While the temperatures linger in the 20s to 50s, and we’re snug in our sweaters, woolly socks, and gloves, worries over hardened skin are put on ice, so to speak. However, when spring begins poking her head out with more frequency, you may start to agonize over what to do with that “alligator skin” you’ve developed on your elbows, the soles of your feet, or other parts of your body that haven’t seen the light of day since November. This dilemma takes anti-aging skin treatments that you do at home to a whole new level that you may not normally think about.
The cause of this problem stems from dehydrated skin… and I mean many layers of it. Unfortunately, increasing your intake of water daily is not going to help. The solution is going to entail maximizing the moisture that you apply to this area of hardened, extremely dry skin. Obviously, your goal is to soften these patches and, in doing so, improve the look of this skin…so you’re not self-conscious about wearing those sleeveless tops and sandals in a month or two.
To increase the moisture content that you’re able to deliver to this dry skin, it helps to add a little moisture BEFORE you actually apply your regular moisturizing agent. In order to accomplish this, use your shower time to your skin’s benefit. A couple minutes after you are done is a perfect time to smooth your moisturizing cream into those rough spots prior to drying off.
If you’re intent on getting the most out of a moisturizer for this purpose, you need to keep in mind that lotions are not nearly as good as a moisturizing cream; and products, such as Vasoline, are even better for making that rough skin disappear. The drawback to that, of course, is the messiness. It goes without saying that being diligent about your moisturizing routine is key; and the messier it is, the less likely you are to do it.
Don’t worry if you’re not showering every day when you are moisturizing. You can always simply dampen the specific spot that is problematic.
Although it may sound like much more trouble than it’s worth, if you don’t mind going to great lengths to rid yourself of the alligator look, you can go follow the moisten/apply moisturizer steps; and then wrap the spot with Saran Wrap overnight. Multiple applications (twice a day) can also speed up the process.
Though I regularly post articles about anti-aging regimens for you skin, including glycolic peels, hardened dry skin is a condition that is going to require special attention. If you have any questions about this issue or any other skin-related problems, I’d be happy to respond to your comment.