A good skin care routine starts in the shower or bath. There are other ways of keeping your skin moist than just applying creams and ointments. Choose shower emollients, which are not drying to your skin, but that wash and moisturise. This is an important part of the total emollient therapy, together with topical emollients and emollient cleansers.
For dry and sensitive skin, any standard soap, however mild, will have a drying effect on your skin. Therefore, avoiding soap in the shower and switching to an emollient wash is a vital part of a good skin care routine.