This post is for all my fellow psoriasis warriors.
Having psoriasis can be so depressing at times, can’t it? I think I really need to get it into my head that once my psoriasis does clear up, it will eventually return, sometimes with a vengeance. For some reason, once my skin is clear, I always think I am cured of this stupid skin disorder and basically get my hopes up that my skin will be normal and beautiful forever more. I suppose it is about time I realised that no matter what I do or what I use on my skin. Psoriasis will be with me for life! 😢
For 23 years now my psoriasis has been clearing up, flaring up then clearing up again and its something I still haven’t gotten used to. I’m not sure if I ever will. When I do have a few lucky weeks (mainly summertime) and my skin is happy and healthy it clears up brilliantly, I’m able to get my legs out and wear my favourite LBD (little black dress) and actually feel attractive for a while. But, good things must come to an end and before you know it, my psoriasis comes back, literally overnight.
For the last few months, my skin has been wonderfully clear with not a spot or scale in sight. But, as Autumn has crept up, unfortunately so has my psoriasis. As soon as we hit September, my skin has gone from being completely clear to 80% covered in a week. It’s shocking how fast psoriasis can flare up.
So we are in December now, and like every Autumn/Winter I’m cursed with unattractive skin. Especially my feet. They look so horrendous and I know it does not sound very pleasant but they look like cigarette burns on my skin, hundreds of them. Most of the time, when I do have a flare up I only have the red, sore looking, guttate spots all over my body and luckily, I rarely have silver plaques and my psoriasis never itches like most other sufferers skin tends to do. But, this time however I’ve got the full monty! The redness, the silver scales and the itch. I suppose my skin is the worst it has been for years.
A few weeks back I was sent a Skin Therapy Pack for psoriasis from one of the UK’s best skincare brands, Salcura.
Salcura is used by many people all over the world who suffer with skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis as well as psoriasis and acne amongst others. I first came across Salcura a few months back after seeing my blogging friend Cathy (review genie mum of 3) post a review on some Salcura skincare products – she recommended I try Salcura for my psoriasis.
In my Skin Therapy Pack was Salcura’s, Bioskin Zeoderm Cream and Bioskin DermaSpray, (which smells divine) as well as some Lemon Essential Oil and some tasty, healthy nibbles. (Mixed berries and sunflower seeds to help care for my skin from the inside.)
Before I share my review, I just want to add that the products I’m reviewing are not a miraculous cure for psoriasis but rather treatments to help maintain healthy skin by moisturising very dry skin, soothing irritated, red skin (which I’m very prone to) and calming the itch associated with psoriasis and eczema. Remember everybody’s skin reacts differently to products so bear in mind that this is my own personal experience whilst using Salcura. 😘
Salcura’s Bioskin DermaSpray
Salcura’s Bioskin Dermaspray is a skin nourishing spray that is a hassle free, liquid alternative to emollient creams. It is totally free from artificial fragrances’, parabens, steroids and other harsh ingredients that are unsuitable for sensitive amd problem skin. The ingredients that make up DermaSpray are of 98% natural origin, the most active ingredient being Sea Buckhorn which is rich in nourishing Omegas.
First time I used the DermaSpray, I instantly fell in love with the scent. I’m not really sure what the smell is but after reading the ingredient list, I assume it is peppermint oil. It smells lovely. I kind of went overboard with the spray because it smells so god damn good. It would be fab if Salcura could bottle that scent as a perfume. I reckon it would be a sell out! Beautiful! 😂😍
I’ve been using the DermaSpray two times a day after my morning shower and after my night time bath. It is recommended that you use it around 3-4 times a day but I’ve had great results from only using only it twice. I’ve also been using the spray on my scalp too and have seen great improvement so far.
What I love about the DermaSpray is how quickly it soaks into the skin. My biggest pet hate is heavy, greasy creams that take ages to dry along with messy creams that require hand washing after use, (I’m lazy, 😂) but with DermaSpray, all you have to do is spray, wait a minute for the liquid to soak in then go about your day. DermaSpray is great for people like myself who prefer to moisturise without using messy creams.
Since I first started using DermaSpray about two weeks ago, I can honestly say I have not itched once, so I’m happy about that! Although it hasn’t made any improvement to my actual psoriasis just yet, and by that I mean clearing them up, it has definitely calmed the irritated itch I had and left me with smoother skin. I’m hopeful my skins appearance will improve with frequent use. It has only been two weeks since I first tried DermaSpray, so hopefully I will see better results in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you updated!
I believe how DermaSpray works is by penetrating deep into the skins barrier to support healthy skin growth, nourishing new skin cells in their early development. So fingers crossed that my skin will be better off when this ‘new’ skin appears at the surface. 💪😊
Salcura’s Bioskin – Zeoderm Cream
Bioskin Zeoderm Cream is a unique blend of natural skin essential omega oils, vitamins and minerals. It has been specially formulated to help severe skin dryness and is an alternative to steroid treatment creams. The cream is of 99% natural origin with the active ingredient being Natural Volcanic Zeolite, which is rich in rejuvenating minerals. Like DermaSpray, Zeoderm cream is free from harsh ingredients. 👌
Zeoderm cream is recommended for use in conjunction with Dermaspray or DermaSerum when psoriasis is pretty extreme or going through a bad flare up. The cream provides intensive hydration, moisture and nourishment for people who suffer with problematic skin disorders.
