Summary of the issue

Dry skin on your legs: what are the solutions?

If after showering, you feel that the skin on your legs feels tight, it feels rough and has a straighter (the famous “crocodile skin”), there is no doubt they suffer from dryness. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions available to give you to keep them soft. We'll help you make sense of it.

Why is the skin on my legs dry?

Dry skin is a skin condition. It is constant and does not just affect the face. The rest of your body is also affected. Like your legs for example.

The problem is that, in addition to factors that are difficult to control (such as age or genetics), there are other factors that contribute to dry legs. 

So perhaps you have prepared for this dryness without knowing it. Overly hot showers and baths tend to alter the hydrolipidic film, which is supposed to protect our epidermis. Cosmetics that are not adapted to your skin (like overly high PH soaps) also have a negative impact. Just like the waxing or shaving of tight legs that will irritate and weaken your skin. 

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Adapt your daily routine to combat dry legs

In order to protect the skin on your legs every day, a “beauty” routine will help restore suppleness and softness:

  • As you know, water that is too hot is harsh on the skin. When showering, choose a temperature between 32 and 34°C;
  • The water you use for your washing is perhaps too “hard”, so do not stay in the shower too long;
  • Wash your legs with your hands. They are softer than cleansing gloves and other sponges...
  • Cleansers and body washes are a must! Look for gentle, soap-free skin care;
  • If you enjoy bathing, add a liquid emollient, such as a washing oil, to neutralise the hardness of the water;
  • To dry yourself, with a soft towel, go gently, patting, not rubbing...

I always apply my moisturizing balm after my shower. It spreads more easily, faster, and I don’t need much of it.


For crocodile skin, the “exfoliation” option

Do you think that if you have dry skin, you should avoid scrubs so as not to make the skin more fragile? This is a widely held view, but it is not true. Instead, gently exfoliating your skin will help to remove dead skin, smooth and refine skin texture, while hydrating the skin. For this, apply your product once or twice a week in the shower. Massage gently, concentrating on thicker areas such as the knees and heels, then rinse thoroughly.

How to apply treatment to your legs

Cleanse, exfoliate... and now hydrate. Here's another essential step for maintaining your legs. But how do you apply your skincare?

Use an emollient

Why? It is a formula that moisturizes and softens the skin. The “barrier” function is restored, and your skin is protected. But it is also softened, sensations of discomfort and scratching are reduced.

In one easy step

Ideally, after each shower or bath. This is because the treatment is best applied to slightly damp skin. Apply by making large circular motions, rising from the calf to the thigh. Pay attention to areas prone to dryness such as knees. If you've tried to apply it after your shower, there's nothing stopping you from having to get them in front of your favourite series, for example...

Don't forget your feet

They are often overlooked, yet the feet deserve our full attention. To prevent calluses from forming, don't neglect your heels. And to prevent cuticles from forming, moisturize your nails and toes every day.

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