Dry skin is a common condition. There can be many reasons for dry skin in kids. At least one in 10 children have eczema an ongoing skin problem that causes dry, itchy, red skin (what category of foods can help eczema?). Children with eczema have more sensitive skin than other people. Babies with severe eczema may also have food allergies. The most common being allergy from cow’s milk.
Common reasons causing Dry skin
Bathing too often and using soap can cause dry skin and if skin is already dry it makes it more worse. This happens because soap removes the layer of skin’s natural oil and makes it difficult for skin to keep moisture in.
Climate is also responsible of having dry skin. It’s especially common in winters. When the humidity level drops outside, it affects skin as water in your skin evaporates quickly. This makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look cracking.
Genetics also plays a role in dry skin. Researchers say that dry skin can be inherited. According to a study, mutations in genes that control the production of the protein filaggrin, which plays a role in forming and hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions.
Chlorine protects from harmful bacteria that can form in swimming pools. But spending too long in swimming pool can be a cause for your kid’s dry skin. The chlorine in pool water can dry out kid’s skin and make it feel tight and itchy because chlorine strips hairs and skin of the natural lubricant (sebum). Dry skin is less common in teenagers than in younger kids as the oil glands are more active in teenage years.
Common cure for dry skin
There are many home remedies one can use to get rid of dry skin. Most common being oil. However, a study in 2013 found that olive oil actually damaged skin’s barrier, suggesting not all natural oils are suitable for use as moisturisers. Below are some nuts and fruits which can be applied or consumed to improve skin health.
- COCONUT OIL: A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Coconut oil act as a sealant as it trap water into the skin and keep it moist. It also provides key essential fatty lipids. These lipids improve the function of the skin allowing it to feel hydrated as a result. (Is it beneficial to eat coconut oil too?). Other than applying the oil for dryness purposes, coconut also contains antibacterial properties, which help to heal a rash or allergy on the skin. This can also be mixed with aloe vera and kept.
ALOE VERA: Aloe Vera has healing and hydrating properties and is a great choice for dry skin. However, it absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin too. It helps to seal moisture into your skin. According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema (What kind of food can help with allergies?).
- COCOA BUTTER: Cocoa butter is mostly made up of fatty acids. People use cocoa butter to help relieve dry skin. It is a boon for people with dry and dull skin conditions. It has ability to nourish and hydrate the skin and develop elasticity. Mixing this with tea tree oil can give added acne solving benefits to the skin. It can also be a great butter replacement in baking goods. (A recipe for a super nutritious chocolatey bar)
- ROSE WATER: It has been used as a natural product for thousands of years to reduce skin redness and hydrate the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties (what kind of food can help with inflammation?) It works as an antibacterial spray to help reduce acne (How to treat acne?). Preparing it at home with all natural rose flowers is the best way to get a chemical free product.
- SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Loaded with fatty acids like linolenic, oleic and palmitic acid and other vital nutrients it can be beneficial for skin. It can help you to get rid of acne, scars, dull and dry skin. It increases the production of collagen and gives a smooth glowing skin. Sunflower seeds also contain substantial amounts of zinc and vitamin E which helps to protect skin cells from ageing and decaying. (Does eating sunflower seeds help too?). Based on the age of the child, consuming the seed or its powder, or applying its oil on the skin, both benefit the skin dryness levels.
TOMATOES: Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimise acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato everyday?) Juice of tomato also reduces the sun tan from the skin apart from providing it moisturising effect.
AVOCADO: The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factory of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturised. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?) Applying avocado on the skin is a great child moisturiser (can also mix along with aloe vera). Eating helps too!
WALNUTS: Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that body cannot make itself. In fact they are richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells. Walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost vitamin B levels that are responsible for improving your skin health and preventing skin dryness. Depending on the age of the child, feeding the nut or using its oil are options to keep the skin healthy and plump.
Recipe for Cornflakes seed cookies
- 1/3 cup each cornflakes (crushed), wheat flour, oats
- Handful sunflower seeds or any nut crushed or powdered
- Handful Choco chips (or more)
- Honey (as per sweetness)
- Pinch salt
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
- 2 heaped tbsp ghee or unsalted butter
- Milk as little as to make sticky dough
- Take small scoop of dough and place on lined baking tray
- Preheat oven for 5 min.
- Bake at 200 celsius for 15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out.
- Cool on rack. Once completely cool, eat right away.
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