Disability Self-Care: Start With The Skin


Skin conditions affect people from all walks of life, with 50 million Americans living with acne. Although this is often not serious, poor skin could be a sign of a disability such as psoriasis or dermatitis. Even if your disability is not skin-related, you may not realize the importance of healthy skin for well-being and happiness. If you’re looking for a new self-care routine to boost your confidence and day to day mood, then focus on skincare.

The Skin As A Sign Of Underlying Wellness

Dry, flaky, itchy, discolored, or blotchy skin is generally a sign that something about your health is off. It may be something as simple as dehydration or exhaustion, or could be something more serious. Identifying the cause of poor skin can help you to determine whether you have a skin condition. This allows you to cure the condition and you will immediately feel healthier and more energized.

Your disability may not be directly causing any skin problems, but alleviating symptoms of poor skin will leave you feeling physically stronger. You may find that simply drinking more water aids cognitive performance and gives you energy. As your skin repairs, so too will your feelings of vitality.

A Confidence Boost

People living with disabilities often experience a drop in self-esteem. A study from the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology found that even Special Olympians experience low confidence. The perfect athlete is often portrayed as able-bodied, which can cause body confidence issues among anyone with a disability.

One way to give yourself a confidence boost is to focus on improving the parts of your appearance that you can control. When people meet you, they aren’t looking at your wheelchair or assistive technology. As human beings, they are drawn immediately to your face. By focusing on a good skincare routine, you are more likely feel confident and attractive when meeting new people. Combine this with a healthy smile and a new haircut, and your self-confidence will skyrocket.

How To Get Started

There are plenty of products, such as creams and moisturizers, out there to treat dry skin. However, it all starts with a healthy lifestyle. You can almost certainly benefit from increased water intake, and be sure to consume more fruits and vegetables. Switch greasy, saturated fats for the healthy oils found in fish and avocados. Try to consume more vitamins E and C, perhaps in the form of supplements. Also consider exercising more, as this will improve your blood flow. This will help to transport vitamins around the body and improve the coloration in your face.

Although people naturally have different skin types, this is one area everyone has some level of control over. The skin, particularly on the face, is often the first thing a person notices about you. Achieving healthy, glowing skin is a sign of strong physical health, but it is the emotional benefits that can be the most profound. Drinking more water and eating more healthily will help you to achieve the skin that enables a confident and positive attitude.