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Psoriasis Update – April 2018

Hey girls (and boys),

My psoriasis has been really bad lately – it hasn’t been this severe for years, it’s so bad that I am considering making an appointment with my dermatologist. I haven’t used any medication from my GP/DERM for my skin in absolute years and instead I’ve been treating it with natural beauty products – so I think I will be disappointed to use chemicals on my skin again for a quick fix. I’m undecided what to do.

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I have an idea why my skin has gotten bad again and to be honest I’m blaming quite a few things. I was sent a product to review from a brand (which I’ll name and review another time) and noticed after I used it that it contained not just one paraben but a whole lot of them. I always try to avoid parabens and I’m disappointed that this product contains parabens as it is aimed for those with skin disorders. I’m also blaming the peroxide I used to make my hair blonde. I’ve dyed my hair back to my natural colour as it would only get worse the more bleach I used. I have a ring of psoriasis along my hairline, I have it down my ears, all over my face, my eyebrows (which I waxed – another trigger maybe?) and my hands and wrists are terrible – I’ve noticed the stares alreadfy – the ones that hace CONTAGIOUS written all over them… it has made my self esteem drop massively. Maybe it’s because I don’t wear rubber gloves when washing the dishes (washing up liquid is harsh on skin and contains lots of nasty ingredients).  I’ve also changed my lifestyle a little too, for the better but maybe that has had an impact on my skin too. I’ve quit smoking for just over three months – I’ve become vegetarian again and cut out meat for nearly two months. Maybe I’m just having a flare up regardless of all the things I mentioned above. Does psoriasis need an excuse to flare up? No. So, yeah… I can’t pinpoint what has caused my skin to flare up but I do have an idea.

I just wanted to give you all an update on my skin as the photograph I posted on Instagram has made my emails and DMs go through the roof. I’m so grateful for the support I have received and the recommendations. I’m currently using a couple of products from Mayka Skincare, Moogoo Skincare and Dr. Botanicals – and Pure Potions have been kind enough to send me a few samples so I’m looking forward to receiving them. I’ll give it a week or two and make my decision as to whether to receive treatment.

I will keep you all updated.

Thanks again.

Love

kaatie


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I Wrote An Article For Healthline Magazine

Hey gorgeous girls!

This is just a quick little post to let you all know that I have written a short article regarding my psoriasis for Healthline – which is a popular online health magazine.

The article I wrote is called ‘3 Times I Had A Psoriasis Flare FOMO’ and explains the struggles I have had over the years, the opportunities I have missed because of my skin and my current outlook on life.

If you would like to – you can read it HERE.

Lots Of Love

Katie


 

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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Scalp Oil For Scalp #Psoriasis

I was sent a bundle of goodies from the award-winning, natural skincare brand Pure Potions last month to try out and share my thoughts about the products on my blog. I have already reviewed the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil and the Bath & Body Emollient Oil but today I’m gonna let you know how I got on with the Scalp Oil which I have been using to treat my scalp psoriasis.

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ABOUT THE SCALP OIL:

Skin Salvation Scalp Oil is a natural moisturising scalp treatment, formulated as an alternative to chemical shampoos which strip natural oils from the skin and can dry out sensitive scalps. The healthy balance of oils in the scalp is preserved by the Scalp Oil’s uncomplicated natural formulas and richly moisturising oils.  The Scalp Oil is a natural oil for itchy scalps and is also suitable for people who are prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.It is a vegan friendly, cruelty free oil that suits sensitive and allergy prone skin thanks to the 100% natural ingredients. It contains no perfumes, parabens, palm oil, SLS, phthalates, silicones, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, mineral oil, synthetics – and like it says on the bottle NO LIES! – Pure Potions do not greenwash their products like a lot of other ‘natural‘ skincare brands. The Scalp Oil was also the winner for the natural health / best eczema range at the 2017 International Beauty Awards so it has been recognized as an amazing product.

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INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Stellaria, Media (Chickweed) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Oil, Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Limonene from essential oils.

