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5 Winter Skincare Tips for Psoriasis and Eczema Sufferers

I've lived with eczema since I was a kid. It runs in my family. My sister has it, my mom has it and my uncle has psoriasis. Experience over the years has taught me that there are certain things that can exacerbate the condition, especially in winter. 

One of those things is to avoid long, hot baths or showers. As relaxing as those are, hot water dries out your skin causing it to become itchy and dehydrated. Adding oatmeal to a short bath does help act as an exfoliant, though. I've found that coconut oil has been an amazing moisturizer and I absolutely swear by it.

Staying healthy is key to preventing flareups. When your overall immune system's defenses are lowered, chances are that you will also experience issues with your skin. And if you have psoriasis or eczema, which is an autoimmune condition, it's also likely that you have food sensitivities or allergies as well. And guess what is really beneficial for that? That's right, probiotics! At least 70% of the body's immune cells is housed in the gut and a balance of good bacteria are what keeps your gut healthy. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin boosts the immune system so supplementing is recommended. 

To keep your skin soft, supple and moisturized, you need to be feeding your body the proper nutrients. Your skin is a reflection of what's happening on the inside. Vitamin C is not only excellent for preventing illness, it's necessary for healthy skin as it is a vital component for collagen production. Hot water with lemon and honey is one of my favorite soothing winter drinks and an easy way to consume more vitamin C. Healthy fats such as omega 6 fatty acids from sources such as fish oil or deep sea fatty fish (salmon), avocado, nuts especially almond or peanut butter, eggs, flax seeds, chia seeds and olives are also great for the skin.

Lots of water to stay hydrated and a minimum of 6 hours sleep per night to stay healthy is essential for those who suffer from psoriasis and eczema.

Last of all, stress is a huge factor. Life is busy and with the holiday season especially, there's even more going on than usual but it's important to take time to stay positive, and practice self care whichever way you choose e.g. meditation, prayer, yoga, or whatever else works for you.