By now almost everyone who cares about good skin, fighting the effects of aging and looking their best (like most of my readers) has been told to wear sunscreen. Springtime is in bloom and the summer season is just around the corner, especially for those living in southern states. During the time of year where more exposure to the sun is common, it is especially important to understand how sunshine affects our skin, how to protect it, and avoid skin cancers while still enjoying the great outdoors. NOSI Skincare has all the tips you need to maintain youthful glowing skin. Here are five things to know about sun protection and skin cancer.
1. The Damage Caused by UV Rays
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage the DNA of skin cells. This can permanently alter the appearance of skin’s pigmentation and cause skin irregularities, wrinkles and sags. According to the American Cancer Society, there are three types of UV rays, UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVA rays are harmful and should be avoided, UVB rays are the most harmful. They are more energetic than UVA rays, cause more sunburns and can directly alter the DNA of skin cells. UVB rays are thought to cause most skin cancers. UVC rays do not penetrate into our atmosphere and are not sunlight, so they are not cause for concern at this time.
2. Skin Cancer and Early Warning Signs
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer each day! Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer. Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. Melanoma is a cancer that starts in the cells that give the skin color. Therefore, it’s very important to pay attention to common moles on the skin. If the color of the mole spreads outside the borders of the mole, that could be early warning sign of trouble. If you see this, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. If ignored, melanoma can spread from the skin into organs of the body and cause death. I have friends that visit their dermatologist once a year to get checked, just as a precaution. We think this is a good idea. At NOSI Skincare we are all about precaution, prevention and protection!
3. Different Shades of Sun Screen
The best form of prevention and protection is to stay inside and avoid the sunshine. I once worked with a woman who rarely when out in the sun. She has exquisite skin and a nice shade of pale, but let’s face it, most of us spend time outdoors, at least some of the time. For people like us, there is sunscreen. Using sunscreen slows aging of the skin and prevents sunburn. But not all sunscreens are created equally. Most fall into two categories, physical blockers and chemical blockers. Physical blockers are made of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These tend to be less irritating and block UV radiation across the UVA and UVB spectrum. This is knowns as the broad spectrum and you may see those words on the product packaging. While effective, many physical sunscreens can leave your skin with a white chalky appearance. Chemical blockers can have a narrow spectrum of UV coverage and carry a risk of contact allergy and irritation. These blockers, however, can be formulated to blend into skin better, giving a more natural appearance to the ones wearing it.
4. When to use Sunscreen. . .
Everyone should use sunscreen every day, period. Even when it’s cloudy. Even if you are going to be indoors all day. Even if you plan to wear a big hat or sit in the shade.
5. The SPF Mystery, Solved!
On every bottle or jar of sunscreen you will see something called an SPF with a number next to it. The SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates the degree of protection it offers. For example, an SPF of 15 means that it will take 15 times the UV exposure to cause a mild sunburn when compared to unprotected skin. The higher the number the greater the protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreens that are SPF 30, broad spectrum, and water resistant (holds effectiveness for 40 minutes). Apply it liberally over all exposed skin and since sunscreens are often not waterproof, it’s a good idea to reapply it every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
A Great Take Away!
If you are heading to the beach or pool this summer, be sure to bring along my Just Beachy Gift Set. It includes a great selection of NOSI products that will make the most of your time in the sun. Packed into a great beach bag is my Cabana Crème hair sunscreen and conditioner, a Mandarin Acai Cleansing Cream and Mandarin Balancing Toner, a Co-Enzyme Q10 Cranberry Creme Moisturizer and a pack of four Goomees hair ties to keep your pony in check.
Just toss it into your ride to the beach or the lake this summer and you'll be all set. It’s the perfect summer gift for you or a friend.
The sun can damage your skin and skin cancer affects millions of Americans each year. Armed with the proper knowledge and the right sunscreen, you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, avoid harmful UV rays and still look young and vibrant. At NOSI skincare we are dedicated to helping everyone live a better life. We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau. I am always available to chat with anyone about this or any skincare or hair care topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. While you’re on the site make sure you subscribe and I’ll send you my list of “Ingredients to Avoid in your Personal Care Products.” I look forward to chatting with you soon!
