In Beauty Despite Cancer Jennifer shares her knowledge and experience by showing those living with cancer and beyond how to prevent, reduce, disguise, camouflage and soothe their appearance-related side effects. This guide to beauty, hair, style and well-being for cancer patients is the most comprehensive ever published.
How it started – ‘Do you have anything for cancer patients?’ This was the question that started it all. Some ladies asked Jennifer Young ‘the’ question on a visit to her local cancer centre. They were opening a beauty and wig salon on the chemotherapy ward and they wanted a skincare range that met their needs. Jennifer was asked to help.
Who is the author – Jennifer Young has a BSc (Hons) in biology and is an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a qualified nutritional therapist, and an experienced microbiologist, aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. With two postgraduate qualifications in health-related fields, she has been accepted by the courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases and has been active in medical research. She is the creator of the Defiant Beauty collections and founder of www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk.
What’s it all about – A comprehensive guide to what to expect when going through cancer treatment, covering all the questions you want to ask, and full of tips and advice about things that didn’t even cross your mind. Split into four main sections –
Hair – wigs and wig care, headwear, cooling caps, scalp treatments, regrowth.
Face – causes of stress to the skin and how to counteract them, anti-ageing, complementary therapies, hormones, sleep and tips for sleep, appetite and nutrition, chemo skin, oral care, makeup & cosmetics
Body – nails, changes to your body during treatment, surgery, lingerie
Self – wellbeing, reflections on the inevitable question – “why me?”, yoga, nutrition, choosing a therapist to work with, emotions – preparing for treatment and moving on: life after cancer
Why it’s important – women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed with cancer. All types of cancer are on the rise, with 1 in 2 of us being diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives and breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of diagnosis at some point in their lives.
Jennifer Young’s skincare range Defiant Beauty, created specifically for cancer patients
Over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer every year and currently, about 1.8 million people are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis (1). Many patients suffer a variety of skin disorders resulting from either radiation or chemotherapy treatments, which only add to the worry of this life-threatening condition. Visible signs include chapped lips, itchy dry, sore and sensitive skin, flaking palms and feet, and blotchiness or darkening of the skin around the joints or veins (2). Defiant Beauty is a natural and luxurious skincare range created specifically for cancer patients, developed by cancer patients, survivors and cancer care specialists. Using 100% natural and organic ingredients, Jennifer Young has formulated a range of beauty products, to bring a touch of luxury and reassurance at a difficult time.
Defiant Beauty was created in order to meet the needs of cancer patients. Women don’t stop being women when they get cancer, but they do fear what ordinary beauty brands do to their skin because of the ingredients they contain. Jennifer Young understand that women can become sensitive to their usual brands and with this in mind, created Defiant Beauty. The range is specifically formulated using minimal ingredients, which are oil based and offer skin-healing properties. Vitamin E helps stabilise the product, shea butter and mango butter softens skin whilst calendula oil soothes. Other skin-nourishing oils include macadamia, jojoba and rosehip oil.
Research demonstrates specialist natural products reduce harmful effects on skin!
For those suffering the soul-destroying effects of cancer, treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy can be devastating. The effects they have on skin and nails often come as a surprise to cancer patients as they aren’t always told to expect them when being counselled about chemo. Research demonstrates that these effects can be reduced if specialist natural products are used (3). A study published in 2011 concluded that dry skin, dermatitis, and hand-foot skin reaction decreased significantly after 4 weeks using a specialist skincare range on cancer patients. Cancer patients report that the effective management of skin related side effects improves their quality of life during treatment (4).
Cancer strips back nearly every element of being a woman. Defiant Beauty empowers sufferers to feel beautiful again and face the world with their head held high.
Jennifer Young is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Biologist and a Micro-biologist. She is a qualified and practicing Nutritional Therapist, a qualified Aromatherapist, Beauty Therapist and Product Formulator and has been active in medical research. Jennifer combines the knowledge from all of these areas and applies them to skin. The Defiant Beauty range uses minimal ingredients, is oil-based, fragrance-free, and also free from preservatives. The range includes:
Itchy skin oil (available in 12g, 100g)
Smooth skin balm and cleansing balm (available in 50g)
Lip balm (available in 4.5g)
Nail oil (available in 4g, 12g)
Serum (available in 4g, 12g)
New cosmetics, hair care and tanning range to be launched September 2013
The range is available online atwww.beautydespitecancer.co.uk, from the Fresh Hair Salon on the Chemotherapy Ward at University Hospital of North Staffordshire, The Penny Brohn Centre in Bristol and other specialist retailers .
