If all it takes to get you in zen mode is surf and sand, your psoriasis is in luck. Ultravioletlight from the sun slows the rapid skin growth that goes along with psoriasis, says Tamy Buckel, M.D. a dermatologist in Chestertown, MD. Plus, ocean water has significantly higher amounts of sodium and chloride, which can naturally smooth psoriasis skin. Just be sure to limit unprotected sun exposure to brief 15-minute bursts that do not cause pinkness or a burn, and always slather on sunscreen on areas that are often exposed to the sun such as the face, neck and chest.
Make it Happen: Feeling uncomfortable about spending a week in your bathing suit? Try Kitty Hawk Beach, part of the outer banks of North Carolina, where you will find a little more seclusion, especially in the off-season.