Here are some skincare tips for anyone going through cancer treatment. And, remember...we're here for you!
Tip #1: Moisturize more than you normally do. Cancer treatments can cause the barrier of your skin to malfunction allowing moisture to escape from your skin. Use a daily moisturizer and remember to apply to your scalp, feet, and nails.
Tip #2: SPF is more important now than ever. The increase in medications can have many side effects. Increased sun sensitivity is a common thing. Use an SPF 30 or higher on any
exposed skin daily even if not in direct sunlight or at the beach. Choosing an SPF with a high percentage of Zinc oxide or Titanium Dioxide will be best for sensitive skin.
Tip#3: Exfoliate dry lips and nail beds with an at home mixture of:
1 tablespoon of sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon of olive oil
Blend together and apply to dry skin. Rub but not scrub! Use your middle or ring finger to ensure you aren’t applying too much pressure. The sugar will gently exfoliate and the oil will
moisturize your skin.
***Remember home remedies should not be stored. Make and use them the same day. ****
Tip#4: Do not dip your fingers into jars of creams. You are more vulnerable to infections with a diminished immune system. Use clean teaspoon or plastic spatulas to remove products. Wash or replace these items after each use. Remember mascara and other “wet” makeup products should be replaced regularly, I recommend every 90 days.
Tip#5: Shampoo your makeup brushes monthly. This is a great way to control bacteria on your skin and avoid infections. Make sure when you wash your brushes you hang them upside down to avoid damaging the brushes and allowing moisture to drain completely out of the brush.