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Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Runner Girl on Feb 12, 2019 10:55 am

Good Morning,

I've started researching natural / organic makeup and skin care products.  I wondered if anyone has changed their skin care and makeup products following cancer to avoid all of the parabens, toxins, etc. that are used so extensively.  If you have, do you have any product recommendations?

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Essjay on Feb 12, 2019 9:42 pm

My favourite source of natural and organic products is www.well.ca. I use Green Beaver moisturizer, lip balm and sunscreen, but I’ve not made the switch re makeup products, and I’m interested in what others recommend.

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by princessmaura on Feb 13, 2019 11:42 am

I have changed my skin care products and shampoo after my cancer diagnosis...I like to use John Masters organic skin cleanser and Andalou shampoo which has organic ingredients in it...when my current hair conditioner runs out, I will buy Andalou hair conditioner to go with the Andalou shampoo...

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Jlo on Feb 14, 2019 8:16 pm

Hi Runner Girl:

I use a shampoo called Live Clean which is very gentle. I started to use it through treatment.  There is a cosmetic line called Sweet Leilani which was designed for cancer patients in Vancouver.   You could check out their website at sweet leilani.com.  if you have a Pharmasave store near you, go in and talk to their cosmetician, otherwise Shoppers Drug Mart.  They may have some suggestions.  I have also been able to find a variety of products at my local health food stores that are non toxic.  I am slowly dumping all my toxic products, it just takes time.  Some products that say they are natural, are not so I have my list with me of all these toxic ingredients on my phone along with my magnifying glass to read the fine print.  Best of luck.  JLo. (Joan)

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Dielle on Feb 15, 2019 12:22 pm

Before going for radiation I was given a list of recommended moisturizers and ingredients to avoid.  I ended up buying Hugo All Over Lotion from Whole Foods.  I've also started trying natural shampoos and conditioners.  Right now I have some from Avalon Organics.  

I went to a seminar on making your own home and beauty products and came home with a coffee/chocolate scrub that worked beautifully (but made a big mess in the bathtub).  I also learned how to make a cleaning spray by soaking citrus peels in vinegar.  Some time I want to explore more about making my own products.

There is an app called Think Dirty that you can get on your phone.  You scan the barcode of the product you're considering and it will rate how "clean" it is and explain why.  It doesn't have all the Canadian versions of products but if you search by brand name you can often find the same type of product.

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Runner Girl on Apr 13, 2019 6:42 pm

I spent this afternoon with a magnifying glass going thru everything in my bathroom and tossing anything that has paraben as an ingredient.  Parabens can act as estrogen in the body.  Not what I need with estrogen positive breast cancer.  While each product might have a small amount of parabens, when you use a few different products the parabens start to add up.  

I have purchased paraben free moisturizers for day and night and a fantastic CC cream by IT cosmetics.  

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Janegj on Apr 14, 2019 7:49 am

Whilst having my radiation, another patient told me about  BOOM cosmetics and I am in love. Chemical free, organic and minimalist, everything that I needed. They are only available online but I have the Boom Trio, three sticks comprising 'on the go,' moisturiser, a universal colour stick (for cheeks, lips and eyes), and a sort of highlighter. So ease to use, and I have had so many compliments, they don't look or feel like makeup, they just make you look healthy. I also got two of their tub moisturisers that are also wonderful. I am so pleased with these that I have dumped or given away all my other make-up except my mascara. They are not sold in stores but the website is boombycindyjoseph.com. Sorry, I just realised that I sound like an advert, but I am just so thrilled with these products I want to share. 
Jane

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Hocklem on Apr 15, 2019 5:14 pm

Thanks for sharing. I have just started wondering the same thing. Glad to here about BOOM I have seen this line and wondered about. I started using a product called glory oil by eco tan. Honestly 7 rounds of chemo and my skin has never looked better.  Does anyone have any favourite sunscreen and deodorant/antiperspirant recommendations? 

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by ACH2015 on Apr 21, 2019 10:44 am

Hi Runner Girl‍ and everyone else in this thread.

I saw this article in today's Toronto Star - Health and Wellness section.  Its titled:

Do you know what potential dangers are lurking in your makeup bag?

Here's a quote from the article and the documentary film:


That was the genesis of Ellis’ new film, Toxic Beauty, which premieres at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Bloor St. on April 28. Using talc as a jumping off point, it raises concerns over chemicals in other common cosmetics (hand lotion, nail polish, face paint etc ...), as well as some really important questions about government regulation, arbitrary standards of beauty and worker’s rights. It’s powerful, alarming and will almost certainly send at least a few people straight to their bathrooms to dump the contents of their makeup bags.

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2019/04/21/do-you-know-what-potential-dangers-are-lurking-in-your-makeup-bag.html

I thought this certainly worth sharing in the greater spectrum.

Like we always say here "knowledge is power"

Keep well

ACH2015 - Andy.

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Runner Girl on Apr 21, 2019 11:34 am

Thank you for sharing that ACH2015‍ .

I find it so hard to believe that talc has not been banned.  Fortunately the make up I recently purchased is not only paraben free it is also talc free.  

We really need to be more aware of the products we are using and what they contain and can do to us.

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Essjay on Apr 22, 2019 8:30 am

Hi Runner Girl‍ What brand of makeup did you go with in the end?

 

Re: Makeup and Skin Care Products after Cancer

Posted by Runner Girl on Apr 22, 2019 9:27 am

Essjay:
Hi Runner Girl‍ What brand of makeup did you go with in the end?

 

Hi, Essjay‍ ,
I went with IT Cosmetics.  I found them at Sephora, and purchased a moisturizer and CC cream - both are awesome, but quite pricy.  I've since signed up on the IT Cosmetics website and placed/received an order with 2 talc free 3 color eyeshadows, 2 paraben free eyeliners, a lip gloss/stain and a few samples they has as options.  Much cheaper to buy directly from them and I received it within a few days.  I have to say I love the eyeshadow.  It goes on so smoothly and lasts.  The waterproof eyeliners are also fantastic, I got black and navy.  Very happy with the products!