Psoriasis. It's itchy, scaly and downright painful. With over 125 million sufferers worldwide, it's a common auto-immune problem which sadly, has no official cure. But it is totally possible to manage the condition with a good skincare routine, diet and exercise which all contribute to a stronger immune system. Here are 5 tips that can help you deal with the P-word:
1) Exfoliate: Yup, regular exfoliation. By choosing a natural exfoliant which buffs away the top layer of dead skin and contains plant-based oils to help soothe and nourish deeper underneath, you allow regular skin-regeneration which can in turn reduce Psoriasis flare-ups. Like our Original Black Tea Body Scrub which has been hailed a skin hero by our customers for removing dead skin cells whilst also moisturising skin thanks to all the natural oils.
2) Go Natural: Choosing the right ingredients for your skin is just as important as the food you eat. Avoid sulphates, silicones and any skincare ingredient that may have a chemical base that can aggravate your skin.
3) Be Gentle: Treat your skin like you would a cashmere sweater. Be sensitive and super gentle. When exfoliating, choose an exfoliator that can dissolve as you rub. Our Coconut Scrub uses desiccated coconut as a natural exfoliant whilst the salts and sugar dissolves the more you exfoliate. Avoid products with micro-beads which don't dissolve and can cause further damage to the skins surface for Psoriasis sufferers as well as being bad for the environment.
4) Give yourself a pep talk: Cheerful thoughts boost immunity. Pair happy thoughts with mentally seeing your skin as you want it to be, a practice based on creative visualisation. How do you speak to yourself regarding your skin? Writing a list of positive affirmations and repeating these daily can have a massive affect on your mental health.
5) Relax: Stress can trigger a negative response in your brain which in turn releases stress hormones that can cause low immunity and in turn lead to a Psoriasis flare-up. Find ways to relax, a long soak in the bath, a hot shower, long walks with your family and friends; recognise the things that help you feel calmer because a happy you means happy skin.
How do you manage your Psoriasis? Drop a tip below and support others in their journey too.
Main image credit: Molly Mace using our Original Black Tea Body Scrub. Follow her Psoriasis journey @mollymmace