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Winter Skin Care Tips: Keep Your Skin Healthy During Chemotherapy

 

During the winter, central heating and cold weather can cause your skin to dehydrate and lips to become cracked and sore.

Combined with the effects of Chemotherapy, which often results in dry skin or irritation, it’s more important than ever to ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated to minimize dryness.

 

Moisturize

There are simple things you can do to help prevent your skin becoming dehydrated, such as avoiding long, hot baths, staying out of extreme weather conditions, and using a good moisturizer and lip balm daily. Using all-natural products will reduce irritation due to the lack of synthetic fragrance or ingredients, giving your skin the hydration and nutrients it needs.

Simple, over the counter products such as aloe and aqueous cream can provide instant soothing effects and reduce peeling around dry areas.

Use cleansers and shower products that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Aim for a mild product that will get you clean without endless chemicals, such as a glycerine bar soap.

After showering or bathing, apply a body lotion to ensure your skin rehydrates efficiently. There are a variety of hypoallergenic, natural brands on the market, however pure shea butter or cocoa butter will have the same beneficial, moisturizing effects, and you’ll know exactly what’s in them, making them a great choice for those avoiding irritating ingredients.

The winter may affect the lips, but chemo can have even stronger effects on them, causing uncomfortable or even painful cracks and sore patches. A good lip balm with simple ingredients can make all the difference, reducing the effects and keeping your lips smooth.

Moisture Raw Coco Butter Lip BalmSun Protection

It’s also important to use an effective SPF, even in the winter. UV rays can be just as harmful during winter, so protect your skin from aging and dryness by using an SPF containing B3 to improve moisture, hyaluronic acid to restore elasticity and water content to your skin and lycopene to ensure you’re protected against UV rays.

Taking care of your skin during this time will be more than worth the small expense and effort, helping you stay comfortable and healthy this winter.

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