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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s a good time to talk about skincare after radiation therapy for breast cancer.

I’m no stranger to cancer. I recovered from stage 4 cancer. It wasn’t breast cancer, but I underwent intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

I know how much both of these treatments can damage the skin. They leave it red, irritated, inflamed, and even burned and oozing.

Unfortunately, doctors and nurses don’t always often have good solutions for these issues. My doctor, for example, gave me little guidance on how to manage my skin during treatments.

They had other things they were focused on, like the tumor, the spread, and how I was responding to treatment. I’m grateful for their help there, but I did suffer from a lot of skin issues.

The remedies the nurses offered included products (like Aquaphor) that are mainly made up of mineral oil—a petroleum-based product that can smother your skin and cause more dryness over the long term.

So in this post, we give you some safe and effective solutions for how to take care of your tender skin during and after radiation therapy.

Skincare After Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer: What Happens to Skin

First, let’s take a quick look at how radiation therapy damages the skin.

Radiation kills cancer cells, which is why it can be an effective way to banish a tumor, but on its way into the body to attack the tumor, it can also damage skin cells. It doesn’t discriminate. It just barrels through killing cells.

Because of this assault, it’s also harder for skin to protect itself or regenerate, which means that it may no longer be able to tolerate alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and harsh preservatives in conventional skin care products.

Depending on the intensity or strength of the beam and how many sessions you have, you may suffer from minor redness and swelling, like a sunburn, or more severe blistering, peeling, and flaking.

When treating these types of burns, the standard, over-the-counter petroleum-based product just won’t cut it. Petroleum covers the skin, but does nothing to nourish or heal it, and can contribute to more dryness over the long term. Chemical preservatives and fragrances can also contribute to irritation and pain.

Instead, what you need when treating radiation burns is a) something to cool it down, b) something to heal it, and c) something to deeply moisturize.

Skincare After Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer: How to Help Your Skin Heal

When you’re going through cancer treatments, it’s more important than ever that you choose non-toxic skin care products.

Because of the trauma to the skin—which damages its protective outer barrier—chemicals can more easily penetrate and get into your bloodstream, where they may affect your healing process.

Dry skin can also create cracks, plus with radiation burns, you may be talking about open wounds. That means you must be much more tender and careful with what you put on your skin.

CV Skinlabs products were made specifically for medically treated skin and contain only safe and organic ingredients that soothe and repair.

1. Start by Cooling It Down

With radiation burns, the first thing you will want to do is cool the skin and remove the heat and burning pain. Try cool compresses on the area for short periods. (Make sure they’re clean to prevent infection.) Soothing hydrogel sheets are available from medical and home health suppliers and work well for this purpose.

You can also try a bag of peas covered in a cool cloth. Avoid extreme cold—don’t apply an ice pack directly to the skin. Make sure to have a barrier in between.

One other thing to try: Our Rescue + Relief Spray. It’s specifically designed to take heat away from the skin and help cool and soothe. Keep it in the refrigerator for instant cooling relief and hydrating moisture. It also works to promote wound-healing, supporting tissue repair. The easy spray formula is something you’ll appreciate when your skin is too tender to touch.

2.  Moisturize Dry Skin

Once you’ve cooled the skin down, you’ll want to replenish the moisture. Radiation treatments naturally dry out the skin, damaging the outer layer and making it harder for the skin to hold onto its own moisture.

When choosing a moisturizer, be extra careful. Your skin is suffering. It’s inflamed, red, and damaged.  It’s trying to recover. The last thing it needs is to have to defend itself from harsh chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances.

We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion. They are 100 percent free of any irritants, fragrances, or toxic ingredients. Plus, they include natural ingredients like Reishi mushroom and turmeric to help tame inflammation and redness.

We added natural oils that penetrate deeply into the skin to restore strength, provide deep moisturization, and encourage healing. You will find that these products also relieve the feeling of after-burn dryness and tightness.

3. Tame the Itch

Radiation-treated skin often feels tight and itchy. Resist scratching! This can increase skin damage and may introduce bacteria that cause an infection. Remember: While you’re going through cancer treatments, you are much more vulnerable to infection.

Instead, continue to use your cooling compresses or frozen peas and our Rescue & Relief Spray. Then apply a safe moisturizer. Our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion include many nourishing ingredients plus beta-glucan (gluten-free oats) and aloe intended to help soothe and reduce the itch and irritation.

Radiation Skin Care Restorative Skin Balm

4. Heal Wounded Skin

The more radiation treatments you accumulate, the more likely you will be to start experiencing rashes, radiation burns, or peeling and flaking skin.

This is when you add a healing balm to your daily regimen. This is your extra treatment to help the skin manage the stress and better recover when the radiation is over.

We suggest our award-winning Restorative Skin Balm. It’s a made to instantly soften severely dry and chapped skin. Apply it to the red, burned area for soothing relief, then leave it on for lasting moisturization and protection. (Overnight is good.) It will also help smooth and minimize scarring.

