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How to have Glowing Skin During Cancer Treatments

How to have Glowing Skin During Cancer Treatments

Hello lovely you!

Someone emailed me recently and asked if I had any beauty tips for women going through cancer treatment. While I’ve never considered myself a beauty expert, I did study natural skincare and attained an Aesthetician and Massage Therapy Degree many moons ago. This question took me back 3 decades to when I was first undergoing traditional cancer treatments for my stage 4 melanoma and not eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

I was a young woman in my 20s, and like most young women in their 20s, well, there is a certain vanity that comes at that age. You look fantastic sort of naturally. Until you don’t. Cancer has a way of making you look, tired and sick and not at all like yourself. And as if that isn’t bad enough, cancer treatments like chemo and radiation can also wreak havoc on how you look.

For instance, cancer and cancer treatment can cause frustrating changes in your skin. You may experience dryness and itchiness and even annoying rashes.

I know firsthand that the last thing a cancer patient needs is to feel not-so-confident because their skin is acting weird or looks different. The old adage, “When you look good, you feel good” is quite true. We don’t have to look unwell even when we are fighting a major illness.

With this in mind, I do want to share something I learned a while back and that is green tea for skin benefits. I drink green tea and that is because I learned long ago the amazing benefits it has for your overall health. But man, can green tea really help your skin. Here’s how:

It’s Loaded with Powerful Nutrients

If you want to know what’s in green tea that makes it so good for the skin and overall health, it’s chock full of antioxidants and other plant compounds that can have a profound effect on the skin and our health in general.

For instance, a 2018 study showed the major polyphenolic compound present in green tea, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), exhibits a wide range of therapeutic properties, including:

  • anti-oxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-atherosclerosis
  • anti-myocardial infarction
  • anti-diabetes

In a 2012 study, these same plant polyphenols were shown to also offer cancer-prevention effects when used to protect the skin and immune system support.

Acne and Oily Skin

According to a 2016 review, because green tea contains the compound EGCG and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, it may help to improve acne and oily skin conditions.

Green Tea and Skin Cancer

According to a 2003 study, the polyphenols in green tea can be used as pharmacological agents for the prevention of solar UVB light-induced skin disorders in animals and humans, including:

  • melanoma skin cancer (now you see why I started drinking this stuff!)
  • nonmelanoma skin cancers
  • photoaging

And speaking of aging…

Anti-Aging

One of the great things about green tea for skin benefits is that you can get these benefits by drinking green tea or putting it directly on your face. And let me tell you, doing both can really help your skin not age so fast. I don’t know about you, but I found dealing with a life-threatening illness to be incredibly aging!

Here’s what science has found about green tea when used for anti-aging purposes:

A 2005 study of 80 women showed when they used topical and oral applications of green tea, their skin’s elasticity improved.

A long-term 2013 study of 24 people showed that skin damage caused by sun exposure was reduced with the topical application of cosmetics containing green tea extract.

There have just been too many studies on green tea, and they have conclusively shown whether you drink it or apply it directly to your skin, green tea offers profound benefits for the skin. Not only can it help with acne and oily skin and just look all around younger, but it also has the potential to prevent melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Listen, I know exactly what it feels like to feel awful and then on top of it feel like you LOOK awful. It’s okay to be a bit vain right now. Again, looking good often helps us feel good, and for that reason alone I say do whatever you need to to look and feel great.

If you’ve never drank green tea before, I encourage you to start. Not only can it help with skin health but your overall health.

Happy sipping!

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Refined sugar feeds cancer cells and these foods will need to be eliminated from your diet ASAP. All processed foods should go.
Right now you should be feeding your body an anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on healthy fats, organic produce and clean sources of protein. It’s also incredibly important that you drink plenty of clean, pure water!
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Right now you should be feeding your body an anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on healthy fats, organic produce and clean sources of protein. It’s also incredibly important that you drink plenty of clean, pure water!

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- Captain Jean-Luc Picard, from Star Trek. 

Every skill in the world - from athletics to art, pottery to public speaking - is built out of the nuggets of wisdom gained from failing over and over again. 
As we become adults, we tend to fail less, so we forget what its like to fail and treat it as a learning experience rather than a personal judgement. 

Sometimes our faliures are due to influences outside of our control. 
Sometimes our best just wasnt good enough. 
You tried. You took a risk. They dont all pay off. 
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