Very dry skin

Very dry skin needs lots of attention

How to strengthen your skin’s natural protective barrier

Icy temperatures, dry air from heating systems and reduced sebum production can all cause the skin to dry out quickly. 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 others only suffer from reddened and itchy areas of skin during the winter months. This then develops into rough and chapped areas and gives 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 outIf there are only a few sebaceous glands or if they aren’t working properly, the skin will dry out quickly.

Very dry skin therefore often occurs 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 then needs increased, richer care. 

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 moisturising care cream. Find out more about the reasons for dry skin here.

Caring properly for dry hands

Dry hands

Rough and reddened 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

Everyday simple and effective care tips for very dry skin

  • Don’t shower or spend too long in the bath in water that is too hot – 32 degrees is a good water temperature. 
  • Cleanse your skin in the shower with care products developed for very dry skin such as NIVEA Creme Sensitive Cream Shower or Natural Oil Shower Oil. 
  • Make sure to moisturise on a daily basis with the best moisturiser for very dry skin. Rub in plenty of cream on especially dry skin areas such as the elbows, knees and shins, and let the cream absorb fully before you get dressed. 
  • Always rub a hand cream onto your hands after you wash them. Hand creams with macadamia oil are absorbed quickly and provide very dry skin with intensive care. 
  • Set up air humidifiers during the winter months. Recommended air humidity in internal rooms should ideally be between 50 and 70 per cent.

Itchy Skin Relief

Provide quick relief for itchy and very dry skin with NIVEA Repair & Care Body Cream. The effective formula with dexpanthenol and Hydra IQ ensures real feel-good skin, even in 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 Milk or NIVEA Nourishing Body Milk before going to sleep. The skin regenerates extra quickly while you are sleeping. This allows the care cream to take full effect.
Care for areas of dry skin such as hands, elbows or knees several times a day with a cream developed specially for very dry skin.
Find out more about dry skin and how to care for it here.