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My South Africa Story

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Hey Psquad,It's pretty chilly in England 24/7. Even our summer is winteresque to most. I recently went to South Africa for a friend's wedding. Now, South Africa is hotter than England, and I didn't want to wear neck to ankle clothing. I wore shorts or dresses a lot of the time (it was pretty windy whilst I was there so wore leggings a fair amount too). The dresses were 3/4sleeves so my arm pso wasn't on show. With the shorts I'd wear a top/lightweight cardi combo, or a 3/4 sleeve....or even a jumper if it was cold in the eve. Mostly people saw the pso on my legs, but if I was soaking in the sun (a great way to help pso calm down) I'd just have a vest top on.My friends knew my skin condition story, but their families and friends didn't. I had gotten pretty used to not being ask pso questions as it's never really on show here. So when I wore shorts/dresses around others who didn't 'know' me and they saw my pso...you could see the glances, and …

Share my Psecret

I don’t know how many of you feel like me...but I often wonder if what I think about having a skin condition or wonder if what I experience with a skin condition is completely odd and bizarre. I don’t personally know anyone else who has psoriasis; sometimes this makes me feel like no one understands my thoughts or like I can’t express myself and people will understand. It would really help me to know that on a day to day basis that others think the same, feel the same,  experience the same, hear the same, are asked the same or something the same as me. So....I introduce the new project of mine which is called “Share my Psecret” where I hope people will send me skin condition related comments/experiences and most importantly thoughts. It doesn’t need to be psoriasis related, any skin condition secrets are more than welcome. It can be completely anonymous or you can share your first name and age. I will create posters of the secrets to share via social media for people to read.If you wa…

Turmeric Cream Review

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First review of 2016 :)Info:
So after trying out the turmeric cream for a few weeks, I have come to LOVE IT.  I tried one from the brand called "Passport to Organics". This is a cream that is meant for your face and neck so please note that I only used it on my face and neck...not over my whole body. There was a very herby smell to the cream which is not like any other product that I have tried before. I used only the turmeric cream for about 3-4 weeks (well, I used up the whole tube) and instantly loved the results. I would put the cream on about twice in the morning before I did my makeup and then about twice at night before I was going to go to sleep. It dried very fast so I didn’t need to worry about my face being greasy and not being able to put my makeup on in the morning before I left the house. I saw that straight away the redness of my psoriasis patches was decreased and the flakiness of the skin was gone. I love when a cream can so this as those are two of the most…

Turmeric Tea; first attempt!

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After reading about how good turmeric is for you – I decided to give marking a tea a go. I looked up some recipes on line and made my own up from what I had read. A lot of the recipes included ginger and I really don’t like ginger – they included some other ingredients that I also don’t like. So; below is my concoction of turmeric tea… Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of turmeric 1teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt Peppercorns 1 lemon Agave (instead of honey – but honey would work)

Method: Started off filling up two mugs with water (to know the right amount) and put it into a saucepan – brought the water to a boil Added in the turmeric, cinnamon, peppercorns and salt Stirred it all in and let it boil (for 10-15mins) Put the juice from 1 lemon into a mixing jug and added in 1 tablespoon of agave Once the tea had boiled for the 10-15mins I added it into the mixing jug and gave it a good stir. Put the tea into a mug and tried my first sip!!

Verdict: Overall it actually didn’t taste toooo bad. The tu…
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“SEARED GOLDEN CHICKEN, MINT SAUCE (KIND OF) & SPRING VEG FEAST”


INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
Olive oil White wine vinegar Dried red chilli flakes Skinless chicken breasts (x4) 150g broad beans 150g sweetcorn 100g green beans 40g venus rice 20g feta cheese Fresh mint
For my first attempt at a psoriasis-friendly meal, I have used a meal idea from Jamie Oliver’s “EVERYDAY SUPERFOOD” cookbook. I personally think this book is great, it’s full of healthy meals and all of his recipes give you the calorie content and macro-nutrient breakdowns, plus there’s loads of really great nutritional information at the back.
 So, whilst I am easing myself into cooking (I am actually a terrible chef!) I have used one of his recipes as a guideline. The original recipe used asparagus and peas, however after starting to cook I realised that we had run out of both – it was the day before the weekly food shop – so had to improvise a bit! There was also a mint sauce using fresh mint which I will come to below! So…

“FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD”

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Okay, so I’m Lauren, Kara’s sister (and best friend!) and I’m not great when it comes to writing about myself but I will just give you guys a very quick introduction so you know who’s writing! I have been in the background with my sister since she started this blog and I am very excited to say that she has invited me to post with her! I am studying personal training and nutrition and in the process Kara suggested that I use what I know - and am learning everyday - about nutrition to write posts for ideas for psoriasis-friendly meals. So, I have been doing extra research into what a psoriasis friendly diet is in the hopes of helping heal psoriasis from the inside out. I personally believe that everything we put into our bodies directly affects our skin and makes a big difference to what we see on the outside, in many ways. I used to have a terrible diet, smoke and drink way too much and role my eyes at people that said words like “yoga” and “kale”, however, since finding the gym and he…

Psoriasis and Turmeric

A small note prior to this post; I have created an Instagram account to post products that I am trying and food that my sister and I are creating to help with my psoriasis, if you would like to follow me @lwpsoriasis is where you'll find me :)
Turmeric: So recently I have been told by a few people that turmeric is great for your skin and especially for skin conditions. I wasn’t sure what to think at the start as turmeric isn’t something that I would have thought could help improve my pso. So, I have looked into a few of the benefits of turmeric and skin and wanted to share this with you…
The benefits: I took a look at a few websites to get a feel for what was great about turmeric. After reading around a little bit I noticed that most places were saying the same benefits:
·Nourishing to skin ·Anti-inflammatory ·Reduce pigmentation ·Reduce blemishes ·Give skin a natural glow ·Anti-ageing properties ·Improve dry skin
It looks as though “curcumin”, which is found in turmeric, is the substan…