As someone who has been living with psoriasis for over 15 years, you’d think I’d have this disease figured out by now. But when you live with a chronic disease, there will always be curveballs. As much as you have your psoriasis under control, you may still be prone to unexpected flare-ups.
Because of this, it’s best to be prepared for any situation. That’s why I’m sharing the three things I never leave home without.
This might sound cliché, but I always carry a travel-size bottle of lotion in all of my bags.
You know those samples you receive in the mail, at conferences, or at the grocery store? Grab those babies, and toss them in your bag.
You never know when your flare-ups are going to bother or irritate you. Having lotion with you wherever you go means you’ll always have something nearby to help ease the irritation.
Also, living that #momlife means I’m always carrying baby lotion. It works great on my flares when I’m in a pinch. I love finding products that serve multiple purposes.
I know others can relate to the notoriously dry skin you get when living with psoriasis. For me, my lips get super dry as well.
No matter where I go, you’ll always see me carrying around lip balm. I like organic lip balms with minimal ingredients I can actually pronounce. For example, one of my favorite lip balms is only made with organic cocoa butter, beeswax, extra-virgin coconut oil, and essential oils.
In a pinch, I even apply the balm to minor flare-ups. I get small patches of psoriasis along my hairline and ear every now and then. Lip balm is my lifesaver, for sure.
Does anyone else seem to get cold whenever you leave the house? Even if it’s 90 degrees out, I’ll still end up feeling cold at some point.
In these situations, a lightweight cardigan has saved me so many times. I tend to stick to cotton or viscose, since these fabrics are the most breathable. Because of this, I don’t have to worry about irritating my flare-ups when it’s on the chilly side.
When I’m looking for skin care products, I always make sure they can be used in multiple ways. If you can get more than one use out of an item, why wouldn’t you get it?
It’s even better when you know exactly what’s in the products. With a chronic disease like psoriasis, you never know what can be an irritant for your flare-ups. When you know what the products you’re using are made from, this becomes one less thing you have to worry about.
Sabrina Skiles is a lifestyle and psoriasis blogger. She created her blog, Homegrown Houston, as a lifestyle resource for millennial women and those living with psoriasis. She shares daily inspiration on topics like health and wellness, motherhood and marriage, and managing a chronic disease while living a stylish life. Sabrina is also a volunteer mentor, coach, and social ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation. You can find her sharing psoriasis tips while living a stylish life on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.