Of all the treatments that have been trialled throughout the years since my diagnosis, nothing has quite compared to the success of some simple sun and sea. While, just one or the other has given proven results, the two working together is an awesome combination.
Nothing is more natural than these two combined, and with today’s views – the more natural, the better. While many treatments work for a short period of time before you become ‘immune’ to them, increased and constant exposure to these two have done nothing but wonders for me.
Although, often in the past I was overcome with dread as the summer months approached – the warmer weather making it extremely hot under long sleeves and pants – I now look forward to the sun and the vitamin D and UVB it provides. I try to spend at least 20-60 minutes under the midday sun during the summer months as this is when it has proven most beneficial to healing my psoriasis.
Ultraviolet rays slow down the over-production of skin cells, which is the cause of scaling. A short daily period of exposure to the sun, avoiding burning, is enough to make plaques disappear. I generally begin with 15-20 minutes daily for a week or so before upping the sun dosage as I don’t want to expose my skin for too long when it has not been accustomed to the sun during those winter months and potentially causing a burn.
Note: Always apply a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with at least SPF 30 15-20 minutes before exposure to sun.
Sea salt rubs have helped to relieve inflammation and itching for me in the past. I came across this accidentally when I was rubbing sea salt water into my piercings to help a keloid and decided to try some of it on my skin, and well, it instantly felt better.
I would really like to try some of those “Dead Sea” products, but am semi-reluctant to try any new cosmetic ‘cures’ as they are often loaded with perfumes (and boy, do they sting!).
Combining the two with a beach outing during the summer months is the ultimate cure for my psoriasis. Spending as little as 20 minutes wading in the shallows of the surf, I could visibly see the plagues on my legs disappear. Submerging myself entirely for about five minutes to soften the scales and then gently rubbing the top layer of the skin off, your supple new skin under all those scales and reap the benefits of the salt water in its entirety. Just be sure not to expose this new skin to the sun for long without sunscreen as it is more susceptible to burns.
With summer coming to an end, in the southern hemisphere, I can only hope the sun won’t disappear along with it for too long. We all need as much sun as we can get!