Staying hydrated is essential for keeping psoriasis calm, especially in summer's sweltering heat. Dehydration turns skin dry and flaky, triggering the dreaded itch and flare. So drink up - your skin will thank you!
Here's why H2O is your skin's best friend:
Water makes up a large chunk of our skin. When there's not enough, skin cells go into drought mode, drying out and flaking off like scales to conserve moisture. Proper hydration keeps skin supple and shedding cells normally. It also helps nutrient-rich blood flow properly so skin stays happy. Dehydration? More like desperation as parched skin freaks out, triggering psoriasis patches.
To avoid this hydration crisis, follow these tips:
- Gulp down water like a fish - about 2 liters daily is ideal. Add lemon, cucumber or mint if plain bores you.
- Eat water-filled fruits and veggies - think watermelon, grapefruit, cukes.
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) for constant sips.
- Use a humidifier to mist your skin with moisture.
- Limit drying drinks like alcohol and caffeine.
- Sip when thirsty - don't become the Sahara desert before drinking.
A note on citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes are a common food allergen, and can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. If you know this is an issue for you (or don’t know if it is), be careful and test the waters before going all out.
As for the best beverages, anything natural and fresh is ideal.
Say yes to:
- Water with flavorful add-ins
- Coconut water for electrolytes
- Soothing herbal teas
- Fruit juices without added sugar
- Smoothies blended with yogurt and fruit
Say no to sugary and alcoholic drinks that dehydrate.
Remember, staying hydrated keeps psoriasis at bay in summer. Don't dry up or let your skin turn crusty! Drink plenty of water and skin-friendly beverages so you can comfortably soak up the sunny season.
And, of course, lather on some SkinCalm along with our favorite natural sunscreens, which we covered last week extensively.