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What is a PICC Line and What is it Used For?

By Chat Razdan, Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear

We often get asked, what is a PICC line? Why is it important? So many people wonder why we created Care+Wear and what our products do to help patients. I wanted to write this blog post to share a bit more on PICC lines and what our PICC line covers do.

I am always glad to share more on the topic. Often times, patients are given a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line to help access the blood stream. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters refer to the fact the catheter is placed peripherally (in an arm vein) with the tip of the catheter located centrally, as in a central vein in the body.  Access to the blood stream is required for a number of treatments including treatments for Cancer, Diabetes, Lyme Disease and TPN (total parenteral nutrition). PICC lines allow patients to receive IV treatments such as antibiotics, chemotherapy and pain medications.

To get a little more technical…a PICC line is inserted in a peripheral vein in the arm, like the cephalic vein, basilic vein or brachial vein, and then advanced proximally toward the heart through increasingly larger veins, until the tip rests in the distalsuperior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.

PICC lines are usually inserted by physicians, physician assistants (in the US), radiologist assistants (in the US,) respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, or specially trained certified registered nurses like vascular access nurses and radiologic technologists using ultrasound, chest radiographs, and fluoroscopy to aid in their insertion and to confirm the placement of the line.

PICC Catheter diagram

PICC Catheter diagram

The insertable portion of a PICC varies from 25 to 60 cm in length, that being adequate to reach the desired tip position in most patients. Some lines are designed to be trimmed to the desired length before insertion; others are simply inserted to the needed depth with the excess left outside.

PICC lines can remain in position for extended periods of time, from several days to years on end.

They are used for both in patient and out-patient scenarios. The versatility of PICC lines has led to their increased use (e.g., administering antibiotics, drawing blood/blood transfusions, chemotherapy, prolonged IV antibiotic treatment, and TPN nutrition). In fact, over 6 million patients have a PICC line installed annually and that number continues to increase every year!

Before using a PICC line, it is important to understand the key benefits and risks!

What are some of the benefits of using a PICC line?

  • A PICC is more comfortable compared with the many “needle sticks” that would have been needed for giving medications and drawing blood. The goal is to spare your veins from these frequent “needle sticks.”
  • A PICC can also spare your veins and blood vessels from the irritating effects of IV medications.
  • A PICC can be used in the hospital setting, nursing facility, or at home and can stay in place for weeks, months or years if needed.
  • A PICC can be used for many types of IV treatments.
  • A PICC can be used to draw blood for the majority of blood tests.

There are a number of risks of using a PICC line.

  • There may be slight discomfort during the procedure.
  • Bleeding may occur at the insertion site.
  • Leakage can occur due to skin elasticity, outward line migration, or line rupture.
  • It is sometimes necessary to attempt the PICC line placement more than once and it may not be possible to insert the entire length of the PICC.
  • During insertion of a PICC, accidental puncture of an artery, nerve, or tendon can occur near the insertion site. However, this is a rare event.
  • A clot may form around the catheter in the vein (thrombosis), which can cause swelling and pain in the arm.
  • Inflammation in a vein (phlebitis) can develop from the use of all types of IVs, including PICCs.
  • An infection may occur at the insertion site or in the bloodstream. An estimated 8-25% of all PICC lines that are installed become infected and can lead to complications and increased mortality rates.
  • The PICC can come out, partially or completely, if not well-secured and completely covered.
  • The PICC can move out of position in the vein and may need to be removed or repositioned.
  • The PICC may become blocked. Medication may need to be used to clear it.
PICC Cover - Care & Wear

PICC Cover – Care & Wear

If you have a PICC line, you want to watch for several signs, including:

  • Swelling, redness, red streaking, hot or hard area in PICC line arm
  • Pain in PICC line arm
  • Fever or chills
  • Swelling of the hand, arm and/ or neck on the same side as the PICC line.
  • Leaking of fluid when you flush the catheter

Call your healthcare provider or PICC line care provider right away if you notice these signs or if you are worried or concerned.

