Change your laundry detergent
Standard detergents and fabric softeners contain chemicals, perfumes, dyes, bleaches, and disinfectants. They may be great at cleaning, deodorizing, and loosening stains, but they can also damage and dry out your skin, especially if your skin is sensitive or prone to eczema (check out these home remedies to relieve the itch and pain of eczema and its close cousin, psoriasis). The National Eczema Association recommends switching to a fragrance-free laundry soap such as All Free Clear Liquid Detergent, which has zero dyes and fragrances and still manages to get clothes clean.
Run a humidifier
When the indoor heat is blasting 24/7, your living space could have as little as 10 percent moisture. Running a humidifier will restore the humidity to an ideal level—between 30 and 50 percent. “Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out,” says Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in Manhattan. Using a humidifier will keep the outer layer of your skin well hydrated, which minimizes water loss and also provides the protective function of filtering out allergens and germs. (These habits can make allergies worse.) Using indoor heating without a humidifier may result in the outer layer of your skin losing water faster than it can be replenished, leading to skin that feels parched.