My grandmother has the driest skin of anybody on the planet. She wakes up with flakes of skin in her bed. I know that may seem disgusting but in her defense she’s 87 years old, has diabetes and suffering from a bit of dementia. She doesn’t take care of herself the way she used to and now we’re in need of finding someone who can help with her basic day to day living.
The reason I share her story is you or somebody you know may be experiencing dry skin flaking.
If you notice your own skin flaking, don’t be alarmed. It doesn’t mean you’re nasty. You can find immediate relief.
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What Causes Dry Skin?
When your skin is lacking in moisture, natural oils and the beneficial nutrients to keep it soft and pliable, dry skin is the result. Often times, those nutrients that you are lacking are nutrients that should come from the food you consume.
When your skin begins to flake, there are many potential causes:
- Skin diseases like Psoriasis
- Side effects from medications being taken
- Vitamin Deficiencies
Regardless of the cause, there are practical steps you can take to combat the dry flakey condition.
Step by Step Guide for Immediate Relief of Dry Skin Flakes
Changing your diet, consuming more water and external skin treatments can help. Here’s a step by step guide to quickly remedy dry skin flakes:
- For immediate improvement, take a warm (not hot) shower and exfoliate your skin with a mixture of olive oil and fine granulated brown sugar
- Lock in the moisture by immediately applying a heavy butter like Shea or Cocoa to your skin while it’s still damp.
- Use a cream rich in Vitamin A and E. A improves the elasticity of the skin while E improve the skin’s appearance.
- Cover feet that are freshly hydrated with socks that help with moisture retention
- Eat a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (ex: salmon, walnuts) and Vitamin A (ex: liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, spinach, cantaloupe)
- Consume 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily.
Because dry skin flakes are a progressive form of dry skin, you should consult with your doctor. A medical condition could be behind your dry, flaking. skin