We created the Care+Wear Ultra-Soft PICC line cover to help patients who have a PICC line. Our PICC line covers are made of anti-microbial fabric, are machine washable, and provide a unique, breathable mesh window to allow air circulation over the PICC line and visibility to the insertion site. Our PICC line covers help eliminate some of the challenges of having a PICC line by making it easier to securely and healthily cover the line without having to worry about exposure to outside agents or low quality materials. Let’s get back to living!

Interested in learning more? Here’s some other links as well.

Feel free to check out our website at www.careandwear.com and join our community as we help patients get back to living their lives!

About the Author:

Chat Razdan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear. They started Care+Wear after having friends and family diagnosed with cancer and told to wear tube socks on their arms. They felt that there was an incredible opportunity to help patients get back to living their lives.

Chat is a proud University of Virginia alum with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business who spent time as a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Nicknamed “Smiley” in middle school basketball camp, he has tried to bring a smile wherever he goes. A die-hard Baltimore fan, he continues to cheer for the Orioles and Ravens and can often be found running up the West Side Highway in the mornings. In his spare time, he helps to plan his class reunions for UVA and Booth and serves on young alumni boards for UVA

 

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Improve Comfort Beneath the Breast During Radiation Therapy with a ComfortSling®

By Elizabeth Silver

 

My personal journey began when I was faced with radiotherapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer.  I created a cushioned sling to minimize the burning side effects on the skin beneath my breast. It was remarkably effective.  I realize that skin types vary, but other than my skin becoming slightly darkened, I had virtually no other side effects. No burns, no chafing.  The wicking fabric prevented accumulation of perspiration and the soft cushions protected my skin from the abrasion of skin to skin contact.  With the support of my doctors, I tested this device with several other women undergoing radiation, and they too reported significantly minimized and/or delayed skin reactions.

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Encouraged by this success, I determined to develop the products further to bring them to market so more women could find relief and protection while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  We found the softest fabrics to provide the most effective cushion to cradle and protect the skin; we found equally soft straps and made them fully adjustable so there would be no undue pressure on sore areas beneath the breast.  We are very proud of the results.

 

Our product was launched in the fall of 2014, and the feedback we have received has exceeded our expectations with women reporting to us that “The sling saved the day.” and   “I found instant relief where I didn’t even realize that I needed it”.

 

Exciting news!   BreastComfort is delighted to announce that we have begun 2016 with a new partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation –the highest-rated breast cancer charity in the nation.  We are proud to donate 5% of every sale to the BRCF. The BreastComfort logo will be featured on BCRF’s  website at:  www.bcrfcure.org/partners.  It is deeply gratifying to be associated with such an outstanding organization in the fight against this terrible disease.

 

You can view our products on the Lots To Live For, Inc. website by clicking here.

About the author:

Elizabeth Silver is a cancer survivor, and founder of BreastComfort, Cushioned Slings for Sensitive Skin.

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Gale’s Story of Hope, Help and the Genesis of the Renewing You ®Cancer Gift Bag

By Gale Donovan, survivor, Founder and President of Renewing ® You

My purpose and creation of the Renewing You® Skincare Gift Bag is to provide women with uplifting and useful products while undergoing radiation treatment. My oncology nurse gave me a list of skincare products to purchase to help relieve the common side effects associated with my treatment.  I found the products to work well but was disappointed with the packaging.  These items were aloe vera gel, cornstarch, mild soap, and a soft baby washcloth.  Just think about carrying around a box of cornstarch in your purse. As a former Esthetician I had access to new products and their application.   I instantly thought of a powder sifter jar to put the pure cornstarch and a soft powder puff to apply.  I realized how easy it was to apply the corn starch to a lining of a wig to help with absorbing moisture and also to use as an alternative to deodorant.

