During the cold, winter months, you may find yourself applying skin lotions more often than usual. Slathering rejuvenating cream on parched skin certainly feels fantastic, but locations such as your back are much more difficult to reach, and therefore don’t get the relief that the rest of your body does. Here are some dry skin remedies that will work to keep your back and shoulders just as hydrated and smooth as the rest of your body.
Step One: Bathing
Warm water is comforting in the cold weather, but don’t turn the heat up any higher. Warm water is less drying to the skin than hot. In addition, decrease the length of time you spend bathing to prevent dryness.
Choose a moisturizing shower gel or soap, and ensure no traces of it remain when you finish bathing.
Step Two: Exfoliation
You may choose to exfoliate while you bathe, but you can also complete this step before or after showering. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells on your back, so moisturizers are able to penetrate the skin better. Apply a small amount of body scrub to the brush end of a long-handled scrub brush. You can find these at most drugstores. The long-handled brush is ideal for exfoliating the back, which is ordinarily difficult to reach. Use the brush to exfoliate the skin on your back in a circular motion, if you can. Be sure to scrub the width of the shoulders and all the way down to the lower back as well. Rinse off the body scrub completely when you are finished.
Step Three: Moisturizing
Once you’ve sloughed off the dead cells, pat yourself down with a towel so that skin is just barely damp. Immediately after bathing is when your body’s pores are the most open, and moisturizing will provide the best benefits. Use a hydrating cream or other natural skin cream to rub lotion into your shoulders. The elbows are a typical trouble spot, so ensure you apply your natural skin lotion there too. If you have trouble reaching your back with just your hands, you can purchase a lotion applicator for only a few dollars; these applicators, similar to your scrub brush, have a long wooden or plastic handle with a foam or sponge head attached. Pour a small amount of moisturizing cream onto your applicator, and rub it into your back. Repeat as needed, and rinse the applicator head after use.
When choosing the best moisturizer for dry skin, you want to look for a formula that will absorb fairly quickly and that won’t clog pores. This will prevent your back from developing acne or appearing oily.
Finally, keep skin hydrated throughout the day with a humidifier in your home or office.