A Moisturising Routine For My Dry Chemo Skin
Chemotherapy kills all the fast growing cells, this includes, hair, skin and nails.
Sadly its all part of the bullcrap process, but things will improve after treatment is over.
I have 4 more rounds of chemo to go, so counting down the days girl!
I'm melting! I'm Melting!
I usually have a nice bath before going to bed, and when filling the bath, instead of adding salts like I used to do, I add oils instead. I usually use a few drops of natural Lavender oil and Jojoba Oil. You can use Johnson's baby both oil too but I prefer to go as natural as possible when soaking in the the tub.
The lavender oil relaxes me and helps me have a good nights sleep. Some nights my sleep is so disturbed by all the poison floating around my body, I wake up in a shitty mood and sometimes stay that way all day ;(
The oils I use are purchased from Paks. They have a few branches in London but most health food shops will sell essential oils.
When having a shower Ive started using the Dove in Shower Shower Oil, which is quite nice, it leaves you clean and adds that extra moisture you need before applying a body butter. It retails at £4.99 and lasts agessss.
Try to avoid rubbing your lashes with any wipes or cotton pads, your lashes may be delicate and may be falling out especially if the chemo you are on causes hair loss.
If you want to use something thicker which I sometimes do, I go for the Sudo Crem. Your probably thinking 'is this girl smoking something' no for real, if you try it you will understand.
During certain points of the chemo cycle, I have experienced waking up and being horrified at my acne like spotty skin, but when I apply the Sudo Crem, it not only really moisturises the skin, but helps keep my spots at bay, reducing all the redness and dry skin it carries with it.
The next thing I do is apply an all over body butter, it makes me feel super amazing when hopping into my bed.
The one from Neal's Yard is just lovely. I got bough this as a gift and would not normally go for an orange fragrant anything unless it is Terry's Chocolate Orange, but this one is really nice! A little goes a long way with this too, I remember when I first put on, I was literally trying to rub it in for ages, I looked like a ghost lol. Its completely natural too which I love even more.
The last thing I would do is apply something on my lips. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm is the one Ive been using at the moment. I have the stick but they have a balm specifically for night use. My lips haven't been too bad so Ive not needed the night balm, but I have met some ladies who swear by this. It cost £20 and does the job...really well. Again if your budget cannot stretch, which lets face it, having cancer is expensive! You can always just stick to coconut oil. Works like a charm.