Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Post: Natural Beauty Options for Cancer Patients

By: Jackie Clark

Women who are undergoing cancer treatment may seek to avoid harsh chemicals more than your average female consumer. Whether undergoing treatment for mesothelioma or any other cancer diagnosis, most women in this situation wish to reduce their exposure to unnatural chemicals in food, household products, and even beauty products. Luckily for female cancer patients who still want to look and feel their very best, there are many natural or "green" beauty options available on the market today.  Here are some tips on how to look your best without relying on harsh, non-natural beauty products.

Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup is quickly gaining popularity amongst all sorts of women. Besides the fact that it looks much more natural than heavy liquid foundation, it contains fewer harsh, skin-irritating ingredients than traditional makeup does. Mineral makeup provides excellent coverage and will conceal flaws without irritating your skin, making it a perfect option for female mesothelioma patients who want to look radiant without having to deal with any of the usual irritants found in most cosmetics.

photo from Eve Organics

Also, since wearers don't have to worry about streaks or dry patches, mineral makeup is much easier to apply, and is a perfect option for women who are looking to even out damaged or dull skin brought about by chemotherapy or cancer treatment.

Natural Soaps and Lotions

 Make shower and bath time a luxurious experience without dousing yourself in chemical-heavy gels, soaps, and lotions. Natural and organic bath products offer amazing skin-soothing benefits, and many are free of preservatives and harsh ingredients. Look for products rich in shea butter and oatmeal to sooth dry, damaged, or dull skin.
from Lush

And don't worry: Just because you are going natural doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice gorgeous scents. All-natural beauty companies (such as Lush or Burt's Bees) create products that are naturally good for you, but smell absolutely divine.
 DIY Options
One of the simplest ways to make your beauty routine more natural is to try a few at-home, do-it-yourself beauty treatments. 
Experiencing dry skin? Try mixing olive oil, honey, and either raw sugar or oatmeal. Lightly scrub the mixture over your face or body for sixty seconds, before rinsing. You will instantly notice a softer, smoother, and suppler complexion.

If acne or breakouts are what plagues you, try the juice of a tomato, papaya, cranberries or pumpkin. Fruit enzymes are the most natural exfoliates found in nature; when left on the skin for 10-15 minutes, they gently work to slough away unsightly imperfections.

 For a skin-soothing bath, add a half-cup of milk to the water, along with a few drops of any of your favorite essential oil. Invest in some coconut oil as well; besides being a great, heart-healthy alternative for cooking and baking, it works as a fantastic body moisturizer and eye makeup remover as well.

From HHN

No matter what organic path a woman takes the most important take away is that women must realize that they are still beautiful despite cancer. Cancer destroys so much, but women have the power and control to keep their beauty intact. Organic makeup is a wonderful way to feel beautiful and stay healthy at the same time.

Women, it is time to take over cancer and look sexy doing it!

(Jackie Clark does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer. She emailed me about submitting a beauty article / guest post for women cancer patients.  She believes that women diagnosed with cancer have the right to still feel and look beautiful, despite the difficult and painful treatments.  People should not discriminate just because these women have cancer.  It doesn't mean that they are any less beautiful. Thanks again, Jackie for sharing this wonderful article.)

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