Order of Skin Regiment

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.

Thank you,

Maria Garcia
Miami, FL


Hi Maria,

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.

All the best,

Biljana, Skin Care Recipes and Remedies admin.

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Jun 14, 2008
What she says make sense, but
by: Peggi

please also consider exactly what you put on your skin, OK? Your body has been through a great deal, and is just trying to recover. Your skin is your body's largest organ, and adsorbs up to 80% of what you put on it, so looking at labels is so important. Arbonne is a good product, no doubt about it, but expensive.(I do like the fact that they don't test on animals...) I would like to recommend you look at Mychelle products and Absolution Spa, both etailers. (people who sell online) They have good products and good prices. Absolution Spa is run by a nice lady who is willing to answer any question you may have for natural products or ingredients.

I have found over the past year, as I age a bit more (at the grand old age of 43, LOL!) that my skin and hair react more strongly to the harsh chemicals that are put in our beauty care supplies. If I use a drugstore brand of shampoo/conditioner, for example, more hair falls out. When that started, I freaked! Went to the doctor and had tests run for a couple things, (like thyroid), checked all my meds, and could come up with only 2 reasons-stress and chemicals, both of which I could do something about. So now I am very careful about the SLS and preservatives that are put in, and I only have a handful of hair coming out now...My body and face started reacting strangely to my favorite things, so, I started doing the same thing-more natural, less chemical-y. (I still break down and use my favorite body wash every once in a while, a Dove product because I love the scent, but I pay for with itchy skin later on) And this is all on a healthy body.

Pamper yourself, your skin and your face. What you have been through, and beaten, you deserve every second of it!

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