Dry skin is one of the minor side effects of diabetes that can get super annoying if left unchecked. The skin loses a lot of fluids as diabetes infiltrates the body, sucking away nutrition and hydration from our largest organ.
As skin becomes dry, it starts to itch and becomes flaky. While this is certainly annoying, it can also lead to more serious issues such as infections.
The first step to combatting this is to control your diabetes. By stabilizing blood glucose the body is better able to hydrate the skin.
The second step?
Lather on some all natural goodness so that the skin is moisturized from the outside. Don’t worry, though: all natural moisturizers are pretty easy to make yourself.
Need some inspiration? Here are five easy and delicious homemade recipes:
This recipe is great because it allows you to get creative with the ingredients. Crunchy Betty breaks down all of the potential ingredients that you can use and explains what they are best for. If you have dry acne-prone skin or delicate aging skin, then you can choose ingredients that are best suited to you. It’s the ultimate DIY guide.
Not all of us have shea butter and cacao oil readily available in our pantries. Instead, this Mind Body Green breakdown lists ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen (or at the nearby supermarket). Grab an avocado, slather it on your skin, and call it a day.
Is it possible for a body lotion to be gourmet? Well, this recipe certainly makes me believe so. The ingredients are a bit exotic for the average kitchen but easily found online. They are also stellar at moisturizing and nourishing the skin, so they’re worth the investment.
Wellness Mama is the superhero of DIY. Her lotion bars are a hit online and very doable from your own kitchen. Plus, she has built such a strong community on her website that you can easily ask others about their own experiences in the event that you feel a little lost.
Looking for something simple? This recipe has two ingredients. Oil and butter. You can mix and match as you please and the results will all be equally dreamy.
Diabetes.co.uk. URL Link. Retrieved July 21, 2017.