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This post sings true to everything I have been experiencing this summer… my skin has been very rough this summer in particular! I have always suffered from problematic skin, mainly eczema, that is made worse by the summer sunshine. Through many years of trial and error I have found many of these tips to be effective in the fight against eczema (especially going gluten free, check out my posts here, here, here, and here for more!). Hopefully the tips below help your skin, too!
It’s a sad fact that at least 28 million American people suffer with some sort of skin condition. Things like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can make people feel very self conscious about showing their problematic areas in fear of being judged or receiving nasty comments. But why should anybody feel like they should be covering up? Especially in this summer heat! Luckily, there are some things that you could be doing for your skin if you’re suffering with any sort of skin condition so that you can bare all when you’re enjoying our beautiful summer months! Take a look at these tips on how to make your problematic skin summer ready!Photo by Zé Zorzan on Unsplash
Like seriously. And lots of it too. Even those who don’t suffer with skin conditions will notice a difference in their skin if they don’t drink enough water. Make sure that you’re getting at least two litres (and more in the heat) a day so that your skin can do it’s best to heal itself. Water flushes toxins from the body that may be causing your skin to flare up more than usual, and it also helps your skin remain supple and keep its elasticity.
A great way of ensuring that you’re drinking enough water is by buying yourself a water bottle that can help track your intake. Many bottles are available that have time stamps on them so that you’re able to pace yourself with your intake. Some bottles have clever technology that will glow when you’re due another drink, and can even connect with your fitbit so that you’re definitely getting enough water into your body!
If you’ve ever been to your GP about your skin condition, it’s likely that you’ve been given a plethora of topical creams and solutions that work for a short amount of time. The problem with skin conditions is that creams won’t work forever, and you have to find a new solution. Rather than relying on your topical solutions all of the time, take a look at these ideas to get your skin glowing and ready to face the world:
- Take yourself off for regular facials to eliminate any blackheads, dark spots, and deeply moisturise dry skin on your face. You will notice an immediate glow and feel super confident.
- Get yourself on a sunbed at least once a week for short periods of time. The UV rays from the sun dramatically improve conditions like psoriasis because it slows the rate of cell growth in the skin. Remember to take necessary precautions to avoid uv damage to your skin.
- Find a moisturiser that’s non perfumed and that’s an intense moisturiser. While it’s important to regularly put cream on your skin, finding one that’s intense will allow you to go a little bit longer between applications.
- Consider using specialist soap for your skin. African black soap has been known to work wonders for problematic skin and can help lighten dark spots on the body like scars.
- Use himalayan pink bath salts to bathe in. They help heal wounds and patches of flared up skin. A few cup fulls in the bath a few times a week will make all of the difference!
- If you’ve got problematic skin on your scalp, using coconut oil based shampoos and styling products will help keep flare ups at bay. You can also use coal tar based shampoos to help treat the problem.
- Find skin friendly deodorant and body spray to eliminate any extra flare ups.
- Consider changing your washing powder or detergent to a non biological one. Powders made for babies are often great for keeping problematic skin at bay.
Sometimes the food that you’re putting into your body can greatly affect your skin condition. More often than not, a dietary change can completely clear up people’s skin. Take a look:
- Cutting out gluten is sometimes a very effective way of clearing up the skin. Some people don’t know they’ve got an intolerance to it until they cut it out. Intolerances can show up in any form from upset stomachs to bad skin, so trial cutting out gluten in your diet.
- Dairy is another culprit that brings out bad skin conditions. Try using dairy free products to see if your skin improves.
- Up your intake of vegetables and fruit as they are loaded with nutrients which will help the skin heal. Be aware of nightshade vegetables as they have been known to aggravate skin conditions.
- If you’re overweight, try and get to a healthy weight as some studies show that overweight people suffer with skin conditions due to being unhealthy.
- Smoking and drinking certain alcoholic drinks can make your skin flare up, so quit for the sake of your skin and your general health too.
- Using the process of elimination to see if any particular foods aggravate your skin will lead you to finding out what you need to cut out of your diet
We all know that exercise is important, but it can be very useful for people who suffer with skin conditions. While it can help you become fitter, it can also help in these areas too:
- Exercise helps your immune system fight anything that’s trying to attack it. Skin problems like psoriasis are immunity disorders, so up your exercise to help fight it!
- When you exercise, endorphins are released into your body which makes you feel happier. Skin conditions are linked to depression and stress.
- Exercising helps you sweat out anything harmful in your body.
- Some skin conditions come paired with joint problems too, so exercising regularly will help keep your joints limber and flexible.
As briefly mentioned above, stress can worsen your skin condition, and a flare up can make you even more stressed so it’s a vicious circle. Use these techniques to eliminate stress:
- Meditate daily to channel any bad energy out of your body.
- Write down what’s bothering you. This method often works to help people sleep if they’ve got a lot on their mind.
- Talking of sleep, try to get more of it.
- Don’t take on as much at work.
- Eating the right foods will keep the chemical balance in your brain correct, meaning you won’t feel stressed as easily.
Use these techniques in your life and you will soon notice a dramatic improvement in your skin!
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