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Give your body a fine scrub
An apricot cream is best for the hands. You can also create your own body lotion by combination natural ingredients. You would need a loofah or rough towel to give your body a rub, after applying oil, cream or lotion. This helps to smoothen rough skin and also improves blood motion to the skin surface, leaving the skin glowing. It is outstandingly helpful on rough areas like the knees and elbows. Soap-free shower gels are improved in winter. Or, you can use a mild glycerine soap. For extreme dryness, it is enhance to avoid soap. Oil massage and body rubs know how to avoid to cleanse the skin adequately.
Go in for real cleansers
Before bath, apply oil on the body and massage it into the skin. This helps to make softer the skin. Sesame seed (til) oil can be used. According to Ayurveda, mustard oil is decent during winter, but sesame seed (til) oil can be used all the year surrounding. You can warm up the oil before use. I recommend the use of a lemon-turmeric cream as a pre-bath treatment, for dry skins. In fact, it has even been beneficial in treating cases of dry-skin-sensitivity. It not only helps to soften the skin, but also lightens skin colour over a period of time. A usual home pre-bath treatment is to mix besan (gram flour) with a little milk or curd and a pinch or haldi (turmeric) into a paste. Use the paste on the body. After 20 minutes, dampen down with water and rub the paste gently on the skin and wash it off while bathing. You will not need to apply soap, as this cleanses the body well.
Lemon and turmeric remedy
The elbows also suffer during winter. The skin is very tough on this area and also lacks oil glands. It can become dry, rough and dark. Take two lemon halves and rub them on the elbows. Then apply sesame seed (til) oil, massaging it into the skin. I also advise the application of a cream containing turmeric and lemon before bathing. The cream should be rubbed into the skin. This not only softens the skin, but also lightens skin colour. During your bath, take a rough towel and scrub the elbows well. After bathing, apply a moisturizing cream, again rubbing it into the skin. This type of common care would help out to keep the elbows soft and smooth.