No matter how much water you drink, if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment you’ll find your skin is dryer and more fragile than ever before.
Your first line of defense against bacteria, germs, and more, our skin takes a battering even under the best of circumstances, but in the case of chemotherapy patients, dry, sensitive skin is prone to eczema, itching, and sores that can become infected. To keep your skin feeling young, supple, and avoid uncomfortable complications, you should work these few steps into your regular skin care routine:
Use Gentle, Hypoallergenic Products
When it comes to dry skin, it does not take much to exacerbate an already irritated situation. Forgo your favorite body washes and lotions (along with creams, hand soaps, dish soaps, etc) in favor of gentle, all natural formulas specific for your face, hands, and body. Opt for fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Gentle cleansers don’t strip the skin of precious natural oils and won’t aggravate dry, itchy skin.
Use Warm Water, Not Hot
A hot shower may be a great way to relax, but steamy hot water is very drying, as it strips the skin of those necessary natural oils that normally keep it hydrated. A lukewarm bath (you can even use a gentle bath oil in the water while you soak) will help relieve dryness and gives you skin an opportunity to soak up more water. The same applies for hand washing, or doing the dishes. If you must use hot water, wear gloves.
Hydrate From The Outside
We would never suggest you steer clear of your recommended eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day (especially when undergoing chemotherapy treatment), but know that when it comes to skin hydration, your best bet is to hydrate from the outside in. Apply a deeply hydrating moisturizer with rich oils and water-binding ingredients within three minutes of toweling off. Timing is key, as the right moisturizers work by sealing in the moisture from your shower that will help to keep skin feeling soft and supple.