Cooler temperatures often have people turning up the water temperature for baths and showers. That can dry out the skin. Heating systems dry out the air, which also draws moisture from the body and dries the skin. Some of the best remedies for dry skin are found right in your mom’s pantry.
Coconut oil is sticky, but it’s because it is packed with saturated fats. Those fatty acids cling to the skin and fill in any gaps to smooth dry skin while improving hydration. Some companies sell it in individual packs that give you about a tablespoon per park, which is ideal for moisturizing the skin after a shower.
Honey is good for easing the irritation and inflammation dry skin can cause. Mix a little honey with coconut oil and use it as a moisturizer.
Grind oatmeal into a powder and use it as a mask to help remove dry skin. As the oats may cling to fatty deposits in a drainpipe, it’s best to wipe it off using makeup removers to keep the oats from going down the drain. Follow the oatmeal mask with her preferred oil to moisturize the skin.
Sunflower Seed Oil
A 2013 study looked at two household cooking oils and their potential to moisturize the skin. Olive oil and sunflower oil were tested for weeks to see which worked best. Over time, it was found that olive oil damaged the skin’s natural barrier. Sunflower seed oil didn’t and proved to be best at helping dry skin heal.
Keeping the Skin Healthy
Your mom needs to avoid taking baths or showers that are too hot. Hot water will dry the skin. It should be warm enough for comfort but not so warm that the skin turns pink. While her skin is still damp, your mom should apply a moisturizing agent. That traps in moisture absorbed during the bath or shower.
Make sure your mom stays hydrated. Skin cells need to have a constant flow of water coming in from the beverages she drinks. She needs to aim for around two liters of water, unsweetened tea, milk, or coffee each day. Some water comes from the foods she eats, but she needs to drink plenty, too.
Caregivers can help your mom apply a moisturizer to areas of her body that may be harder to reach. If she can’t get to her feet, it may be time to hire homecare providers to help with foot care. Talk to our homecare agency to learn more about personal care and grooming services.