Posted On: December 7, 2017
Before I share some of my personal Lupus skincare tips, let me tell how I came across them. After living with lupus for more than 7 years, I have learned how to pamper and take care of myself quite well. Before I got diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, I have always been careless about my skin and hair. While, I was fighting SLE, I had this huge butterfly rash on my face. No idea, for how many months I didn’t look at myself in the mirror. I wasn’t allowed to use any products. It was a tough time.
However, today I have learned from all my mistakes and actually trying hard to make my skin soft and moisturized. I have an excessively dry and sensitive skin. After trying several things, I have comes across a few lupus skincare rules, recipes and tips that I am going to share with you today. However, if you need some more suggestion or help, email me or put it in the comment section below:
Basic Lupus Skincare Rules
Our skincare routine would differ depending on our location, skin type, allergies and so on. We need to focus a little extra on protecting our skin from sun-exposure or anything that can trigger a flare. Precaution is always better than a cure! I am sure you all know what are the basics yet, I am sharing a quick rundown for you:
a. Be sun-smart all round the year – not just summer. That also includes winter, summer, cloudy days. Be careful even when you are working in the kitchen or gardening in the backyard.
b. Wear protective clothes. Cover your skin as much as possible. People with lupus are more prone to develop infections and rashes, so covering the skin is the first thing to do. Wear hats, umbrella, full sleeved clothes, sunglasses, etc.
c. Reduce your exposure to artificial lights. Try to stay away from the halogen lights and fluorescent ones. They are simply not good for you.
d. Apply sunscreen to the exposed area of your body. Use one with SPF 50. Do a little test on the back of your hand to make sure it suits your skin. Refer to Lupus.org for more sunscreen tips.
e. Wear loose-fitted clothes. It is not because you have lupus, anyone should avoid tight fitted clothes as it may create pressure and harm your skin.
f. Avoid outdoor activities from 10 am to 4 pm. It calls for a lifestyle change.
g. Avoid medicines and products that cause your rashes and discomfort. Speak to your doctor for a substitute.
Daily Lupus Skincare Routine
I am sharing a few things that I do every day and found it useful. My skin is extremely dry and cosmetics don’t suit me. For several years, I couldn’t even apply any soap so I had to turn to other lupus skincare routines. Today, I am in love with them.
a. Body scrub: Due to lupus, you may have an extra sensitive skin and anything coarse leaves me scratching. So, I took 2 tablespoons of gram flours, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional). You can mix it with rose water or milk or even normal water and make a paste. Remember, you should be able to feel the sugar granules. Now apply it on your skin in circular motion. If it is getting dry – add a few drops of water to your skin and massage. Do it for 5 minutes, then wash away.
I also add coconut oil at times. It is a natural conditioner. If you don’t have coconut or lemon, no problem just mix gram flour, turmeric, sugar with milk.
b. Bathing: People with lupus are vulnerable to infections. I am allergic to cats and dust. For this reason, I add a few drops of antiseptic solution to my bath water.
c. Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing: Wash your face with a face wash that suits your skin type. Now take some cleansing milk of your choice and massage on your face in upward circular motion. Then take a damp cotton pad and clean your face. Now, dab some toner on another cotton pad and apply on your skin. Give one minute to let your skin breathe. Finally, take some moisturizing cream and apply on your face.
- My home-made toner: I dipped a tea bag (green tea) into a cup of warm water for 5 minutes. Then, taken add a couple of vitamin E capsules to it. Keep it in an airtight bottle. Green Tea is extremely good for skin especially when you have Lupus.
- Moisturizing cream: I mix some Aloe vera gel into my moisturizer. Even Aloe vera gel works equally fine for me.
d. Oil: If you are having dry and flaky skin, apply oil or body lotion as often as you can. It really helps.
e. Have lots of fruits and water: Have at least one serving of fruits and plenty of water every day. It keeps your skin healthy from inside.
f. Eat healthy: Don’t eat junk food or outside food. Watch what you are eating because not only it affects your skin but also outs your health on stake!
I keep my daily skincare routine a little flexible and keep changing the ingredients of my homemade lupus skincare products depending on the weather. If you have liked my simple Lupus skincare basics, then let me know and I will share some more of my secrets.