Do your legs feel rough and dry, to the point where it's embarrassing to show them off in public? If so, you're not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from extremely dry skin on their legs. In this article, we will discuss the causes of this problem and provide a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of it for good!
If you have extremely dry skin on your legs, it is likely that you are still trying to figure out how to properly care of your skin. This can be a result of using harsh soaps, not exfoliating regularly, or too often, or simply not moisturizing enough. Extremely dry skin is also a common side effect of certain medications, such as those used to treat psoriasis.
Layer your skin care
Layering your skin care products is key when it comes to fighting dryness. First, make sure that you are exfoliating regularly. This will help to remove dead skin cells and allow your moisturizer to better penetrate your skin, but don't overdo it: once a week should be enough for exfoliating in the shower, or twice or three times a week for dry-brushing. Second, consider using a body serum that contains at least 10 different oils, and apply it immediately after showering, while your skin is still damp. Third, use a thick, rich moisturizer that contains ingredients like shea butter or cocoa butter. This helps to lock in moisture and will keep your skin hydrated all day long. If you want to add an extra layer, you can top it off with petroleum jelly or an alternative that blocks moisture from leaving your skin.
Choose the right soap
When it comes to dry skin, not all soaps are created equal. In fact, some soaps can actually make your dry skin worse. To avoid this, look for a soap that contains glycerin, oat, rich oils or other moisturizing ingredients. You should also avoid soaps that contain fragrances, as these can be drying to the skin
Reapplying moisturizer as often as possible
We already know that after you've cleansed your skin, it's important to replenish the moisture that was lost. But for extra dry areas,like your legs, feet and hands you should reapply before going to bed or as often during the day as you can afford. Just be sure to avoid any products that contain alcohol, as this can further dry out your skin.
Avoid tight pants and clothes
Tight clothing can rub your skin and cause irritation, which can lead to dryness. If you must wear tight clothing, try to minimize the amount of time you spend in it and make sure to put on a pair of moisture-wicking socks or stockings underneath. Similarly, avoid wearing shoes without socks whenever possible as this can also lead to dryness.
Drink enough water
Dehydration can cause your skin to become dry, so make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. The amount of water you need to drink depends on a variety of factors, but a good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water per day. You can also increase your water intake by eating foods that are high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables.
Use a humidifier
If the air in your home is dry, it can contribute to dry skin on your legs. To combat this, try using a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. This will help keep your skin from drying out and becoming irritated.