Hello beautiful, I hope you are feeling well and loved today.
Feeling loved is important for every single person on this planet; we need our friends and families to create support networks and get us through the different challenges that we navigate in life.
When you have a skin condition, you need your loved ones more than ever, but in offering support, those closest to you can sometimes make mistakes. Whilst they all mean well, it is hard for them to understand what you are experiencing, and so comments, questions and actions can sometimes create unwelcome reactions. That is why I thought I would put together some tips on how to support someone with skin sensitivities and flares in a way that really helps them. You might want to share this blog with your family and friends as a way they can best support you.
Just be there
Most people with skin conditions know more about their skin than anyone else, so often they do not need advice, no matter how well-intentioned it might be. Yes, we have probably tried that new fangled treatment. Yes, we have talked to the doctor. Yes, we have tried going non-dairy. What we need more than anything is a listening ear and a safe space to express our emotions. Having the opportunity to get things off our chests without judgement is incredibly liberating and it can have a huge effect on the way that we feel.
Be present savvy
We know that when birthday’s come around, it is tempting to buy perfume or skincare, but this can be counter-productive if you are giving them to someone with sensitive skin. They are often highly perfumed and packed with things that are likely to start a flare up, for some people this can be the minute that they make contact with the skin.
Pick gentle, natural products from our shop to make sure you are giving them something that they can use with confidence. That way, you are giving a gift that really is thoughtful and appreciated.
Whatever we are feeling, a hug always goes a long way. Whether it is to offer comfort, support or love, if it looks like we need one, then we probably do!
Stand by me
There are many routes that someone with skin sensitivities can go down, and they might have to try a few different lifestyle changes before they find one that works for them. It might seem like there is another fad diet or crazy idea but resist the urge to question it and just go with the flow. If it doesn’t work, we won’t feel judged. If it does, we can embrace the change and feel truly happy.
If that change relates to diet, then be as supportive as you can. It may not be a diet that you want to share, but try not to lure your loved one away to foods that you both know won’t help them. My cookbook, The Beauty of Eating Well™ , has loads of great recipes that are designed to work from the inside out, and are great for everyone to share.
The most important thing you can do for someone in your life who has a skin condition is simply offer them all of the love and support that you can. They will have ups and downs, but knowing they have someone to turn to is always important.
Sending you virtual hugs. You’ve got this!
Lots of love and positive vibes, Camille xx