For my whole career I have had many clients fight skincare problems through illness and recently I had a client ask what she could buy her friend who was about to enter an aggressive chemo course which I thought was a lovely thing for a friend to do, so I thought I would share my answer with all of you.
Firstly, it is only fair to say that your doctor and nurses can help you and you must follow their advice, however, when you are looking at your favourite beauty products and realising that your skin is getting often progressively drier, more sensitive and reactive during the treatment, you need to find a gentler answer for your beauty regime and this would be my advice.
Don’t despair, put a top on your favourite products and store them in a cool, dark cupboard – you may be able to use some of them in between your courses of treatment or after. Depending on the brand, they are safe for between 6-12 months once opened so put a sticky note on the bottom with the date you opened them and the date they will expire.
If your skin can’t tolerate them before they expire then share them out with your family and friends who are supporting you. Be prepared for your skin to act in a more ‘poorly manner’ which is sensitive, drier, slower to heal, slower cell turnover therefore duller and, just like your tummy, not wanting too many ingredients or complicated routines!
The key in managing your skin, scalp and hair is to single out 3 – 4 key products that are multifunctional so avoid harsh and complicated ingredient listing which may be too stimulating. For shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, try Liz Earle, Intelligent Nutrients, Elemis sensitive skin wash (pictured above, this is for face and body so that’s great) or Elemis milk bath. However, if you become over sensitive then check out the A’kin range, which is coming back to QVC.
If your skin is flaky or itchy and also not repairing itself then try the Australian Body Care Skinwash, plus the body lotion, hand cream and face cream (the men or boys also love this one) which may work because of the antiseptic properties of the tea tree.
When you are flaky and sensitive, apply oil to your skin on the face, body and scalp before showering to soften and loosen dry skin as you will probably not be able to tolerate scrubs or peels. As well as applying them after as a moisturiser and when your skin is extremely dry, use oil as an undercoat to a cream such as the Elemis Japanese Camellia oil for body and scalp and A’Kin rosehip oil for face.
If your skin is incredibly uncomfortably dry, use the ABC Skin Fold Cream or you could try the Selixir Peace Balm (coming soon to QVC) for extreme dryness and it can also be used on the face.
Existing products that you may already own that you may be able to keep using if your side effects are not too extreme would be your Liz Earle Superskin range and L’Occitane Shea butter range – especially the hand and foot creams as these areas get excessively dry.
I hope this information is helpful and remember, as the treatment progresses your skin may get dryer and more sensitive and it is important to moisturise all over as often as you can. You can even get your friends and family to apply your products in the hard-to-reach places, or if you are feeling tired.
Sunbathing, as I am sure you know, is out until your doctor says, so the Ultrasun SPF 50 is essential along with keeping the face and body covered with loose, natural fibre, dry clothing and a fabulous sun hat!
It is also even more important to patch test any new products as your skin may violently react to some ingredients. I would even test shower or shampoo products on a small part of your body and rinse thoroughly and don’t use again for 24 hours before venturing in the bath or shower with them!
Don’t forget, for glamour your bareMinerals original foundation, and indeed the make-up range, is our gentlest, and a bit of lippy always brightens you up!!!
I hope this provides you with some skin comfort and management through your own, or any of your friends or family’s, treatments.
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