What can you do for dry, scaly skin especially on your legs when lotions don't seem to work? Here is some advice for frugal solutions.
First off, a lotion won't penetrate dead, dry skin, explains New York City dermatologist Jennifer McGregor. "Start by getting rid of that scaly layer in a lukewarm shower with an exfoliator. Glycolic acid is the gentlest choice for sensitive skin." Try NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, available at neotrata.com for $35. Rub it on your body with your hands, let it sit for a minute or two, and then rinse.
If you have normal skin, you can use a microbead wash instead, such as Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing Body Wash, available in drugstores for $7. Next, within three minutes post-shower, use a fragrance-free moisturizer; scents can lead to irritation. We like the non-greasy Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion, available for $8 in most drugstores and a Good Housekeeping Seal holder. Exfoliate two or three times per week and moisturize daily, and you'll defeat dryness.