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Aging and dry skin
Understanding the science behind dry skin
Causes of dry skin in elderly
Factors of developing
- Too much exposure to the sun
- Poor hydration; Not drinking enough water
- 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
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 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 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 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.