If you’re like me, the changing of seasons can have an impact on your psoriasis. And after a long, snowy winter, I am thrilled to finally be seeing signs of spring outside (even though there are remnants of winter on the ground and it’s still pretty cold). The combination of the outside cold air with the dry heat pumping inside all winter can be harsh on your skin, so spring is the perfect time to refresh and re-think your self-care routine. In celebration of the new season, I put together a few ways that I’m energizing my psoriasis treatment routine for spring:
Finding treatment balance
The changing of seasons is a good time to re-evaluate if your treatment plan needs a refresher. In addition to being on a biologic, I compliment my prescription medication with MetaDerm. The botanical ingredients are anti-inflammatory and keep my skin feeling calm and moisturized through the harsh winter conditions. I love that this product can carry through seasons because of its natural ingredients and once applied it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy under lighter, seasonal fabrics.
The winter weather also leaves my scalp itchy and my hair dry, so a deep conditioning with coconut oil followed by the MetaDerm scalp spray has been a new combination but working really well to ease symptoms. The coconut oil can make your hair feel greasy, so it’s best not to include if you have a big event in the very near future.
Trading to lighter fabrics and colors
It’s also time (or soon enough) to put away those heavy winter sweaters and replace them with lighter, more breathable fabrics. With psoriasis, the fabrics that you wear against your skin can affect a flare and cause irritation. When choosing clothing, opt for natural, lightweight, and breathable fabrics and avoid anything synthetic and too tight. Some psoriasis-friendly fabrics include cotton, modal, and silk. Spring also lends itself nicely to lighter colors and bright patterns which are also handy when trying to hide flakes!
Eating with the season
I love incorporating seasonal, fresh ingredients into my meals and I tend to start preferring lighter meals over heavy, comfort foods. In Spring, there are lots of yummy in-season foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties. People living with psoriasis have chronic inflammation, which causes your body to get confused and mistakenly attack its own cells. Eating foods that combat inflammation can help ease psoriasis symptoms and fight it from the inside. Some of my favorite seasonal foods for spring include blueberries, pineapple, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach, which can all be easily incorporated into your meal plan.
Clutter has been scientifically proven to cause feelings of anxiety and leave us overwhelmed and stressed. Stress is a leading trigger for psoriasis flares, so the changing of seasons is a great time to get organized and get rid of that clutter. It can be physical or mental clutter. I often get overwhelmed with life and my busy routine, and then my mind swirls with chaos and jumps around between all of the things that I have to do, and I often freeze in those moments unable to get anything accomplished. I’ve started writing it all down in a list, even the small things like just cutting my nails or sending an email, so that I don’t lose track of it all. When I can see it all laid out in front of me, I can prioritize the more urgent tasks, but also don’t lose track of the smaller things that can easily slip through. It’s also a great feeling to see the progress and to cross things off the list.
Spring is full of life and possibilities. Embrace it and celebrate in the ways that you choose to welcome this beautiful season.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MetaDerm. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To learn more about MetaDerm, please visit www.metaderm.com