Hi - Noriko here. If you're reading this, you know how much of a pain it can be to live with this chronic skin condition called psoriasis. Red, scaly patches? Check. Constant itchiness and flakiness? Double check. It's enough to drive anyone crazy. But don't worry, there's hope! Finding a treatment that works for you is key to getting your skin (and your sanity) back on track.
Now, there are a ton of options out there, and it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is right for you. When I was originally diagnosed, I think I was literally given a sheet of potential drugs to try. (I couldn’t pronounce most of them, which is a really bad sign)
That's why I've become a big fan of using natural ingredients in my skincare routine. They're gentle on the skin and can still pack a punch when it comes to relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. In this article, I'll be sharing my top five natural ingredients to look for in a psoriasis cream. Trust me, your skin (and your mood) will thank you.
Dead Sea Salt
When it comes to natural ingredients, one of my favorites is Dead Sea Salt. This stuff is pretty special - it comes from the Dead Sea, which is a salt lake located between Israel and Jordan. It's known for its high mineral content and therapeutic properties, which makes it a hyper-effective ingredient for treating psoriasis and other skin conditions.
So, what makes Dead Sea Salt so effective? For starters, it helps reduce inflammation and improve hydration. The minerals (including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, and potassium) in the salt help to balance the pH of the skin and promote faster healing. It's also gentle on the skin and can help soothe the itchiness and flakiness that often come with psoriasis.
Another natural ingredient that I swear by for managing my psoriasis is aloe vera. It is a skincare powerhouse, loaded with amino acids and has both moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it's very, very gentle, making it a great option for sensitive skin.
If you see Aloe Vera in the top 5 ingredients list in your cream, that’s a good sign - that means the cream you are about to use has pretty high amounts of this good stuff.
If you're looking for a natural and effective way to improve the health of your skin, vitamin E is definitely worth considering. This powerful antioxidant is great for nourishing and protecting the skin, and it can help reduce the damage caused by free radicals. It's also been shown to help promote skin cell regeneration, which can be especially beneficial for those of us with chronic skin conditions like psoriasis.
Vitamin E comes in many different concentrations - Some super pure and some highly diluted. If you’d like to use a cream that contains Vitamin E, look for tocopherol or tocotrienol in the ingredient list. It doesn’t have to be on the top 5 of the list, because a little goes a long way with this super oil.
Quick tip: If you have cracked fingertips or nails, go look for vitamin e oil in a liquid capsule form. Break one with a needle (or something sharp), squeeze oil out from the capsule and apply directly on the spot. Rub it in very well, and sleep with cotton gloves. Your fingertips will be very supple and happy in the morning!
Nigari, also known as magnesium chloride, is a natural ingredient that has been shown to be effective at improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation. It's often used in skincare products to help soothe dry, itchy skin and improve overall skin health.
In the case of psoriasis, Nigari may help to alleviate symptoms like redness, scaling, and itchiness. It can also help to improve the overall appearance and health of the skin by promoting hydration and reducing inflammation. Some studies have even suggested that Nigari may help to reduce the frequency and severity of psoriasis flare-ups.
Common ways to incorporate Nigari into skincare routines include salt baths, soaps, and creams.
Frankenscence and Myrrh
It surprises many people, but Jesus’ first birthday presents are surprisingly very effective for treating psoriasis.
Frankincense is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree and is known for its astringent and toning, and anti-inflammatory properties (1). Researchers believe that frankincense can prevent the release of leukotrienes, which are compounds that can cause inflammation. It can help to tighten and tone the skin, and may also help to reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
Taken orally, it can also apparently help with reducing arthritis!
Myrrh, much like frankincense, is extracted as a fluid from resin ducts in tree bark and possesses many of the same healing and relieving properties. It’s particularly useful for healing the chapped, flakey, and cracked skin of psoriasis patches.
How to find products that include all of these ingredients
There are a couple of ways to do this.
The first is to buy each ingredient as a raw product and apply them one at a time - but this takes a while and is kind of a pain in the butt.
You can also keep an eye on the ingredients of any potential treatments you try, and try to find products that contain them.
But, if you’d like a one-stop way to maximize results without spending a ton of time and money, our bestselling Dead Sea Salt cream is here for you.
It can be applied almost anywhere on your body and is packed with all of the goodies you just read about without any dilution or oiliness. Meaning, a little goes a loooong way.
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Thanks for reading!