Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that affects 2% of people in the UK. It is where the skin cells grow and shed 4 times faster than normal skins so it leads to dry flaky patches. It tends to be stress related and can be a lot more severe in the Winter time. There are many ways that you can control it, without using harsh prescription steroids and chemicals.
When bathing or showering, it’s critical to make sure the water isn’t too hot. It’s extremely drying to the skin and can make your dry skin very angry. Try using dead sea salts in your bath as they contain a high amount of magnesium which helps calm the inflammation and can soothe and relieve itchy skin. If you have psoriasis patches on your face, be careful when using a hot flannel and make sure it’s not too hot. After washing, pat dry- don’t rub.
Keeping your skin supple and moist is the most important tip for psoriasis skin, otherwise it can cause an uncomfortable feeling of tight skin. If you feel the need, you can apply your body cream 3 times a day for maximum comfort. Facially, use a rich cream and pair with a serum. Our natural anti-ageing face serum contains rosehip oil which is really beneficial to psoriasis prone skin.
Just like the previous tip, it’s important to keep things hydrated. Use a humidifier in your bedroom to pump water into your environment. Aim for 3 litres of water a day to make sure your body is hydrated from within and you’ll notice your patches being less dry within a few weeks. Eating foods rich in Omega 3 & 6 is a great way to add oils to your body, which feed the skin.
Psoriasis, like many other skin conditions, can be related to stress. Try identifying the key point of stress and tension in your lifestyle and try to eliminate it. Yoga, Pilates and meditation are all great for relieving stress and also for pumping feel good endorphins around your body.
Do you suffer from psoriasis? How do you control it?