Borage Oil

Borage Officinalis OilThis oil replenishes the scalp with Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA) which enriches and moisturises the scalp.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemarius Officinalis OilThis oil increases the circulation to the scalp and also acts as a general conditioner and tonic for the hair and scalp.

Nettle

Nettle Oil/Urtica DioicaReduces inflammation and itching and is a natural antihistamine.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil/Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Extremely nourishing, moisturising, rich in essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in those with dry skin.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The Scalp Oil comes in a dark green 50 ml glass bottle which has a white pump dispenser and a screw off lid. The packaging looks nice, fresh and simple and has lots of info about the ingredients and how to use, etc… printed on the label. The oil itself has a very, very runny consistency and is a transparent yellow in colour. On first impressions it smells kinda ‘minty’ thanks to the Rosemary Oil and ‘herby’ thanks to the Nettle Oil & Hemp Oil.


VERDICT

 I did struggle at first with the dispenser – it had a clasp on the bottle neck which needs to be removed before you use it and I had trouble getting the nozzle to produce some oil but a simple turn clockwise sorted it out – the nozzle can also be ‘locked by turning it anti-clockwise. The first time I used the Scalp Oil I applied the oil to the whole of my scalp using the pump dispenser/nozzle. After applying the oil I was shocked to see that I had used half of the bottle after only using it once. I think I made a mistake by applying it all over my scalp instead of .just the areas with psoriasis. So, if you buy the oil use it only on your psoriasis to prevent wastage.

I found the oil itself really easy to use – I hold the bottle up to my scalp and just  press down on the nozzle/dispenser to dispense a little of the oil. Once I have applied the oil to every bump in my head, I then massage the oil into my scalp with my fingers and leave it on overnight. I think it is best to use the oil at night-time before bed so the oil can do its magic while you catch up on your beauty sleep. I’d also recommend you place a towel over your pillowcase to prevent any staining – I made my own DIY Towel Pillowcase made from a bath towel to stop the oil from ruining my lovely pillows. If you want a tutorial on how to make a towel pillowcase – let me know in the comments. My hair obviously feels greasy and oily after applying the Scalp Oil so when I wake up the next morning I jump into the shower and wash my hair with a natural, clarifying shampoo. I always make sure to shampoo twice to make sure the oil is washed out of my hair. I love the oil because it contains no nasty ingredients like parabens or SLS which I’m trying to cut out as I have found these ingredients make my skin and scalp a million times worse.

I have darkest black hair and it sometimes looks like I have really bad dandruff when my scalp starts to flake so I’m hoping that the more I use this oil, the better my scalp psoriasis will get and people will eventually stop touching my hair and telling me ‘you have something in your hair’ ha ha! After using the Scalp Oil about five times now – my scalp has started to feel calmer and it has soothed my itchy skin, the oil also nourishes my hair too and after washing it off, my hair feels so soft and healthy. I still have my scalp psoriasis and the oil hasn’t cleared it up but it has definitely softened a couple of bumpy scales and moisturised my scalp by giving it a little TLC & relief.


DISCLOSURE: I was sent this product free of charge for review purposes. I have not been paid for this review and the words in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the brand in any way.


WHERE TO BUY: You can get the Scalp Oil HERE from the Pure Potions website.

Pure Potions are based in the UK but they do ship their products worldwide. 

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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Bath & Body Emollient Oil For Psoriasis, Eczema & Dermatitis

About two weeks ago now – I received a bundle of skincare goodies to try out on my sensitive skin and psoriasis and review them on my blog. The company who kindly gifted me the products are an amazing, award-winning, natural skincare brand called Pure Potions – all of their skincare products are cruelty-free, natural and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, perfumes and synthetic ingredients. They are based in the UK but they do ship worldwide. I was also sent the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which I have already reviewed here as well as their Scalp Oil for my scalp psoriasis – which I’ve yet to review.

