Shorten showers. "Long, hot ones strip natural oils and aggravate already itchy skin," says Dr. Brodell. Instead of bar soap, lather up with a wash that has moisturizing lotion, like Olay Ribbons Body Wash ($4; at drugstores).
Slather on lotion while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture. "If your skin is very dry, use a thicker cream scooped out of a jar," says Cynthia Mayfield, M.D., a dermatologist in South Bend, Indiana. Try Aveeno Intense Relief Repair Cream ($12; at drugstores).
Keep moisture on hand. Post-diaper-changing hand washing can do a number on your skin. Ditto using hand sanitizers: Their germ-busting alcohol is drying. Apply a protective salve, like Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Hand Cream ($6; at drugstores), after every cleanup.