Top 3 Dry Skin Treatments for Achy Flaky Skin

Are you tired of battling flaky and dry skin? If so, you're not alone.

Once upon a time I relied on sticky ointments in the false belief they would soothe my sore, dry skin. However, they only weakened my skin barrier, and my skin still felt sore and dry the following day.

I have hyperlinear palms (lots of lines on my palms) which is linked to dry skin and eczema (atopic dermatitis), so I thought I would struggle with dry skin for life. 

Dry skin runs in our family as my cousins and parents also had the same dry skin. However, I found a solution that works for everyone. And it also helped to clear up my skin rash. 

In this blog, we'll explore three highly effective dry skin treatments that can transform your skincare routine and bring back that coveted moisture.

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1. Gentle Cleansing: Say Goodbye to Soap and Hello to Sulphate-Free Cleansers

When it comes to cleansing dry skin, ditching harsh soaps in favour of gentle, sulphate-free cleansers can make a world of difference. Traditional bar soaps and foaming cleansers often contain harsh detergents and chemicals that strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling tight, dry and irritated.

Another problem with soap is their pH is too alkaline, so they disrupt your skin’s natural pH which should be acidic (to deter nasty microbes from disrupting your skin’s microbiome).

In contrast, sulphate-free cleansers are formulated with milder surfactants that effectively cleanse the skin without compromising its moisture barrier, so they are better for dry skin types.

Opt for cleansers that are specifically designed for dry skin or sensitive skin types, as these are typically formulated to be gentle and non-stripping. Look for ingredients like glycerin (glycerol), shea butter and vitamin B5, which can help to hydrate and soothe the skin while effectively removing impurities and makeup.

When cleansing dry skin, it's also important to avoid hot water, which can further dehydrate the skin and exacerbate dryness and eczema. Instead, use lukewarm water and gently massage the cleanser onto damp skin using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft towel. Follow up with a hydrating moisturiser or serum to lock in moisture and keep your skin feeling soft and supple.

 2. Avoid thick ointments

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Ointments are overrated because they do not contain the right mix of ingredients for dry, parched skin. They are water-free and they often contain petroleum jelly and mineral oils which can clog the skin's pores.

Your skin is made up of approximately 64% water, so it's crucial to replenish this moisture to maintain optimal skin health and hydration. According to a study published in PubMed titled "Water and the Stratum Corneum: Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2016 - PubMed - NCBI," the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, contains a significant amount of water, which is essential for maintaining its barrier function and preventing dryness. Therefore, using occlusive ointments that lack water content may hinder the skin's ability to retain moisture, leading to further dehydration and potential skin issues. Opt instead for hydrating creams that contain a balance of water and oils to effectively moisturise and protect your skin.

    3. 24-Hour Rescue: Your Skin's Superhero 

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    When it comes to rescuing dry, achy skin, a reliable cream that is thick like body butter can become your skin's superhero.

    As mentioned, I struggled with dry, flaky skin and each morning I would wake up with sore skin which had me reaching for ointments that did not work.

    But my struggles led me on a journey to create an intensive moisturiser that is formulated to provide deep hydration and nourishment, helping to replenish moisture levels and restore the skin's natural barrier.

    Now when I wake up in the morning, I don’t have sore dry skin. I don’t reach for a skin cream in a desperate bid for relief. My skin stays hydrated all night and all morning. “Reaching for a skin cream” is the LAST thing I do in my morning routine. Sometimes I don’t apply skin cream all day because my skin is STILL hydrated from yesterday’s cream application. It’s awesome.

    My favourite 24-Hour Rescue ingredients include shea butter, glycerin, camellia (green tea) oil, apricot oil and castor oil, plus it contains some water to give my skin the perfect mix of oils and water.

    Avoid these skincare ingredients:

    1. Mineral oil: Mineral oil is a common ingredient found in many skincare products, but it can clog pores and potentially exacerbate acne or other skin issues.
    2. Fragrance: Fragrances added to skincare products may cause irritation or allergic reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin.
    3. Parabens: Parabens are preservatives often used in cosmetics, but they have been linked to hormone disruption and other health concerns.
    4. Olive oil (Olea Europaea): A study published in PubMed ( found that while olive oil is commonly used in skincare, it disrupts the skin barrier function. Another study found after 4 weeks of topically applying olive oil it caused mild irritation and reduced skin barrier function in people with eczema.

    24-Hour Rescue

    One of the key benefits of 24-hour Rescue is its long-lasting hydration. Unlike lighter lotions or creams that may require frequent reapplication, a quality body butter can provide continuous moisture for extended periods, ensuring your skin stays soft and supple throughout the day. It is also 100% natural and has a “gentle on skin” 30-day money back guarantee. So there is no risk trying it.

    Apply it liberally to dry areas, such as elbows, knees, and hands, before bedtime for an overnight moisture boost that leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated all night and the next morning.

    Whether you're dealing with dry skin, chapped lips, rough heels, or flaky patches, a trusty rescue balm can provide instant relief and lasting hydration, making it a must-have in your skincare arsenal.

    In conclusion, combatting dry skin requires a multifaceted approach.

    1. 24-hour Rescue balm
    2. Gentle cleansing
    3. Ointment avoidance

    By incorporating these top three dry skin treatments into your skincare routine, you can nourish and replenish your skin, unveiling a radiant complexion that's hydrated, healthy, and full of vitality. Say goodbye to lacklustre, dry skin and hello to a newfound glow that's sure to turn heads wherever you go.

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