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Best Gifts For Cancer Patients

When a friend or loved one is undergoing cancer treatment our natural inclination is to want to show that we care by doing whatever we can to make them feel better. While there's no getting away from the tough aspects of chemotherapy, there are things that we can do to proactively nurture our loved ones and help them manage the side effects of chemotherapy.

As you will know if you have read our articles before, one of the challenges for anyone undergoing chemotherapy is that it causes increased sensitivity - your skin is more likely to react to products, and certain smells can add to the nausea caused by cancer treatment. Those complicating factors can make it tricky to know what to give to loved ones - after all, the last thing we want to do is make them feel worse

Here we talk about some of the best gifts for anyone having chemotherapy, to proactively support them on their cancer journey.

Gifts for nausea caused by chemo
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy. Of course doctors help with anti nausea medication, but that's not that much fun either. There are things that can help ease the feeling of sickness and at the same time feel like indulgent, joyful parts of the day as well. For example cardamom and ginger, lavender and fennel essential oils are known for their calming properties, which is why they feature in our Vitality Bath Oil and Vitality Candle. Ginger mints are also a favourite of ours - something to have in your bag whenever you need them. They are all available to purchase separately, but we like them best as a gift set.

For hair loss caused by cancer treatment
Hair loss is one of the better known consequences of some types of chemotherapy. What's less known however, is that when you experience hair loss, it's also common for cancer patients to experience skin sensitivity on the scalp as well as breakouts. During a hard time, it's a nice thing to do things that nurture and care for your scalp, to make skin more comfortable, as well as supporting healthy hair follicles and regrowth once treatment ends. Our Defiant Beauty Scalp Care Collection contains a cleansing balm and spritz with gentle antibacterial ingredients that also help to hydrate the scalp, cool in case of hot flushes and prevent breakouts. It also includes our Scalp Care Oil to moisturise and nourish the skin. They all feature in our Hair Loss Cancer Care Package along with a multi-style daytime head wrap which is comfortable and comforting. Why not try our Unique Gifting Service and we will take you by the hand and lead you through the creation of the perfect, bespoke, care package. Start building your ideal gift today.

For sensitive skin caused by cancer treatment
Although it affects everyone differently, around 40% of people find that their skin changes during chemotherapy. Typically that includes dry, sore, sensitive, angry, flaking, patchy or slightly discoloured skin. It also tends to react more to skincare products, so it's a question of finding skincare products that treat the problems and also don't cause reactions. Our Beauty Despite Cancer specialist skincare range for cancer patients was created with those two specific goals in mind. From skincare to nail care, each product has a specific job to do, whilst also feeling like a treat to use rather than another prescriptive formula. The whole spa collection is available as a gift offering a complete cancer-friendly skincare routine, for use during and after chemotherapy.

Receiving one of our beautifully presented gifts for cancer patients is a loving and indulgent experience. Each parcel is wrapped to give the recipient joy and delight. You can include a gift message (just use the space provided on each product page or the cart). We do not include a receipt or invoice with the package but we do send one to the person kindly buying the gift for another. We only send the despatch notification to the buyer, making the gift a total surprise.

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Why Jennifer Young?

Beauty Despite Cancer was founded by Jennifer Young in 2013. She is the recognised expert in specialist skincare for those living with and beyond cancer.

Coming from a scientific background, Jennifer Young is an experienced microbiologist and associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who decided to combine her knowledge with a passion for natural skincare and wellbeing to create her own product line.

Jennifer’s entry into the world of cancer support came when she was asked by her local hospital to work with them to create a skincare line that would be safe and help tackle some of the skincare issues associated with cancer treatment.

While it’s not often spoken about, the side effects of cancer treatment can be extremely distressing and can undermine a sense of self at a time when people are already going through a lot. For example, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can cause painfully dry skin, brittle nails, skin pigmentation and chronic itching. These are the things that none of us see unless we go through cancer treatment ourselves or with a loved one.

Jennifer has also extended her mission by tackling barriers in the spa and wellbeing industries when it comes to delivering safe and meaningful touch therapies that are industry accredited and insurance approved. Through her training, anyone with or recovering from cancer can enjoy a massage, facial and other touch treatments in a way that ensures the spa or healthcare practitioner feels confident, the client feels safe and that the treatment proactively addresses their wants and needs.

What happens to your skin after cancer treatment?

There are many different types of cancer, a huge range of treatments and many side-effects of those treatments – not everyone will experience all the same things. However, many patients, about 40%, do experience dry, sore, sensitive, angry, flaking skin and fragile nails as a result of chemotherapy. Radiation treatment can also be damaging to skin, resulting in a reaction similar to sunburn.

Dry, sore, sensitive skin, chapped lips and itchy skin are common side effects of cancer treatment.

Which collection is right for you?

The Jennifer Young Beauty Despite Cancer Collections were created to help those living with and beyond cancer. We have three main collection ranges which are Defiant Beauty, Beyond Beauty and Well Being Beauty.

The Defiant Beauty Collection by Jennifer Young is a skincare and beauty collection created specifically for those going through treatment for cancer. The Defiant Beauty Face & Body Collections contain all of the products needed to look after your face, hand, foot, nails, and body. Here is a table which can help you decide which product could be right for your skin.

In the Beyond Beauty Collection, the ingredients have been chosen with the side-effects of treatment for cancer in mind. In addition, we aim to promote regeneration and rejuvenation. The Beyond Beauty products are face collections only, including a morning and a night collection.

The Well Being Collection provides an opportunity for holistic wellness during and beyond cancer treatment. Taking self-care beyond your regular skincare routine, Well Being Beauty products embrace the amazing qualities of natural essential oils in our blends to help balance your mood and improve general well being.

Why are most of our products oil based?

In our skincare lines we tend to use oils and balms instead of creams and lotions. The reason is because of our focus on efficacy and natural ingredients.

Where creams are made using water, which means they contain less of the rich beneficial ingredients that nourish your skin, balms are 100% hard working ingredients - there’s no filler component - at least at Jennifer Young. Water also requires products to contain an emulsifier so that the component oils don’t separate out, and its presence means preservatives are needed as well. The net result is that creams tend to be less natural in their overall composition. 

We like to keep our skincare products as simple and gentle as possible to limit the chances of any negative reactions and to maximise benefits. Skin balms are especially rich and nourishing, great for very dry and sore skin or for areas that sometimes need extra attention like feet and elbows. They work to protect the skin, with lots of beautiful ingredients to be absorbed, making them highly effective for deep moisturising as well as being very soothing.

Appearance Advice Line

Using our free appearance advice line we can help you toRecognise Yourself’. Our appearance advice line can support you as you go through treatment. It is a freephone number - 0800 999 8518 - and calls are answered between 10.00-17.00. Callers are matched with the expert best able to help them.

In addition, you can contact us with any questions you may have, at any time.