Remedy for Dry, Flaky, Mature Skin

I really need a good "works every time" home remedy for dry, flaky, "elderly" skin. Help!

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful

I am sorry first of all. I understand dry skin can be very uncomfortable. I have had older, but young friends at church with this problem.I always go back to the one thing you asked "works every time", its olive oil. Olive oil most people do not know is the one and only natural thing known to man which has almost the same PH balance as our skin. You can just put directly on your skin, it will absorb. You'll learn exactly how much you need after using it a few times.

To get rid of the flaky skin I would use a soft scrubby to get rid of the dead skin while bathing. You can put the oil in the bath water or on the wash cloth or scrubby. Maybe putting Epson salts in a tub of water would help until its under control. Be patient, this works. I don't know how bad it is but this will work. I have 2 years of medical school, live organically and had a very wise grandmother. God bless you and good luck.

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September 16, 20110 found this helpful

Frankincense is often recommended for mature skin. You might find some frankincense essential oil and mix a few drops into a moisturizing carrier oil, like jojoba. Neroli and rose are also good for dry skin. I used to mix up my own scented facial oils which were a lovely treat.

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There are plenty of recipes listed online if you wanted to make some.

Like the other poster said too; olive oil is a great moisturizer, just rub in a small amount before bedtime. When using facial oils though it's best to wait about half an hour before bed to give the oil time to absorb, and avoid greasy pillow cases!

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September 16, 20110 found this helpful

It's so wonderful that precious people would take time to offer help. I appreciated it more than I can say, and it truly touched me. Thank you!
I will try your suggestions and post what worked best for my skin and this particular challenge ...as a maintenance and preventative program. In the meantime, I wanted to say I have found a commercially available creme that brought relief immediately and after only one day there was an amazing improvement. The creme is manufactured by the Arbonne company, it is their foot creme. Needless to say, I'm going to keep a supply on hand. The relief was worth the price! Now on with life again!

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September 17, 20110 found this helpful

You might want to try a a moisturizing scrub. Not all scrubs leave that nice smooth, dewey feeling. I'm going to give you links to two of my favorites.

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The first is from Yes to Carrots. It does not foam up like soap. I've noticed that they have recently redesigned the packaging for most of their line, but their website still shows the old packaging for this. It makes me wonder if they're going to discontinue it. It can be found at regular local stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, etc.).
www.yestocarrots.com/.../moisturizing-body-scrub?product_id...

The second scrub has to be ordered. I order several at a time, just to make sure I don't run out. It just happens to be on sale through the end of October, so I'm going to be placing an order soon! "Corn" sounds weird. It's ground-up corn husks. That sounds like it would be harsh, but it's very finely ground (they call it a powder). This scrub does foam up, and after rinsing off my skin feels very smooth & moisturized.
www.dhccare.com/.../ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=3689

I've been ordering from DHC for almost 9 years. If you place an order at least once every six months, they have a loyalty program which earns you discounts of up to 10% off (in addition to sale prices). They also have a points reward system. You earn points which you can accumulate toward free product (I've gotten several free scrubs that way!). And you can choose up to four samples every time you order. If you're interested and comfortable, they have a Share & Save program. I can refer you, they'll send you a catalog with samples, you'll get triple points on your first order, and I'll get some bonus points for the order. If you're interested in that, send me a message through Thrifty Fun.

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And when my skin is particularly dry or itchy, I use this creme from Eucerin:
www.eucerinus.com/.../

I'm glad you've found a creme that seems to help. I don't consider my skin to be "elderly" (I'm not quite 40 yet!), but I've had dry skin since I was a teenager. I think that the moisturizing scrub really makes a huge difference!

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