They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but it’s your skin that really tells the world about you. Unfortunately, sometimes it tells the world things you don’t want it to know, or it outright lies. Wrinkles can tell the world your age, but they can also make you look much older than you are. Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis often signal illness, or contagion, even though neither is true.
We talked earlier about cosmetic treatments for several popular skin conditions. Today we are going to focus on more natural interventions, which you can use alone or as a companion to the cosmetic treatments.
It’s almost impossible to go through life without developing some wrinkles. Every emotion eventually etches itself into your face, creating creases and lines that are visible signs of the life you have lived. But everyone doesn’t get wrinkles at the same rate, and there are certain factors that can determine how many wrinkles you get and when. Heredity is a big factor, but so is sun exposure, and how well you moisturize. Smoking can also contribute to wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Natural wrinkle treatments focus hydrating and exfoliating the skin to soften the appearance of lines and creases, or on gentle stretching to smooth the appearance of wrinkles.
Hydrating and exfoliating methods include cleaning with a mild abrasive, such as a paste made of baking soda and oatmeal, or a cleanser made with walnut husks. They can also include fruit masks that contain acids to exfoliate and plant oils to hydrate your skin.
Gentle stretching methods involve the use of mechanical devices to gently stretch the skin. These can include products that stretch all of the skin on your face, or devices that focus on specific areas like Dermastrips, which focus on mouth wrinkles.
Eczema and Psoriasis
Eczema is also called dermatitis. It’s inflammation, redness, and itching often caused by an external irritant, like an allergen. If you don’t know the direct cause of your eczema, the condition can often be embarrassing and difficult to treat. Eczema can occur anywhere on your body, including your face and scalp.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where your body makes too many skin cells at once. The new skin underneath pushes its way to the surface causing the older skin to flake off in big, scaly patches. Like psoriasis, eczema can be embarrassing and difficult to treat. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body, but is most common on your scalp and joints.
Natural eczema and psoriasis treatments focus on relieving the redness and itching, and reducing the amount of flaking. Many of these treatments are lifestyle-related since both conditions are very sensitive to extremes of heat, and humidity. These treatments include, but are not limited to:
- Applying a heavy-duty moisturizer, especially after showering or when moving from one temperature extreme to another, such as going out into the cold from your warm home;
- Using a humidifier when heating your home, to prevent the heat from drying out the air;
- Bathing in warm water instead of hot water, which can strip the natural oils from your skin;
- Washing with a non-soap cleanser that contains moisturizers. Like hot water, soap can strip the natural oils from your skin;
- Taking warm oatmeal baths to treat the itching and inflammation;
- Using special shampoos to control the itching and flaking in your scalp; and
- Staying well-hydrated by eating water-rich foods, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Because eczema and psoriasis are both considered medical conditions, you should also consult your physician about possible treatment options. Natural treatments can relieve your symptoms and improve the look of your skin, but you might need some prescription help to really get your condition under control.