Founded by Jennifer Young in 2013, Beauty Despite Cancer is the recognised expert in specialist skincare for those living with and beyond cancer. We work alongside our sister company, Jennifer Young Training, which takes our products and puts them together with accredited protocols for oncology touch therapies everywhere from spas to hospitals.
Together we ensure that anyone being treated for, living with or recovering from cancer, receives the skincare and wellbeing support they need and deserve in a safe and meaningful way, through products they can use at home, as well as therapies delivered by spa therapists, beauticians, aestheticians and healthcare practitioners.
“When someone said ‘Jennifer you have changed my life’; that is one of my most memorable moments. This lady had taken up golf again after her breast cancer and radiation treatment and was struggling because her bras were too uncomfortable, and she couldn’t play without her bra on. She tried our itchy skin oil and within days she was back in her pre-treatment bras.”
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.
Having decided to retrain, she has continued to add to her knowledge over the years and today she has a variety of qualifications, all of which contribute to the work she does at Beauty Despite Cancer. Among them, she is a nutritionist, aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator.
How Beauty Despite Cancer was born
“My local hospital asked me to come in and create a skincare line for cancer patients. It’s unheard of now, but they asked me because there’s a lot of skin conditions associated with cancer and nobody was doing anything about it, which made me really cross.”
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 undermining to a sense of self, at a time when people are already going through enough. For example, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can cause painfully dry skin, brittle nails, skin pigmentation and chronic itching – to name a few. They are the things that none of us see unless we happen to go through it ourselves or with a loved one.
Incensed by the scale of the issue and the way it was being ignored, Jennifer began working closely with patients and nurses, all of whom had their own criteria, in order to develop products that really worked to make people feel better and also to tackle the areas of concern that were adding to patients’ distress and discomfort.
Since then, she has worked to create a product line that meets the needs of anyone with or recovering from cancer as well as giving a sense of enjoyment, comfort and relief when using them.
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 therapies 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.