I was faced with a tube of aloe vera gel.  The dispensing of it was messy and when going in a public restroom and not having paper towels only a hand dryer available.  I saw a bottle that I could dispense the aloe from the top with three holes on top and it was packaged in no mess applicator, keeping my hands clean.  Also, I could take the aloe vera gel bottle in my purse.

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

When I looked for a low lathering soap it was difficult to find one with pure ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I customized my soap to a 7 ingredient glycerin soap, it was low lather, no fragrance, and non- irritating.  I recall using a soft baby washcloth with my twins and decided to try one to help exfoliate the sensitive areas.  It worked beautifully.

My gratitude pad is a great way for women to ask for help. My friends would always ask, “What can I do?”  As a wife, mother, and esthetician I was an independent woman doing well balancing all three. I did see the importance of having a meal made or a friend to pick up my twins from football practice.  This sticky note does that and my friends loved having a note as a gentle reminder. A gratutude pad is enclosed in the gift so all the patient has to do is fill out a helpful chore that he/she would like help with, and hand the reminder to a friend or relative.

My oncology nurse was happy to see how I was healing so quickly and she praised me for all my creative ideas.  My Renewing You® Skincare Relief Gift Bag has put so many smiles on women’s faces, each bag contains, an affirmation card, a postcard of my story, a bottle of organic aloe vera gel, a pure glycerin soap, a soft baby washcloth, pure corn starch, and a gratitude pad.  I have put my heart into searching out the purest ingredients in the most convenient packaging that can be taken anywhere on the go.

My hope for cancer patients is that Renewing You® skincare products will:

Make The Journey A Little Easier, A Day At A Time.

 

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Great Holiday Gifts for Cancer Patients

Are you looking to purchase a great holiday gift for a cancer patient? To give a gift that will be special and highly appreciated, we suggest buying a gift that is both thoughtful and useful.

Cancer treatments including most chemotherapy regimens and radiation can cause unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects. Great gifts can help reduce the severity of these side effects and help to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Even simple side effect solutions can have a big effect on quality of life.

Deluxe Chemo Gift Kit

Deluxe Chemotherapy Gift

We have created a list of possible side effects and product suggestions to help combat the uncomfortable symptoms. Giving a gift of comfort shows that you understand and empathize with the patients’ health challenges.

Click on any product name below for more information and details about the product.

NAUSEA

We recommend Queasy Drops which are helpful in three ways: 1) they help to reduce nausea and 2) they help keep a dry mouth hydrated 3) they have a pleasant taste. These make a great stocking stuffer.

Biobands are simple acupressure wrist bands which can be worn round the clock with no side effects. They also help reduce nausea, and are reasonably priced.

RADIATION SKIN CARE

For compromised skin including radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis, we suggest My Girls Skin Care Cream, which is calendula based and calming. It goes on the skin feeling creamy but not oily.

For burned and painful skin we recommend RADX Radiation Therapy which also has 2% lidocaine as an ingredient to help reduce pain.  CoolMagic gel sheets also offer incredible relief.

A personal products gift collection with excellent value is the DermaQOL 9 Piece Gift Kit which includes soap, lotions, therapy cream, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and more. The DermaQOL products contain no harsh ingredients (ie no parabens, or other harsh products).

For a calming spray, we suggest CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray or Atopalm Moisture Mist.

To help surgical scars heal consider CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm.

DRY MOUTH

Many chemotherapy regimens, and radiation to the throat and neck often cause dry mouth.  MouthKote is a handy spray that can be carried in a purse or a briefcase to combat dry mouth. We suggest Oral Balance Gel to help with mouth sores.

CLOTHING

Interesting and creative head wraps or hats may be appreciated by patients experiencing hair loss. There are also special surgical gowns that have been designed for cancer patients with special closures and port holes.  You can read about Radiant Wraps by clicking here.

STRESS

Relaxation, meditation and breathing products can help reduce stress. We suggest the Breathe with Purpose CD.  There are also calming apps which can be downloaded onto your phone. These products can help the patient relax during chemo infusions, or help improve sleep.

