Psoriasis

Beauty & Skincare Staples

When my blogging pal Kat at ‘Does MyBum Look 40 in This’ writes her beauty and skincare posts, she always makes me laugh. We share a common dread of spa days and a mutual dislike of spending our hard earned cash on lotions and potions when there are so many nice boots and jackets just waiting to be bought! However, skincare is a necessary evil and of course, in our exclusive world of psoriasis, it’s a constant drain on our finances as we search for the elusive ‘one’ that’s going to relieve our symptoms.
I often get asked what my skincare and/or beauty favourites are and although what works for me may not necessarily work for another, I thought I’d show you the few constants that I’ve used again and again over the past few months. So voila!

I’ve long been a fan of Cocoa BrownTan, as I’ve yet to find another tan that doesn’t either irritate my skin or cause my psoriasis patches to go purple. This summer I lived in cropped trousers (one of the many joyful benefits when biologics work) and rather than blinding people with the whiteness of my ankles, I slapped on some Cocoa Brown every day. At a meeting last year, Marissa Carter (founder) advised that people with psoriasis should stick to instant wash-off tan rather that the type that gradually develops. Because I honestly can’t be bothered with the detailed prep and exfoliation required by the latter, I tend to stick to the Bronzing Gel, aka wash-off variety (if you zoom in, you’ll see just how well it has been used – testament to my utter laziness) It gives a lovely natural colour and I’m convinced it also made my ankles look slimmer!
(Note: Because I’ve waxed lyrical about these so often in the past, I’m just going to briefly mention the Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner which are without doubt the best thing I’ve ever used on my scalp and I’ve used them daily since they first hit the shelves.)
Whilst on the subject of Marissa Carter, I was rather flabbergasted earlier this summer when I heard her talk about Micellar Water on Snapchat. A recent convert to Micellar Water, my nightly regime consisted of using it to remove make-up and then cleansing with either the Pixi or Clinique balm and face cloth. According to Marissa, continuous use of Micellar Water will result in dry skin … which as anyone who has psoriasis knows, is the absolute last thing we want. I was so horrified by this that I sent Marissa a DM and she kindly responded saying that she had PH tested ten different brands and each had produced the same result. Occasional use won’t affect your skin, but continuous use, even if followed by a balm, will dry out your skin. And that was all I needed to hear … so I instantly switched over to this Rose Hydrating Creamy Cleanser by SuperFacialist and within a couple of days I could feel a difference.
Continuing this quest for softer, plumper skin, I have also started to include a fixing spray to my regime. This I use when I’ve finished applying my make up to help set it in place. However, I have also been known to give an odd spritz throughout the day and also keep a bottle on my desk. I’m working on the assumption that lots of moisture can only be good for my face! In the past I’ve used the PixiMake Up Fixing Spray, the Caudalie Grape Water and the current favourite is Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. I’m probably a marketers dream and it has no benefit at all, buy hey! I like the feel and the smell of it!
Those of you who are regular readers of the blog won’t be surprised to see that I’m including Suu Balm as one of my favourite and most used products. A non-steroid moisturiser with a high concentration of menthol that relieves itch within five minutes, this cream has proven itself to be a real godsend this summer. Not only was it used on the few stubborn psoriasis patches that remain, it was also used on mosquito bites, on heat rash and on mild sunburn. In fact, it wasn’t just used by me, but was passed around the family to treat various minor ailments. The proof is in the picture and you can see below that it’s been well squeezed and it’s probably time I bought a replacement. This is a cream that everyone should have in their bathroom cabinet as it’s a great little multi-tasker and can be used for a variety of skin issues.
Finally, a new item that I’m currently trying. I am a fan of the paraben-free soaps from Tiger Stores and have been using them for months now without any adverse effects. At €1 for two bars, what’s not to love? Last week, I picked up this body scrub (I won’t lie, it was the packaging that really appealed!) and so far, so good! I would hasten to add that if your skin is currently flaring, don’t use a scrub as it will just exacerbate it. However, I would suggest that you take a look in the Tiger Stores as their soaps and shower gels are all paraben-free and at just a few euro, it makes a nice change not to have to fork out a fortune for psoriasis-friendly products.
Of course, it’s important to remember that I’m not trained in skincare or dermatology and so these are just my own recommendations of things that I’ve found useful in my regime. Each person will have their own favourites, but if you have a suggestion that you think will be useful to people with psoriasis, why not share it below or on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheFlakyFashionista/)
Have a great week!

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