What can the aesthetics professional do to help?
Nowadays cancer is one of the most common diseases among the population. In 2018 more than 18 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in the world. When this disease is detected the life of the patients and the people that surround them changes radically.
Oncological patients subjected to treatment show effects on the skin and the cutaneous appendages, which means an important aesthetical alteration.
There is a great void around the cosmetic needs in these situations and the psychological effects produced during the chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. Aware of these problems, Germaine de Capuccini trains aesthetics professionals so they can recommend people in this delicate situation which is the best way to care for their skin.
The patients’ self-esteem is less affected if their image changes as little as possible during the process of their illness.
Going to the aesthetics centre as soon as possible will help to carry out a prior preparation of the skin to reduce the secondary effects on the skin typical of oncological treatments. The professional’s indications will affect positively their self-esteem and spirits, improving the way they see themselves, how they relate to others and their attitude towards the disease.
The most frequent skin alterations related to oncological treatments are:
Sensitivity to solar radiation.
Appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Irritation – pruritus.
Paleness – sallow colouring.
The aesthetics professional is a valuable ally who will favour the introduction of new aesthetical habits for people subjected to these treatments.
Some recommended guidelines to follow are:
Aesthetical care BEFORE the treatment:
What to do?
- Hydrating, nourishing and oxygenating treatments like our in-booth treatments from Hydracure, or Excel Therapy O2.
- Deeply nourish and hydrate the nails.
- Carry out micro-pigmentation, always at least one month before beginning the chemotherapy treatment.
What NOT to do?
- Use sponges that harm the skin or aggressive exfoliations.
Aesthetical care DURING the treatment.
What to do?
- It is convenient to analyse the skin.
- Always work under the direction of the oncologist.
- Treating facial skin with specific hydrating products like the dermocosmetic line B-Calm that strengthens the skin’s microbiota, protecting and repairing its ecosystem. We can also hydrate the skin with Hydracure, designed to save the skin from dehydration the whole day long.
- Use a high Solar Protection Factor : Advanced Anti-Ageing Sun Emulsion SPF 50 or UV+ FR BLOCK SPF 50
- Keep the ungual area hydrated and always keep the nails short.
- Hydrate and deeply nourish the skin of the body with products like Deep Nutrition.
- Facial cleansing at home essential twice a day with suitable recommended cleansing products: Micellar Water Gel from B-Calm, indicated for sensitive skin or from the Options line the ideal products like Essential Makeup Removal Lotion and the Essential Toning Lotion.
What NOT to do?
- Body treatments or massages, only with the prior approval of the oncologist.
- Use depigmenting creams or perfumes directly on the skin.
- Aggressive exfoliations or deep skin cleansings.
- Lymphatic drainage, except in case of lymphoedema and with the authorisation of the oncologist.
- Cut cuticles. Use false nails. Makeup the nails, except in the case of specific enamels.
- Self-tanner, micropigmentations, tattoos.
- Makeup eyelashes or use false eyelashes.
- Carry out treatments 24 hours before the radiotherapy (absorption) and the chemotherapy (crossed reactivity).
Aesthetical care AFTER the treatment:
In that transition step from “DURING” until the skin eliminates the toxicity we recommend carrying out the Royal Jelly treatment, making it possible for the epidermis to face with integrity the daily challenge of external stress.
Once eliminated the toxicity you can carry out any in-booth treatment following the indications of the aesthetician. It is recommendable to carry out a new skin analysis to adapt the cosmetics to the new needs.
“When you see yourself pretty, when you recognise yourself, when you learn to love yourself… you go out to the street saying: “How wonderful I am, how pretty I feel and also how brave I am going out to the street with half a centimetre of hair and feeling good”.
Real testimonies of participants in the “Ponte guapa, te sentirás mejor” (Look good Feel Better) workshops (“Get pretty, you will feel better”) of the Fundación Stanpa, show the essential role of self-esteem to face each day with more strength.
If you have any doubt or need more information visit www.fundacionstanpa.com consult with your Germaine de Capuccini Beauty Centre or call us at the free telephone number 900 442 442.