THE UNKNOWN

Fear of the unknown can cause escalation and rumination which can increase stress. The book “When Cancer Hits” by Britta Aragon is a complete guide to navigating all the changes that a patient will experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living including how to best manage side effects, stress and home recovery, and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Gentle exercise is generally recommended for cancer patients. Carol Michaels has written a book called  “Exercises for Cancer Survivors” and also has two gentle exercise DVD’s which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some cancer patients are under the impression that inactivity will decrease fatigue and speed recovery. However, exercising during and after cancer surgery and treatments is helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. The book and DVD’s are valuable resources and can help guide patients.

POOR APPETITE

Chemotherapy can affect appetite and taste. While many well wishers think that sweets and candy will be appreciated, many oncologists recommend that sugary products should be avoided. Therefore if considering food, we suggest homemade broths and chicken soups, or organic fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Give the Gift of Comfort

Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer

Lots To Live For, Inc. has been delivering comfort during cancer for over 12 years. We have helped many patients and their families combat the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment. We have a number of curated gift collections, or you can choose a collection of products from our website to create a more personalized gift.

by Margot Malin,

Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

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CV Skinlabs Products

 

DermaQOL Gift Kit

DermaQOL Gift Kit

 

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CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray—Great for Cooling and Soothing Burns, Cuts, Scrapes, and Dry Skin

by Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs and Cancer Survivor

 

For Breast Cancer Awareness month we are offering a RAFFLE / FREE GIVEAWAY OF A FULL SIZED RESCUE & RELIEF SPRAY.

The links to enter the Free Raffle are provided at the end of this post.

 

Cancer treatments cause a number of side effects, and some of the most painful include radiation burns, injection site irritations, and rashes.

 

My father suffered from a painful, embarrassing acne-like rash when he was going through treatments. I tried to help him with a high-end, sensitive cream, but it only made his skin worse. I felt so terrible!

 

Rescue & Relief Spray

Rescue & Relief Spray

After that, I vowed to create products that would help soothe and calm skin irritations without harsh ingredients that would exacerbate redness and dryness. I’m particularly proud of our Rescue + Relief Spray. This product was named the “best after-sun soother” by Healing Lifestyles & Spas in 2014 because of how quickly it soothes that burning feeling. Because of the great ingredients, however, it also helps tame inflammation and hydrate skin.

 

“I LOVE Rescue + Relief spray!,” says Karen Lee, retired chiropractor, mom and green blogger of EcoKaren.com. I couldn’t believe the red and angry inflamed areas started to disappear within hours. The thin milky spray has a pleasant odor and it has a very refreshing natural scent. Not a chemically induced or artificial smell. It dries quickly and it seemed to get absorbed rather quickly, without dripping down to a waste. It left the skin very soft and smooth and my kids said it felt cool almost immediately.”

 

Whether you’re suffering from radiation burns, IV irritation, flushed skin, rashes, itchy scalp, eczema, rosacea, or even irritation after shaving, CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray provides instant, soothing relief and cooling, while encouraging skin to heal.

 

Soothing Radiation Burns

When I wrote my book When Cancer Hits, I talked to a number of survivors about side effects. Radiation burns came up again and again. These occur at the treatment site, and can get worse the more treatments you have. Sometimes, they can get so tender that you have to put off your next treatment to allow the skin to heal.

 

Any delay in your cancer treatment can be discouraging, as it prolongs your healing and also extends the time that you have to endure side effects. So dealing with these burns becomes a priority.

 

When treating these types of burns, the standard, over-the-counter petroleum-based product just won’t cut it. Petroleum covers the skin, but does nothing to nourish or heal it, and can actually contribute to more dryness over the long-term. Chemical preservatives and fragrances can also contribute to the irritation and pain.

 

Instead, what you need when treating radiation burns is a) something to cool it down, b) something to heal it, and c) something to hydrate it. This is where the Rescue + Relief Spray comes in.