When I got my certification in oncology aesthetics, I knew I want to introduce my new services to clients and followers through a blog series. This is our fourth installment in the series and we continue to focus on ways to feel better during the fight against cancer. While doctors can treat the disease, an aesthetician specially trained to help those suffering with cancer can provide a focus on self-care that will make you feel better and boost your confidence. We’ve covered a lot of topics and provided a lot of tips in each blog. They are all available on the blog page of my NOSI Skincare website, so you can refer to them anytime you or someone you love is facing cancer. Today we cover tips from head to toe for cancer patients, starting with the head.
Facing the Truth. . .
We covered skincare extensively in the blog, “Skincare Services for Cancer Patients.” but we also need to address the effects some chemotherapy has on eyelashes. During treatments, eyelashes can thin dramatically. Thin eyelashes can benefit from a lash serum like my All Natural Grown Serum for Lashes and Brows. This serum nourishes and conditions lashes and brows but best of all, it stimulates new growth! This will help you look like yourself again. Skin around the eyes is sensitive and can be even more delicate during treatments, so make sure every product and applicator is soft and gentle. I can help select the right kinds of eye liners, pencils, brushes, and eye shadows. Plus, I can also help demonstrate how to use the tools and apply the products correctly. This will help you look your best and feel confident. I can also help you select gentle eye makeup cleansers that will remove the color without damaging your skin.
Jade Roller Treatment
One treatment safe for oncology patients is the cool and soothing turn of a Jade Roller. Apply a rolling motion to face, back, neck, hands, or feet to stimulate nerves, tighten skin can eliminate fine lines. Always apply gentle pressure and get approval from your physician before you start.
Wearing makeup is always a personal choice. Some people experience skin discoloration from radiation treatments and choose to use a tinted primer to even out skin tone and produce a natural look. Products with a matte finish are ideal for oily skin types while brightening or illuminating primers work best for dry or mature skin. Talc-free mineral make up can be used as a foundation. If you decide to use blush, a cream blusher is good when using a creamy foundation, especially if your skin is dry. A powder blush is better when using a matte foundation or if skin is oily.
Be sure there are no parabens or fillers in your products. Parabens are chemical preservatives and disrupt the naturally occurring hormone function. Parabens are just one chemical. Add that to the many chemicals in some brands of makeup used every day for years aren’t good for the skin. Many cosmetics contain chemicals which may be linked to cancer development. Check your labels and check safecosmetics.org. I can help selected the right make up for all types of skin that helps to achieve a desired look.
Happy Hands & Feet
Chemotherapy can affect the hands and feet. Hand-foot syndrome occurs following chemotherapy where smalls amount of drug leak out of very small blood vessels in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Exposing them to heat as well as friction will increase the amount of drug leakage which causes redness, tenderness, numbness and possibly peeling of the skin. Try and reduce friction and heat exposure for about one week after treatment. Avoid hot showers, increased pressure on the soles of the feet or palms of hands (no jogging, tasks where you are squeezing your hands on a hard surface). Use an ice pack on the bottom of your feet alternating on and off for about 15 minutes at a time.
Turning Nails from Brittle to Strong. . .
Nails can turn brittle and the following suggestions may make your nails look and feel better. Clip nails short, massage cuticle cream into your nails and cuticles, wear gloves to do chores like washing dishes. If you do have a manicure, be sure to bring your own tools and avoid harsh nail polish. Some oils that can be used are rose oil as it’s skin nurturing. Lemon essential oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and myrrh has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties.
The common thread in this entire series on oncology aesthetics is the importance of self care and the positive effect it can have on survival. Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for those around you. These head to toe tips for cancer patients, along with other tips we’ve provided in this series, can help you look and feel your best during your treatment. At NOSI Skincare we are dedicated to helping everyone live a better life. We are proud members of the better business bureau. I am always available to chat with anyone about this or any skincare or haircare topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. While you’re on the site make sure you subscribe and I’ll send you my list of “Ingredients to Avoid in your Personal Care Products.” I look forward to chatting with you soon!
One of the best ways to successfully fight cancer is staying mentally strong and emotionally positive. This can be easier said than done. Fear, guilt, self-pity and resentment can envelop anyone in a cocoon of negativity that will only make the situation worse. These thoughts can paralyze constructive activity that will set you on the path to feeling your best positive about your treatment. I can tell you from personal experience, facing a lot of challenges in life, the path forward always starts with a positive attitude and determination. But how do you feel positive when you are sick, and in some cases, unable to do the very things that have defined your life? It’s tough but not impossible. Being mentally and emotionally strong can determine how the body responds to medical treatment so focus on things that make you feel healthier, normal and happy. As an esthetician specially trained and certified to help cancer patients, my team at NOSI Skincare and I can help. Here are 5 Ways to stay strong during cancer treatment.
