The best way to remove dry skin is to focus on restoring moisture to the affected area and then protecting the skin to avoid future breakouts. Washing and exfoliating the skin will help remove dry patches by brushing away dead skin cells. Recurrent moisturizing with the right product to restore hydration and elasticity will soothe the irritating symptoms of the dry patches and help heal the skin. Most importantly, after you remove dry skin, it is important to follow some simple guidelines to maintain the progress you made and prevent new dry patches from occurring in the future.
Treating dry skin begins with washing and exfoliating. Using warm — not hot — water to wash will soften your skin and open up your pores, not only cleansing, but also prepping the skin for the next steps in treatment. Exfoliate the skin by gently applying a scrub, preferably one made with gentle particles such as rounded beads or sugars that dissolve easily and will not tear at the skin. After exfoliating, pat dry just enough so skin is not dripping wet and immediately apply a rich, high quality moisturizer to lock in moisture and soothe with healing ingredients.
The best moisturizer to remove dry skin will probably contain ingredients such as mineral oils, lanolin, glycerin, ceramides, natural butters, aloe, or hyaluronic acid. These quality ingredients will help seal in moisture, which will help with dry skin by replenishing and nourishing skin cells. After you remove dry skin, you will most likely notice that not only will the skin look less dull and more elastic and healthy, but also that any itching, cracking, or flakiness you once noticed has diminished. If dry skin worsens, you may have a mild medical condition such as rosacea or eczema, and should seek dermatological assistance.
Maintaining healthy new skin upon the removal of dry, dead skin can usually be accomplished by avoiding certain contributing behaviors. Exposure to excessively hot water and to harsh chemicals such as soaps, cleaners, and some artificial additives can all cause skin to dry out. Similarly, exposure to too much wind and sun can strip skin of natural oils and cause unpleasant and unsightly dryness. Limiting exposure to these dry skin facilitators and continuing to follow a routine of exfoliating and moisturizing will help improve the texture and appearance of skin. Prevention is a great strategy, because it is harder to remove dry skin than to stop it from occurring.