 

“When your skin is inflamed and sensitive from a sunburn or other sensitivities,” says Frank Lipman, integrative doctor and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center, “it’s extra important to treat it with serious TLC. For that, I recommend Rescue + Relief Spray by CV Skinlabs.”

 

Here’s how this product works to relieve radiation burns:

 

  • Provides instant, cooling relief—especially if you store it in the refrigerator
  • Delivers hydrating moisture while calming and soothing inflamed skin
  • Aloe leaf juice soothes on contact
  • Chamomile and cucumber work together to provide cooling and softening benefits
  • Water lily naturally purifies and absorbs heat
  • Valerian and comfrey tame inflammation, calming skin down and encouraging faster healing
  • Unique Tri-Rescue Complex promotes wound-healing and speeds the repair of damaged skin

 

As you can see, I’ve used plant-based ingredients to remove the heat and hydrate the skin, as they are more biocompatible than synthetic ingredients and less likely to cause reactions. I made this product specifically for those with sensitive, compromised, and tender skin. Apply by simply spraying on the burned area as often as needed.

 

Tip: Take it with you and apply immediately after your radiation treatment before getting dressed to help your skin get a head-start on healing and to help reduce burning and stinging. (I would also recommend applying our Restorative Skin Balm after the spray has dried for long-lasting moisturization.)

 

Other Benefits of This Product

In addition to soothing and cooling radiation burns, you can also use this product to:

 

  • Relieve itching, burning and inflamed red skin caused by: sun exposure, minor burns from cooking or using hot tools, insect bites, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis
  • Soothe skin after shaving—makes an ideal after-shave for men
  • Tone skin after cleansing (much better than an alcohol-based toner!)
  • Set make-up and add some hydration over makeup
  • Cool and calm flushed skin
  • Soothe scalp irritation when wearing a wig or hat
  • Calm inflammation from scalp folliculitis
  • Hydrate, soothe, and help heal rashes
  • Calm inflamed skin due to taking medications

 

Customers Rave About the Results

 

When it comes to products, it’s the results that really matter, right? So let me share with you what some people have said about Rescue + Relief Spray.

 

Celebrity makeup artist Beverly Fink loved the results when she gave the product to a client’s daughter who was going through chemotherapy.

 

“She used this on her scalp and it brought immediate soothing relief to her tender scalp while calming her irritated skin. Amazing!”

 

Terry, a regular customer, couldn’t believe how much it helped her when she suffered an eczema outbreak. “I used the spray and It was glorious! It was immediately cooling and refreshing. The itching subsided. I’m not sure how Rescue + Relief Spray works, but bottom line is: IT WORKS!”

 

Here are the before and after pictures of showing how the product helped her skin to heal:

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Helena, another customer who suffers from psoriasis, had this to say:

 

“I tried the R + R Spray during testing and I loved it! I have psoriasis on my scalp and it extends down onto the back of my neck. I would spray it on and it would soften the tight, dry and itchy area of my neck and scalp. I felt relief soon after I sprayed it on. The other thing I love about it is the texture. Other ointments I’ve used are heavy, thick or oily and smelly. They are often hard to wash out of my hair and make my hair greasy when applied. The R+R Spray was so light and non greasy that I could put my hair up after application and it wouldn’t make me self conscious at all, my hair would dry. Thank you so much for a great product!”

 

Christine Lilienfeld, an oncology nurse in Boston, Massachusetts, says she likes all the products, especially for treating radiation induced skin irritation: “The Rescue and Relief Spray provides instant benefit to irritated skin,” she says.

 

Final Thoughts

If you suffer from red, burned, flushed, irritated, and stinging skin, I hope you’ll try this product as I know it will help you feel better! I started CV Skinlabs because I was frustrated I couldn’t find natural, soothing products during my cancer experience, and my father’s cancer experience. I’ve put my heart and soul into these natural solutions so that others don’t have to suffer from difficult skin conditions we did. I hope you, too, will experience the soothing relief these products can provide!

