Dry skin on legs is a skin condition that affects the majority of people, whether young or old. If you have dry scaly skin on your legs, you probably avoid trying to wear clothing that exposes your legs. You may be self-conscious if you have to go to the beach, and it might be next to impossible to wear summer clothing even in the hottest days of summer because you feel embarrassed to expose your legs. However, there is no need to panic or hide your legs for the rest of your life!
This common dermatological condition is sometimes called asteatosis or xerosis cutis. Dry skin on legs is more common during the winter months, which is why it is often also called the ‘winter itch’. Extreme dryness can cause scaly skin on legs or even cracking of the skin, which is very painful. So what are the solutions to this? How can you prevent it? And if you already have dry skin on legs, how can you bring it back to its soft, smooth, silky self again?
How to get rid of dry scaly skin on legs
There are a lot of easy home remedies that you can adopt to get rid of scaly skin on legs. Even slight changes in your routines can help to prevent or solve this problem. Of course, it is always best to consult with a dermatologist for medical reasons, but here are some natural remedies that might be helpful for you.
Use moisturizers which are rich in AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids. These are usually derived from natural sources, such as fruits, sugarcane, or milk. They not only exfoliate the skin of dead cells, they also help the moisture to stay absorbed within the skin layers for a longer period of time. Moisturizing your legs after a bath or shower is the best way to ensure that the moisture stays locked in.
Use warm or tepid water for your shower or bath, instead of hot water, because hot water can remove natural oils from your skin.
Milk is rich in AHAs and is a natural moisturizer, containing lactic acid which is incidentally good for your skin. You can apply milk to your legs by dipping a washcloth in cold milk and leaving it on your skin for about 10 minutes.
Create a new bedtime routine that involves soaking your legs in a tub of warm water until your skin becomes shriveled up (this means that your skin is hydrated with water). Then pat your legs dry and apply any oil of your choosing (coconut oil or olive oil would be great). Slip on your night wear to protect your legs while you sleep. This will transform your skin when you wake up in the mornings.
Stock up on omega-3 fatty acids in your diet or in the form of supplements (after consulting with your physician). This helps to moisturize your skin and keep it looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Following these simple steps can help you get rid of your dry skin on your legs in record time!