Restoring Your Skin, Hair, and Nails After Chemotherapy

Restoring your skin, hair, & nails after chemotherapy


Today I got a note from one of our readers named Wendy.  She said,


“I have breast cancer and I just got done with chemo, I was just hoping you could help me with some products that I could use for my skin and nails. Thank you!”




I have a good friend who is now half way through her treatments for breast cancer and it just breaks my heart.  It’s a shame that anyone has to go through this.  I have to say that seeing her strength, courage, and dependence on the Lord through this time is an encouragement to me.  Congratulations on staying strong and finishing chemo!!!  We all know that isn’t an easy accomplishment.  Thank you for writing and I’ll do my best to answer your question.


God Bless,




Chemo can wreck havoc on your skin, hair, and nails but there are a few things you can do to help take care of yourself before, during, or after chemo.


  • Avoid long, hot showers that dry out your skin.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Use creams instead of lotions.  Apply right after you shower and before bed.  Reapply cream each time after you wash your hands.
  • Massage cream into your nails and nail beds to help promote healthy cuticles and regrowth.
  • Wear gloves when you wash the dishes or are around other chemicals to avoid an infection.
  • Use an oily polish remover to avoid drying out your nails even further.
  • Avoid hand creams with alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids.
  • Push back cuticles rather than cutting them.
  • If you notice an infection around your nails consult with your doctor who could give you a few different prescription options.
  • For dry brittle nails, use Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus. It goes on like a polish but it’s a nail protein.  It helps smooth ridges, stop splitting, strengthens nails and helps them grow.  You can use it daily until you get the results you want and then once a week.  It’s expensive but I personally swear by this stuff!  {I’ve also heard that Nail Envy by OPI works well.  It’s even more costly though!}
  • Because your immune system is likely to be compromised by treatment, try to avoid any injury to the nails or cuticles that might lead to infection. If you must have your nails done professionally you should make your manicurist aware of this.
  • Ask your doctor first and if allowed try taking a prenatal vitamin.  They are known to do wonders for hair and nails.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and make sure you’re getting plenty of protein and iron.
  • If your skin is very dry, use an ammonium lactate cream to help increase moisture retention. These creams are available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.
  • Some chemotherapy drugs make skin more susceptible to sunburn. Use a sunblock with at least an SPF 30 and choose one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use gentle fragrance-free soaps and laundry detergent.


Here are some other great beauty resources worth checking out:

    This is a free, national public service program dedicated to teaching women cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during cancer treatment. Trained beauty professionals teach beauty techniques in skin care, make-up, hair care and nail care. There program also includes demonstrations in the use of wigs, hats, turbans and scarf-tying techniques. Look Good Feel Better is sponsored by the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association, The American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association.
    A body image resource for women surviving cancer including suggestions on what to wear and a clothing and accessory directory.

15 Beauty Uses for Vaseline

15 Beauty Uses for Vaseline


Vaseline is a wonderful product, wouldn’t you agree?  It’s probably the most inexpensive and versatile products out there.  Right up there with the many uses of baking soda!  You might be surprised of all of the things Vaseline can do.  Here’s a list of my favorite 15 uses for Vaseline.


1. It softens dry and cracked elbows.


2.  Rub a little over your perfume places {behind the ear, neck, wrist, etc.} to keep your scent lasting longer.


3. Massage it into your cuticles every night before bed to keep your cuticles soft.


4. For kissably soft lips add a little Vaseline over your favorite lipstick.  You can also mix Vaseline with a drink mix, such as Kool-Aid powder, to make a colored and flavored lip gloss.


5. To avoid spray on tan streaks or dark spots rub Vaseline all over your knees, ankles and hands {any dry spot} to achieve a beautiful no-bake tan.


6. To prevent lipstick smudges just spread a little Vaseline over your teeth and lipstick smudges won’t be a problem!  As a side effect, you’ll also smile a lot more. : )  This is a tip used by beauty pageants contestants and cheerleaders.


7. To tame wild eyebrows, add a little to Vaseline your brows with a clean mascara wand or a clean toothbrush.


8. If you have a bottle that is always difficult to open make it a easier next time by rubbing a little Vaseline along the edges of the bottle under the cap.  This is fantastic on nail polish bottles!


9. In need of a quick shoe shine?  Swipe a little Vaseline over on your shoes and buff gently for a beautiful shine!


10. Vaseline is wonderful for soothing and smoothing skin after shaving.


11. After you carve your Halloween pumpkin, rub Vaseline on the exposed edges to keep your pumpkin from going dry and rotting. {You can see the results of this put to the test in our how to keep a pumpkin from rotting post.  Maybe add it on after the #1 tip?}


12. If you have very sensitive skin, Vaseline will make a perfect make up remover for you. Plus, you’ll have super soft skin the next day!


13. Mix sea salt {or sugar}, Vaseline and a drop or too of your favorite essential oil for an incredible exfoliating scrub.


14. If you have dry hair with split ends add the tiniest amount to the ends of your hair to cover them up until your next haircut.


15. Last but not least… Apply some under your eye shadow for a dramatic glossy effect.


What are some of your favorite uses for Vaseline?

Free 7-Day Lancome Skincare Sample

Lancome Sample


Sign up to get a coupon for a free 7-Day sample of Lancome Skincare. Simply take your coupon to your nearest Lancome counter to redeem it.  This is an amazing beauty freebie so I’m sure it won’t last long!  Hurry, and get yours while you can!

Free DHC Skincare Samples

DHC Skincare Samples

For a limited time when you sign up for a DHC catalog  you’ll receive four free samples of DHC skincare products. Thanks, Mojo Savings for sharing!

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Origins: Free Mini Facial

Origins Mini Facial

Here’s a great relaxing freebie. Don’t you just love freebies that pamper you? I know I do!

You can get a Free Mini Facial from Origins.

It will include:
– Personalized skincare consultation
– Nature’s gentle exfoliation
– Facial mask targeted to your skincare concern.

You will get to choose a facial that’s right for you:
– Age Erasing
– Firming
– Redness Relieving
– Brightening
– Hydrating

Go to Origins for more information and find a Origins location near you.