With Christmas just around the corner and hopefully a bit of a party season will be the new going out and we can show off not hide our legs – we have tips and suggestions to get your legs looking beautiful and out of leggings (which have become the latest de rigueur at home office look) but are you finding that your skin in particular your legs / arms drier than normal – with visible skin roughness and flakiness??
Our skin loves consistency so any change no matter how small like a drop in temperature causes the skin to react and sometimes not in the nicest possible way – either our skin becomes very oily with a sudden outbreak of spots / acne on the face and chest or the legs and arms become extra dry and no matter how much moisturiser you putting on this is not alleviating the problem
There are solutions to the problem but firstly need to find what is the root cause of your condition so that the correct treatment can you be applied.
What are the symptoms of dry skin on your legs?
From advance dryness with very visible scales to moderate scales but still dry
Symptoms of dry skin on your legs can depend on the root cause. In general, dry skin on your legs can cause the following symptoms:
- flaky or scaly skin
- cracked skin
- skin that feels tight after being in water when bathing or swimming
- fine lines
- grey or ashy-looking skin
- bleeding sores
- crusty sores that ooze
What causes dry skin on your legs?
Skin becomes dry when it’s not able to keep enough water in the top layer by using the body’s natural oils. Your legs can become dry for a variety of reasons, ranging from environmental factors to medical conditions.
Here are some of the most common causes of dry skin on legs:
Allergic dermatitis happens when skin comes into contact with a substance that triggers the immune system to overreact. On the legs, this could be a body wash, something from the outdoors, pets, or anything that causes an allergic reaction.
For some, the reaction can mean dry, cracked, or scaly skin.
Eczema is a skin condition that’s thought to be linked to genetics and triggered by the immune system. It can cause skin to be red, dry, itchy, or to develop a rash.
While it can appear anywhere on the body, eczema is commonly seen on the legs. For example, patches might develop behind the knees.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin to produce too many skin cells at once. The buildup creates itchy, scaly patches that can also crack and bleed. It’s common to find psoriasis patches on the knees.
Many people notice an increase in dry skin during certain times of the year, like when it starts to get cold outside. Lower humidity in the air (which typically happens during winter) can also increase the chances for skin becoming dry.
Research in 2016 suggests that the way skin reacts when exposed to the cold may be related to developing dry skin.
The study examined the length of time it took skin to return to its normal temperature after being exposed to the cold and found a connection with longer recovery time and dry skin symptoms.
Some soaps and skin cleansers can be very drying. That’s because they’re often designed to remove oils from your skin.
As we get older, our skin produces less oil, making it easier to become dry especially the skin on your legs and arms
HOME REMEDY TREATMENTS
Dry skin often readily responds to lifestyle changes and home remedies. If you’re experiencing an allergic reaction or irritation from using a certain product, treatment could be as simple as avoiding it. But if the dry skin on your legs is related to an underlying health condition, like eczema, psoriasis, which may involve medications for that condition, so if you unsure have a chat with our GP first.
There are some things you can do at home to relieve dry skin on the legs.
Avoid irritants that can make dry skin worse. These include:
- showering or bathing in very hot water
- showering or bathing more than once in a 24-hour period
- products that have caused a negative reaction on your skin before
- harsh soaps that can remove moisture from the skin – store bought soaps have had their glycerin content removed so they have no hydrating properties – CLP soap (Cold processed soaps still have their glycerin content and also a superfat content – this is where a percentage of the oils have not been processed into soap and therefore moisturise the skin.
Moisturizers in the form of ointments, creams, and lotions are designed to help trap water in your skin. Applying moisturizer daily, particularly right after you bathe, can help reduce dry skin.
Look for products with one or more of the following ingredients:
- glycerin and other hummectants that help to draw moisture to the skin.
- plant butters ie Shea Butter
- Plant and oils rich in Omega 3,6,9 Oils – that provide an occulusive barrier over the skin to prevent Transepidermal Water Loss
Some ingredients work better than others for certain people or skin conditions, so you may need to experiment to see which is best for your skin. For example, colloidal oatmeal (ground oatmeal mixed in liquid), which is an ingredient in store-bought moisturizer formulas, might help – we use Oat Extract in our Body Creams for this purpose.
Here are a few suggestions to get your skin looking lovely again
If your dry is purely down to external factors and not atopic excema related then try then exfoliating is the key to getting your skin looking beautiful. Dead skin cells needs to removed as this prevents any creams getting to the new skin cells – you can make a quick sugar paste with adding granulated sugar + vegetable oil and massage over damp skin, not too hard but firm enough to feel that the sugar crystals are effectively removing the dead skin and then wash off. Or just use an loofah or exfoliating mitt – regular exfoliations will help keep your skin soft too.
OAT Bath Soak
Oatmeal is common folk remedy for irritated skin. A 2015 studyTrusted Source showed why grandmothers and great-grandmothers have been recommending this home remedy for centuries: It works. Oatmeal has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation. This remedy is especially effective if you’re seeking to relieve itching. After you’ve taken an oatmeal bath, make sure you moisturize your skin to lock in the barrier.
You can make an oatmeal bath at home. Use a food processor to chop oatmeal into a fine powder, then stir it into warm water.
SALT Bath Soak
Adding magnesium / Epsom Salts to your bath will also help soft and hydrate your skin, and using an exfoliating mitt will help loosen and remove those dead skin cells.
In general, it’s better to use something regularly over avoiding moisturizers all together. Research from 2016Trusted Source found that regularly using a moisturizer was more important in treating dry skin than the specific ingredients found in the moisturizer. And how you apply your moisturiser is key – our preferred method is layering – adding a small amount of moisturiser and gently rub into the skin and then reapply with several layers. If you add a large amount the skin can’t readily absorb the moisturisers so likely to sit on the skin.
Apply your moisturiser post showering and bathing whilst your skin is damp and also again either in the morning or at night, the key is keep the skin soft, hydrated that requires regular application of oils to keep the skin hydrated.
If your skin is really suffering then after applying a layer of moisturiser over the skin, apply a layer of body oil too, not only will this give your skin skin a lovely sheen but will help improve the overall skin feel of your legs and arms.
In addition to moisturizing, making a few changes to your diet and lifestyle may help prevent dry skin from developing on your legs. Water is a great skin hydrator but quantity is essential as the skin is the last organ to receive consumed water as our other ograns take first call so drink more water than you need to get your skin hydrated from the inside out.
A diet rich in anti-oxidant foods and Omega 3 will also help with dry skin conditions too.
Here is to happy lovely looking Skin!!