How to Deal with Very Dry Skin on Legs

Attaining soft, smooth legs has never been easier and can be all yours by following this guide. Here you can discover tips on how to effectively soothe very dry skin...

Our confidence levels are certainly lifted when our legs are soft and smooth, and we feel comfortable with anything that we wear. However, our skin can look rough, dry, and even flaky, at times making us feel self-conscious. Very dry skin on legs can be caused by many factors including hot baths or showers, weather conditions, and shaving – anything that strips the skin of its natural moisturisers and oils. Having dry legs is something we can prevent and also treat with the right methods and products.

Follow these four tips to get your legs feeling smooth, prevent dryness, and get the dry  skin on your legs looking and feeling healthy again.

How to Deal with Very Dry Skin on Legs
How to prevent dry skin in winter:
  • Exfoliate Once a Week.
    Exfoliate Once a Week.
    Skin can be easily irritated by exfoliating too often. While it can be tempting to use exfoliating body brushes and granulated body scrubs to deal with dry, flaky skin – exfoliate no more than once a week to avoid aggravation. This will help to remove dry, damaged skin cells from the surface without over exfoliating and causing too much irritation to the skin.
  • Moisturise Daily
    Moisturise Daily

    In addition to exfoliating the surface of the skin, you need to tackle the problem by moisturising and helping to renew dry skin. Moisturisers and lotions containing Vaseline® Jelly are great at rejuvenating and replacing lost moisture at the source. For example, Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Restore Lotion, with micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly, replenishes skin moisture and absorb deeply to keep skin looking healthy.

    Once you’ve chosen a suitable moisturiser, add this quick step-by-step guide to your daily routine for softer, hydrated legs:

    • Wash with a gentle liquid cleanser – avoid using harsh soaps, as these are more likely to strip the skin of moisture making dry skin look even worse.
    • Gently pat your legs dry with a clean, soft cloth – rough towels may further remove natural oils, drying your legs out even more.
    • Seal the moisture in your legs after drying by thoroughly massaging a good moisturising lotion into your skin – use a lotion that absorbs quickly, so you can get dressed and get on with your day.

  • Use a Moisturising Gel when Shaving
    Use a Moisturising Gel when Shaving
    Shaving is often an overlooked factor and one of the most common causes for dry  skin. There are natural oils that help keep the skin soft and hydrated. Shaving your legs can remove these natural oils and may also create abrasions in the skin, leading to dryness. You can help replenish lost oils and moisture by using a moisturising shaving foam or gel, rather than just shaving legs with water and regular soap. It’s also vital that you care for your legs after shaving to prevent them from drying out. Use a moisturiser like Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Advanced Strength Lotion which contains healing micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly – to help replace lost moisture.
  • Soothe Dry Legs
    Soothe Dry Legs

    Dry skin on the legs is often caused by lack of moisture – moisturising regularly can help counteract the effects of dry skin and minimise resulting unpleasant effects. Whether you’ve got dry lower legs, dry thighs, or your whole leg is dry, a variety of factors can lead to dry skin on legs, so they need to be treated with special care, for example:

    Chafing – Sweat can make legs hot and clammy, causing rubbing and pulling of the skin as you walk. It can create an uncomfortable patch of raw-feeling skin and can result in soreness and irritation between the legs. A useful tip would be to lubricate the skin and to add a protective barrier, by using Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly, which will help to reduce friction and chafing between the legs when walking or exercising. This protective layer prevents sweat from seeping into the chafed skin and irritating it further.

    Dry skin on legs can be uncomfortable, so it’s important to focus on finding quick, simple ways to moisturise and soothe the skin. And it’s not just about treating dry legs, preventing the skin from drying out is also good practice.

Following a good skin care routine that involves moisturising daily, exfoliating once a week, and caring for your legs during and after shaving, will help prevent dry skin, and will help you to maintain soft, healthy-looking legs in the long term. The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.