I’ve talked before about how important it was to switch to a natural beauty regime and stop the nasty chemicals on my skin. This article is an introduction to Tropic Skin Care and how the products helped me through treatment.
My first experience of Tropic Skin Care was the Feel Fresh deodorant – sent to me by a friend when I first got diagnosed. I was skeptical about whether a natural deodorant would actually work… to my surprise and delight, it did. As I started to try more products I became a huge fan, so much so that I became an independent ambassador for Tropic Skin Care.
These products are absolutely brilliant; award winning, vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable and I found them a massive help to me (and hopefully also you) through treatment.
These products are available to purchase through my online Tropic shop which can be found by clicking the link below.
Here is my synopsis of which products I feel are go-to staples during treatment:
My Tropic Skin Care recommendations for Chemotherapy
So Sleepy pillow mist – steroids and stress can make sleeping a challenge. This amazing pillow spray is brilliant at helping to calm your mind and supporting sleep
Tropic Skin Care Signature hand wash and hand lotion – the hand wash smells amazing without being overpowering (handy when you are feeling nauseous) and is anti-bacterial (great for depressed immune systems) whilst the hand lotion is ultra-hydrating which will help dry, stressed out skin
Alternatively, the Superfood hand therapy is a more portable hand cream, for soothing hydration on the move
Nail nectar – chemotherapy is known for affecting the nails. Apart from dark nail varnish, regular application of a nail oil will help dry brittle nails and reduce the chance of lifting.
Lip love – ultra hydrating lip balm. Apply regularly to keep dry cracked lips at bay!
ABC Collection – a skincare staple, this is your ultra-gentle complete skincare regime in a box, which will help give you your glow back. Plus the vitamin toner mist is brilliant when a hot flush hits to help cool you down. With the option to pick which face mask is included, my personal recommendation is to go for the Deep Hydration mask option for its cooling, calming and hydrating effects.
If you are cold capping, the clarifying hair wash is ultra-gentle on your delicate hair
Tropic Skin Care Factor 50 Skin shade – natural, ultra effective sun protection as chemotherapy can make your skin very reactive to the sun
The orginal Tropic Skin Care product Body smooth – for those days when you wake up and your skin has turned lizard-like whilst you slept!
Tropic Skin Care Body Love body lotion – for the same reason as the body smooth!
Tropic Skin Care Brow Define Palette – for filling in/faking eyebrows. If you are not confident with brow make up, the perfect brow collection comes with an eyebrow applicator brush and stencils for perfect brows every time!
Tropic Skin Care Lash extension kit – although it is best to go without mascara during chemo, some days a girl just needs her lashes! This natural, gentle gel mascara with extension fibres will help give the impression of fuller, longer lashes
My Tropic Skin Care Recommendations for Radiotherapy
Tropic Skin Care Body wash – available in 5 fragrances (including something for the guys) this luxurious, creamy body wash is PH neutral making it super gentle on your skin
Feel fresh deodorant – gentle, hydrating, effective and free of harsh chemicals. Ideal if you are having radiotherapy anywhere near your armpits
Award winning Tamanu balm – a little skincare superhero. Perfect for skin in distress. Healing, calming balm which is perfect for radiated skin. Also brilliant on scars to reduce their appearance. Apply regularly
Nourishing hair cleanser and scalp massager – because by this point you may well be concerned with how your hair is regrowing. Gentle, nourishing (just in case you have chemo-frizz) and the scalp massager helps to stimulate your scalp.
Cancer treatment all finished, time for celebration right? But what about the emotional aftermath of cancer? It can be an extremely isolating and confusing time. Why aren’t I happier? How do I move forward from this? What is my “new normal?”
Safe to say, natural beauty was not something I ever really considered pre-cancer and I feel I need to start this post with a confession… I hate to say it, but… I’m a tart! There you go, it is out there.
A little known impact of cancer treatment, and certainly one that I had never heard of prior to my own brush with cancer, is the impact that it can have on your hormones, and potential early onset menopause.
“Muddy puddles’ will never be the same! Peppa Pig became a rather large pink presence in our family when our daughter was about a year old. THAT theme tune will forever be etched on my brain, plush princess versions and Grandpa’s boat sailing around in the bath, were a staple accessory, and it still concerns me, to this day, that Miss Rabbit was perhaps slightly over worked and underpaid!
Yet, that little pink pig saved the day in more ways than one. When my daughter was twenty months old, I had a secondary breast cancer diagnosis. I had been twenty six when I was first diagnosed and was always so worried that the chemotherapy would make it difficult to have children.
By some miracle we conceived within a couple of months and eighteen months after her arrival, at a routine check up, my consultant found a lump in my clavicle and the scans showed spots on my sternum. It was a complete shock and this time I had so much more to lose. I had a family. A husband. We were moving to our dream home.
On International Women’s Day and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be good to have a few posts about cancer and motherhood, as the impact on your family is such a major part of the journey. As the mum to two gorgeous teenage girls, one of my first thoughts on being told I had cancer (just after the “what the actual F***” thought had flashed through my mind a few times) was “how on earth am I going to tell my children” and it was with this thought that the tears and panic came. Because as parents, we are programmed to want to protect our kids and a cancer diagnosis impacts your kids almost as much as you.
So the mysterious world of Radiotherapy… personally I found this part of my treatment plan one giant roller coaster from an emotional point of view, and I would say also, that for me it was the hardest physically – although I know many others breeze through it. It just goes to show, different courses for different horses…