If you’re going through cancer treatments, you know-it wreaks havoc on your skin. That’s why I devoted an entire chapter to skin care in my book, When Cancer Hits. Chapter 2 is all about your skin, and how chemotherapy, radiation, and medications dry it out, thin it out, and make it look dull and sickly. Then I tell you what you can do to counteract all this abuse, and help keep your skin bouncing back.
Here’s a quick glance at what you’ll find in this chapter.
What Do You Know About Skin?
You wash it, you slap on moisturizer, and you do your best to protect it from the sun. But how much do you know about your skin? For example, does it really “breathe” like they say it does? And does it keep bacteria and toxins out of your body, or allow them in? When Cancer Hits answers these questions and more.
Your Current Routine-How Dangerous?
So you have a few department-store brands of moisturizer and cleanser in your cabinet. No big deal, right? Wrong. On page 33, I take you through all your products so you can see exactly how many chemicals you’re exposing yourself to on a daily basis. Trust me-you’ll be surprised.
Chemo Skin is Fragile Skin
I recommend you always choose your skin-care products carefully, but if you’re going through cancer treatments, your skin is especially fragile and really needs your gentle care. My father’s skin was extremely dry during his treatments, and it took forever to heal. Plus it could no longer tolerate alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and harsh preservatives in conventional skin care products. In this chapter, I explain exactly what treatments do to the skin, and what you can do to counteract these negative effects. Plus, I tell you where to find safer products.
Look Now-the FDA is Not Watching
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of regulating the safety of our products, but unfortunately, when it comes to cosmetics, the FDA doesn’t have much to do with it. In general, companies can use any ingredient they choose in their formulations, so it’s up to us to read the ingredient lists and do our best to avoid those things that are too harsh for fragile skin.
The good news is that there are several companies out there right now that are responding to the demand for safer, more nutritious products. I help you find these companies and become familiar with the brands of skin care that are better for you.
What You’ll Get from This Chapter
Chapter 2 gives you what you need to take better care of your skin during cancer and beyond. Just imagine how much better you’ll feel with softer, more resilient skin on your face, hands, and body. Besides feeling more confident about your appearance, you’ll be helping yourself to avoid infections, wounds, rashes, and reactions that could make your experience more difficult.
You owe it to yourself to feel as good as you can during cancer and in the years after treatments are over. Choose today to lovingly protect yourself and your body.
(When Cancer Hits is available now-click here.)
Are you experiencing difficult skin conditions because of cancer or cancer treatments? Have you tried some of the tips in my book? Let me know what you think!