 

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY:  To enter a raffle to win a FREE Rescue & Relief Spray visit the Lots To Live For, Inc. Facebook page – Click HERE

Like the post, and be sure to also LIKE the Lots To Live For Facebook page   The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on October 7th.

 

To purchase CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray visit www.LotsToLiveFor.com or click HERE.

CV Skinlabs also makes several other amazing skin care products. You can view the entire collection HERE.

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CV Skinlabs product collection

 

About the Author, Britta Aragon:

“No matter where you are on the cancer journey,” Britta says, “you must make time for tender self-care. Not only is your body going through the fight of its life, but so are you—the soul who lives inside. Cancer treatments can really affect our confidence in ways we probably weren’t prepared for. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to tend to the problem, while encouraging ourselves to keep our heads high.” Britta Aragon is a cancer survivor, safe cosmetics expert, author, and the founder of CV Skinlabs.      

For more about Britta Aragon, visit her blog at Cinco Vidas.

 

 

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CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm—Great for Scars, Cuts, Scrapes, and Dry Skin

by Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs

Cancer treatments cause a number of side effects, and some of the most lasting and potentially embarrassing are surgery scars. Whether from breast cancer, throat cancer, skin cancer, or other types of cancer, scars can be painful, irritating, itchy, and uncomfortable, to say nothing of upsetting.

CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin balm

 

I still have my scar where my port was put in and taken out of my left collar area when I was going through treatment for Hodgkin’s disease. To this day there’s scar tissue left that can be painful when I’m getting a massage.

 

Deb, a breast cancer survivor, told me this in an interview: “My doctor recommends that I continue moisturizing the radiation site, because it can get tight. I still do it every day, and it will be three years this summer.”

 

Whether you’re suffering from a new scar, old scar, skin redness or irritation—or just dry, flaky and dull skin—CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm can provide soothing relief while encouraging healing.

 

Natural and Effective Ingredients

This product was named “Best All-Around Healer 2013” in the Healing Lifestyle & Spa’s (HLS’s) Earth Day Beauty Awards. “There’s always something in need of a little natural TLC—a bump, burn, cut, rash, or bite,” HLS stated. “This balm takes care of them all, with ingredients that have real healing benefits (not just a barrier of petroleum and silicone).”

I was so gratified by this statement, as I put in a lot of time, energy, and resources into finding the right ingredients for this product. I looked specifically for natural options that had healing and soothing powers, and then enlisted the expertise of a highly skilled research team consisting of a toxicologist, a chemist specializing in natural formulations, and doctors. This team screened every prospective ingredient for any known links to cancer, hormone disruption, or other health risks, as well as for any known potential to cause skin irritation, burning, itching, or allergic reaction.

Though safety is our highest priority at CV Skinlabs, we don’t sacrifice efficacy. We put our products through extensive micro-challenge, stability, clinical, and effectiveness testing to be sure the formulas performed as we wanted them to. One of the things we’re especially proud of is our unique Tri-Rescue Complex.

The Tri-Rescue Complex

Every CV Skinlabs product contains this exclusive complex—a unique blend of turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom. Together, these three natural wonders offer a powerful combination of anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and skin-soothing actions, encouraging repair, healing, and restoration.

  • Turmeric is a spice grown in India and the tropical regions of Asia. The active ingredient is curcumin, which has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic qualities. It was even found in some studies to help radiation wound healing.
  • Alpha-bisabolol comes from the chamomile plant (Matricaria recutita), and it also has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe and calm irritated skin. It’s also known to reduce the stresses of the environment on skin, and to accelerate the healing process.
  • Reishi is a type of mushroom described as “tough” and woody.” It has super strong antioxidants, and reduces the risk of allergic reactions. It also retains water, which helps keep the skin hydrated and smooth, while natural anti-inflammatory properties calm any redness or irritation.

