can this possibly fill up? it's such a small device.

>> a small room or office.

>> you recommend a regular size humidifier in the bedroom.

>> yes. this is a nice alternative. it's hygienic. you throw out the bottle.

>> what about a shower head.

>> this is a special shower head. even tap water can contain chlorine which can add dryness to the skin. so this is something with a filter in it that actually filters out the chlorine.

>> that's a good idea. now in terms of what we can put on our skin in general to moisturize you have something that's for the skin?

>> i do. we have weleda. this product is for babies. it's eco-friendly and fragrance free. people forget babies have thin skin. they lose a lot of heat through the skin and it's important to protect it from the elements. we have kiehl's ultra which is light, well tolerated by all skin types. it protects and hydrates.

>> that's for the face?

>> and neck.

>> these products are considered not too expensive.

>> none of them will break the bank .

>> what about for the eyes? people say the skin around the eyes is more delicate.

>> it is.

>> so you can't use the same stuff as i do on my eyes as i do on my face. you're supposed to use something specific.

>> when you can. this philosophy eye cream is great because it hydrates and has retinol to improve collagen.

>> what about the feet?

>> you want a rich cream like this first aid product. it works on stubborn, scaly patches.

>> you also have a problem often times with redness. there are a lot of products out there that attack redness.

>> many of them just camouflage. but this particular product, the redness relief has complex in it. it actually treats the underlying inflammation which causes the redness. great for red noses in winter.

>> takes it down. what about cleaning the skin? we aren't supposed to use soap?

>> the more sudsy the soap is, the tougher it is on skin. use a gentle cleanser. ponds is wonderful for that.

>> that's been around for a long time.

>> it's a gold standard .

>> also for the body. use a lighter soap.

>> something suds-free.

>> the hair also gets dry.

>> this is awapuhi which takes away dryness and this flat iron has keratin in the plates.

>> do you recommend we maybe wash our hair less often in winter.

>> yes. definitely.

>> and there are things we can eat that are good for us and moisturize us from the inside?

>> from the inside.

>> they include --

>> oils, fatty acids. for example, the walnuts right there and the flaxseed are high in omega-3.

>> you can get the flaxseeds ground up.

>> right.

>> dr. francesca fusco, thank you for the fresh ideas to help our skin feel better.