How To Effectively Care For Dry Skin Better

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Aging and dry skin

Aging takes a toll on the skin, with it being more prone to dryness and thinning. As our seniors begin to age, their skin becomes dry and begin to itch more often. There are reports that 75% of our seniors face the problem of dry and itchy skin. Many factors are to blame for dry skin. Everything from the environment, to dietary habits, from lifestyle factors to genes. All have a prominent role to play in skin changes as we age.

Understanding the science behind dry skin

Dry skin is a common complaint amongst the elderly population. And is certainly not a welcome change. As our skin begins to age, there is the loss of water from the transepidermal that causes the skin to become dry. A condition medically termed as xerosis. Dry skin is more prone to itching, which, if not treated, can cause infections and chronic wounds.
Secondly, as the skin ages, there is a decrease in its mechanical strength. Causing the dermis and epidermis to become thinner. Also, there is a significant reduction in cutaneous blood vessels and nerve endings. All these factors, cause the skin to become weak and eventually dry.

Causes of dry skin in elderly

This can cause the development of infections and other serious skin conditions. Seniors often suffer from the agony of skin problems in silence and ignore the problem. Considering it to be a normal phenomenon of old age. However, dry skin is much more than a normal process of old age. And should care for it well to avoid serious skin conditions from setting in. These factors increase the chances of developing this during old age.

Factors of developing

  • Too much exposure to the sun
  • Poor hydration; Not drinking enough water
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Exposing the skin to hot water baths and dry air
  • Not applying enough moisturizers
  • Using alkaline soaps
  • Certain diseases of the skin
  • Genetic disease such as ichthyosis vulgaris

Home remedies to effectively help

This can be effectively managed at home if it started early. For more damaged, dry and itchy skin, it is best to take your elderly parent to a dermatologist. Here are some of the tips that can help to cope with this in the early stages.
  • Olive Oil
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It can soothe and condition the skin all over your body. About half an hour before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with skin problems and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
  • Milk
Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that greatly help get rid of the dry and itchy skin. Plus, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. This way this natural moisturizer will remain on your skin. Do this every other day.
  • Honey

Honey is considered one of the best natural moisturizers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. Furthermore, it helps lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Plus, honey has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health. Before taking a bath or shower, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. Repeat daily to enjoy well-moisturized skin.

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is really good for treating dry skin. It has a good amount of fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. Apply coconut oil on your dry skin after you take a bath or shower. When the skin is warm and supple from your bath, coconut oil is more readily absorbed. Do this daily.

  • Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has soothing, antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help combat dry, irritated skin and prevent flaking. This simple remedy will moisturize your skin and form a protective layer that will keep your skin free from any kind of impurities. Cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze the gel out of it. Apply the gel to your dry skin. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice daily.

  • Almond Oil

Almond oil is an excellent source of vitamin E and, hence, is considered the best emollient and lubricator for dry skin. Also, its antioxidant property is good for your skin’s overall health. In addition, because this oil is non-greasy, it is easily absorbed in the skin. Massage into skin anytime day or night.

Tips and Solutions

  • Discourage your elderly to indulge in hot water baths.  Bathing in hot water is ok, but do not spend much time in it. You can allow your elderly to spend just about 10 minutes in hot water bath.
  • Always remember to moisturize the whole body after bath.  This will prevent the skin from over-drying. To get best results, apply moisturizer when your elderly’s skin is still moist after a bath. This means, do not completely wipe dry their body with a towel.
  • If your elderly’s skin is extremely dry, then bathing regularly is not recommended. In such cases, bathing every other day and with a mild chemical-free moisturizing soap.
  • Alkaline-based soaps, strip off the natural oils from the skin, leaving it to become dry and itchy.  It is best to give glycerine based soaps to your elderly parent.
  • Do not allow your parent to go out in the sun without any protection.  Ultraviolet rays of the sun proved to be very harmful to the skin. Making it susceptible to problematic skin conditions. Always make sure your parents apply a sun protective lotion before stepping out in the sun.
  • Follow a healthy diet. One that is rich in vitamins and minerals. and low in caffeinated beverages, carbohydrates, and sugars should. Caffeinated beverages, foods with high carbohydrate, and sugar content cause dehydrate your body. Promoting the way for dryness to set in. Therefore, making healthy changes in the diet can go a long way in getting a healthy skin. You are what you eat.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned tips are sure to help your elderly deal with dry skin. The main idea behind all these tips is to prevent dryness from setting in. Because, once there is dryness, it will follow by an inevitable cycle of itching, scratching, rash, and more itch. It is necessary that preventive steps start right from the beginning. To delay the development of dry skin in the elderly. For more information, check out this site. Also, check out this past post on thinning skin.https://theultimatecaregivingexpert.com/2017/12/12/help-problem-thinning-skin/
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