Extremely dry skin is not something you want to have to deal with. If it's a medical skin issue, such as eczema, it can be treated with special lotion prescribed by your dermatologist. If you just have dry skin due to weather-related dryness or you just get seasonal dry skin, there are other treatments that you can try to help nourish and hydrate your skin to prevent dryness during these times and prevent you from being constantly itchy. Read on for a few treatments you can try at home to treat your dry skin.
1. Soak In An Oil Bath
Try adding just a few drops of coconut oil or baby oil to a bathtub full of warm water. Swish the oil around to try and mix it with the water a bit, then get in. Use a soft cloth to help wipe the oil into the skin and soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. Don't rinse the oil off of your body; allow it to soak into your skin and into your pores. This can help rehydrate your skin and soften your skin, especially if your skin is extremely dry. Adding too much oil will cause your skin to be oily. You just want enough to make your skin feel soft, not greasy.
2. Apply Moisturizer After Showering/Bathing
Be sure to apply moisturizer to your skin after you shower or after you bathe to help hold in the moisture in your skin. Apply a thick moisturizer that contains oatmeal to help nourish your skin and combat dryness. Apply moisturizer to the entire body, paying special attention to those parts of your body that are excessively dry, such as your back, arms, and legs. If your face feels very dry, apply a facial lotion to the skin on your face to help nourish your skin and prevent breakouts.
3. Layer Clothing
To help prevent your skin from drying out, wear your clothing in layers and wear clothing that is made of breathable fabric. Wear layers when you have to be out in the cold air to help prevent your skin from drying out in the extreme temperatures, and try not to be outside for too long to prevent frostbite or other damage to the outer layer of the skin.
If you have extremely dry skin, the change in temperatures could be to blame. Help combat your dry skin by using the tips above. Talk to your dermatologist about other ways to help with dry skin and to rule out any medical skin concern such as eczema or psoriasis.