1. A Gentle Massage. . .
Gentle massage is tolerated by most people with cancer. During cancer treatment, it is said that massage promotes improvement in sleep, mental clarity, and alertness. Massage can also improve range of motion that makes patients feel like their old-selves again. This can have a tremendously positive impact on their emotional frame of mind. Massage helps a person relax, feel more positive, and may reduce pain fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression. As always, make sure to talk to your doctors about any type of massage before getting one. After the all-clear from your doctor, find a licensed massage therapist who has taken a specialty oncology massage training course. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Shiatsu to Release Energy Flow. . .
Another way to feel better is by getting a Shiatsu treatment. Shiatsu is a Japanese term for finger pressure and the treatment uses varied, rhythmic pressure on precise points on the body known as acupressure points. This is believed to release the flow of energy and can help to lift your mood and improve well-being. It also helps to relax, cope with stress, anxiety, depression, pain and nausea.
3. Reduce Pain with Reflexology. . .
Reflexology is based on Chinese tradition and the idea that stimulating specific points on the feet can improve the functioning of corresponding organs, glands, and other parts of the body. It’s suggested that reflexology helps reduce pain, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, and stimulate appetite in those with cancer.
4. Learn More about Essential Oils. . .
There are many oils that are beneficial for those affected with cancer:
On the website naturallivingfamily.com, an article by Eric Zielinski, D.C., noted that in journal Molecules, a study was published in 2010 that evaluated how cancer cells could stand up against powerful essential oils, and thyme stood out from the crowd as the most beneficial against breast cancer, prostate, and lung carcinoma.
To learn more about the healing powers of essential oils and how to use them in your daily life, be sure to attend my class on Monday, March 25th at Sunshine Health Foods in Seminole, FL. Class starts at 11:00 a.m and will last about an hour.
5. Light Therapy Boosts Immune Function. . .
Another holistic treatment is Halo Light Therapy which is performed in a cancer clinic. It’s said to infuse the body with energy and, used in combination with botanicals, boost immune function. The body takes in energy like a plant absorbs sunshine. As the body receives harmonic (vibration energy), it increases communication between the cells and mobilizes energy distribution to activate healing throughout the entire body. Pain reduction, decreased stress, improved energy, and mental health are said to be benefits. Physicians often develop an at-home halo regimen kit containing vials of botanicals and an ultra-blue light. Patients insert the vials into the light and apply per the doctor’s instructions. Check out this short video by the man who invented it.
Doing what it takes to feel healthy, emotionally strong and ready to mentally face the challenges of cancer treatment is vital to survival. Massage therapy, reflexology, shiatsu, essential oils and halo energy treatments have been effectively used for centuries and 5 ways to stay strong during cancer treatment and stay positive about recovery. If you’ve been diagnosed or if you know anyone suffering with cancer, NOSI Skincare is here to help. We have the training, knowledge and experience to help people feel whole again. I am always available to chat with anyone about this or any skincare or hair care topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. While you’re on the site make sure you subscribe and I’ll send you my list of “Ingredients to Avoid in your Personal Care Products.” We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau and I look forward to chatting with you soon!
Women who are diagnosed with cancer approach treatment in a variety of ways. Many type-A women, who have spent their lives charging ahead and taking control, want to manage their treatment, defiant and determined to conquer it. Other women are more comfortable following the treatment protocols prescribed by their oncologist. Regardless of the approach, everyone is flooded with emotions from the moment of diagnosis through remission. Most women feel the need to care for those around them during these times. They want to protect loved ones from the reality of cancer treatment and the mental and physical effects it can have. Afterall, that’s what women do. We are the protectors and caregivers. We are the ones who take care of everyone around us before taking care of ourselves. We’ve done this for so long that it’s what we know. What most women don’t realize, is that during treatment, self-care is the best way to care for others. Never forget the importance of self-care when fighting cancer.
Take Care of Yourself First. . .
Elaine Gibson is a cancer survivor and I ran across a video she posted to YouTube. In it, she tells us how important it is to take care of yourself first. She says, “The only way to truly take care of the people I love, is by taking care of myself. It feels selfish but the greatest gift we can give to the people we love, is to get better.” Here is the video:
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.