How to treat dry skin on your body

Experiencing dry skin on your body? Most of us do at some point in our lives, especially in the colder months. But if dry skin is causing irritation or making you feel less confident, we can offer a helping hand. Here’s what you need to know about how to treat dry skin.

Symptoms of dry skin on the body

How do you know if you have dry skin that needs some TLC? A feeling of tightness – especially after a bath, shower or swim – tends to be the giveaway, and this can be quite uncomfortable. You might also notice your skin is itchy, rough to the touch, flakes occasionally and contributes to an all-round dull complexion.

In particular, you might find these symptoms on your arms and hands, the lower halves of your legs, your abdomen and lower back, as well as any body parts that experience friction – like your ankles and heels. These areas are most-commonly affected.

It could be best to see a doctor if itchy skin interferes with your sleep or you have a lot of redness from scratching, but otherwise, try not to worry too much. Chances are your skin just needs a little extra care.

What causes dry skin on the body?

Some causes of dry skin are out of our control. It’s most commonly experienced when the seasons change, especially in winter when weather conditions are harsher. But it can also occur as the weather heats up and we expose ourselves to more direct sunlight.

As well as these external factors, certain lifestyle habits could be causing dry skin on your body. It’s a given that drinking plenty of water is key to staying healthy, and this one of the best natural remedies for dry skin. While winter weather alone can make the skin on your body dry, it can also be easy to forget to drink enough water when it’s cold out – so make an extra effort to keep hydrated all year round.

Other factors that contribute to dry skin include heating and air conditioning, the heat of the water you wash with and the products you use.

Improving your skincare routine

Wondering how to cure dry skin? Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and symptoms can reappear. But the good news is, there are things you can do to relieve the discomfort of dry skin on your body and prevent it coming back regularly – and it’s all about being smart with your skincare products and technique. Here’s how.

Watch your water temperature

Washing with water that’s either too hot or too cold is a common mistake that can lead to dreaded dried-out skin. Hot water might feel good in the moment (especially if it’s cold outside) but it can increase skin sensitivity and strip your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated. On the other hand, cold water can be a shock to your skin, causing it to temporarily react.

The best thing for dry skin when it comes to showering is warm water. Somewhere between hot and cold should keep your body’s natural hydration intact.

Use products that help combat dry skin

In the shower:
You might find that your trusty scented soap just isn’t nourishing enough. Try experimenting with products that contain kind, skin-quenching ingredients, and opt for a dry skin-friendly shower gel or body wash.

Tip: Use a microfibre cloth to pat your skin dry after you shower. It’ll cause less irritation than a standard towel.

Daily moisturiser:
When it comes to moisturising dry skin on the body, we recommend the Garnier Intensive 7 Days range. These body lotions – particularly those formulated with aloe vera and shea butter – provide long-lasting hydration. What’s more, their light textures and ultra-fast absorbency make it a breeze to get dressed straight after application.

For your hands:
Find yourself with dry hands and knuckles that need a little extra attention throughout the day? Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand Cream is enriched with L-Bifidus and shea butter for intensive daily hydration. And its small size makes it perfect on-the-go.