Skin Care

By Patricia R. Zablah

As we all know, the building block of beauty is great skin. If we don’t take care of our skin, it’s hard to maintain a vibrant and healthy look. In the same way, the building block of our happiness is good health; which is why Breast Cancer Awareness, BCA, is so important. In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. and breast cancer death rates have been decreasing since 1990. These decreases are though to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness.

This month, we bring awareness to Breast Cancer, with great skin products that donate part of their proceeds to Breast Cancer treatment and enhance the patient experience. Thankfully, you can give back and help the cause while primping your skin and looking gorgeous! Suddenly, you’re just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside!

The moment you open up the Righteous Body Butter by Soap and Glory you know you’re in for a treat. The intensive moisturizing cream allows for fast absorption and leaves your skin soft as butter. This is because it’s loaded with super nourishing shea butter and Aloe Vera. It also smells decadently fresh, with an addictive floral scent that also contains fresh bergamot, ozone peach, sandalwood and musk.

The Righteous Body Butter comes in an adorable tub. Pink, of course. And during the month of October, for every tub of Righteous Body Butter sold, Soap & Glory will donate $1 to breast cancer research.

Available: Sephora stores and, http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P294724&categoryId=C580)

Dermelect Cosmeuticals is launching a special edition Resurface Stem Cell Reconstructing Serum for BCA. The skin-perfecting serum utilizes extracted stem cells from the Swiss Alpine Rose, one of nature’s mysterious wonders. This hard working serum is the first to feature this dual function stem cell technology to boost the facial skin stem cell activity and help stimulate skin’s protein production. The serum works to protect precious skin stem cells by neutralizing the environmental free radicals and stressors that threaten it. By preserving the stem cells, the potential to regenerate new, healthy skin cells will yield youthful acting, glowing, smoother skin. In addition, the serum is formulated with EcoSkin™, which stimulates the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and Vitamin C antioxidant.

Dermelect will be donating $15 from each $75 bottle sold during the month of October to the Young Survival Coalition, a NY-based charity that benefits young women battling breast cancer.

Available: C.O. Bigelow and Henri Bendel in NYC and http://www.dermelect.com

The Aroma Coffrets Collection from DECLEOR offers four exclusive complete skin care regime sets. Whatever your specific skincare need is, Decleor has you covered. Each set focuses on one aspect of skincare: Hydrating, Soothing, Nourishing or Anti-aging. Each set features a full retail size Aromessence™ Serum, and complimentary Day Cream and Night Balm in travel sizes, each set will also come complete with an informational DVD that provides details on the sourcing of essential oils, the creation of Aromessence™ and the application techniques of DECLEOR’S signature serums.

Each set includes:
Neroli Hydrating Aroma Coffret,
Rose D’Orient Soothing Aroma Coffret,
Angelique Nourishing Aroma Coffret,
Iris Anti-Aging Aroma Coffret,

For the month of October, Decleor will be supporting Cancer & Careers, a program of CEW foundation for the 5th consecutive year as part of their BCA campaign DECLEOR Cares. DECLEOR will donate 10% of the net proceeds of its Aroma Coffrets sold during the month of October.

The women at Thistle Farms in the US create handmade body products that are good for the earth and for your body. Thistle Farms employs 32 women and 100% of the proceeds of their products go directly into the non-profit business to provide salary for these women who are going through trauma in their lives such as addiction, domestic violence and other family situations.

They have created the Thistle Farms Shower Gel, which is a gentle liquid soap for shower or bath. It is made with all natural ingredients – no artificial emulsifiers – so it must be shaken well before use. It is available in all four of their signature scents: Lavender, Citrus Vanilla, Tuscan Earth, Tea Tree and their special Geranium Fields.

Many cancer survivors have spoken about their desire to use natural healing products after their diagnosis to support their overall emotional and physical health. Using the Shower Gel every day is a great way to cleanse your body with gentle, pure ingredients, all the while helping other women heal from trauma in their own lives.

Available: http://www.thistlefarms.org and about 150 stores across the country including select Whole Foods stores in the southern region:

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, from Scarsdale, NY, has devoted her career to treating women with breast cancer. Having undergone prophylactic mastectomies to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer due to her strong family history, she is well aware of the Breast Cancer patient experience. So, she made a list of things that patient should bring to the hospital and created BFFL- Best Friend for Life. The namesake bag has all the necessities a patient needs. It’s kind of like a friend helping another friend.

The company’s first overnight bag is designed by Stephanie Johnson, whose line of cosmetic cases and travel accessories have garnered her celebrity followers like Cameron Diaz, Teri Hatcher and Heidi Klum and have been featured in People, Redbook, O the Oprah Magazine and In Style.

For skin care, the bag includes products from SkinCeuticals, including: CE Ferulic, Simply Clean Facial Cleanser, Emollience Moisturizer, Eye Balm and Hydrating B5 Gel.

Additionally, the bag includes the Axilla Pilla, a heart shaped silky microfiber pillow that fits perfectly under the arm to provide comfort to the underarm (axilla) after lymph node surgery. Also inside is an “important papers” envelope and business card organizer, both clear plastic. Drain care pouch with instructions, 4×4 drain sponges, alcohol pads, abd pads, gloves, paper tape, Purell wipes, Carmex lip balm, Allergen eye drops, WISP Colgate toothbrushes, Cottonnelle wipes, Kleenex, Kotex U maxi pads, a brush/mirror, a deck of playing cards, notepad, set of 4 note cards, a pen, Vapur water bottle, fuzzy socks, and Lifesaver mints. Everything is packaged in reusable BFFL cosmetic bags.

Available: http://www.bfflco.com/

The retail price of the bag is an incredible $99.00, and shipping for the bag will start on October 1st. 15% of the net profits will go to http://www.Cancer1Source.org

Do something nice for yourself, and help others while you do. Start shopping!

Originally published October 2011
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