We'll defer to Harry Brant on this one, who by far takes the cake in terms of dedication to hydrated skin: “Occasionally I’ll put on Lubriderm or Vaseline and Saran Wrap myself. Here’s what you do: you put it all over your arms, hands and feet, put on a pair of socks and then you wrap your arms and your elbows, and then…you go on a jog… [Laughs] Seriously, it just makes your skin so freaking soft, like you wouldn’t believe. The acne medication dries out my skin, so I’m always trying to put moisture back in.”
But with dry skin, as in life, there are no miracle fixes that don't also require a little change in lifestyle. Other things to consider when suffering from itchy, flakey, or otherwise lackluster skin is how much heat you're subjecting it to. If you've got a radiator, plead with your landlord to turn it off. When you're in the shower, make it a hair less scalding. In the meantime, stock up on La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP Lipid Replenishing Body Balm (it's sticky but it works) and apply morning, noon, and night until your skin is more satisfied.