Autumn/Winter skin care for sensitive Fibromyalgia skin

Being a woman with Fibromyalgia I know all about how sore and sensitive our skin can be. The colder months wreak havoc on our skin making it even more dry, itchy, sensitive and irritated. Being outside leaves our skin feeling raw yet the central heating zaps moisture from our skin. 

Many of us with Fibromyalgia, endure neuropathic pain on a daily basis.  As pain is not visible it is so hard to explain to a non-fibromyalgia person exactly what it feels like. It is therefore so hard for others to understand how much it can affect daily living. Neuropathic pain is caused by this disruption in the nervous system. Signals are not sent correct information between the brain, skin, muscles and other areas, so our skin seems even more painful than a "regular" person. 

If that doesn't make you feel all special and gifted with a skin superpower then you really do need to up your game on skin care....that will be all of us Fibro Gals then! 

For any of my readers that did not know I am a woman with Fibromyalgia and a VTCT qualified complementary therapist Level 3. I am a lady that can no longer practice my profession at a hands-on level due to chronic illness so I prefer to use my expertise to write about complementary and alternative therapies for chronic illness. 

So what do I suggest for sore sensitive Autumn/Winter Fibromyalgia skin? 

Well firstly you do not need a purse bursting with money to achieve good skin so ignore what the large companies want to sell you. Most of their products boast to achieve what natural products can for less price.

When I am at home I never wear makeup, even if I have been out as soon as I return it gets washed off. I found years ago that this helps my skin so much. Don't get me wrong I LOVE to wear makeup but since Fibromyalgia it doesn't really love me back.

I take my eye makeup off with Coconut oil (Under £5 in the supermarket) and a cotton wool pad then wash with Childs Farm Baby Wash on a flannel with warm water.

Invest in loads of facial flannels, they are only cheap. I get mine from Wilko 35p each and use a clean one each time I wash my face.

I never use a toner but if you do then try cider apple vinegar instead. It is pH 5.5 and is great to restore the skins natural pH and to soothe breakouts and clogged pores. Get a small 100ml travel bottle from the shops and mix 1 part cider apple vinegar to 2 parts water then apply with a cotton wool pad and let the skin dry naturally then add moisturiser.

To moisturise I use Sweet Almond Oil as it is full of vitamin E, vitamin A, monosaturated fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin.

It can be used to gently dislodge debris from deep within skin pores and follicles, and also may help prevent future acne because of its vitamin A content. You can even create a natural facial scrub using fine sugar mixed with sweet almond oil, safe for even those with sensitive skin.

This Sweet Almond Oil is a great buy from Holland and Barrett £5.66 for 100ml 

If you are looking for a weekly facial mask then get the oats out. Oatmeal has been used for thousands of years for its many benefits. Oats can restore balance and hydration to dry, sensitive skin.

Natural skin care tips are great but as a holistic therapist, I also need to recommend diet and relaxation. Sore Fibro skin needs good nutrients and a boost of protein. Have a read of these archived blogs Fibromyalgia sore skin needs breakfast not botox and also Fibromyalgia and a protein-rich diet

Have you ever noticed how you can see the pain in peoples faces? They clench their jaw, squint their eyes and all their facial muscles just seem overworked. Long term this will age you and create lines so learn to relax more. Mediate, balance pain medication, use soothing aromatherapy oils in a burner, burn some calming Nag Champa incense it all helps. Even just lay on your bed and practice some deep controlled breathing as you listen to some Tibetan singing bowls. 

Lastly, take your facial muscles to the gym.. well metaphorically speaking obviously.
Have a look at this short video for some great facial exercises to work on your facial muscles, it will boost the blood flow and strengthen the skin cells.

Huge gentle hug for the colder season, together we can get through it.

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Love and gentle hugs

Ness xx

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