Summer Legs

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As a result of suffering from severe psoriasis, I have scarred and pigmented skin (aka ‘psoriasis shadows’) from all the treatments I have used over the years. For a long while, I have really struggled with the whole “confidence thing”, especially when it comes having my legs out during the summer months or on nights out. I would walk through shops, thinking ‘I wish I could wear that dress’ or see other girls wearing dresses and skirts, looking so carefree and always thinking ‘I wish I could just walk out the house in a dress, not have to worry about my skin’.

Anyways, to cut the story short, I recently invested in a bottle of Sally Hansen Leg Makeup after reading lots of reviews online,  and I’m actually really amazed at the wonders it has done for me. For the first time in so many years, I have been confident enough to wear a dress and walk out the house without being paranoid about my legs. It doesn’t guarantee you full coverage, but does give a nice layer, blurring out the pigmentation and scars, so they’re not as noticeable. I have been using the medium glow shade.

So if you have been struggling to cover your scars/pigmented skin, I highly recommend this product. Also, the directions on the bottle suggest that you spray it into your hands, then rub it evenly onto your legs. However, that didn’t really give me good coverage when I applied it like that, so instead I sprayed it directly onto my legs, and then blended it out evenly. The picture below shows the difference with and without the spray applied.

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Left: with Sally Hansen leg makeup. Right: without makeup

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My Summer Top Tips

So here are 5 of my summer top tips:

1. Wear comfortable clothing made of soft, natural fibres such as cotton. So clothing that is less likely to make you itch and also loose clothing, to reduce irritation.

I think my biggest advice for the summer is wear what makes you comfortable. I know many people have issues or are uncomfortable showing more skin during the summer and I certainly used to be and sometimes still am. So definitely don’t wear something that makes you feel insecure.

I’m quite comfortable having my arms out, so that’s not a problem, but having my legs out is still a big no no, so I stick to maxi skirts/dresses on hot days, that way I’m still with the summer fashion, but also wearing something I feel comfortable and secure in.

2. I find chlorine water helps my psoriasis. So I usually go swimming during the summer.

Some people may find that chlorine helps their psoriasis, others may find it makes theirs worse, or some may even see no difference.

I think swimming also helps me de-stress, which is why I’ve also noticed it makes my psoriasis better.

3. Soak up some UV rays! I think every psoriasis sufferer has been told that the sunlight is good for their psoriasis. Even if its just 10-15 minutes, it’ll do wonders for your psoriasis.

(Exactly how much sunlight you should/can take should be discussed with your doctor)

Obviously don’t take too much sunlight, as that can cause your psoriasis to get worse.

4. Drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated. Extremely important during the summer.

5. Keep moisturising as much and as often as you can

Confidence in the Summer…

Well it’s that time of the year in the UK that most psoriasis sufferers hate… SUMMER! As I was growing up I always dreaded summer, as it meant I could no longer hide behind long-sleeves!

I personally used to find summer a battle, because I liked sitting out in the sun and I knew the sun was good for my skin but then I would go through phases where I would feel really insecure about having my skin on show.

I struggled with my confidence as a child. But as I have gotten older it’s become slightly easier with the whole confidence thing during summer. I think I just got to a point where I got fed up of having my arms covered and wearing long-sleeves. One day I just decided to go out shopping in a t-shirt. I was scared at the reactions and stares I would get, but I was committed to do this and get out there. At first I did feel uncomfortable and petrified, but once I was out and about and doing my thing I completely forgot about it and I realised that no one was even paying any attention to my skin. And I think from that point onwards my confidence slowly started coming back. Someone once told me that instead of focusing on the people who notice and stare at your skin, focus on the people who haven’t noticed, and you’ll realise there’s actually a lot of people who don’t actually care or look.

I have come a long way with my confidence and now I enjoy summer a lot more now than I used to. I guess it’s hard to understand where I’m coming from if you don’t have psoriasis or any other skin disorder. And I know this probably sounds stupid to a lot of people, but simple things such as being able to wear a t-shirt and have my arms out means so much to me and the feeling is so indescribable.

However, even though I have come a long way with my confidence, a little part of me is always going to be fragile and insecure. I can’t remember the last time I wore a short dress, skirt or had my legs out in any way, due to the scarring I am left with on my legs. I do walk through shops and see loads of cute summery outfits and think, “I wish I could wear that”. But I won’t give up the fight!

Beauty is not skin deep. Psoriasis is not going to shine, personality is.