Keeping your skin moisturised to prevent dryness

Dry skin is usually caused by lack of water or fluids together with an unbalanced and unhealthy diet. Continuous exposure to sunlight and harsh weather can also be associated with dry itchy skin. If none of these apply, then dry flaky skin can also be because of stress.

Treatment for dry skin

Hands – find a really good hand cream that you can also carry with you in your handbag. Using it daily will help reduce dry skin patches. If this does not work, try buying moisturising gloves and use daily. Try not to over wash hands as this can also dry out skin.

Feet – Soak feet regularly. I soak my feet in olive oil diluted with water and it leaves my feet silky and smooth. So there’s no need to buy expensive foot soak solutions. If this does not appeal to you, then try moisturizing socks – this works well in winter where the temperature drops so you can wear socks at night.

Body – there are many creams available from the chemist or health shop. Prescription medicines to treat dry skin are also available over the counter. Speak to a pharmacist for more information.

The best treatment for dry skin I found is baby oil. It’s cheap, ideal for sensitive skin and widely available. It’s most effective if used after a shower when skin is still wet.

If you have tried various treatments and still suffer from very dry skin, then visit your GP as you may be suffering from eczema and require intensive treatment not available from the chemist.