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Weleda Ratanhia Toothpaste – Chemotherapy

Published March 8, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Following on from previous posts regarding chemotherapy skincare, another problem lots of people suffer from is mouth ulcers and the feeling that your teeth are about to fall out of your mouth.

For me it was not a gradual process, one day I was sitting eating dinner and all of a sudden I became aware my teeth felt incredible loose. It was a horrible feeling.

I started to do some research to try to combat this, and this was when I came across Weleda. It promised to tighten gums which was exactly what I was looking for. I was unsure if a toothpaste would be able to do such a thing, but thought it was worth a go.

After about a week I really noticed an improvement and that tooth falling out feeling disappeared completely through out my whole chemo.

It also kept the mouth ulcers at bay. Weleda Toothpaste does not contain SLS so does not foam , but in turn, it did not irritate my mouth. The mouth ulcers went away, and only returned when I had to use a normal toothpaste for a couple of days as I had ran out of this one. But they disappeared again as soon as I started to use this.

Product information

Weleda Ratanhia Toothpaste 75ml £4.50

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Image from Weleda UK

Contains soothing ratanhia, used for its astringent properties, to naturally strengthen the gums and help keep mouth and gums in good condition. Peppermint and spearmint leave your mouth feeling. Suitable for vegans

Ingredients

INCI: Water (Aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate (Fullers Earth), Alcohol, Flavour (Aroma), Krameria Triandra (Ratahnia) Root Extract, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene*. *from natural essential oils.

Available from health food shops or direct from Weleda

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Chemotherapy Hair Care and Cold Caps

Published February 19, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Everyone assumes you lose your hair when you have chemotherapy.

With certain chemotherapy drugs you can use a cold cap. The principle behind this is that it freezes the hair follicles on your head, so that the chemotherapy drugs can not get to them and make the hair fall out. It only works on your scalp hair, not your eyelashes or eyebrows (as you can see from my previous post)

I was advised to wet my hair before putting on the cold cap. Some people spritz their hair, but I dunked my whole head in the sink. I wanted to make sure that every hair follicle was soaked.

When they say cold cap, they mean cold! It is absolutely freezing. It  hurts for the first 10 minutes, but do not take it off. Just grit your teeth, it does get better. After about 10 minutes your whole head goes numb and it stops hurting.

The cold cap saved about 3/4 of my hair! The hours of being hooked up to the cold cap were certainly worth it.

Having sheets of ice on my hair did not do the condition any good so I had to change my normal hair care regime. I found that the following was the best shampoo to use

                AMARGAN NOURISHING PROTEIN CLEANSER

protein shampoo            protein shampoo ingredients

(pictures from Amazon – Global Cosmetics)

with Keratin & Argon Oil

This gentle cleanser is free from sulphates and parabens to make it kind to your hair and scalp. Argan Oil nourishes the hair, locking in moisture. Frequent use will improve the strength and elasticity of you hair and reveal its natural beauty. Who doesn’t want a little luxury and beautiful glossy locks every day?

Available in 300ml & 1 Litre sizes

It is a protein rich very gentle shampoo. It does not contain Sulfates or parabens  so does not bubble up much, but does very gently cleanse your hair. I used this once a week with tepid water. I did not need to use a conditioner after using this protein cleanser. My hair was lovely and soft .

I did not use a brush on my hair, just used my fingers to gently tease out any knots. It did not get very knotty, as I cut it to shoulder length just before I commenced chemotherapy. I cut it as I assumed that I would just wake up one day and find all my very long hair on my pillow, so I wanted to soften the blow.

This was before the possibility of keeping my hair by using the cold cap was explained to me.

It is worth giving the cold cap and a gentle hair care regime a go

It worked for me

The cheapest place I have found it is on Amazon (Global Cosmetics)

300ml £7.49 (free shipping)

I have no affliation with this product or company. I wanted to share what worked for me

Chemotherapy Skincare

Published February 15, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2014 I started the gruelling slog of 8 rounds of chemotherapy. Most people have heard about the sickness you get with chemotherapy, but no one talks about the other side effects.
When I was on Tax (chemo) my skin became ultra sensitive. It hurt even to touch it.
Through my work I decided to give the following a go

Eve Taylor Ultra Soothing Cleanser 200ml £18.49

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Description: A rich, creamy cleanser with soothing Oatmeal and conditioning Camellia oil.

Gently cleanses as it nourishes and calms ultra dry or irritated skins. Benefits: Deeply nourishing and hydrating to leave skin feeling soft and supple. May be applied as a 5 minute mini masque to reduce areas of redness. Skin is instantly soothed whilst being gently cleansed.

Skin type/condition: Ultra dry, hyper sensitive, severely dehydrated or irritated skin

Key ingredients: Oatmeal, Camellia Oil, Aloe Vera.

Review: My skin was so compromised, I was not sure it would be able to handle any product. It calmed down all the redness and left my skin feeling soft and supple. Unlike the red inflamed, tight stretched skin that I had before.

As soon as I put it on my face I felt instant relief. It felt so nice and cooling on my raw face.

When my skin was feeling very tight and sore, I left the cleanser on for 10-15 minutes as an emergency mask.

I finished with a few drops of Eve Taylor pure Jobjoba oil. A natural plant oil that is very similar to the skins on secretions. I also used this natural oil on my finger and toe nails. It kept them looking good, with no flaking or breaking. Although it did not stop the rings. But these disappeared from the nails a couple of months after finishing chemotherapy.

Everyone could not believe how good my skin was considering the amount of chemotherapy I was having.

This very simple routine worked so well for me

The cold cap saved most of my hair but not my eyebrows /eyelashes

Available from Eve Taylor

I will be adding more information about haircare and other health products I found useful

Check back in the next week