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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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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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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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