Summer is approaching, well this is Britain so I think it’s approaching. Seen some blue skies and we had a couple of hot days, summer might even be over already. Anyhoo, the season itself is on its way and this means sunny days, holidays and the thought of whether to bare skin or not.
Now this post really is for those who aren’t brave enough. Let’s face it, if you are confident to bare your skin then that is great and you clearly don’t need advice from me as I am still in the cover up clan. Let me add though that I have never been that confident to show too much skin, my legs are white and pasty and trust me, you don’t want to see them wandering down the street.
So for those that are like me and want to cover up but stay cool in the hot weather these are my top tips:
- Wear linen, it is light and cool and often feels good against your skin when you have a flare up. I generally wear short sleeved linen shirts as my arms aren’t too bad.
- Covering up isn’t a bad idea in the summer anyway, Think of the hot countries wear the locals tend to cover up because of the sun. Not having direct sunlight on your skin can keep you cooler.
- Wear a hat. Okay, this won’t cover your legs or arms, it helps you stay cool though. Don’t go for dark colours as these will just make your head hotter. There are some really nice straw type hats these days and thanks to the likes of Olly Murs, Jonny Depp and other stars, hats are very much seen as a cool fashion accessory. Keeping cool when you have psoriasis is essential as it will stop you feeling uncomfortable and hopefully keep the itching at bay.
- I have psoriasis mainly on my legs and even being quite clear you can see the darker patches it often leaves behind. To compromise I will sometimes go for three quarter length trousers. I feel like I’m wearing shorts but pretty much covered at the same time and hardly notice anyone staring. It gives me a bit more confidence than wearing normal shorts.
- Use sun screen. I know UV light can help us, please do not burn yourself though as this could make your skin worse. Use at least factor 15 or higher. You will still get the goodness from the sun. I usually go for factor 30 and find my skin still improves in the sun.
- There are some moisturisers out there with sun protection too so keep an eye for those. Your local chemist should be able to advise.
- Keep away from moisturisers with sun-sensitizers. There are more than you may realise and some of the big brands are in this group. This is where the cream makes your skin more sensitive to sun and in turn you will be more likely to burn. Again ask your pharmacist or healthcare professional. If you are seeing a dermatologist they should be able to advise also.
Please note that this is not intended to give healthcare advise. Please always consult your GP or healthcare advisor.