My Skin is Flakey
No matter how much body lotion I put on my body, my skin, especially on the legs seems to be completely dry and flakey by the end of the day. What can I do to make moisturizers last longer?
First of all, if you have particularly dry skin, which some of us do during the cold winter months in the North East, make sure that you use a body cream or body lotion formulated specially for very dry skin. It does not matter so much whether it’s a cream or lotion formulation. Important is that the product contains ingredients that act as heavy-duty emollients and keep moisture from leaving the skin over the course of time.
It is very important that lotion or cream is applied right after taking a shower or bath while skin is still damp and the bathroom is balmy. It takes only a minute after taking a shower until moisture starts evaporating, so it’s crucial to apply lotion and cream right away.
If you skin is still dry and flakey at the end of the day, add a body oil to the program. Jojoba, almond, apricot kernel or calendula oil are all excellent choices, but even ordinary baby oil will help.
You can either mix some oil with your body cream or lotion directly in the palm of your hand and apply on damp skin skin. Alternatively, you can apply oil directly on wet skin right after the shower, pat dry with a towel and apply body cream or lotion on top. Applying oil on wet skin helps immediately sealing in moisture, while the added cream or lotion on top will create an extra barrier effect that keeps hydration locked in.
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