The Restorative Skin Balm also has calendula, sea buckthorn oil, and arnica—a powerful trio of plant-based antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins, and sesquiterpene lactones (naturally occurring plant terpenoids). All of these are known for their healing, immune boosting, antiseptic, and skin-regenerating properties. The product is 100 percent free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, parabens, petrolatum, and other potentially toxic ingredients, and is made with 100 percent natural ingredients.

Customers Rave About the Results

I can tell you about how we formulated this product, but it’s the results that really matter, and those come from my customers. Sarah Jane Mercer, for example—Holistic Health Coach & Healthy Living Expert—felt sick to her stomach when her daughter fell onto a wooden stacker cup and scratched her face.

“I cried harder than she did,” she says. “I treated her cut with your Restorative Skin Balm for a week and now there is basically no mark! Thank you for making such wonderful products that I feel safe putting on my girl!” Sarah also told me that she’s noticed a “dramatic decease in scarring and healing time” herself, when she uses the balm after cutting or burning her skin.

Here are the before and after pictures of her beautiful daughter:

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Chris A., a customer from Vancouver, Canada, burned her finger, and used Restorative Skin Balm for over four days. Check out her results:

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Jessa Blades, Natural Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist, told us, “The Restorative Skin Balm is basically like a new Neosporin, without petroleum; it’s the balm that seems to help with everything.”

If you’re suffering from burns, scars, or other skin wounds, you may want to try this product, but you can also use it for dry cuticles, chapped lips, eczema, cuts, scrapes, IV areas, abrasions, chaffing, and any other areas needing some real TLC.

Final Thoughts

I started CV Skinlabs because I was frustrated I couldn’t find natural, soothing products during my cancer experience, and my father’s cancer experience. I’ve put my heart and soul into these natural solutions so that others don’t have to suffer from difficult skin conditions we did. I hope you, too, will experience the soothing relief these products can provide!

To purchase CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm click on this link:  CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm from Lots To Live For, Inc.

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About the Author:

“No matter where you are on the cancer journey,” Britta says, “you must make time for tender self-care. Not only is your body going through the fight of its life, but so are you—the soul who lives inside. Cancer treatments can really affect our confidence in ways we probably weren’t prepared for. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to tend to the problem, while encouraging ourselves to keep our heads high.” Britta Aragon is a cancer survivor, safe cosmetics expert, author, and the founder of CV Skinlabs.      

For more about Britta Aragon, visit her blog at Cinco Vidas.

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Help You Soothe Radiation Burns from CV Skinlabs founder, Britta Aragon

by Britta Aragon

Ask anyone who’s been through radiation treatments, and they’ll tell you—one of the most difficult things to deal with are the burns.

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Radiation kills cancer cells, but on its way into the body to attack the tumor, it can also damage skin cells. Depending on the intensity or strength of the beam and how many sessions you have, the burns may range from minor redness and swelling, like a sunburn, to more severe blistering, peeling, and flaking.

 

When treating these types of burns, the standard, over-the-counter petroleum-based product just won’t cut it. Petroleum covers the skin, but does nothing to nourish or heal it, and can actually contribute to more dryness over the long-term. Chemical preservatives and fragrances can also contribute to the irritation and pain.

Instead, what you need when treating radiation burns is a) something to cool it down, b) something to heal it, and c) something to deeply moisturize. Your perfect solution? CV Skinlabs products!

 

Cool the Heat with Rescue + Relief Spray

Formulated by cancer survivor and safe cosmetics expert Britta Aragon along with her team of doctors, CV Skinlabs products were made specifically for people suffering from the effects of cancer treatments, or who have other difficult skin conditions like excess dryness, redness and inflammation. Formulated with nourishing natural ingredients, these products provide soothing relief and accelerated healing.

For radiation burns, start with cooling down the heat. For that, you need Rescue + Relief Spray

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“When your skin is inflamed and sensitive from a sunburn or other sensitivities,” says Frank Lipman, integrative doctor and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center, “it’s extra important to treat it with serious TLC. For that, I recommend Rescue + Relief Spray by CV Skinlabs.”