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What Is The Bath & Body Emollient:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is an all-purpose, 100% natural moisturing oil suitable for all skin types and formulated to replenish moisture lost by bathing or showering. Added to bath water or smoothed on after bathing, this rich, nourishing oil reduces the drying effects of water by locking in moisture and can replace the need for potentially-irritating foaming and perfumed body washes or soap. Made from organic hemp, olive, calendula and safflower oils with chamomile and lavender essential oils. The Skin Salvation collection has also won the Best Eczema Range at the 2017 Natural Health International Beauty Awards so this proves how amazing the oil is.


First Impressions:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil comes in a 200 ml, dark green plastic bottle. It has a white lockable flip-lid an there is a lot of info printed on the back of the bottle, such as ingredients, directions for use, benefits, etc… The packaging looks very fresh and attractive and has a ‘natural’ look. It has a very natural, herbal scent and before I even looked at the ingredients list I noticed that it had a strong cannabis / marijuana scent – after looking at the ingredients list – it does in fact contain cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, I can also smell the lavender essential oil too. The Bath & Body Emollient Oil has a shelf life of 6 months (natural products have a shorter shelf life than products with artificial ingredients) and the bottle is recyclable.

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How To Use The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

This multi-purposes oil can be added to bath water and applied to damp or dry skin as a moisturising oil, it can also be used as a facial cleanser, a massage oil and a shaving oil.


My Thoughts On The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

I mainly use my oil in the bath, it says on the bottle to add one or two tablespoons of the oil to a warm bath but I just put about three squirts into my bath straight from the bottle. Whilst bathing in the oil I can feel the oil working it’s magic and my skin instantly looks and feels smoother. When I get out of the tub I can see how well it has worked on my psoriasis because my silver scales have ‘melted’ and my red patches are much lighter in colour.

I’ve also applied the oil after bathing on my damp skin and onto dry skin as a moisturiser. The oil doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and I was surprised at how quickly the oil absorbed into my skin. I rarely take showers, as I prefer soaking in the bath tub but when I do, I apply a little of the oil to my palms and rub my whole body with my hands to make my skin feel soft and smooth and it adds moisture to my dry skin and soothes my irritated, itchy skin.

I’ve only really used the oil as a facial cleanser once or twice as I prefer to use my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil instead but it can and does work as a cleanser for the face. I applied a little bit of oil to my face, massaged it in leaving the oil to soak into my face then washed it off with a damp wash cloth. My skin was left looking clean and feeling soft and it made my complexion radiant and glowing.

After two weeks of bathing in the oil three times a week my psoriasis looks a million times better and I love how pink my patches look instead of bright red. I really wish I took before and after pictures to show you guys what I mean. So although I still have my psoriasis, this oil has definitely helped and they are starting to look like they are disappearing. My skin feels soft and is less dry than before and I just really love this oil and it works AMAZING as a shaving oil – because I have psoriasis on my legs I have been finding it difficult to shave so eek, I have had gorilla legs for a few weeks as my skin has flared up badly. The boyfriend really fancies me, hey! Ha. This oil allows me to shave my legs with ease and I absolutely love it for this reason alone. So, if you struggle with shaving – I 100% recommend giving this oil a try.

The only thing I don’t like about the oil is the need to clean my bath afterwards, I usually just give my bathtub a quick wipe and rinse with the shower head after bathing but with this oil you have to seriously give it a good scrub with elbow grease as the oil sticks to the bath – water alone won’t remove the oil. Not a big problem, I know, but I’m lazy! Ha ha.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes. All words are my own and have not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


Recommended For:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is suitable for all skin types but I especially recommend it for those who suffer with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, sensitive skin.


Where To Buy?

You can get a 200 ml bottle of the Bath & Body Emollient Oil here for £12.99.

A 300 ml bottle is also available for £19.00.

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DIY Beauty Project: Detox Your Skin With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Great For Psoriasis

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I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body

Removes impurities from the skin

Boosts immune system

Deep cleanses the skin

Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders

Helps clear acne and pimples

Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…

Helps to cool and soothe insect bites

Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…

Reduces stress and anxiety

Calms skin allergies

Stimulates the lymph system

Soothes sunburn and sun rash

Gentle detoxification with no side effects

Relieves headaches

Relieves body aches

Great for fatigue

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!


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