August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, meaning it's a time to learn more about this common and painful skin-and-joint condition – as well as find out about ways that yoga meditation supplies can soothe psoriatic skin.
Psoriasis is an inherited disorder in which the body's immune system overreacts to irritants, causing the skin to grow very fast. What results are thick, scaly, flaking or red patches of epidermis. Sometimes, this autoimmune disorder also affects the joints, causing aches or even full-blown arthritis.
If you have psoriasis, here are some yoga meditation supplies that may help soothe your skin:
- Moisturizer. Before and after a yoga session, apply moisturizer liberally to affected skin. This will keep it plump and prevent cracking and redness. Also, remember to engage in yoga meditation poses that don't overstretch the skin.
- Body oils. These products can also loosen up the skin before a yoga class. Also, try bath oils at night, which help repair irritated areas.
- Water. Drinking plenty of water during yoga helps the skin replenish its moisture levels.
- Sunblock. While a little sun exposure is considered good for psoriatic skin, too much can cause flare-ups. So, when doing yoga outdoors, use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.