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Does the skin on your legs and arms appear scaly? You’re not alone. Scaly skin is a common symptom of dry skin. It can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of the feet, knees, and elbows. It can be caused by external factors, such as extreme weather, harsh soaps and household products, as well as existing skin conditions. 

Scaly skin occurs when the top layer of the epidermis begins to flake and peel off, meaning that the surface of the skin has become compromised. Some skin conditions interfere with the structure or moisture levels of the skin, causing dryness. Age, climate, genetics, illnesses such as diabetes or kidney disease, or occupations that require frequent handwashing may also factor into scaly skin. 

Oftentimes, dry, scaly skin feels tight and itchy. If left untreated, extremely dry skin can crack and bleed, putting you at risk of infection. If you’re looking for ways to ease the discomfort, here are products you can try. 

Shower with a Nourishing Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Avoid taking long, hot showers if you want to repair your dry, scaly skin.

Scaly skin is dry skin, which makes it prone to irritation and inflammation. Prevent further damage by showering with a moisturizing body wash that’s formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid fragrances as well, since these can further trigger irritation or allergic reactions. Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is formulated with NutriMoisture technology, which replenishes your skin with nutrients with a clinically tested, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free formula.

Avoid taking long showers, since prolonged exposure to water can also dry the skin. Keep it under 10 minutes, and try to limit your use of hot water as this can damage the skin’s surface and aggravate your scaly skin.

Use a Deeply Moisturizing Lotion

Always protect your skin with sunscreen, since prolonged sun exposure can cause further dryness.

If you want to lock moisture in, apply your cream or lotion right after showering while your skin is still damp. Use Vaseline Fresh & Bright Cooling Lotion, which restores lost moisture while delivering brightening protection and an instant cooling effect of –4 degrees Celsius — perfect for hot weather that makes your skin sweat and itch.

You should also try to avoid sun exposure, which evaporates oil and moisture from the skin and makes it even dryer. If you have to be outdoors, use Vaseline Healthy Bright SPF24 PA++, a brightening defense lotion with Vaseline Jelly. It lightens, hydrates, and softens skin while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays.

Apply Moisturizer on Your Face

If you have scaly skin on your face, always pat dry with a towel after washing. Never rub, or you’ll put your skin at risk for infection or inflammation. Drink plenty of water and eat water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables to hydrate your skin from within.

Take care of dry, scaly skin with these moisturizing products that deliver extra nourishment to the skin while protecting it from UV rays and further inflammation.