Dry skin, also called xerosis, is a common problem. The skin needs moisture to stay smooth and supple, and to retain moisture is especially difficult in winter. Central heating of home and other buildings is very drying to the skin.
Simple daily routines, such as bathing and towel drying, may actually remove moisture from the skin. Modifying the bathing routine will help preserve the skin's moisture. Bathing provides the skin with moisturize temporarily, but it removes the skin's oily lipid layer and in the long run causes more moisture loss than gain.
The use of special skin lotions is considered an antixerosis treatment.