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How to Get Rid of Dry Skin

Updated on January 7, 2013

Steps to Bye Bye Dry Skin!

Are you worried about your dry, flaky skin? With some simple practices you can get rid of this problem and enjoy a healthy, glowing skin all year round.

With the onset of cold weather we get numerous complaints regarding the dry, flaky skin. Although some people have this skin type naturally yet the season is a big reason for the changes in your skin. Where you have been layering clothes and wearing warm, cozy boots, you should be taking care of your skin in this chilly weather. In this article, you would find useful tips and tricks on how to relieve and eventually get rid of dry skin.

Step 1

Invest in good moisturizers

Buying each and every moisturizer you get to know is not a good thing to do. You can find hundreds of body and facial moisturizers in stores and online but that doesn't mean that each and every lotion and cream is good for you. Many of us buy products without any research, and this can lead to a stash which is going to be wasted sooner. Just a few pointers for you:

-Choose moisturizers according to your skin type and condition

Some good choices are 'hydrating', 'rich', 'moisturizing' and 'for dry skin'. But again everything doesn't work well and for everyone. It takes time to find your HG products. To help you choose, I've compiled a list of some good moisturizers.

Top 10 Body Moisturizers for Winter Skin

-Inexpensive moisturizers CAN work as good as some expensive ones

Drugstore moisturizers would provide you two benefits: Firstly, these are as good as a high-end brand's, and then these are way cheaper! What do you think?

-Body butters, anyone?

Body butters are a new hype and are quite popular among women who don't seem to get rid of dry skin with any moisturizer. These are special formulations with butter-like consistency and often flavored with fruits, cocoa, coffee and more.

Body Moisturizers on Amazon - Body creams, lotions and butters!

Ready for a poll? - I want to know about your body moisturizer

Which type of body moisturizer do you use?

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Step 2

Don't skip exfoliation

If you are one of the people who think that exfoliation is only for summers, you are simply WRONG! Exfoliation is a great way to shed off dead skin cells and helps a lot getting rid of flakes covering the top of your skin. It also simulates oil glands so you can expect some shine after 5-10 minutes of scrubbing. So, how to exfoliate your skin?

-Buy a mild scrub or exfoliating body wash

Scrubs are creamy formulation with grains of walnut shell, strawberry seeds, or any similar thing. Now make sure you don't buy a harsh scrub. Go for mild scrubs that are creamy or moisturizing. Avoid those containing salicylic acid and other drying ingredients.

-Use your loofah

Loofah doesn't only exfoliate skin but also massages and helps healthy blood circulation. You can either use it alone or with your shower gel or body scrub.

Another poll... - to know your exfoliation process!

What do you use to exfoliate dry, dead skin?

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Step 3

Change your shower habits

Do you use soap for cleansing your skin? And do you love hot baths? If your answer is yes, then look out for what you are doing with your skin. Soap is a cleanser that strips moisture along with any dirt and grime on your skin. It can be very drying and does no good for your skin! So what can you do then?

-A shower cream would work wonders!

Shower cream, unlike shower gel is a moisturizing cream which lathers when applied to skin with water, and forms a protective layer on your skin when rinsed with water. It is available in many variations and form, so you can choose best one for yourself!

-Do you still want to use soap?

If yes, then go for a moisturizing soap bar. Dove makes a good one but some people don't find it enough moisturizing though. The choice is up to you, but choose one after careful research.

Shower Creams on Amazon - Your shower with hydration!

One last poll :) - to know how well you use products in shower!

What do you use to cleanse your body?

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What you do to relieve dry skin? - Any suggestion, tips, feedback?

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      chickie99 5 years ago

      nothing worse than dry skin!

      hate that clammy feeling!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I have a little problem with it myself. Thanks for the information.

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I use Lo'ccitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Milk for my dry skin and it helps.

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      dixiebliss 6 years ago

      I use a cocoa butter lotion, and I love it.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      since this lens is providing excellent tips for all, it deserves also some squidangel blessings.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      thank you for these helpful tips. we have very cold winter this year and i really have bad skin days. i use nivea and marigold cream from the pharmacy. this cream really protects the skin from cracking. when cracked, the skin really hurts like no one's business.

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      Dry skin is one of my biggest face problem esp. the flaky dried cells. And now it seems that they've already been answered after I read this lens. Thanks for your help! :)

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      I usually like to use natural remedy for moisturizing dry skin. One of my favorite is rose water mixed with fresh milk cream. Olive oil is another good option for dry skin.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I love trying out different lotions and creams and always looking for the "best" one :)

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      Demaw 6 years ago

      Nice tips, I like shea butter and coconut oil.

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      spider-girl 7 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Hi Pastiche, you seem quite concerned about your skin, and that's a very nice thing! Yes shea butter and olive oil always helps, you should go for shower creme for extra moisturizing and soft skin, wishes!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I use natural lotions with shea butter and olive oil plus vitamin e for my very dry skin. I've been using shower gel but I think perhaps I will try a shower creme. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      spider-girl 7 years ago

      @dahlia369: Thanks daria!

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      Nicely done & great resource. â¢ââAngel blessedââ⢠by the Bath and Body neighborhood Angel & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)