Are you troubled by dry skin? This is a common problem in the winter months and as people age. One tip to help you avoid drying out your skin? Avoid long, hot showers or long soaks in a hot bath. Your body produces natural oils that help moisturize your skin. But bathing and showering, especially in hot water, can strip those oils from your skin. So try to take short showers or baths—5 to 10 minutes. And use warm water, not hot. This may help you keep your skin soft and supple.