Tips on managing psoriasis during the winter.
This short blog will outline some of the best tips I have learned with my experience living with psoriasis especially during the winter season which is when skin conditions like psoriasis tend to worsen.
Here is the deal-breaker!
Any skin disease such as psoriasis, acne scars, eczema, dermatitis, all tend to worsen during the winter season mainly due to the fact that in the winter, the days are shorter, which means the sun is out a lot less, and also because it is cold, we don't go outside that much and what all of this does is lower our Vitamin D levels. We know, if you didn't already, that skin diseases are linked to Vitamin D deficiency. And that is why most people living with skin diseases tend to thrive during the summer seasons with the exception of a few individuals.
Now for some tips to manage psoriasis during the winter season this year and leading into 2021...
Moisturize! It is very crucial to moisturize more than usual during the winter season. Living with psoriasis our skin is very sensitive to the dryness that is caused by the coldness, and this can worsen psoriasis symptoms and/or make your psoriasis crack and bleed, which we don't want as it could lead to an infection. Use a good thick moisturizer. If you are unsure which one to use, I have some amazing recommendations over on my Instagram.
Take a Vitamin D supplement. You probably already heard of this one, but how much Vitamin D supplement is sufficient especially during the winter season. I would personally recommend 10,000 IU. So say you get a Vitamin D supplement with each tablet containing 1000 IU, then take 10 of those daily. You can take it either in tablet form or liquid.
Diet over everything. If you still think applying some cream over your psoriasis will make it go away, forever, I don't know what to think. Diet is the KEY to healing psoriasis naturally. And there is no perfect one size fits all type of diet. Everyone's body is different, so you have to find out what foods trigger you and what don't and build a custom diet for yourself and your body's needs. If you are unsure about where to get started with your psoriasis diet, you can check out my psoriasis healing course here.
Manage stress. Stress causes inflammation and it is one of the biggest causes of so many health issues. This isn't some rocket science to figure out. What helped me manage my stress and focus on what causes me to stress is to write down and journal daily my thoughts, my worries, my issues, my everything. What this does is allows you to clear your head by putting all these rushing thoughts and ideas onto a paper. From there you can go about figuring out plans to manage your stress much better. And also use positive stress reliefs like exercise, meditation, praying (religion and GOD), yoga, spending time in nature, spend time with family and friends or even get a pet!
Shower and bath less. Ok so this last one may sound disgusting at first but hear me out. The more you shower during the winter the more your skin will dry out. So what I do is the following: I bath in warm epsom salt for 20-30 minutes then shower using cold-ish (not super cold but not hot either) water for 2-3 minutes (girls or people with longer hair may need some more time of course) and I use black African soap only for hair, face, and body (all in one). I do this 2-3 times a week spacing them out of course. And on top of that for hygiene purposes, I recommend just changing your undergarments and your shirt everyday. For more skin care routine and tips for psoriasis, check out this playlist on YouTube.
That is it for this one! For more psoriasis winter skin care information, simply TAP on the picture right at the top of this email which will take you to my YouTube video on my psoriasis winter skin care routine.