HOW CAN I GET RID OF CRACKED SKIN ON MY ELBOWS AND HANDS?
There are plenty of reasons you might have dry, cracked elbows and hands but no matter what the cause, the end result is the same: patches of skin that feel rough, uncomfortable, itchy, and painful. Sometimes they’re even embarrassing. It’s all too common for your skin to become dry in the winter months but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it- there are steps you can take to soothe and smooth your dry, dehydrated skin.
Why is my skin dry?
Our skin is exposed to a lot through the seasons, and that’s especially the case during the cooler months- frigid temperatures outside and indoor heating mean our skin is constantly exposed to dry air that zaps moisture from it. Or you may be using a body wash or hand soap that’s too harsh for your skin. Perhaps you are simply not moisturizing enough, or the temperature of water you use in the shower is too hot and it’s stripping your skin of its natural oils. While your skin might be dehydrated from head to toe, your hands, elbows, knees, and feet are the most common areas for your body to show dryness. You’ve probably noticed the skin on your elbows and knees is darker than the rest of your body, but have you ever wondered why? The skin in these areas is unique as it’s constantly stretching, rubbing against clothes, and banging into things. Your elbows get a lot more contact with other objects than the rest of your body, making the skin a bit rougher and leaving it prone to irritation, redness, and dehydration. Your hands might be softer than your elbows, but they take quite a beating as well- not even covered by clothing, our hands are constantly in contact with the world around us. Exposure to cold winter air hinders the skin’s ability to retain moisture, causing it to become dry. Not to mention the fact that you probably wash your hands more than usual during winter to escape catching your colleagues flu or your little one’s stomach bug. As a result, the skin around our nails and our cuticles often becomes dry and jagged, sometimes even cracking.
A body care routine for winter
Your elbows and hands might be a key area of focus for you, but it’s a good idea to have a body care routine that focuses on optimal skin hydration for the whole body. Applying moisturizer everyday will help maintain the moisture levels in your skin, and you can always pay special attention to any problem areas with an extra layer of moisture when you need to.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Exfoliating might seem counterproductive as most people think it only weakens the skin, making it more dry, but in fact it’s the opposite! Exfoliation removes dead skin cell buildup on the surface of the skin, effectively smoothing and softening the outer layer of the skin, while also preparing it to better absorb moisturizer. Biotherm Lait de Gommage is an ultra-creamy and gentle exfoliating milk that cleanses and smooths skin in one step. Simply massage the scrub into damp skin and then rinse thoroughly.
Step 2: Moisturize
Dermatologists recommend applying a body moisturizer within five minutes of stepping out of the shower to avoid as much water loss as possible (this is especially important if you have dehydrated skin). You only need to pat your skin dry with a towel and then smooth a comforting milk over your entire body, taking a moment to focus on any dry areas like your elbows and hands to replenish skin hydration levels. Delightfully smooth and blissfully fresh, Biotherm Lait Corporel helps reduce flaky skin and restores your skin’s moisture barrier, leaving behind total comfort and a fresh citrus scent.
Step 3: Treat
Pamper your hands throughout the day with a nourishing hand cream. Biotherm Biomains is a multi-performance treatment that leaves a protective, but non-greasy, film over the skin to retain moisture while strengthening the nails with ingredient D-Panthenol. This everyday lotion absorbs rapidly into your hands without feeling sticky or oily, so you can quickly move on with your day. Apply the cream as often as you feel you need it, but at least once a day for well-protected, hydrated and smooth skin.