yup you need to get rid of dead skin first, but I would recommend an exfoliator..either apricot, sugar, or use a low dose of a alpha-hydroxy one. SOMETIMES when you've exfoliated you'll find out your not as dry as originally thought. If skin is flaky, exfoliate and use regular hydrator. IF skin feels/looks flaky and TOO TIGHT richer cream needed. drink lots of water and back off from caffene.. hope this helps!
GOLD BOND works the best but it doesn't smell very nice!! You could always use it though and than put ST.IVES over top! I recommend the cucumber melon! Also try moisturizing body washes such as oil of Olay!!!!! also exfoliate your skin bout once a week!!!