As trees turn from their summer green to the more dazzling colors of fall, websites, retailers and even football teams follow suit by turning themselves brilliant pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
But, we need to be aware every month of the year.
Awareness is our first important weapon against this dreadful disease. We need awareness to educate ourselves because early detection makes the difference in having a successful outcome. Knowing our family history, doing monthly self-exams from your 30’s on and getting annual mammograms after age 40 are important pro-active and life-saving steps.
Lifestyle can also affect your risk for breast cancer. All the rules for good health apply: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, exercise, and wear sunscreen every sunny or partly sunny day of the year. Yes, any sunny day of the year. Limit alcohol, eat a well-balanced diet, don’t smoke and read the labels on your skin care products. Why? Because our skin absorbs over 60% of what we put on it. It stands to reason topical substances will have a direct impact on our skin health as well as on our looks.
Skin Health during Breast Cancer Treatments
Many of us know about the chemotherapy and radiation side effects of nausea and fatigue but don’t realize that our skin can really suffer when we undergo these difficult but life-saving therapies. Chemotherapy causes skin to become very dry and irritated and the target areas of radiation can become red and feel burned.
Patients rate skin irritation and dry skin as their most annoying side effects. These side effects are not just an annoyance. Dry and irritated skin can become inflamed, rash-y, uncomfortable and susceptible to infection. All skin reactions need to be discussed with your healthcare team as most skin reactions are expected and can indicate the therapy is working.
What Can You Do to Ease the Discomfort?
If you don’t have a skin care routine already, it’s a good idea to get one before you start your therapy. A good routine can ease the effects by preparing your skin before, during and after treatment. The number one rule is to be gentle with your skin. Know your ingredients and use the best possible skincare products you can afford. It’s perfectly fine to use over the counter beauty brands as long as they don’t irritate.
Erno Laszlo to the Rescue
When your skin is dehydrated and stressed, it’s recommended you move away from lotions to more hydrating creams and balms. I want to tell you about the Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Collection because this line was specifically created to promote the repair and healing of stressed and dehydrated skin.
The most famous cream in the line is Phormula 3-9 Balm, a rich reparative moisturizer and healing balm. The ultimate remedy for scars, wounds, burns and sun exposed skin, this iconic nourishing balm works to strengthen skin and reduce irritation. Perfected over almost 100 years of research and development, and used in its many iterations by some of the most iconic beauties of the last century including Marilyn Monroe, this highly advanced formula restores skin that is stressed, dulled and dried by lifestyle and environmental factors.
How It Works
Formulated with rich botanical oils and advanced nourishing active ingredients, the 3-9 Balm creates a healing Health Dome™ around the skin to improve oxygenation and reverse dehydration. It’s like a second skin. The formula's smoothing and hydrating properties are effectively and quickly absorbed, boosting your skin's own natural healing properties. It reduces irritation, redness and puffiness. You can use the balm for face and body, as a spot treatment or all over. Use it to treat everything from dry patches to sunburn and to improve post-surgical scars. It’s very effective in treating burns, too and is fragrance free.
What It Does
• Heals: Reduces scarring and helps to heal burns with rich, tropical Tamanu Oil that boosts skin health while soothing irritation and inflammation.
• Restores: Glycosaminoglycans promote collagen production for increased smoothness and elasticity.
• Protects: Rich formula seals in vital nutrients and protects against harsh environment aggressors.
Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR CREAM Daily Help for Stressed Skin
Phormula 3-9 Repair Cream is a daily nutritional supplement for the skin, offering superior hydration, strong anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties for renewed skin cell energy and a more hydrated, youthful appearance. The 3-9 Repair Cream delivers healing and helps diminish scars by encouraging strong cell turnover.
What It Does
• Repairs: Rare blend of oils including wild-harvested African Marula Oil boosts cell turnover to diminish scars and promote healing.
• Hydrates: Kuikui Nut Oil rapidly improves skin moisturization, leading to healthier cellular processes and skin suppleness.
• Protects: Superior delivery system of cultured Raspberry Stem Cells provide potent antioxidant protection.
Erno Laszlo PHORMULA 3-9 REPAIR SERUM A Liquid Therapuetic Bandage
A daily radiance-boosting serum that encourages healthy skin metabolism and strong skin cell turnover for improved brightness, texture and glow. Collagen and elastin production is boosted, resulting in greater elasticity, hydration, and evenness of tone. This strengthening formula acts as a liquid therapeutic bandage, gently releasing nutrient-rich active ingredients into the skin to elicit the skin’s natural healing response.
What It Does
• Brightens: Extract of Kombucha improves skin clarity and radiance.
• Smooths: Rapidly improves skin moisturization with Red Algae and soothing botanical oils leading to healthier skin.
• Strengthens: Chuchuhuasi Extract stimulates the skin’s natural immune response while powerful peptides stimulate cell renewal.