Very dry skin – feet, knees, elbows and hands. How to effectively moisturise the skin?

How to moisturise very dry skin? These questions usually arise in late autumn, winter and early spring. It’s not surprising. The weather conditions characteristic for these seasons, which also impact the temperature and humidity indoors, prove to be very challenging for thin and delicate skin. However, these are not the only causes of very dry skin this time of year. Find out what causes dry skin and how to address this problem.


Dry skin usually occurs in the areas which are most exposed to external factors, i.e. hands and face, and where the skin is constantly moving, i.e. elbows, knees and heels. However, dry skin can also affect other areas of the body. A lot depends on the cause of this issue.

Very dry skin – causes

Very dry skin on the hands or other areas of the body most often results from following a skincare routine which does not meet the needs of the skin or from making diet mistakes. All it takes for the epidermis to become rough, reddened and tightened is insufficient water intake, frequent exposure to cold and water or contact with irritants. In such cases, many people use a regular cream and forget about the problem.

However, we should not underestimate this issue when the skin becomes dehydrated. The causes of very dry skin can include:

Your skin may also become dry gradually as you age. Elderly patients’ skin is much thinner and more susceptible to irritation than that of younger people. Very often the cosmetic products which used to be effective no longer work and the patient’s skin becomes dry, despite a carefully followed skincare routine. 


Symptoms of very dry skin 

What should you do if you’re unsure whether you need to use products for very dry skin? It is quite easy to recognise dehydrated skin, because its symptoms are very characteristic and difficult to confuse with any other skin condition. Those symptoms include:

Dryness may also be accompanied by brittle nails and even bleeding from the skin. As a result, simple tasks like washing hands or getting dressed can cause pain. This is why it is so important to prevent and appropriately treat dry skin.


How can you treat dry skin? 

Very dry skin on hands, feet and other parts of the body needs, first and foremost, an adequate dose of hydration and lubrication, i.e. its hydrolipid balance must be restored. In order to achieve that, you need to start using cosmetic products which contain ingredients that help moisturise and nourish the epidermis. 

Are you wondering what products are the best choice for very dry skin? We recommend products with urea which helps increase hydration levels in the stratum corneum and reduce TEWL, or transepidermal water loss. You can find urea in products such as:


In order to complement a dry skin routine, you can also choose products that contain ingredients of plant origin. They include:


Bear in mind that using creams or lotions for very dry skin is not enough. It is necessary to drink enough water each day and follow a healthy, balanced diet which meets the body’s individual needs. By following this advice, you can solve the problem of dry skin and regain the feeling of comfort.

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