Hello there lovelies!
Are you glowing and happy?
I know I am, and one of the reasons for this is the fact that I recently got engaged to my beautiful and incredible partner. I shared the video of the amazing moment that he surprised me on my Instagram account and then, of course, I had to share some pictures of the stunning ring that he chose for me.
Whilst this was an incredible moment for me, posting that picture got me thinking about my hands. There was a time when my eczema would have held me back and might even have stopped me for posting that snap, and it made me realise exactly how much our hands are on show.
Skin conditions on hands
People with skin conditions are very aware of any patches that they may have and often go to great lengths in order to hide them, but this is difficult to do when it appears on your hands. It can take many different forms, appearing in patches on the backs of your hands, around your nails or on your joints. I have known people who fear that they look like they have been in fights, appear to have something contagious or simply look like they do not take care of themselves.
It can mean that they avoid shaking hands, don’t take pictures of their engagement rings or keep them in pockets, or wear long sleeves over their hands even in the height of summer. For some people, they can struggle to use their hands at all, even to do something as simple as holding a pen due to the pain that many people do not even realise comes hand in hand with skin conditions. I am here to tell you that now is the time to embrace your hands and learn to love them, no matter what!
Some handy tips
It is easy for someone to tell you to get over it when any part of your body is affected by a skin condition, but it can be a challenge for many of us. However, there are ways in which you can learn to love your hands and be proud to have them on display.
Firstly, you need to stop and think how much your hands do for you. Whether it is helping you to eat, caring for a loved one or showing off an engagement ring, they are the one part of our bodies that simply never stop moving. Many of you have incredible talents that your hands are instrumental in, such as music, art and sewing to name just a few. Instead of getting down about how the skin on your hands looks, try and focus on the amazing things your hands can do.
When you look at your skin, generally the first thing you see if your eczema or psoriasis, but this is rarely the first thing that other people see? When I posted my photograph, all anyone could focus on was the ring, my big beaming smile and how ridiculously happy I was. Not one person made any comment on my skin, and I doubt very much that they even looked at it.
Another way to love your hands is to show them the care and attention that they deserve. My Skin Wash is the perfect way to keep them clean and giving them a regular covering in the Calming Cream helps to soothe any irritations and leave them feeling soft and wonderful. Sometimes, if you show your hands a little love, they love you back.
I would love to see some pictures of your hands, so make sure that you post them on Instagram and tag The Beauty of Eczema in them.
Lots of love and positive vibes, Camille xx