There’s no denying it — winter takes a toll on skin. Indoor heating, cold, wind, and heavy clothing can pose special challenges when you have psoriasis. Instead of itching for summer, look at winter as a chance to pamper yourself and control psoriasis at the same time. It may come as a surprise, but a lot of relief can be found just by visiting you kitchen cupboards. Most of the items below I use when preparing pancakes, and clean up after. Along with these little helpers, be sure to drink lot of water to help with keeping the moisture in your skin.
I hope these can help provide a little comfort in the upcoming months of weather changes.
Virgin coconut oil – Many natural oils are known for helping moisturize the skin, but virgin coconut oil may be new to you. This oil, which is solid at room temperature, can be used topically as well as taken internally. Try adding a tablespoon to your morning coffee, or use it for cooking in place of other oils.
Vinegar – Vinegar is getting a lot of attention, and not just for its use as a salad dressing. These days, environmentally conscious consumers use it in place of chemical cleaners, but it also has a handy use for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. You can take vinegar by the spoonful, or try filling a clean squirt bottle with one part vinegar to three parts water, and spraying it onto affected areas, then letting them dry.
Baking soda – Bicarbonate of soda has been used by heartburn sufferers for years, but when added to bath water or applied with water to the skin it can help ease itching.
Aloe vera – The same properties that make aloe vera a sunburn soother can also help soothe irritated skin–especially skin that is healing from a psoriasis plaque. Keep an aloe plant, so you can snap off a piece when its needed, then wrap it up and keep it in the fridge.
Olive oil Like coconut oil, olive oil works both inside the body and as a topical ointment. If lotions irritate your skin, try warming a few drops of olive oil up in your hands and then using it as a light moisturizer.