Dry Skin Care for the Arms, Legs and Body

Dermatologist's Highly Effective Products and Tips to Treat Dry Skin.

Heal dry skin with skin care. Any part of your skin can suffer from dryness. Arm and leg skin often show the signs of dryness first. Hands and feet are often dry, too. Skin on the palms and soles is so thick that dry skin can become rough, cracked and painful if dryness is untreated.

Dry skin indicates that your skin's important barrier is weakened. Vital lipids are being lost and protein is vulnerable to damage. If left untreated, dry skin is prone to eczema, an itchy red rash that crusts, hurts and can become infected. Take good care of your skin to prevent dryness. You can do this by simply using the right skin care.

Can you heal dry skin by drinking enough water?   

Contrary to popular belief, dry skin is not caused by failing to drink enough water except under the most dire cases of dehydration. Drinking water does not sufficiently hydrate your skin any more than taking a bath quenches your thirst. Your body is more complex. Only the most severe dehydration will cause skin to become flaccid and dry.

The only way to fix your dry skin is with your skin care routine. 

Because skin dryness is happening in the outer two layers of your skin, the stratum corneum and epidermis, treatment heals the problem from the outside. How you cleanse your skin and what moisturizers you use are important to healing dry skin.

What is the best skin care to get rid of dry flakey skin on your arms, legs, hands, feet and body?

3 essential steps to healing dry skin:

1. Use only gentle hypoallergenic skin soaps and cleansers. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers that strip skin's natural oils.

2. Bathe with only warm or tepid water until dry skin is healed. Avoid hot water which will dissolve skin oils just like it dissolves oil on dirty pots and pans.

3. Apply deeply hydrating skin creams and lotions within the magic 3 minutes after toweling skin dry after bathing. This locks water soaked into your skin during your bath or shower. Skin hydration is key to healing dry skin. Use rich moisturizers, ideally made with botanical oils that help replenish lost skin lipids. Also important is that you use only hypoallergenic moisturizers to avoid lifelong skin allergies to fragrance and harsh skin care preservatives.  

Can glycolic acid and exfoliation help prevent dry skin?

Once your dry skin is healed, you can strengthen your skin's barrier by using alpha hydroxy acid products. My favorite AHA for body care is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid changes the structure of the protective dead cell layer, making it more durable and compact to help reduce the risk of dryness. Professional-grade glycolic acid moisturizers will also stimulate your skin's production of hyaluronic acid to help your skin stay supple and moist from the inside out. The best glycolic acid products to use for dry skin are moisturizers that contain high, professional-grade levels of glycolic acid.

Healthy body, arm and leg skin without dryness also benefits from occasional physical exfoliation to keep skin polished to a satiny sheen. This can be done twice weekly in the shower using rough shower cloths, sponges and mitts. Feet can benefit from a foot file to reduce rough skin build-up. Excessively thick skin on feet and hands is prone to painful cracks. 

Dry skin on the scalp and upper back may actually be seborrheic dermatitis!

I've seen so many patients over my 30+ year dermatology career who think the red flakey skin on their scalp and back is dry skin. It's not. These are not areas of skin prone to dryness because they have abundant oil glands. 'Dry skin' here is often seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff). It needs special care including the use of pyrithione zinc soaps and cleansers to fight seborrhea.  It's an easy fix!

Remember, you always get the best results when you use Complete Skin Care. Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care includes the 4 essential steps of

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect

Build your complete skin care routine by choosing the right products for the 4 essential steps in skin care:

  1. CLEANSE with non-drying soaps and cooler water temperatures. Cleansers such as my Naturally Best Bar Soap, Natural Shower Gel  or VaniCream Cleansing Bar  are excellent choices. Once dry skin has healed, maintain healthy skin by using an exfoliating shower cloth, such as the Salux Cloth, or sponge or mitt twice a week with an exfoliating cleanser such as my Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser.  
  2. CORRECT and HYDRATE by applying deeply hydrating moisturizers made with botanical oils that replenish lost skin lipids such as my Natural Lotion or Natural Butter. These products are made with organic botanical ingredients rich in vitamins, antioxidants and hydrating botanical components such as glycerin.  When dry skin has healed, help strengthen skin barrier with my Glycolic Body Lotion. Get my Triple Action Cleanser, Salux Cloth and Glycolic Acid Body Lotion in my Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Kit. Delicate skin of the neck and chest may even benefit from deeply hydrating ingredients in my Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum, Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy  and Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner. I use these on my own neck and chest skin. Dry skin on the scalp and upper back may actually be seborrheic dermatitis. CORRECT AND CLEANSE in one step with Foaming Zinc Cleanser or Calming Zinc Soap. 
  3. HYDRATE with deeply hydrating moisturizers. Apply your moisturizers within 3 minutes of toweling skin dry.
  4. PROTECT with mineral zinc oxide sunscreen, because sun damage leads to skin thinning and dryness. It’s why sun-damaged skin looks like “an old leather purse”.