Like our other products, the Restorative Skin Balm was designed specifically for medically treated skin. It’s a 100% natural, petroleum-free healing and protective balm containing Reishi mushroom and turmeric for their productive and anti-inflammatory effects. We also included emollients to safeguard the moisture barrier and a powerful combination of antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins that help encourage fast skin regeneration.

5. Stay Out of the Sun

Do everything you can to stay out of the sun while you’re going through radiation. Your skin is tender and sensitive and will be much more vulnerable to sun damage—the type that can create lasting scars.

Use hats, clothing, and umbrellas to cover the treated area. We’re not even mentioning sunscreen because it’s best not to expose the skin to the sun at all.

Then use only the mildest of cleansers when cleansing your skin, and rinse gently with lukewarm water. Pat—don’t rub—dry, and immediately apply a moisturizing toner (like our Rescue + Relief Spray) and lotion.

With love and healing,

 

 

 

 

Let us know:

How did you find relief from radiation burns?

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Should You Get A Breast Reduction?

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It’s no secret that women have a long and complicated relationship with our bras and breasts. But, are your breasts causing you headaches, backache, and permanent shoulder indentations? Are they interfering with your sleep and exercise and preventing you from living your life?

If you’re finding that your ample bosom is more of a burden than a blessing, you should consider contacting cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Brandon Ball to schedule breast reduction surgery.

Although you might be hesitant to take the plunge, here’s everything you need to know to allow you to make an informed decision.

What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?

During the procedure, you’ll undergo “open” breast reduction surgery – either as an outpatient or an inpatient.

While there are different options for which type of incision is performed, your plastic surgeon will use the best technique for you. He will take your breast size, the elasticity of your skin, and the amount of excess skin into account for the best results.

Once the procedure is complete, you’ll have to wear a surgical support bra until you recover enough to remove the surgical dressings. After that, you can wear whatever bra you like, although your plastic surgeon may recommend avoiding underwire for a few weeks.

During your recovery period of roughly 2-6 weeks, it’s recommended to avoid lifting anything heavier than 10lbs and stay away from strenuous exercise. After the first two weeks, you can slowly increase your physical activity.

Are You A Good Candidate?

In the U.S., there are no guidelines that dictate how large your breasts need to be to qualify for a breast reduction surgery.

People may opt for surgery due to several factors. The most common reasons women decide to get a breast reduction are physical comfort, relief from aches and pains, improved sleep, and self-esteem.

Before considering breast reduction surgery, explore other non-invasive options like massage therapy, physical therapy, and different types of bras. If your discomfort persists, breast reduction is a good option.

Are There Any Risks?

Although breast reduction surgery is generally a safe procedure, it does come with a few risks.

Like any other surgical procedure, there is a low risk of infection, bleeding, and other healing problems.

The most feared complication that can occur after a breast reduction surgery is a lack of blood supply to the nipples and areola – but this is extremely rare.

Will It Be Covered By Insurance?

Because every health insurance policy has different criteria and coverage, whether breast reduction surgery will be covered entirely depends on your medical scheme.

Although breast reduction is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, some insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost if it is done to relieve the medical conditions that can arise with larger breasts.

Final Words

Because every woman is different, the decision to get a breast reduction is entirely up to you. It’s important to note that 95% of women who have undergone the procedure are satisfied with their results.

If you are considering getting a breast reduction, it’s essential to consult with your primary healthcare provider to discuss your breast health and decide whether it’s a good option for you.

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In the age of selfies, women have been on a quest to look their best. More and more people are getting cosmetic surgery procedures for various reasons – some want a physical boost, while others just want to improve their overall appearance.

Today, we’ll be talking about one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries: breast augmentation. For some reason, our society has tied women’s beauty to their bust size, which is why Brazilian butt lifts and other procedures that enhance the figure are more popular than ever.

Unfortunately, some of these surgeries can last for years or cause further problems – but you don’t have to go under the knife in order to get your dream body. Here are some breast enlargement tips to help get you started.

Wear Supportive Undergarments

Most women don’t know this, but you can enlarge your bust simply by wearing more supportive undergarments. Underwire bras will lift and separate breasts – giving the illusion of a bigger bust. They’re designed to give ample support while preventing the wire from digging into the skin. The center section provides lift and support, while the bottom portion separates your breasts.

On top of underwire bras, you can wear push-up styles that have a thicker cup for extra padding. To make them even more effective, look for three to four-part cups with seamed and lined semi panels and side wings to give better stability. These push-up styles will give your busts a lot more fullness and make them look bigger.

Use Breast Enlargement Oil

It’s an oil that has been used for many years, but more women are becoming aware of the benefits of using it. So where can you get oil sources for breast enlargement? You can get them at any local health food store or on specified websites like Amazon.

The oils you use will aid in the production of your own estrogen, which is essential for breast augmentation. This oil also contains phytoestrogens that help enlarge your breasts, much like the way estrogen pills work to produce more breast tissue. The oil works by stimulating blood flow into the breast tissue, which brings more nutrients to it. This contributes toward making your breasts bigger.

