Have you ever experienced scratchy meltdowns due to dry skin? Legs and arms feeling super tight? Are you looking for the best remedy for dry legs? With summer approaching, it will soon be time to flaunt these legs of yours, but what if they don’t match your face glow? In this article, we are looking at the causes of dry skin on legs and how to sort them out.
CAUSES OF DRY SKIN ON LEGS
What Causes Flaky Legs?
The skin on your legs can feel dry when it is unable to retain enough water or isn’t producing enough oil. Dry skin on your legs can be caused by a number of reasons like:
- Dry air such as heavy wind or spending a lot of time in air-conditioned spaces
- Weather changes
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis
- Using products containing harsh chemicals
- Showering too often and with hot water
- Or if you are just born with dry skin type.
Is your skin dry or dehydrated?
While the words dry and dehydrated are sometimes used as synonyms, the two are quite different when it comes to skin and require different treatments. So let’s first establish this.
The main difference is that dry is a skin type - you are born with it and have to accept it and give it some extra love. It is caused by low or depleted oil production from the skin's sebaceous glands. The dryness can get exacerbated by factors like hot or cold weather, low moisture in the air, and soaking in hot water.
Dehydrated skin on the other hand is a temporary condition, often caused by stress, environmental factors and harsh chemicals. All skin types, even oily, can at times become dehydrated because it's caused by a lack of water within the skin. If you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms or are a frequent flyer for example, the dry air depletes your skin’s moisture.
To treat both, the most important difference is to know that dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water, so you should be looking at products that replenish its reserves.
HOW TO TREAT DRY SKIN ON LEGS
Today we’ll look at the best treatments for dry skin. The key to keeping your legs soft, glowing and flake-free is starting a routine—one where you regularly exfoliate and moisturize.
A gentle daily exfoliating ritual will help boost the circulation around your entire body and buff away any rough, dry skin cells clinging onto the surface of the legs. You can exfoliate either before or during a shower, depending on your preferences and skin sensitivity. If you have very sensitive skin, always exfoliate on wet skin to avoid irritation.
- With an exfoliating mitt or brush
Massage in circular motions on dry or wet skin. Start at your ankles and massage upward toward the heart. This will stimulate the lymphatic system to help move out toxins and bring in good nutrients to every cell in the body.
- With a body scrub
If you’d rather use a scrub instead of a mitt, choose one without any harsh chemicals. You can even make your own by mixing brown sugar or coffee with a few drops of plant-based oil. The brown sugar is super soft on the skin, but just strong enough to clean out your pores. It’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week.
As dry skin lacks oil, the best treatments for it, are natural oils, with similar lipid structure to that of the skin barrier.
THE BEST NATURAL OILS FOR DRY SKIN
- Jojoba oil - Jojoba oil (which is technically a liquid wax ester) mimics the sebum naturally produced by the skin the most closely. It will rebalance and replenish your skin, regulate sebum production and protect the moisture barrier. Definitely one to look for in your bodycare products.
- Coconut Oil - Do you remember when a few years ago, all of a sudden coconut oil became the biggest skincare trend? It was (and still is) literally everywhere in body and hair care. And for a good reason - it really does moisturize the hell out of dry, sandpaper-like skin.
- Grapeseed oil - It is lighter than jojoba oil and coconut oil making it a great general moisturiser. Natural oils with larger molecules can leave a greasy film on your skin while grapeseed oil is extremely light in texture, quickly absorbed into your skin and doesn’t leave a residue. A little also goes a long way so apply just a few drops at a time. Ideal for using in the summer months! It is rich in linoleic acid which is vital to strengthen the membranes of skin cells as well as nourish dry skin.
- Abyssinian Oil - This underrated oil hasn’t received the recognition it deserves still, but is an amazing ingredient for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive. It contains a unique molecular structure, containing concentrations of over 60% of C22 omega-9 long-chain fatty acids as well as C18 omega-6 and omega-9, which are doses much higher than in any other natural oil. In plain English this means a bomb of nutrients for your skin.
- Borage Oil - Borage seed oil can alleviate skin inflammation including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. If you’re just feeling dry, you’ll love its calming, nourishing, redness-reducing prowess.
No oil exactly matches the natural oils in human skin. Just like your body benefits from different nutrients, so does your skin. So you're really limiting yourself by using single-ingredient products.
So we at Rebel Blends created a blend of nine oils containing different lipids and molecular structures to make you glow like the star on top of a Christmas tree. And we included all of our favourites for dry skin!