 

  • Provides instant, cooling relief—especially if you store it in the refrigerator
  • Delivers deep, hydrating moisture while calming and soothing inflamed skin
  • Aloe leaf juice soothes on contact
  • Chamomile and cucumber work together to provide cooling and softening benefits
  • Water lily naturally purifies and absorbs heat
  • Valerian and comfrey tame inflammation, calming skin down and encouraging faster healing
  • Unique Tri-Rescue Complex promotes wound-healing and speeds the repair of damaged skin

 

Apply by simply spraying on the burned area as often as needed. Tip: Take it with you and apply immediately after your radiation treatment before getting dressed.

Soothe the Damaged Skin with Restorative Skin Balm

After cooling the burn, the next thing you need to do is restore it! Burned skin is damaged and suffering from inflammation and a lack of moisture. After your Rescue + Relief spray dries, it’s time to apply Restorative Skin Balm

“I spend hours in the kitchen and have a tendency to cut and burn myself often,” says Sara Jane Mercer, holistic health coach. “CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm has become essential for me in treating my kitchen mishaps. I have noticed a dramatic decrease in scarring and healing time since I began using this incredible product.”

Restorative Skin Balm best all around healer

 

  • 100% natural, non-petroleum, cure-all balm
  • Instantly softens severely chapped and burned skin
  • Calendula, sea buckthorn oil, and arnica provide fat-soluble vitamins, protective antioxidants, and naturally occurring phytochemicals to help heal and regenerate wounded skin
  • Carnauba and bee’s wax safeguard the moisture barrier
  • Vitamin E protects and speeds healing
  • Tri-Rescue Complex restores more healthy skin

To use, simply apply where needed. It’s particularly effective when used overnight—wake up to softer, more comfortable skin.

Prevent Scarring

Once the skin starts to heal, you want to keep the moisture coming to prevent scarring. Particularly if you need to go back in for another radiation treatment, you want your skin as protected and moisturized as possible, as that helps it better withstand the radiation. That means a little Body Repair Lotion at least a couple times a day.

“The Body Repair Lotion provided almost instant relief for my post-shaving bikini rash,” says Marta Wohrle,  founder of Truth in Aging, “and within a couple of hours, the ugly red bumps had all but disappeared.”

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  • Calms inflammation and delivers long-lasting moisture
  • Ideal for after-burn dryness and tightness
  • Soothes irritation and redness
  • Beta glucan and St. John’s wort possess super moisturizing, collagen-boosting wound healing abilities
  • Calendula and aloe cool and soothe inflammation and pain
  • Tri-Rescue Complex helps protect skin from future damage

Apply at least twice a day to the burned areas and anywhere else you need moisture.

Self-Care is Extremely Important

Radiation burns can be very painful and can get worse with each trip to the oncologist if you’re not careful. By following this regimen of care, you can help your skin heal more quickly and better withstand your cancer treatments—which means you can get well sooner.

Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs, Cancer Survivor

 

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“No matter where you are on the cancer journey,” Britta says, “you must make time for tender self-care. Not only is your body going through the fight of its life, but so are you—the soul who lives inside. Cancer treatments can really affect our confidence in ways we probably weren’t prepared for. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to tend to the problem, while encouraging ourselves to keep our heads high.”

 

For more about Britta Aragon, visit her blog at Cinco Vidas.

 

Britta is also the author of When Cancer Hits – Your Guide to Taking Care of the Complete YOU Through Treatment, a complete guide to navigating all the changes you’ll experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living. Whether your future includes surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you’ll need to know how to best manage your side effects, stress, and home recovery—and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

To view all of the Radiation Skin Care Products available at Lots To Live For, Inc. click here

To enter a raffle to win a free Rescue & Relief Spray visit the Lots To Live For Facebook page – like the page and like the post. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on 10/7.

 

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