“Girl you need to put some lotion on your legs. They ASHY!”
That was a frequent phrase ringing through my house growing up. Usually it came from my dad addressing me or one of my sisters.
Forget to lotion up after the shower? Play outside in the cold? Those brown legs are turning white.
According to Urban Dictionary here’s the definition of ashy:
I’d almost forgotten how bad it gets. In Texas my skin has adjusted to the humidity and seems to soak it all up. But when we visit Utah it takes less than a day for my hair to start drying up, my lips to start chapping and my skin to start scaling and turning white.
It can be pretty embarrassing.
Big T had no idea what was going on with his lips, but he kept picking at them, so I lathered them up with lip balm. Poor Lil’ J started panicking when her lips started to chap, then she was thrilled when I bought her her own lip balm. To her it was like soothing lipstick.
Lil’ J asked what was happening to her when her skin started flaking and asked why MY brown skin was no longer brown, but white, then magically turned brown again with a generous application of lotion. Who knew a simple pampering routine could seem like a magic trick?
Here are some tips for battling the ashy skin:
- Moisturize immediately after the shower to lock moisture in.
- Stay hydrated.
- Use exfoliators over dead skin
- Don’t forget sunscreen
Even though we’re back in Texas, it’s starting to cool down and colder air carries less moisture and more dry skin. Lil’ J has misplaced her “lipgloss” and our skin is staying nice and brown for now. But I think I’m going to add a few moisturizers and oils to our stockings to ensure we have ashy-free skin all winter.
What do you do when your legs get ashy?
Check out this article for more recourses on battling dry and sensitive skin in the winter. This story was sponsored by the CHPA’s educational foundation KnowYourOTCs program. As always, all opinions are my own.