As a person with diabetes, you are most likely in the midst of many important lifestyle changes. From increased exercise and a healthier diet to the addition of insulin shots or other medications, living with diabetes is manageable, especially with professional diabetic foot care (from practitioners such as Michael Scanlon DPM).
Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy is the most common complication in diabetic patients. Due to the excessive blood sugar in the body, damage to the nerves in your limbs can occur. Neuropathy causes numbness and discomfort, but can also lead to serious medical conditions and the loss of a limb without treatment. Thankfully, moisturizing the skin on your hands, legs, and feet will improve the blood circulation of your limbs to prevent neuropathy. If you worry about the possibility of developing this diabetic condition, use this guide to create natural skin moisturizers at home.
Adding coconut oil to your daily diet help regulates blood sugar levels, but it is also an effective skin moisturizer. Complete the following steps to moisturize skin, improve blood circulation to your limbs, and reduce your risk of neuropathy:
Each night, bathe as normal. Make sure to dry off completely with a clean towel.
Massage a few teaspoon of coconut oil on your arms, hands, legs, and feet.
After 15 minutes of massaging the oil into your skin, put on a pair of breathable, moisture-wicking socks to wear while you sleep.
Visit a local grocery, mass-market retailer, or department store and you will find an enormous selection of cosmetics, beauty products, and toiletries that advertise the addition of vitamin E. While common in most lotions and moisturizers, you may not be familiar with its health benefits.
Due to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E increases blood circulation and strengthens capillary walls. In addition, it heals dry, scarred, or burned skin by absorbing into the outer layer of your skin. To prevent neuropathy from setting in, combine the following ingredients to make a natural skin moisturizer at home:
- 1 Capsule of Vitamin E - 400IU
- 4 Ounces of Mineral Oil
- 4 Ounces of Shea Butter
- ¼ Teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil
Pour the mineral oil and shea butter into a bowl. Mix with a spoon. Pierce the Vitamin E capsule with a safety pin and empty the liquid into the bowl. Add the tea tree oil and mix before pouring into a clean, empty bottle.
After bathing, dry off and apply a few teaspoons to your hands and feet. Allow the lotion to soak in completely before pulling on a pair of clean socks.
Moisturizing your skin is important for everyone, but diabetics require detailed care for their skin. Using this guide on natural skin moisturizers, you can prevent the onset of diabetic neuropathy.