Step 1 - Correct washing and cleansing are important!
When it's cold outside, a long hot shower seems a very tempting option. However, this really is the wrong thing to do if you suffer from dry skin. This is because very hot water removes your skin's natural fat and when that happens, the skin gets slightly off balance and loses its ability to retain moisture. The result is dry, flaky, irritated skin that really doesn't have a very nice appearance.
It's better to start your daily care routine by washing with lukewarm water. In addition, you should replace your soap that dries out your skin with a mild glycerin-based soap and facial cleanser. These cleaners are specifically suited to treat dry skin. You only need a small amount of facial cleanser to cleanse your skin. It's important that you wash off any residue in cold running water.