If your skin is plagued by ash, it needs hydration!  Ashy skin can be chalky looking but what is actually going on underneath the powdery hue is dead dry skin cells. Ashy skin is typically most common during the chilly months when the air is dry and harsh.

Dry patches can usually be seen on elbows, feet and on the lower legs but some have it all over their bodies. Even though ashy skin is most visible on darker skin, it can occur on all complexions.

As we age, we need to pay strict attention to our skin because changes can occur that are not all that good. Decreased cell renewal can all lead to dry, rougher skin as we get older. Once we are unable to produce the hydration we once had as youngins, we face long-term skin issues such as:

Uncomfortable skin tightness

Chronic itching

Rough skin

Fine lines and cracks

Skin needs to be tended to with products that add moisture and that are truly effective and safe.  Here are a few products that will leave your skin feeling supple and moist for hours on end:


Alba Very Emollient Maximum Body Lotion, adds hydration to severely dry skin, creamy, hypo-allergenic with rich botanicals like green tea, chamomile, and alpha hydroxy acids; no parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances; $10, Amazon

Dr. Teal’s Body Lotion  softens and hydrates the skin, made with lavender essential oils, cocoa and shea butters and Vitamin E; paraben-free, phthalate-free and dye-free; $5, Walmart

Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche Hydrating Cream, rich and creamy moisturizer that offers smoothness and luminosity; helps to maintain the skin’s moisture levels, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, soap-free, paraben-free and gluten-free; $36, Drugstores

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, moisturizer for extremely distressed skin, even eczema; non-greasy, safe to use on even babies; formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramide 3 and FAB antioxidant booster; $30, Sephora

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, developed with dermatologists it helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture, provides 24-hour hydration, oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, gentle non-irritating formula; $14, Ulta


Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion, repairs and heals extra dry skin with Vitamins C, E and B5 which adds hydration, can be used all over your body to reveal visibly healthier skin; $7, Drugstores