If you are suffering from very dry and flaky skin then this means that you really need to find a way in which you can treat your skin so that it's back to a more touchable and soft state. You skin could be dry because of the season of the year, a change in your environment or it could be just a long term issue that you have to deal with constantly. No matter what the reason for your dry skin this condition can be treated and treated fairly easily.
One of the main things that your dry skin needs is a moisturizer. You need to make sure that the lotion you get has salicylic or alpha hydroxyl in it. These are key ingredients that your skin is looking for. These are going to help to hydrate your skin and having hydrated skin on a regular basis is what is going to give you soft and smooth skin. So if you have dry skin, you need to make sure that you put lotion on every time you get wet like after doing dishes, swimming, taking a shower, etc. You also should consider getting rid of the bar soap and using body wash instead to help further moisturize your skin. When you dry off you should pat off the water and don't scrub off roughly.
It's important to remember to try and exfoliate about every 2 to 3 days with a scrub that is going to help rid your skin of dead skin cells. If you use a scrub of some kind it's going to make all of your body including your elbows, your knees and your feet feel nice and soft. You can make your own body scrub with stuff from home like seal salt or sugar and adding one or the other to some olive oil or honey and then scrubbing your skin with that. Just gently rub on your skin and then rinse off. The oil will penetrate your skin at the same time the dry flakes are being scrubbed off.
You should try to keep your feet moist by wearing socks when you are at home and not both shoes and socks. When you get home you should take off your shoes and your socks and then wash your feet and then put a rich cream or lotion on, Vaseline is good, to put on your feet. Then you can put on some clean socks. Before going to bed you can take your socks off and then wipe off the Vaseline.
For really dry skin the best moisturizer that you can get is one that has an oil base to it. It's the oils in that moisturizer that is going to help put a protective layer on your skin and is going to help keep your face soft. You also should use a sunscreen when you go outside in the sun and it should be an SPF of 15 or higher so that you can cut down on the suns ability to dry out the skin even further.
During the winter months it might be a good idea for you to use a humidifier because heating over the months can add just extra dryness to the air which in turn is going to dry your skin even more. You should also make sure that you drink lots of water in order for you to keep your body and skin hydrated.