Living With Psoriasis:
I have suffered from Psoriasis for the past twelve years and during this time I have tried many different skincare products to find the ones that work for me. Psoriasis is a skin condition which causes dry, itchy and flaky patches anywhere on the body. When skin becomes grazed or damaged the body repairs itself however a psoriasis sufferers skin is continually repairing itself even when it’s healthy. For more information on Psoriasis please go here.
Psoriasis on the face can be someone’s worst nightmare and can lead to confidence issues and depression. Most of the topical ointments prescribed by GP’s are steroid-based and that is something I would rather not use on my face. I have found a skincare routine that works for me and any psoriasis sufferer will know that can be life-changing. The products I am going to discuss contain no medications so they will not clear up your condition alone but they can help ease the symptoms and appearance. The products are also suitable for other skin types as well as psoriasis sufferers.
My Skincare Routine
I start by removing any eye make up using Nivea double effect eye make up remover on a cotton pad. This is by far the best eye makeup remover I have found there is no need to scrub which can just increase any redness but it is also very gentle to the eyes and any psoriasis patches. I then use Garnier Micellar liquid to take off any remaining makeup. I absolutely love this and you can use it on the eyes as well. It’s gentle and non-irritating to my psoriasis or my skin.
Once I am confident that all of my makeup is removed I then cleanse using the Clinique sonic system head and Clinique sonic foaming facial soap. This product is surprisingly gentle but leaves an excellent smooth clean finish to the skin with no irritation.
Once my face is rinsed I pat dry with a soft towel and use Clinique clarifying lotion 1 on a cotton pad all over my face. Unlike some cleansers and toners that are harsh and cause a mild burning sensation, this doesn’t. It is gentle and calming to any psoriasis or blemish patches and doesn’t dry out the face. For people with dry skin, the worst products can be drying products you want to use hydrating and moisturizing products. I use number 1 because that best matches my skin type but there are others available to tailor other skin types.
When my face is fully dry I use Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion+ all over my face and neck and allow it to sit and fully absorb for a moment. This is a non-greasy but extremely effective facial moisturizer and is fantastic and hydrating to the skin which helps reduce the angry appearance of any psoriasis patches but is a really good moisturizer for any skin type. They also do the same product in a gel form for people with more greasy prone skin which helps hydrate the skin more appropriately. This bottle lasts me ages and is extremely good value for money.
I don’t get a lot of sleep and can sometimes look like I am sporting bin liners under my eyes so i use Clinique all about eyes cream before bed. You only need a small amount and it’s really smooth and soothing to the eye area. Again this pot has lasted me forever and it really does help.
I don’t often use oils or serums on my face but I was sent a bottle of Angela Langford bloom & glow face oil ages ago by a friend and I started using it when my face really needed that extra boost and I love it!! I was worried a facial oil would make my skin feel greasy and slimy and I hate that but this absorbs quickly and efficiently and boy does it make a difference! I use it maybe once a week at the moment but you could easily use it more frequently if you needed to, however, a little goes a long way and I can tell when I have used it and when I am in need too. You can get some free samples and check out the whole range and purchase here.
Having a Good Skincare Routine is Important:
Having a good skincare routine is essential to maintain any skin type and I truly believe if you put in the effort to look after your skin you will see the reward. These are my go-to skincare products right now but everyone’s skin is different so experiment and find what works for you and your skin type.
Any Clinique counter can advise on the best products in their range for your skin type you can also check out their extensive range and purchase any of the Clinique products used here. Nivea products are available from most supermarkets and drugstore retailers more information is available here. Garnier Micellar cleansing water is available from most supermarkets and drugstore retailers more information is available here.
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