Do You Suffer From Dry Skin On Legs?dry skin on legs

Anyone who suffers from dry skin knows it gets worse in the winter when humidity is at an all-time low.  Some people have even coined this as the “winter itch”.

Most people that suffer from dry skin are most bothered by the itch that is associated with it, (hence the coined term).  However, there are other problems that can arise if you do not treat it effectively.

  • Dry skin causes itchiness sometimes severe enough that interferes with sleep
  • Itchiness causes scratching and rubbing which can lead to thickening of the skin
  • Dry, thickened skin can crack which produces painful cuts and bleeding
  • Persistent dry skin and scratching can cause dermatitis which produces redness, scaly, and extremely itchy patches
  • Dermatitis and cracked, bleeding skin can lead to bacterial infections

Now there are lots of causes for this itchy, unsightly, and potentially dangerous problem, but in this post I’m going to share with you how to get rid of your dry skin once and for all.

Home Remedies For Dry Skin

 

Think Twice About Showering

Did you know showering is one of the worst things you can do for your dry skin?

Even though a nice, hot shower on a cold winter day feels divine, it is not recommended if you suffer from dry skin.  In fact, WikiHow recommends showering every other day or every third day.  Showering washes away your natural, protective oils, so showering less often helps retain your natural moisture. 

I do recommend, however, showering in between with cooler water soaping only the majorly affected body parts such as your armpit and groin areas.

Ouch!  Use a Milder Soap

Most soaps on the market have harsh chemicals that will dry out your skin.  There are products such as Dove Baby or Dove White that offers the best pH balance for sensitive skin.

A Little Help From Our Friends – Lotions and Creams

Once you’re all nice and clean from the shower, you’re going to want to not only replace the natural oils you’ve lost but also lock in the moisture you’ve absorbed from the water with a lanolin-based cream.  Lanolin is a natural product, and it’s the best on the market when it comes to giving longer lasting support to your skin.

Applying creams with coconut oil and aloe vera can also help not only moisturize and soften skin but also heal skin irritation and reduce redness and flaking.

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Drink It Down

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day does wonders for your body.  (And no, Coke or coffee does not count in your water intake.)  Water hydrates your body and all its organs, including your skin. 

All the experts recommend ensuring you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to keep hydrated.

Get Rid Of Dry Air

Increasing the moisture level in your home in the winter months.  Adding a humidifier to your central heating system or a portable humidifier in your bedroom are easy solutions. 

There You Have It

So as you can see, there are plenty of home remedies to help you alleviate the “winter itch” and the irritations that accompany it. 

All it takes is a little tweaking with your daily routine.  (But please, don’t forget to wash those “other” parts.)

Do you have any other home remedies you use that I neglected to mention?  Let us know.

 

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