This is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. Here is what you should keep in mind to prevent it.
If you notice that somewhere on your body your skin feels rough, stiff, cracked, or flaky, it is probably because it is dry. This condition is caused by the loss of water and body oils and usually affects the hands, feet, arms, and lower legs.
Some of the causes that can lead to this are, for example, hot and dry air in desert conditions, taking frequent long baths or showers, excessive hand washing, or even some soaps and detergents. According to a report published by MedlinePlus, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as certain medications also produce dryness in addition to aging, which causes the skin to become thinner and produce less natural oil.
Here are some tips from the website for relieving dry skin at home:
- Moisten your skin with an ointment, cream, or lotion 2 to 3 times per day or as often as needed.
- Avoid skincare products and soaps that contain alcohol, fragrances, dyes, or other chemicals.
- Take short, warm baths or showers. Reduce the duration to between 5 and 10 minutes. Avoid taking hot baths or showers.
- Shave immediately after bathing, when the hair is soft.
- Use soft, comfortable clothes. Avoid rough fabrics such as wool.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Look for moisturizers containing ceramides.