How To Get Rid Of Flaky Skin On Your Body
Suffer from flaky skin? If flaking is causing you discomfort or affecting your self-confidence, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our advice on how to get rid of dry, flaky skin on your body for softer, smoother results.
A little steam treatment is great for tackling flaky skin on both the body and face. The key to showering (or using a steam mask) to help cull rough skin patches is to pay close attention to both your temperature and your timing.
Flaking skin is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a luxurious bath or shower treatment, but make sure the water is just right. Temperatures that are too hot or too cold can draw out the natural moisture from your skin and be bad for your pores, but letting a moderate, comfortable steam linger will help your cells hold on to as much moisture as possible.
If in doubt, luxuriate in a steam room at the gym with some essential oils. Just be sure you don’t linger too long and drink plenty of water when you get out.
Exfoliation is paramount in helping you get rid of flaking skin, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it. You need to choose the right product and technique for your body.
Worried that exfoliation may aggravate your peeling skin? The truth is, flaky skin won’t come away unless you remove it. Fresh skin can only shine if dulled skin is removed – you just need to do it gently.
You can buff away this dead skin with two different kinds of exfoliators: physical or chemical. Physical exfoliators use crushed seeds, sugars or rough particles to lift dry flakes away from healthy skin as you scrub. You need a gentle hand with physical exfoliators – it may be tempting to scrub your skin with vigour, but exfoliating too hard could actually do more damage than good.
We love the Garnier smoothing body exfoliators range which can help banish impurities and get your skin feeling silky soft in no time. Our body scrubs are enriched with natural oils, including argan, macadamia, almond and rose, and are specially formulated to help get rid of dry, flaky skin, improving its appearance.
And chemical exfoliants? They use enzymes to dissolve the dry, outer layers of dead skin to reveal the fresh, healthy skin beneath.
An exfoliator shouldn’t be part of your daily routine. Give your skin time to rest and regenerate between exfoliation sessions and you’ll notice a clear, overall difference pretty quickly. Exfoliate two to three times a week.
The biggest piece of the flaky skin puzzle is moisturisation. So far, you’ve opened your pores to clean deep down, and then removed any excess flaky skin through exfoliation. Now, the key is to lock in moisture with a little nourishment. Choose a moisturiser like Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Replenishing Lotion and Garnier Intensive 7 Days Restoring Hand Cream.These are enriched with shea butter and provide intense hydration.
For the face, products that moisturise up to five layers of skin*, like Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Day Moisturiser, are a great choice for keeping those flakes at bay.
Moisturisers for body and face should be used immediately after exfoliating to give your skin that extra hydration it craves. Moisturisers can also be applied more than once a day. Depending on how severe the flaking is, you could apply your moisturiser at the start and end of every day for maximum nourishment.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. It works from the inside out to not only hydrate your skin, but to keep your organs functioning at their best. Try to hit eight glasses a day and you’ll help kickstart your skin’s natural cell turnover to get rid of flaky skin.
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*Superficial layers of the epidermis – instrumental test – 26 women.