The itch to travel

If you’re looking for an excuse to skip town, let your psoriasis be your guide. There are plenty of places on you can go to relax your mind and help your skin at the same time. Keep reading for some psoriasis-friendly ideas for your next trip.

The regular sunshine and humidity of Florida are great for your skin. If the thought of wearing a swimming suit makes you uncomfortable, there are private beaches available up and down the Sunshine State. Between Sarasota and Fort Myers, check out Warm Mineral Springs — the fabled “Fountain of Youth.” These springs boast one of the highest mineral concentrations in all of North America.

The summer weather around the Mediterranean Sea is warm and sunny, but the weather’s not the area’s only appeal. The Mediterranean diet is filled with omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are linked to numerous health benefits, including reducing the severity of psoriasis symptoms. Cities along the coast, such as Barcelona, Rome, and Monaco, offer some of the best and healthiest dining in the world.

Discovered some 250 odd years ago, the Avène Thermal Spring has been used to relieve skin inflammation and irritation for centuries. The Avène Hydrotherapy Centre offers 6, 12, or 18-day treatment programs for people with all different types of skin conditions, including psoriasis. Children are welcome there as well.

The fabled Dead Sea in Israel has long been a destination for people with psoriasis. The lowered elevation protects your skin from sun damage, so you can soak in extra rays to help improve your skin. The high salt content of the water — which prevents most organisms from living in it — can also relieve and prevent psoriasis scales.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a great place to spend a few weeks. The 100-degree geothermal seawater is filled with beneficial algae and minerals that have been touted for their ability to improve psoriasis symptoms. However, it’s a pricy adventure. On top of travel, daily access to the spa starts at around $45. If price is an issue, check out Soap Lake, a mineral lake in Washington State.

Soap Lake is more of a DIY spa treatment. There are no formal treatments at the lake, but soaking in the mineral-rich waters and mud have been used to treat psoriasis for decades. Summer temperatures in the 80s and 90s makes lying around the lake slathered in skin-softening mud even more enticing.

Manitou Beach in Watrous, Saskatchewan, is fed by underground springs, transforming this shallow lake inside Lake Huron into a 14-mile-long, mineral-rich therapeutic spa. There are plenty of small hotels and inns around the lake to accommodate visitors, but your best bet is to go during the summer months before the chilly Canadian weather takes over.

Before you book your plane tickets, scope out what else the area has to offer. Caring for your psoriasis takes up enough of your daily routine, so you don’t want to devote all your vacation time to it as well. Remember, stress is a major trigger for psoriasis flares, so the more relaxed you are on vacation, the better your skin will fare.