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Dry Itchy Skin Super Heroes
I have to share two “super heroes” with you today. These are super heroes in the battle of the “itchies.”
More commonly known as dry itchy skin! And the nice thing is they can help every member in our Sandwich Generation family! I’m talking about my own family’s best remedy for dry itchy skin!
In fact, I learned about one of them thanks to my youngest grandbabies! Then applied that knowledge to my dry itchy skin winter AND autumn frequently cause. And was SO thrilled when they proved to be dry itchy skin remedies for my sweet elderly mom with her own set of dry itchy skin caused by the dry weather as well as a couple of other issues!
Helping my elderly parent was the best because she has such a hard time getting to those itches and that can make you doubly miserable!
Dry Itchy Skin Remedies – Lubriderm
For years, I have struggled with autumn and winter dry itchy skin. I’ve tried various lotions, gone to bed with vaseline slathered all over and socks over that (it usually impacted my ankles and shins), and longed for spring when the itchiness would ease up.
My doctor recommended Lubriderm and it has worked very well. We now keep big bottles of it all around the house.
We use the Advanced Therapy Lotion that “intensely hydrates extra-dry skin.” According to the label Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion is “enriched with vitamins E and B5 and skin essential lipids. It provides 24 hour moisturization with a clean, non-greasy feel, and it is clinically shown to help improve the moisture barrier of extra-dry skin.” I can’t speak for the vitamins part, but they are totally correct about the non-greasy feel. I really like it!
Dry Itchy Skin Remedies – Aquaphor
Recently, I kissed a sweet grandchild and noticed his forehead felt a bit odd / sticky. I asked about it and his mom said the doctor suggested it for a little baby rash he had. Later in the week I spotted it in the store and thought of my mom and our constant search for the best lotion dry winter skin. Since we are in the throes of an extra-dry autumn (we’re getting dry weather/fire weather alerts a LOT this year) and my Lubriderm could use a little extra help, I decided, then and there, to give it a try. Was I glad!
I have to admit, I was somewhat shocked to discover it has 41% petrolatum!!! That’s what’s in petroleum jelly! So why was it more expensive than Vaseline? But then I did more research and found that Aquaphor:
- is uniquely formulated with 41% Petrolatum to allow oxygen to flow and help heal the skin
- is a skin protectant ointment with Panthenol and Glycerin to moisturize, nourish and protect the skin to enhance healing
- protects and helps relieve chapped, dry, cracked or irritated skin and lips
- protects skin from drying effects of wind and cold weather
I decided that if my grandbaby’s pediatrician liked Aquaphor for dry itchy skin, it was worth trying. And it was. It calms the itchy dry skin more than petroleum jelly. It stays on all night. Depending on where the itchy skin is, I can sometimes put it on during the day as well and it stays on all day! And the dry skin itchiness stays away!
Dry Itchy Skin is Now Rarer For Us!
Nowadays I use Lubriderm most of the time to keep my skin moisturized and not have to deal as much with autumn and winter dry itchy skin. And I have the Aquaphor handy for those occasions when it does sneak up on me. If you or anyone in your Sandwich Generation family is bothered by dry itchy skin, you might want to ask your own doctor about this as well. And you’ll be happy to know that they are both easily available, including online at both Walmart and Amazon. Very handy options for busy caregivers!
Aquaphor Healing Ointment,Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant 14 Ounce ( Pack May Vary )Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant, 14 OunceAquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 7 Ounce TubeLubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion with Vitamins E and B5, Deep Hydration for Extra Dry Skin, Non-Greasy Formula, 16 fl. oz, (Pack of 2)Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion For Extra Dry Skin, 24 Fl. Oz.Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion
P.S. A quick reminder that I am NOT a doctor. All I can tell you is what worked for us. You should always talk to your own doctor first before trying anything. 🙂