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Cancer Treatments And Your Skin

While we welcome the advances of science and medicine to help fight cancer, we acknowledge these treatments also usually bring negative side effects to the rest of our body, including the skin. 

 One Cancer survivor, Vincene Parinello, found this challenging while enduring treatments, and had difficulty finding products that were gentle enough. She began looking at what she could do to help herself and is now the CEO and Founder of SeaActive Skincare, a line created with extremely sensitive skin in mind. Here’s what the GOLD MEDAL PATENTED SKINCARE FORMULATOR AND INVENTOR had to say:

“Having to take daily medications, my skin (like the other millions of people taking medication) has become more sensitive, much drier, lost elasticity and aged in appearance more rapidly. I became much more sensitive to sunlight, despite using SPF 30+ sunscreens. It seemed like more areas of dark spots, lines and wrinkles seemed to form despite my efforts to inhibit them. I found that by turning to nature’s botanical ingredients, probiotic ingredients and vitamin enriched seaweeds I could restore the skin’s appearance despite medical challenges.

Taking medication changes cellular DNA and this can make the skin more sensitive and drier, which can accelerate the aging process, while also weakening the skin’s resistance to UV radiation. Other skin care brands were not developed for this type of skin. They have not conducted the research on medications and the influence chemicals in skincare can have on medications and vice versa. After conducting my research, I found that most people with dry, sensitive, thinning skin were taking medications. After spending over twenty years in the skincare business, I saw the demand for changes in how skin care was formulated. The numbers of people taking medications unfortunately, seems to rise, instead of decline. Despite our efforts to eat healthier, exercise and de-stress. When I was formulating Sea Active™ Skincare taking my focus from botanicals on land to sea plants and seaweeds embodied a whole new world in cosmetic chemistry. I have formulated out of the box using ordinary ingredients to inventing prestigious formulas that offer real value to the skin. Seaweeds have been medically studied for over fifty years. Scientifically proven to have restorative properties and the ability to take on many diseases. After battling a “gut” disease for over thirty years, I understand the importance of probiotics on overall health. I also believe that the use of probiotic types of natural ingredients (kale, spinach and barley) on the skin can benefit the skin’s well-being.”



Since most anticancer medications and radiation therapy increase photosensitivity, and  studies show high rates of skin cancer in cancer survivors, sun safety during treatments becomes extremely important. SeaActive Skincare has the perfect moisturizer for that,  providing that first important layer of protection for the face! Skin Guardian 20 spf Moisturizer, has Non Nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which are physical sun blocks...the best type for sensitive skin. 

Cleanse it all off with the very gentle Marine Guardian Balancing Cleanser, which offers a moisturizing and anti inflammatory result.

 Best Day Ever Gifts proudly offers both products from SeaActive Skincare,  and is especially excited to include them in one of our Best Chemo Comfort Gifts Ever  gift boxes! Our boxes also come with a tube of physical sunscreen for the entire body, made by MDSOLARSCIENCES. 


 Here’s a few tips for skincare during cancer treatments; according to the National Cancer Institue:

  • Use mild soaps that are gentle on your skin.  If you are receiving radiation therapy, ask your care team about skin products, such as powder or antiperspirant, that you should avoid using before treatment.
  • Prevent infection: Radiation therapy can cause skin in the treatment area to peel, become painful, and wet. Most often this happens in areas where the skin folds, such as around your ears, breast, or bottom. Try to keep the area clean and dry so it does not become infected. Your nurse will talk with you about how to clean the area and may prescribe special dressings that you can apply to the area.
  • Moisturize your skin. Use recommended creams or lotions to prevent your skin from becoming dry and itchy. Irritated skin can become infected. Ask about special creams or ointments for severely dry, itchy, or painful skin.
  • Protect your skin: Use sunscreen and sun-protective lip balm. Wear a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat with a wide brim when outdoors to prevent sunburn. If you are receiving radiation therapy, don’t use heating pads, ice packs, or bandages on the treatment area. You may want to shave less often and use an electric razor or stop shaving if your skin is tender and sore.
  • Prevent or treat dry, itchy skin. Avoid products that list alcohol or fragrance as an ingredient, since they can dry or irritate your skin. Your nurse may suggest you add colloidal oatmeal to your baths, as it can reduce itching. Take short showers or baths in lukewarm, not hot, water. Put on skin cream or ointment after drying off from a shower but while your skin is still a little damp. Apply a cool washcloth or ice to dry, itchy skin.
  • Prevent or treat minor nail problems. Keep your nails clean and cut short to avoid accidentally tearing them. Protect your hands and nails by wearing gloves when you wash the dishes, or clean the house, for example. Avoid getting manicures and pedicures. Don’t wear tight-fitting shoes. Ask your Dr. to recommend products that can be used to treat nail problems.
  • Learn about treatments for irritating or painful skin rashes: Sometimes skin problems need medical treatment. Your rash may be treated with a medicated cream, or with medicine that you take as a pill.





“Skin and Nail Changes during Cancer Treatment” was originally published by the National Cancer Institute.





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