May is a special month that the American Academy of Dermatology has designated to educate and promote awareness about melanoma and skin cancer. This month involves raising awareness to prevent cancer by promoting a healthy lifestyle and skincare habits. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the deadliest. Some simple habits like applying sunscreen lotion or using protective clothing can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. There are also many raw ingredients that help keep your skin healthy and help to treat conditions that arise from cancer treatments like radiation.
In this article, we have compiled a list of botanicals, oils, and butters that are known for their potential skin benefits along with Magnolia Skin Essentials' corresponding skincare products.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has incredible medicinal properties that are beneficial to cancer patients. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, hydrates the skin, helps with scar tissue formation, and can reduce the pain and irritation that many cancer patients experience. Try these products:
Calendula is a medicinal herb that is popular in some cultures due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. Calendula can minimize inflammation, aid in tissue regeneration, and improve skin elasticity, making it an excellent botanical for cancer patients.
Chamomile is an herb known for its calming properties and is often used for skin care due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Chamomile is a gentle botanical that is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and aging skin.
Lavender is a fragrant and calming botanical that is widely used in aromatherapy and skin care products. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, which can help in reducing redness, soothe itching, and help with sleep and relaxation.
Coconut oil is a versatile oil that is rising in popularity thanks to its numerous benefits. Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an excellent natural moisturizer that can help soothe dryness, eczema, and psoriasis.
Jojoba oil is another versatile oil that is frequently used in skincare. Jojoba oil is a natural emollient that is suitable for all skin types, absorbs quickly, and provides long-lasting hydration. It is also non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores, making it ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil that is often used to treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also known for its effectiveness in reducing skin inflammation and pain.
Shea butter is a popular ingredient in skincare products, thanks to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. The high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins in shea butter makes it a hydrating ingredient that can help improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Turmeric is a spice that is popular in cooking and traditional medicine. Turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great ingredient for anti-aging.
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Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a lightweight oil that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. It can help improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening skin, and smoothing skin texture.
The importance of taking care of our skin cannot be overemphasized, especially for cancer patients. It is important to pay attention to skincare products and look for ingredients that can provide benefits such as reducing inflammation, minimizing itching, and promoting hydration. Using botanicals, oils, and raw materials can help promote skin health, aid in healing, and improve overall well-being. Remember, prevention is always better than a cure; let us all do what we can to promote healthy skin habits and raise awareness of melanoma and skin cancer this May.