Ashy skin is dull, dry and flaky. It is a common term used for skin that is dehydrated. You will notice the skin on your hands, feet, knees, elbows and arms getting dry during winter; this makes them look chalky and unhealthy. In some cases using harsh household products could be the cause of the ashy look on the skin. Normally the skin sheds the dry layers however in some cases this does not happen and it leads to the skin looking ashy.
In order to retain the skin’s moisture you need to use a few home remedies and natural treatments. We all love to take hot showers during winter; however hot water strips the natural moisture from the skin and dehydrates it. In order to prevent this you must avoid bathing in hot water and bathe in warm water instead. It is better to take showers as you tend to spend more time in the water when you soak in the tub and this has a negative impact on your skin.
When you bathe you must avoid using soaps that have added fragrances; these are harsh on the skin and absorb the natural oils from the skin and wash them out. Use a non perfumed moisturizing soap bar instead. In order to prevent loss of natural moisture from your skin you must use a good moisturizer in your skin immediately after a bath. After you bathe your pores are open and using a moisturizer at this time is beneficial as your skin is able to absorb all the nutrients from the lotion. Use a vitamin E based cream for maximum benefits.
You could use almond oil on your skin instead of a moisturizer. In order to get rid of the dry skin and flaky patches on your skin you need to exfoliate your skin. You may do this is in the shower with the use of a loofah or a wash cloth. Do not exert too much pressure when you are exfoliating your skin as you may damage your skin and cause the skin to peel. If the skin on your feet is dry and begins to look ashy then you must soak you feet in warm water for a few minutes and then slough it off with the help of a pumice stone. Use a moisturizer on your feet after you get rid of all the dead skin.