Hi, I am 45 years old and a Breast Cancer Survivor. The Chemo and lack of natural hormones are making my skin dry. I'm managing my feet and hands with creams but I don't know what to do for my face. I have read a lot about home remedies but I don't know how to put it all together. I have been using the product line from Arbonne and I liked it because it gave me all the steps. It worked for me but before I buy them again I would like to see if their's something else. I will appreciate your help.
Congratulations on overcoming your cancer and maintaining a positive life approach. It is especially important for you to do the four essentials of skin care: Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting from sunlight.
The chemotherapy has drained your skins natural moisture because your oil glands don't secrete as much oil, so you need to do lots more moisturizing. If you have found products that you like and that suits you, then stick with them.
It is vital to use products that give protection from the sun. The products must block both the UVA and UVB rays. The SPF rating only reflects the UVB blocking effect. The product must explicitly state that it also blocks UVA. Most moisturizers now have this claim.
You may be more sensitive to fragrances so avoid this with moisturizing soap like Dove and to avoid stronger soaps.
Because all of the skin is impacted by decreased moisturization it is important to actively moisturize not just the face. You have to think about your whole body. Consider liquid formulations of soap, so you get your cleansing and moisturization in one. There are even some products that contain petrolatum, so you get your moisturization and you seal it in.