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very, very dry legs

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WipsGlitter Thu 14-Apr-16 20:51:07

Combo of being covered with tights and too hot baths probably. You could grate cheese on them. Any suggestions? Preferably something that really soaks in - I seem to have very unabsorbent skin!

MrsT2007 Thu 14-Apr-16 20:52:13

Exfoliate first, the shower mitts are fab
Moisturising shower stuff
Then try coconut oil

WipsGlitter Thu 14-Apr-16 21:02:33

Thanks. Will try the moisturising showed stuff. Can't stand the smell of coconut unfortunately!!

FishOn Thu 14-Apr-16 21:06:20

a good scrub, and I use Aveeno body lotion. You need to apply moisturizer every day I find to keep them nice.

chipsandpeas Thu 14-Apr-16 21:08:49

baby oil

ThisIslandGirl Thu 14-Apr-16 21:11:33

I definitely agree with Fish0n, you have to do it every day, I think this matters more than what you use.

I always had really dry, cracked legs and when I had ds and started breastfeeding they got worse. Every day I shave, lightly exfoliate and use E45 lotion and they are pretty good at the minute. If I skip it for more than two days they get dry and cracked again sad

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 14-Apr-16 21:12:54

Exfoliate, then use La Roche Posay Lipikar lotion. It's the only thing that works on my lizard legs and armadillo elbows. Also tried Nip & Fab Dry Leg Cream but it wasn't as good.

botemp Thu 14-Apr-16 21:22:21

Thread on lizard legs yesterday on here too, might be a good additional read?

Stopmithering Thu 14-Apr-16 21:25:48

E45 lotion.

Newes Thu 14-Apr-16 21:26:59


GruffaloMoggy Thu 14-Apr-16 21:28:39

Baby oil on wet legs, then dry off with a towel. Dont rinse.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 14-Apr-16 21:29:01

My legs are cracked I've got a sort of varicose eczema and I've found Neals Yard body butters good

WipsGlitter Thu 14-Apr-16 21:30:19

Thanks everyone!

Hobbes8 Thu 14-Apr-16 21:31:57

Also drink lots and lots of water.

Ambroxide Thu 14-Apr-16 21:33:48

I find the best thing for my dry skin is an oily scrub (can easily make your own with olive oil and caster sugar rather than salt plus a few drops of lavender or rose oil if cost is an issue). I apply it in the bath and then shower it off. It is worth giving the bath a rinse after as it can be a bit slippery.

Thisismyfirsttime Thu 14-Apr-16 21:47:06

Shower and exfoliate with exfoliating gloves and a cheap scrub. I find baby oil very drying on my skin and it gets tight and itchy but the Johnson's baby oil gel is great for me. Rub in for ages (good for cellulite!) and put on loose old tracksuit or pyjama bottoms that you don't mind being a bit ruined and do it early enough that you don't go to bed for a couple of hours. You can't do it and put daytime clothes on. Or try using the gloves with Superdrug aqueous (?) cream in the shower and moisturising with it after. Both work well for feet/ elbows/ scrubbing off built up fake tan or patchy real tan too!

Haribogirl Thu 14-Apr-16 22:16:28

Ditto exfoliate. Then coconut oil. That's all I ever use now, you think ugh it's greasy but when you rub it in No

MeadowHay Fri 15-Apr-16 11:06:52

I only exfoliate about once a week, using an exoliating glove and an exfoliating soap from Lush, can't remember its name. I have only been shaving about once a week as well but now that the weather is warming up here I will probably soon be increasing this dramatically. I have very sensitive skin and eczema so shaving upsets my skin and my legs get really dry and itchy a lot. To minimise this I shave with a good, sharp razor, and use Oilatum bath additive instead of shaving gel (get this from my GP but you can buy it OTC as well).

After showering is always the best time to moisturise as your skin absorbs it more. At the moment I am using Mixa moisturiser, which I find is moisturising but nice and light too. Other things I have found to be good are Diprobase (get that off my GP but you can buy it OTC), Cetaphil, Body Shop body butters (pricey so only as a treat). Ideally you want to be moisturising twice a day, once after a shower and then again before bed. If you're like me and have eczema the national eczema society actually reccommends moisturising at least 4 times a day, which I have never ever done but wish I could be bothered to (my legs often get all red and I scratch and sometimes it bleed and things). Also wearing tights is bad for dry, itchy legs as you said.

cavedescreux Fri 15-Apr-16 11:12:57

I found E45 lotion better than coco oil, mothers balm, Shea butter (pure and 30% body cream). I was sceptical but it has worked for me too.

JaneJeffer Fri 15-Apr-16 11:21:04

I agree with Aveeno.

auldspinster Fri 15-Apr-16 12:17:55

I get Eucerin 10% Urea lotion on prescription but you can get it from boots for about a tenner.

Ambroxide Fri 15-Apr-16 15:22:19

Mixa is brilliant.

thereistheball Fri 15-Apr-16 15:27:39

I get excema on my shins if they get too dry. The first time this happened I was referred to a dermatologist who prescribed Cetraben. Its medical-grade moisturiser and you will find it behind the counter in pharmacies, not on the shelf or in the supermarket - but you don't need a prescription to buy it. For seriously dry skin, it's the business.

GERTgert06 Fri 15-Apr-16 18:41:20

Baby oil will fix it.

Rainatnight Fri 15-Apr-16 18:43:22

Aveeno is magic. Fixes the driest of skins and feels gorgeous and non-greasy. The skin on my legs sometimes gets so dry it cracks open, so I speak from experience ...

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