Archive for December, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

People Needing Sunburn Relief – Fast!

Do you remember when aluminum reflectors and baby oil were standard sunning gear? Ugh! The damage we’ve done to our precious skin. Here are some photos with people who weren’t trying to bake in the sun like they were back in the 80’s, but just fell asleep or got caught too long under the sun’s intense rays. All of these people could use serious sunburn relief – and fast: Sunburn Fails

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How To Choose the Right Healing Cream

DSC_5599Anyone who has ever had a sunburn, an itchy rash, a minor wound or simple dry skin understands the longing for a good healing cream that can actually sooth skin and make a difference. But with so many brands to choose from, how do you know which one will be most effective for your current circumstance? There are simple moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and more advanced scar-removal and pain-relieving creams. Each therapeutic ointment has a specific purpose and cost that varies widely from product to product.

Below are a few things to consider when looking for the right healing cream:

1. What is the purpose and how long do you need it? If you are looking for an ointment that specifically targets pain relief, that would be a very different product than one for overall soothing of the skin. The pain relief product would likely be used in more acute cases and be used less frequently after the initial pain subsides, whereas a general skin salve could be used often on everything from dry, cracked feet and hands to skin recovery from a summer sunburn. So, your first step is to clearly determine what you need to product for.

Here are a few different kinds of particular healing creams you may consider:
– Anti-aging creams (moisturizing, intended to reduce wrinkles and scars)
– Acne creams (intended to dry up the skin)
– Feet and hand creams (extra moisturizing for dried, cracked skin areas on the feet and hands)
– Anti-pain creams (for muscle and joint pain, include menthol to create a cooling effect)
– Anti-fungal and rash control creams (kills microbes, reduces redness and itching)
– Burn cream (cooling, reduces redness and inhibits scarring)
– Bruise creams (generally include vitamins K or P to promote healing of blood vessels)
– Sunburn relief creams (cooling, lessens redness and inflammation)
– Wound healing creams (regenerate healthy skin rapidly, Neosporin is a great one!)

2. Do your research. Everyone’s skin is different so other people’s reviews won’t be a foolproof way to ensure that a specific cream works for you, but it will give you some good insight to as to the products’ strengths and weaknesses. Some good ways to research are by doing a basic web search for the keywords or product you’re looking at, or by reading customer reviews of creams on Amazon.

3. Take your own body’s special needs into account. If you have any known allergies be sure to read the ingredient labels thoroughly to be sure you can avoid triggering any unnecessary reactions. Additionally, some people prefer to use products that are more natural – in recent years there has been a large increase in manufacturers of all-natural and organic body care products. So it shouldn’t be too hard to find one of these.

Your skin is one of the most used organs in your body, so it’s important to treat it well by hydrating yourself often, avoiding overdoses of sunshine, and giving your skin the right healing cream when you need it. Hopefully the tips above will help you find the best possible solution to your skincare needs!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Break from Radiation Side Effects – “If Only for a Second”

Have you seen this yet? A french photography and creative crew brought these 20 people (who are all healing from cancer) on a journey through a wonderfully fun and creative makeover experience. One of the greatest gifts these men and women were given was the reprieve from radiation side effects, chemo, worries, etc. They were invited to a studio. Their hair and makeup were completely redone.

Take a look at the joyful unexpected expressions. Wouldn’t it be great to do more of this kind of thing?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

5 Tips To Help You Through Radiation Treatment

They say hindsight is 20/20. After people have gone through cancer treatments and made it through the radiation side effects, surgery and chemo, they often learn a few tricks that others could use to make their own experiences more pleasant. If you have been prescribed radiation therapy for cancer, here are five tips to help you move through the weeks with a little more ease:

1. Consider the time of day you are scheduling your radiation treatments. You will generally have to receive your radiation treatment at the same time every day. So, if the office offers an appointment time that is inconvenient for you, wait a few days or even a week for a better appointment time to become available. It shouldn’t take too long. Spots will free up as current patients finish their treatment courses, which happens often. The difference of a few days or even a week will not matter to your health and the more convenient appointment time will make a big difference to your comfort and stress level during treatment.

2. Write down your questions or concerns when you think of them. You will typically see your doctor once a week for a check in, and it is difficult to remember concerns and questions that came up of in the meantime. You may have unexpected symptoms and wonder if they are just radiation side effects manifesting over time. Or, you may simply wonder if you can do things like swim, dance or exercise in between therapy appointments. Be prepared with a simple list that you keep in your car or pocketbook/purse.

3. Wear clothing that is easy to take off and on. You’ll be changing into a Johnny for your appointment, so you won’t want to fuss with a lot of buttons, ties and such every time you go in. It will feel best to be in comfortable clothes that can be taken off easily and look good when you get dressed again to leave.

4. Wear comfortable under clothing. Get some underwear that has no bones or tight elastic, depending on which part of your body the radiation will be treating. You may become sensitive in certain areas if your skin is going through radiation side effects, which will make you want to wear soft fabrics that don’t have a lot of buckles or clasps. Probably your oldest and most comfortable underwear will work best. As your treatment progresses you will want to have something underneath that is very comfortable.

5. Use a quality healing cream made specifically for helping irradiated skin. Moisturized, nourished skin will heal better and withstand the full course of treatment better than dry skin that is being ignored or given lotions that don’t work well. A quality healing cream will help your skin stay moisturized and you will feel good to be taking care of yourself in this simple way.

Radiation therapy can be a bigger challenge for some than others. We know many people who cruised through their radiation treatment with no issue at all. This is especially true if a high-quality healing cream was used several times a day and particularly before bed.

Hopefully with these tips, you’ll feel confident moving forward and can just put your focus on healing your body and enjoying a long, vibrant life.