Even if you’ve found a harmonious skincare regimen and that regimen is minimalist and easy to maintain, you will periodically find yourself with patches of dry, itchy skin.

But dry skin can also occur in summer, particularly in less humid climates or when your air conditioning is cranked super high. It’s still hard to know what you could’ve done to avoid it, since there are many factors that contribute to your skin’s moisture stasis.

It could be the amount of time you spend in the shower, the temperature of said shower, the products you’re using, and the ones you aren’t. So, run down this list and consider all the ways you can both prevent dry, itchy skin and quickly repair any current cases.

Take Shorter, Cooler, and Fewer Showers

Long, hot showers might feel incredible, but they do a number on your skin. Hot water strips moisture, and thus removes all the natural oils your skin needs to stay soft and smooth.

So, if you can manage, try to turn down the temp a few notches, and then expedite your regimen. Secondly, try to limit your showers to one per day, particularly in the winter when the dry air is already parching your skin.

Switch to Balms in Winter

In the dryer months, it’s smart to switch to balms. They’re thicker, so they often pack more nutrients; more importantly they protect the skin from outside forces, like dry air and cold winds.

That means you lose less moisture to the elements, which is important both during the day as well as while you sleep. Balms are a really effective post-shave agent, too, since that’s when the skin is most vulnerable to these elements.

Hydrate All Over

Moisturizing isn’t just for your face and hands. You can and should hydrate your entire body, from beard to feet, and the best remedy of all is body lotion. From the affordable to the deluxe, it’s the easiest way to both prevent and treat dry-skin ailments.

Get a Humidifier

Your nighttime regimen should focus on more than just skin products. On the one hand, it’s important to lather on the balms and creams at bedtime, to help skin cells regenerate overnight, and to defend against the dry air.

However, you can also improve the quality of the air that you soak in all night, in that it needs more moisture for you to figuratively soak in. By getting a humidifier and cranking it up in the dryer months, you can fill the room with moisture, which means the air doesn’t dehydrate your skin.

Use Hydrating Soaps and Cleansers

In addition to taking shorter and fewer showers, it’s important to assess the products you’re using to wash your skin. They’re often the culprits, since their job is to pull excess oil from the skin, in addition to dirt and grime.

However, they’re sometimes too good at this, especially in the winter when you need to preserve that moisture all the more. Stock up on products that promise to hydrate or preserve moisture while they clean.