The most common usage of oils for breast enlargement is by rubbing the oil into your breasts each day. The trick is to massage the breasts in circular motions that will help increase blood flow and a variety of nutrients to help your breasts grow.

Exercise

Hitting that treadmill or sweating it out in the studio is not just for weight loss anymore. If done properly, exercises can help you augment your breast size.

Different types of exercise have different effects on your breast enlargement. As a rule of thumb, aerobic activities tend to increase the volume in your breasts, while anaerobic exercises will burn fat and help you tone the muscles.

Running increases breast size by only around one cup size. It has been proven that prolonged periods of running will cause your breasts to grow, as they retain more fluids than usual. Fortunately, this is not permanent and after a couple of days or weeks, your breast size will return to normal.

You can also increase the size of your breasts by doing exercises that encourage blood flow and retention, especially in the pectoral area, such as weight lifting and push-ups. Lifting weights for around five minutes at a time will help you define those muscles, thus making them firmer and perkier.

Use Breast Enhancing Supplements

It is true that you cannot pop a pill and expect your boobs to grow overnight, however, using pills like Fulfillment can help accelerate the process of growing bigger breasts. This is because our body needs hormones to expand the breast cells, leading to an increase in size. The more hormones are present in our body, the faster we will see results.

So instead of hoping to find a magic pill, think about it as taking an extra step towards your goal. It is recommended that you take four pills daily; two in the morning and then another two at nighttime (before bed). This way, your body gets all the help it needs to grow bigger boobs.

Don’t worry. The estrogen used in most supplements is natural, so you won’t experience any of the nasty side effects often associated with other forms of breast augmentation.

Surgery

Breast enlargement surgery is a very popular procedure today, but many do not know that there are surgeries other than this option for breast enlargement. Surgery has its benefits and drawbacks, but these can be easily overcome with the right dedication to your workout. Some women are able to see results in as fast as two weeks, all by taking advantage of gadgets and other non-surgical methods that exist today.

Large chests are all the rave these days to both men and women. Bigger breasts make you look better as an individual, but it will also boost your confidence level significantly. Surgery can be expensive, and many times can leave visible scars that are permanent, while many other methods simply rely on dedication and time.

Breast augmentation tips are everywhere on the Internet, especially when it comes to finding new ways on how you can grow bigger breasts. However, these are some of the most effective methods.

With these available options, there should be no reason why you can’t get started today on your journey of increasing your bust line permanently.

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer

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The following post was written by our Brand Marketing Specialist, Jacqui Bissell, who works closely with our partner for Breast Cancer Awareness, and wanted to share her amazing experience with all of us. Thank you Jacqui!

Every year, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) hosts Yoga on the Steps to spread the word about healthy living and quality-of-life issues as well as raise funds for and awareness about their educational support resources. I recently moved to Colorado so had the opportunity to attend the Denver Yoga on the Steps event. I was really looking forward to exploring my new home state, meeting new people and enjoying the rare opportunity to practice yoga in the middle of a beautiful, outdoor park. Sounds perfect, right? Plus, supporting Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a professional commitment and personal hobby!

Yoga on the steps for BCA with Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Four years ago I started working for jane iredale and almost immediately began cultivating the partnership we already had with LBBC. At the time, jane iredale had been supporting this amazing organization for three years with a donation made from the sales of a dedicated breast cancer awareness product. This October, we enter our seventh LBBC campaign with the launch of Smell the Roses Hydration Spray and another year that we will donate 100% of the profits from the sales of this product to LBBC.

In addition to the picturesque experience of outdoor yoga, I had an opportunity to personally fundraise on behalf of LBBC. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t very confident in my fundraising capabilities. However, I set a modest goal, thinking I could convince my parents and grandparents to chip in if I couldn’t find support elsewhere. As it turns out, I more than doubled my fundraising goal within two days of sharing that I would be attending the event! The money I was able to raise helps promote awareness and support for LBBC and the services they provide to women and families affected by breast cancer (and that didn’t even include my parents or grandparents!). This tells me that there is no limit to the amount of support we can each pursue on behalf of any great cause.

Yoga on the steps for breast cancer awareness with LBBC

At the end of the yoga class, I was surprised to realize that I hadn’t noticed the joggers, walkers, dogs, cars and other noises happening all around the park. I was completely engulfed in the serenity of the moment, no doubt due to the soul and spirit of those around me – all committed to raising awareness, supporting LBBC and each other, and always living in the moment.

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Fighting Breast Cancer with Lemongrass Love

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Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is a disease that impacts so many of our lives because of those it afflicts. That’s is why it is a cause that resonates so deeply with us. Nine years ago, we began our partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer. LBBC is a organization that provides programs, services and a community to help women and men impacted by breast cancer. This goal of support, education and fellowship closely resembles our own and made it a natural fit.

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Each year we show our commitment to the organization by creating a limited edition product, with all profits being donated to LBBC. This year, we launched Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray, an invigorating facial spray that soothes your soul and your skin.

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