Very dry skin

Very dry skin needs lots of attention

How to strengthen your skin's natural protective barrier and reduce extreme dry skin

Icy temperatures, dry air from heating systems and reduced sebum production can all caused reduced skin hydration, leading to really dry skin. Skin which is already very dry needs extra special care. Rich creams and soft skin oils support the skin's natural regeneration.

Care for very dry skin

How does very dry skin occur?

Some people have naturally very dry skin, whilst other only suffer from reddened and itchy areas of skin during the winter months. For some, when untreated these reddened and itchy winter month areas can also turn into short periods of extreme dry skin. These then develop into rough and chapped areas and give the skin an uncomfortable tight feeling.

This is often due to the sebaceous glands, as it is their job to provide the skin with oils and thus protect it from drying out. If there are only a few sebaceous glands, or if they aren't working properly, the skin will dry out quickly. This can be a leading contributor to extreme dry skin.

Very dry skin will therefore often occur in areas with not many sebaceous glands and not much subcutaneous tissue. This is particularly true of areas such as the elbows, knees or shins.
Whilst the sebaceous glands produce plenty of sebum during puberty, sebum production decreases as you get older. The skin needs increased and richer care, in a bid to prevent really dry skin before it occurs.
External factors can also cause very dry skin to develop. This includes cold, heat, sunlight, excessive contact with water, a poor diet or a lack of moisture.
Many people suffer from very dry skin especially during the winter months, as the cold deprives the skin of moisture. On top of that, the sebaceous glands produce less sebum in winter. This drying out is then worsened by dry air from heating systems.
You should therefore give your skin plenty of attention during the winter months and pamper dry and very dry skin with a moisture care cream. Find out more about the reasons for dry skin here.

Caring properly for dry hands

Dry hands

Rough and reddened hands can be an early warning sign of really dry skin on the horizon. These hands need rapid care from a hand cream for very dry skin. NIVEA Repair & Care Hand Balm surrounds very dry skin with a protective layer and soothes it.

Rich care for very dry skin

How to strengthen your skin’s natural protective barrier

Simple and effective care tips for very dry skin everyday

  • Don't shower or bathe for too long in water that is too hot - 32 degrees is a sufficient water temperature.
  • Cleanse your skin in the shower with care products developed for very dry skin, such as NIVEA Creme Sensitive Shower Cream.
  • Moisturise on a daily basis with the best moisturiser for very dry skin. Rub in plenty of cream on extremely dry skin areas such as the elbows, knees and shins, and let the body lotion absorb before getting dressed.
  • Always rub cream into your hands after you wash them. Hand creams with macadamia oil are absorbed quickly and provide extreme dry skin with intensive care.
  • Set up air humidifiers during the winter months. The air humidity in internal rooms should ideally be between 50 and 70 percent. 

Itchy Skin Relief

Provide quick relief for itchy and very dry skin with NIVEA Repair & Care Body Cream. The effective formula with dexpanthenol and HydraIQ ensures real feel-good skin, even in the winter!

Well-being for very dry skin

If the body is not supplied with enough moisture, the skin will dry out as well. For this reason, you should drink at least two litres of water or unsweetened tea a day. Avoid alcohol, as it causes you to sweat more quickly, which also causes your skin to dry out quicker.

Introduce new rituals to your daily care routine:
Rub in a rich body lotion such as NIVEA Pure & Natural Body Lotion or NIVEA Nourishing Body Lotion before going to sleep. The skin regenerates extra quickly whilst you are sleeping. This allows the care cream to take full effect.

Care for areas of extreme dry skin, particularly the hands, elbows or knees, several times a day with a cream applied, developed especially for very dry skin.

Find out how to regenerate your skin at night.

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