Are you someone whose back feels itchy all winter long? Is the skin on your back dry and flaky? If you are like most of us, you are probably generous with lotion on your legs, arms, and face, but you might not think much about caring for the skin on your back. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to solve the problem of a dry, itchy back.
USE A GOOD CLEANSER
Are you a soap person, or do you prefer body wash? Either choice can be effective for cleaning your back, but you need to choose carefully if you want to avoid dry, itchy skin.
If bar soap is your preference, make sure to select one that is labeled as superfatted or one that contains glycerin. Glycerin actually pulls moisture into the skin, while most general bar or shower soaps draw moisture out of the skin. Superfatted soap leaves a light film on the skin that protects it from the drying effects of winter air.
If you prefer body wash, make sure you choose one that contains emollients – which is just a fancy way of saying it contains special skin-softening ingredients. Your best bet is to choose a body wash that is labeled as mild, especially if the label indicates that it includes moisturizing properties.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHOWER ACCESSORY
A bath loofah or back scrubber can be your best friend when it comes to getting rid of dry, flaky skin. Loofah products are plant-based; they are produced from a type of gourd that resembles a cucumber. Because they are natural, you won’t need to worry about the potentially unhealthy effects of using plastic bristle products on your skin. Loofah back scrubbers are the ideal shower accessory for cleaning the extra-hard-to-reach parts of the back. They are flexible and incredibly exfoliating. Once you have used a loofah back scrubber, you won’t ever go back to trying to clean your skin with a wash cloth.
DON’T FORGET TO MOISTURIZE
Lotion is good for moisturizing your back, but you might need a little extra help for a dry, itchy back. Creams that contain dimethicone or hyaluronic acid are ideal because they promote hydration in the skin. Apply your moisturizer immediately after you get out of the shower. Dry your skin lightly and then apply the moisturizer.
Following these simple steps will lead to smooth, silky-soft skin on your back – all winter long. When summer approaches, you will than yourself for the extra attention you paid to your back during the cold, dry winter months.