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!
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.