Dermatologist's help for picking skin care products for your skin care made easy!

Each of my products has a colored band on the bottom of the label. You will notice blue, green and oranges bands.

A BLUE BAND tells you that people with the most sensitive skin are typically able to tolerate these products.

AN ORANGE BAND indicates that a product is made with ingredients that may be irritating to sensitive skin. These include powerful actives such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or other ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. Please think about how your skin might tolerate these ingredients. The product formulations are technically hypoallergenic by dermatologic standards, but they can be irritating. Some of these important key active ingredients, such as salicylic acid and and pyrithione zinc, have a very small potential to be allergens for people with very sensitive skin.

A GREEN BAND tells you I created this product formulation using natural, and often organic, ingredients. If I have included essential oil essences, I have formulated the product overall to include low concentrations that are below that typically needed to create skin allergy.

Of course, as a dermatologist, I know that when it comes to each person’s unique tendency for skin allergy and irritation, there is no guarantee that your skin will respond as predicted. I try to give you enough information on each product page to make careful decisions for your skin care choices so you can better understand your skin and it’s needs over time.

Build a great skin care routine to target skin problems or maintain healthy skin from my kits and products. You will see and feel results almost right away!

 

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  1. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $5.00

    Special Price $4.50

  2. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    An entirely unscented and dermatologist approved shower gel for even the most highly sensitive skin. Economical and perfect for the entire family.

  3. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    A refreshing head-to-toe skin cleanser for the entire family. At last, an economical shower gel that is entirely natural; remove dirt and oil from everyone’s skin without any chemicals.

  4. Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  5. Salux Wash Cloth

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  6. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $22.00

    Special Price $19.80

  7. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $26.00
  8. Back Applicator

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  9. Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Each packet contains 2 replacement sponges.

    $3.00
  10. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a new, winter escape and get rid of dull and dehydrated skin. Ring in the New Year with dewy, refined skin-texture and luminously-hydrated tone.

    $148.50
  11. Dr. Bailey's Fall Hydrating Skin Trio

    Deeply Hydrating Skin Trio

    Hot dry climates or cozy winter weather don’t have to mean dehydrated and dull skin. Change your skin care with the season.

    $125.55
  12. Dr. Bailey's Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter and smoother skin instantly! Instantly brighter, firmer, and smoother skin that keeps getting better and better with time.

    Regular Price: $82.00

    Special Price $73.08

  13. Dr. Bailey's Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Heal and prevent eczema with dermatologist’s hypoallergenic products specifically made for eczema prone skin.

    $77.67
  14. Dr. Bailey's Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    This is the skin care routine I used while undergoing chemo treatments myself. I designed these kits to help chemo patients simplify one aspect of their chemotherapy self-care. Be confident that you are taking good care of your body’s largest organ while you undergo chemo. These are also the perfect gift to send to a friend or family member who is undergoing cancer treatment. 50% of the profits donated to cancer research.

    $69.30
  15. Dr. Bailey's Hand Care Kit for Naturally Busy Hands

    Hand Care Kit for Naturally Busy Hands

    You know who you are, or who the people are in your life that never stop. Their rough and chapped hands tell the story of all that they do during the course of their busy lives.

    Give them (you) what they crave, healing for dry and chapped hands.

    $28.80
  16. Dr. Bailey's Survival Kit for Busy Hands™

    Survival Kit for Busy Hands™

    Dermatologist−recommended skin treatment for dry, busy hands.
    $27.00
  17. Dr. Bailey's Dry Skin Hand Cream™

    Dry Skin Hand Cream™

    I use this moisturizing and protective hand cream all day long to prevent chapped skin from washing my hands between every patient.

