11 Great Gifts for Someone With Psoriasisby Eileen Bailey Health Writer
What to give someone with psoriasis
Look for thick, creamy moisturizers. People with psoriasis often apply moisturizers throughout the day. For some people, scents, and other additives can irritate the skin, so try to find out which ones they like best. A year’s supply of their favorite moisturizer might be just what they want.
The perfect gift for getting moisturizer on those hard to reach places like your back. Just fill the applicator with your favorite lotion and roll it on all the places you usually need someone to help you reach.
Gift certificate for pampering
Living with psoriasis is stressful and a day of relaxation, whether for a massage, a facial, or a manicure or pedicure can give your friend or relative the chance to pamper herself.
Some people with psoriasis like to accentuate areas of their body not affected with plaques. Wearing a statement necklace with earrings might help to deflect feelings of self-consciousness.
The cold weather can irritate skin and if hands are affected by plaques, they can become red and sore. Cashmere-lined gloves can protect hands without causing further irritation.
Look for soothing teas that promote relaxation. Teas with jasmine or lavender add an element of aromatherapy as well.
Warm, soft socks are usually a welcome gift. Some socks are lined with gel or infused with aloe, which can help relieve dry feet and may help maximize the benefit of lotions and moisturizers.
Cozy blankets and throws
Look for soft, natural fabrics that won’t irritate the skin or cause itchiness. As with some of the other gifts, these encourage relaxation.
If you choose to give your loved one scented candles, choose one made with natural materials, such as soy or beeswax; these are usually less irritating than those made with paraffin.
Some soaps can dry and irritate the skin, causing psoriasis to worsen. Look for soaps that moisturize the skin and reduce itchiness. Tar soaps are good for reducing itching, redness, and inflammation. Oatmeal soaps help pain, itching, and redness. Soaps containing aloe and lanolin help moisturize and soothe skin. Avoid deodorant soaps and those containing detergents.