In the winter you want to change to more of an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But be careful with what oils you choose. If you are a one lotion for face and body kinda consumer you can get in real trouble fast.
Many lotions are shea oil or butter which is not good for your face because it can clog facial pores. Even some have vegetable shortening which literally just sits on your face creating pools of oil!
Try looking for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Or even lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.
You should also NEVER indulge in a hot bath! A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy.
Utilize a humidifier. This keeps the air from being dry and not only helps your skin but your allergies as well.
Your hands has much thinner skin so take special care. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.