  18. Dr. Bailey's All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™

    All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™

    Natural, organic, foaming liquid hand soap - the best type of non-drying cleanser for dry hands.
  19. Dr. Bailey's All Natural Lavender Foaming Hand Soap

    All Natural Lavender Foaming Hand Soap

    Gently scented with organic lavender essential oil. This is a luxurious and easy-rinse, foaming liquid formula with pleasant lavender essence. It is gentle for sensitive skin and the entire family, but tough on germs. Keep a bottle at every sink to keep your hands clean AND healthy.

  20. Dr. Bailey's Dry Hand Skin Repair Kit

    Dry Hand Skin Repair Kit

    Dermatologist-recommended skin treatment for dry, chapped, painful hands and cracked fingertips.
    $42.30
  21. Bag Balm

    Bag Balm

    This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.
    $10.00
  22. Petite Foot and Fingertip File

    Petite Foot and Fingertip File

    This little file is just right for smoothing down rough fissured fingertips.
    It's also a great travel-sized foot file to keep your travel-weary feet soft and comfortable.

     

    $3.00
  23. Cotton Gloves

    Cotton Gloves

    A really good pair of cotton gloves is essential to help heal dry hands.
    $4.00
  24. Soft and Smooth Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit

    Soft and Smooth Feet - Rough Skin Remover Kit

    Professional products to remove painful calluses and unwanted dry, hard, rough, and cracked dead skin from your feet.

    Regular Price: $58.00

    Special Price $52.80

  25. Feet First Spa Buffing Pad

    Feet First Spa Buffing Pad

    The perfect professional foot buffing pad to smooth away calluses and thick and rough foot skin.
    $5.00
  26. Professional Foot File

    Professional Foot File

    The perfect professional foot file to keep your feet soft.
    $3.00
  27. Glytone Ultra Heel And Elbow Cream

    Glytone Ultra Heel And Elbow Cream

    This incredibly powerful glycolic acid cream is the super hero when it comes to getting rid of unwanted rough and thick skin on your feet; nothing, including prescription products, comes close!
    $53.00
  28. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser for facial redness and yeast acne! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully fortified with a full 2% pyrithione zinc to help solve your skin problems.

  29. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  30. Scalp Scrubber

    Scalp Scrubber

    A plastic scalp scrubber is a highly effective way to deep clean your scalp and to help control dandruff, 'dry scalp' and pimples on the scalp.
    $5.00
  31. Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic shampoo for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free shampoo that leaves hair clean and manageable. 

    $10.00
  32. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic conditioner for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free conditioner that leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. Great for the entire family. 

    $13.50
  33. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $81.90
  34. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    Regular Price: $91.00

    Special Price $81.90

  35. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Regular Price: $46.00

    Special Price $41.40

  36. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  37. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

    $39.00
  38. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    Regular Price: $44.00

    Special Price $39.60

  39. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  40. SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    My SunSavvy Around Town Bundle is complete sun protection that’s perfect for everyday use. Whether you’re at work, school, a weekend outing, or special celebration, you’ll be covered.

    $113.85
  41. Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.

    $172.35
  42. Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

    Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

    Block UV rays with confidence with this titanium umbrella. Make the shade follow you! This is my ultimate travel accessory and I never pack my suit case without it!

    $45.00
  43. UV Ray Detecto Ring

    UV Ray Detecto Ring

    Learn when you are exposed to harmful UV rays. The Detecto-Ring consists of plastic UV sensing beads and a colored key ring. Keep it on your key ring and test your sun exposure - the white beads turn color when they're exposed to UV-A or UV-B. Get ready to be surprised!

    $2.50
  44. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $35.00
  45. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  46. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.

    $43.20
  47. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

    $56.25
  48. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  49. Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

    $20.00

    Out of stock

  50. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00
  51. Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.

    $16.00

    Out of stock

  52. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    Regular Price: $24.00

    Special Price $21.60

  53. Dr. Bailey's Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $38.00

    Special Price $30.40

  54. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.

    $26.50
  55. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
  56. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $26.00
  57. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.
    $8.00
  58. Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $43.00
  59. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body.

    $33.00

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