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy effects on the skin, 16th November 2012 http://www.isclinical.com/whitepapers/chemotherapy-radiotherapy-skin-effects.pdf
Support Care Cancer (2011) 19:545–554 Advance knowledge of side effects and proactive management accessed 24 August 2012 – using natural products created for cancer patients improves the quality of life of the cancer patients.
http://www.nccn.com/component/content/article/76-member-institution-spotlight/180-uab-skin-care-for-cancer-patients.html, accessed 16th Nov 2012
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If you are in the London & South East area and interested in a Jennifer Young consultation, why not give us a call on 020 3651 7360 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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What an exciting and relaxing start to the weekend! Having been invited by Jennifer Young to model for her Defiant Beauty facials at the LOC (London Oncology Clinic) two weeks ago, I excitedly hit the tube in the morning and was given a very warm welcome by Jennifer and her team when I arrived at Harley Street.
“Watching someone getting a facial is as relaxing as getting one yourself!” – JY
When I entered the consulting room, Audrey, who was also invited as a facial model, was visibly enjoying the products Jennifer massaged onto her sensitive skin by using her magical-seeming signature moves and pressure points technique on Audrey’s face and scalp. Meanwhile, the other two beauty experts Antonia and Rosie, and I were also enjoying this surely relaxing sight as Jennifer led us through the different steps of the facial.
And then it was my turn. As Jennifer taught the LOC beauty experts the benefits of her products and the procedure of her facials, I was given a treatment by Antonia who practiced the facial on me by using the Defiant Beauty skincare range.
To commence the facial, Antonia used the gentle Cleansing Balm to prep my skin for the steps that should follow. After this, she massaged the Serum onto my face and neckline while copying Jennifer’s expert signature moves and applying the perfect amount of pressure to points located all around the mouth, nose, and eyes, on the scalp, the ears, neck and shoulders. So relaxing! (Note to myself: Need to pamper myself more when applying skincare products!) Following the relaxing massage and slowly coming to an end, a couple of spritzes of the Defiant Beauty Spritz gently covered my face like dew on a spring morning and left a cooling and refreshing sensation on my skin – and was even a welcome refreshment for all others present.
All in all, the facial made me completely unwind and for a second I even forgot that busy and noisy London Town was calling through the open window. When I walked back to the tube station to head homewards, I felt and looked so well rested that for the next days I shone bright like a diamond.
Jennifer Young’s Defiant Beauty products definitely impressed me! Not only have they left my skin glowing and relaxed, they also made me realise that the right skincare is important for everyone. Besides, skincare is an important contribution to the healing process of cancer patients and to making them feel comfortable in their skin again. Thank you so much for the lovely facial treatment experience and giving me an insight into your important work, Jennifer!
Gloria Halim is one of these. After being diagnosed with cancer in her early thirties, Gloria beat it and went on to study at the IIN. Author of the book Healthy Foods, Healing Foods, Gloria is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with others and her passion to help people on the road to recovery saw her run her first renewing spa day at the Dolphin Square Spa. The event was a resounding success and there are plans in motion for more spa days this year as well as Wellness Retreats. Click here for more information on Rock on Divas, or read on for Gloria’s take on the event –
Rock on Divas Renewing Spa Day!
I’m so thankful for this year, the awesome journey I’ve been through and still on and the fabulous people I’ve met along the way.
On the 22nd of November, I ran the first Rock on Divas Renewing Spa Day which was such a huge success. Ten fabulous women attended the event and left relaxed and with such huge smiles on their faces. I felt so happy about that because if there was one thing I really wanted to achieve on that day, it was the women feeling happy, relaxed and ready to face the world with more zest than before.
The day almost got off to a rocky start with my journey to the spa location turning out to be a bit of a nightmare. Why is it that when you’re a little anxious and in a hurry to get some place, that’s when the trains decide they are going to take a bit of a break, have a meltdown and cause delays?! Don’t know about you guys but if you’re anything like me, when I’m running an event I like to get to the location way ahead of the scheduled time, check to make sure everything is ok and have a bit of quiet time to get myself ready – I hate to hurry. But that didn’t happen on this morning – got there a little late and flustered, but I decided not to let it faze me. I took a couple of minutes, re-zoned myself and went ahead with the day.
The women who attended the event were seriously strong, inspirational Divas. They opened up, some for the first time and shared their experience with each other. What I witnessed on that day were awesome women who had been through the mill and despite what life had thrown at them, had the strength to say “I need this day because I’m ready to heal and take life by the horns and rock it out”.
I’m thankful and feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to run the spa day. Having said all that, this day would not have been possible without my awesome sponsors who opened their hearts (and wallets) to make the day possible. I would like to thank Pastor Agu Irukwu, Jesus House and Mr Jide Somefun for their support – I’m truly, truly grateful.
I will be running more events in the New Year so keep an eye out for new dates! Gift vouchers are available, click here for more information– a thoughtful gift for anyone special who has gone through illness and treatment.