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Friday, January 8

Dry Skin Remedies for Children

Treating dry skin at home is simple if you know what to do. Many people have dry skin just due to genetics, and others have dry skin due to having an insufficient diet. Kids may experience bouts of dry skin due to lack of skin care regimen and being exposed to the elements more. My girls all have dry skin (as well as myself, my mom and my grandmother).  My oldest has it the worst, tending toward excema.  Try different ways to treat your child's dry skin until you find something that works.

* Coconut Oil – One of the best kept secrets around is coconut oil. You can cook with it, eat it, and it's safe to use on your child's skin. Use as a cleanser and a moisturizer.

* Honey – A great cleaner and moisturizer, especially for the face. Just use a couple spoons of honey, rub all over your child's skin and then rinse off. They'll feel nice and soft when snuggling up with you.

* Oatmeal – If your child's skin is really itchy, try adding oatmeal to his or her bath to help their skin stay soft.

* Avocado – Healthy fats aide in preventing and reducing dry skin and avocados are full of healthy fats. If you can get your child to eat avocado, great. If not, use it to smooth dry areas such as knees, heels and elbows.

* Almond Oil – Treat any extra dry spots with almond oil. Not only will it feel good to your child; it smells good too.

* Aloe Vera – It's for more than just burns. Using pure aloe vera from the plant on your child's skin can help keep it hydrated.

* Dry Brushing – Before adding lotions to your child's skin, consider using a soft, dry brush to remove dead skin cells and encourage their skin to produce natural oils.

* Vitamins and Minerals – Encourage your child to eat a diet rich in important nutrients including omega-3 and vitamin E. The healthier your child is on the inside, the healthier their skin will be.

* Sugar and Oil Rubs – Mix any oil such as almond, coconut or olive with white sugar. Have your child rub it over their skin while in the shower and then rinse off with cool water.

* Staying Hydrated – Have your child drink at least 64 ounces of fresh, filtered tap water each and every single day. If they play sports or sweat a lot, consider having them add more water to their day.

* Humidifier – Keep your home from between 30 and 50 percent humidity and everyone will experience fewer issues with dry skin. It will help you stay hydrated and comfortable.

Treating dry skin is relatively easy. With a little forethought and preventative care, your child can live year round with beautiful soft skin.

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  1. I use coconut oil everyday. I just love that it's 100% natural, but in the winter I find it isn't thick enough sometimes. Do you feel that way, if you use it?

    1. I do use it and one of the reasons that I like it is because it is light. But, you're right, it isn't heavy enough for winter dry skin.


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