Beyond what you put inside your body for healthier skin, what you put ON your skin is as important as what you do NOT put on your skin. Skin changes during cancer treatments (and beyond) can be a significant challenge during the journey. From mild dry skin to severe cases of dry desquamation and erythema. Making matters worse, it is often difficult to find skin care solutions that are also safe and healthy for cancer survivors. We recommend the following tips to help guide you in selecting safe, natural skin care: Green Doesn't Mean Natural, Organic or Safe. Most important in protecting yourself--don't assume "natural" and "organic" labels mean safe products for you. Products that claim to be natural and organic, thus assumed to be safe, can actually be greenwashing their claims. Pink Doesn't Necessarily Mean Safer. Over recent months, there has been a rising controversy within the breast cancer arena called pinkwashing--companies who use breast cancer awareness to promote products that are not safe for breast cancer survivors. Read more
Faced with chemotherapy, radiation and the many challenges cancer survivors face--healthy skin may appear to be an elusive dream. While, all effects of cancer and treatment on your body can not be avoided, there are steps cancer survivors can take to heal damaged skin from the inside out. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on your skin. Cancer survivors can help their skin heal better by eating foods that not only benefit the skin but your overall health during treatments and beyond. Eat Whole, Nutritious Foods. By whole foods, we mean foods that are not processed--as much as possible. Whole foods provide better nutrition to your body and contain the least amount of preservatives and other harmful chemicals. Quick Tip: When eating out, stick to fresh salad bars and food that is grilled or steamed. Cooking, processing and preserving foods can deplete your vegetables of the benefits you're looking for. However, this does not necessarily hold true for all vegetables. Read more
The Breast Cancer Fund's mission is to help expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Their Tips for Prevention advice is worth reading for cancer survivors and all people who want to avoid the chemicals, environmental factors and ingredients that are linked to cancer and other diseases. Among the many helpful recommendations they provide to raise awareness of cosmetic and personal care product safety, is the basic rule of choosing natural products with the fewest simple ingredients as possible. This common sense approach will help begin the process of eliminating dangerous chemicals and toxins. Read more
What you choose NOT to put on your skin and inside your body is as important as what you do. This is particularly important for cancer survivors. With the help of resources from safe self-care advocate, organizations and others--we've gathered a growing list of chemicals and ingredients to avoid. Many of these chemicals and ingredients can be found in your daily life including your home, the environment, in food, in personal care products and beyond. Knowledge is power when it comes to protecting your health. Read more
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