Five ways to banish dry body skin
It might still feel cold outside but rest assured that warmer weather is just around the corner. If dry, uncomfortable skin on your body is making you dread skirt and T-shirt weather, you’re not alone. Around a third of women in the UK suffer from dry skin, while a further 26% have both dry skin and eczema.
So what can be done about it? Eczema is a little harder to treat, but common dry skin woes can be solved. With some regime tweaking and product swaps, you’ll be ready to show off your silky smooth skin as soon as the sun makes an appearance.
Choose your moisturiser carefully
If you’ve noticed your skin feels uncomfortable and dry, your first step is to look at your body moisturiser. If you aren’t using one then you definitely should be. If you are using one but you find your skin feels dry and tight almost immediately after applying it, you need to swap out your current product for something a bit richer.
Look for products offering oil-rich ingredients or shea butter-based formulas. Very dry skin with a tendency to develop eczema patches might be better looking for the word ‘emollient’ or ‘ointment’ on bottles.
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Avoid very hot baths and showers
As tempting as it can be to turn the water up to a steamy temperature when you’re having a shower or a bath, hot water can actually inflame the skin, causing redness, itching, and peeling. Reduce the amount of time you spend in the water, and aim for a warm temperature instead of a hot one.
Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free gel