The great thing about Zeoderm is it can be used on all areas of the body including the face. It is also safe to use whenever you want as there are no limits to how much you can use or how long you can use it. This pretty much proves it is safe and gentle on the skin, as most creams that are used to treat psoriasis have a restriction to how long and often it can be used.
My first impression on the Zeoderm cream was that the cream itself looks like face mask cream. It has a earthly, pale green appearance with a natural sweet scent which lingers on the skin after use. It is light in consistency and dries very quickly, which is ideal for me as I’m impatient and find it so boring and uncomfortable when waiting for treatment creams to dry.
I’ve also noticed that the silver scales I have seem to ‘melt’ and disappear after applying Zeoderm cream, which is amazing to see my skin being deeply moisturised, visibly before my eyes. When psoriasis skin becomes so dry, the scales/plaques we have can split/crack causing discomfort, bleeding and sometimes infection so to prevent this, I will definitely be using this cream to treat my dry areas from now on.
In regards to the redness I suffer with, I’ve yet to see a really big difference although the redness is a little bit paler and less irritated after only two weeks so I’m hoping with longer use, I’ll see greater improvement.
If you would like to buy some Zeoderm for your own psoriasis treatment simply click this link to be redirected to the Salcura Website.
I’m about to do something I never ever thought I’d do as a psoriasis sufferer, and that is to show my skin to the world. Being so vain 😂 this is a very BIG thing for me as I’ve always been resistant to let anybody see my skin, out of fear of judgment. So, big pat on the back for Katie Rose for being brave. 😊 ❤
So here goes.
This is a picture of my foot before I started using Salcura Bioskin Products.
Two Weeks Later
Lemon Essential Oil
I haven’t really got round to trying the lemon essential oil on my skin. It is often diluted in a carrier such as vegetable oil or creams and is a great way to add brightness to your skin and has great cleansing properties. I have been advised in the past not to use any citrus fruit on my skin as psoriasis sufferers are prone to have an allergic reaction / bad flare up after skin contact with the oil.
So, instead I have used it in my reed diffuser and I adore the uplifting aroma it has. Lemon Essential Oil has a wonderful aromatic effect on the mind. It is very uplifting, refreshing and improves focus and concentration. So every time I sit down to write, I pop some Lemon Essential Oil into my reed diffuser and it definitely helps cleanse my mind, helping me focus. Being a scatterbrain, this is just what I need, ha-ha! 😂
Apparently, the aroma of Lemon Essential Oil is also beneficial to those who suffer with anxiety and stress, being a stress head myself, I will be using the oil everyday to chill out and unwind. As psoriasis can be triggered by stress, hopefully the oil will help me de-stress and keep future flare ups, caused by stress, at bay!
Berries are delicious, juicy and sweet and they’re also good for your skin. They are low in calories, high in fibre, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.
There are lots of powerful antioxidants in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins help to reduce inflammation and help prevent and manage arthritis. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like psoriatic arthritis.
Vitamin C is another antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will also contribute to radiant, healthier skin and healthy, lush hair.
I’ve always praised the Sunflower for the wonders it does for the skin, especially psoriasis skin. Although I’ve never tried sunflower seeds until now, I’m a big fan of sunflower oil – you can read my sunflower oil and psoriasis review here.
Sunflower seeds are yummy little seeds with a mild, almost nutty taste. They are extremely high in vitamin E which is a god-send for all types of skin not just skin disorders.
Sunflower seeds help moisturise skin from the inside, repairing and protecting the skins barrier and providing a great source of hydration an moisture to dry skin. The seeds are a full of goodness, as well as vitamin E, they are packed with zinc, iron and magnesium too.
Sunflower seeds are not only good for psoriasis skin but they are also a great source of nutrition for psoriasis sufferers who have psoriatic arthritis too. Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E which is effective in reducing arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds also contain copper which is vital for the function of enzymes involved in cross linking collagen and elastin, providing strength and flexibility in bones and joints.
I’m excited to try out a few other products in the Salcura range, so expect more reviews about the skin care brand and its products in the near future!
Below are the links to Salcura’s website and social media pages if you’d like to follow them.
Thank-you for reading my Salcura review. I hope I have given all the info you need. If you have any questions for me drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message via my Facebook page – What Katie Rose Loves and I’ll do my best to help. I will also be doing a Salcura Winter Skin Therapy Pack giveaway in the next few days so keep a look out on my Twitter and Facebook pages for the competition posts ! 👌
Lots Of Love
Katie Rose ❤