Skin knowledge Guide Dry skin on the legs – helpful skincare tips
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Dry skin on the legs - helpful skincare tips

Dryness on the legs, rough knees or scaly shins are not only unpleasant, but also indicate that the skin in these areas lacks moisture and care. But what exactly is the cause of rough and dry skin on the legs and what can you do to restore enough moisture to the dried-out skin? Learn tips and tricks on how to avoid dry skin on your legs.

Detect dry skin on the legs

Dryness on the legs can manifest itself in different ways. Mostly you notice that the skin is rough or scaly, but also fine lines or even cracks can become visible. If you tend to have extremely dry skin, you may notice itching or an uncomfortable feeling of tightness. The most common places where dryness on the legs becomes noticeable are the knees, shins and ankles.

Causes of dry skin on the legs

But why is your skin prone to dryness on the legs? Dryness is generally a sign that the moisture balance is no longer in equilibrium and the skin lacks moisture. Reasons for this can be predisposition, age or even taking medication. With age, the skin often becomes drier and thinner – this is also referred to as parchment skin. Because the skin in the affected areas is very fine and thin, wounds can also develop quickly. In the case of dry skin on the legs, the shin is more frequently affected. But external factors or mechanical stimuli can also cause dry skin on the legs and have an influence on the moisture balance of your skin. A pair of jeans that is too tight can rub against your top layer of skin, causing increased skin flaking. The friction weakens the skin’s natural barrier, causing it to lose moisture and dry out. Small lines and cracks caused by dryness are the result, making the skin look rough and unhealthy. When the skin is dry, the function of the skin’s protective barrier, which is to regulate moisture, also deteriorates. As a result, the skin loses moisture even faster and the consequence is the drying of the skin on the legs. Friction weakens the skin’s natural barrier, causing it to lose moisture and dry out. 

Small lines and cracks caused by dryness are the result, making the skin look rough and unhealthy. When the skin is dry, the function of the skin’s protective barrier, which is to regulate moisture, also deteriorates. As a result, the skin loses moisture even faster. The result is the drying of the skin on the legs. 

 
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Dry skin due to change of season

However, dry skin on the legs can also be weather-dependent. Depending on the season, the skin has to adapt to different climatic conditions – in summer, for example, to increased sunlight and in winter to dry heating air. These changes can put additional stress on the skin and eventually lead to dryness on the legs.

Helpful care tips against dry skin on the legs

Peeling and oil

For dry skin on the legs, it is best to use an oil peeling. This makes the skin smooth and supple and nourishes it intensively – in just one step! In addition, the peeling frees dead skin cells and soothes the skin. The oil nourishes the flaky and dry skin on the legs, so that it can better retain moisture again. An oil scrub for dry legs can be made with sea salt, for example: For this, mix half a cup of olive oil with coarse-grained sea salt until a homogeneous mass is formed.

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Suitable care products

Remember to moisturize your dry legs every day by using non-greasy and moisturizing creams. Also, reach for a body lotion that has a low fat content. Ideally, your skincare will contain natural moisture-retaining factors like urea. If you have dry skin on your legs, it is best to apply the cream twice a day with circular movements after cleansing – this improves the absorption of moisture and active ingredients. Ideally, you should also use a pH-neutral and mild product for your shower gel.

Lukewarm shower and gentle shave

If you have dry skin on your legs, avoid hot baths and make sure you prefer lukewarm water and do not shower for too long. Too hot water rinses the natural oil film from the skin and the skin can tend to dryness. In addition, you should also make sure that you use a mild, nourishing shaving foam when shaving, because shaving can mean stress for dry legs. Especially after shaving, you should pay special attention to your shins and care for them with a suitable body lotion.

Product tips for dry skin on the legs

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