Beauty products for cancer patients with sensitive skin

How to take extra care of your skin during cancer treatment

Most people know about the hair loss associated with chemo, but as well as other side effects, treatment can also result in dull, greying skin that’s dry, sensitive, and irritated.

You may find that your usual skincare and beauty products do more harm than good while experiencing these side effects. The best thing to do is to change up your skin routine to rely on simple, moisturising products for sensitive skin.

Search for products that are gentle, hydrating, and hypoallergenic. Avoid common allergens like fragrance, alcohol, preservatives, and botanical essential oils, which can be irritating or, even cause an allergic reaction.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Mums with Cancer

It can be hard to know what gift to give someone you love who is battling a difficult illness

gifts for mums with cancer - mother's day gift guide

With Mother’s Day just a week away, you may be racking your brain for sweet and thoughtful gift ideas. Flowers, a teddy bear and perhaps a box of chocolates are the usual gifts that come to mind for many, but if you have a mother or wife who’s undergoing cancer treatment, you may want to make her Mother’s Day extra special this year with a gift that shows your love and support during this tough time in her life.

Let’s add a little sunshine to all the mums, grandmothers, aunts and friends undergoing cancer treatment this Mother’s Day!

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Live Better With launches first ever bamboo chemo headwear range

Live Better With bamboo hats

As the saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself!

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve done here at Live Better With. Over the years, we’ve curated a great selection of hats, turbans and headscarves and we’re always on the lookout for new excellent headwear options.

We receive tonnes of feedback and suggestions from customers every day about styles they love, fabrics that feel best on sensitive skin and the most affordable prices. Taking that all into consideration, we’re excited to announce that we have designed and created our very own luxurious and feminine headwear range inspired entirely by our cancer community.

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How to Find Help When You’re Living With Cancer

Finding help for cancer patients, their families, and their carers can be tricky. Luckily, there are lots available to assist you – all you have to do is start looking! 

Finding Help Cancer

Finding Help When You Have Cancer

There are hundreds of organisations, groups, charities and businesses out there that can help you to live better with cancer!

But what if you’re not sure what’s out there? Or if you’re not sure where to even start?

We know that it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for at the best of times, especially if you’re feeling sick.

That’s why we created the Cancer Support Map. It’s the only platform of its kind, and it will help you and your loved ones find local, relevant cancer services at the touch of a button!

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Beautician notices rare skin cancer symptom on client’s nail while giving manicure

A dark stripe on the nail can be an unexpected symptom of skin cancer 

rare skin cancer symptom while getting manicure

A beautician is raising awareness of a rare symptom of skin cancer which she discovered while giving her client a manicure.

The nail technician said she noticed one of her regular clients had a “straight dark vertical stripe” down her nail. Immediately she told her to get it checked, as she believed it could be melanoma.

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Personality Changes in Cancer Patients

chemo personality changes

How can cancer impact someone’s personality?

There isn’t a “right” way to deal with cancer. Sadness, anger, hope, numbness, fear, determination, denial: the list of feelings you might experience along the journey is endless, and you have every right to feel them. However, if you notice a very sudden change in your own behaviour, or someone you care for seems very different since their diagnosis or treatment, there might be something else going on too.

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Summer Hats for Cancer Patients

Now that summer is in full swing, we’ve rounded up the best summer hats for cancer patients, and included some helpful tips for choosing headwear in the hotter months.

Summer Hat for Cancer Patients

We love spending time outside during the summer. Resting in the garden, eating outdoors, and going for walks are all great ways to enjoy the season.

No matter the activity, we’re always trying to stay cool, comfortable, and sun safe. We love choosing pretty and colourful summer hats to help prevent overheating and to keep ourselves protected.

If you’re experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment, you’ll know that finding the perfect sun hat is even more important. Skin can become very sensitive to sunlight after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Preventing sunburns, and managing body temperature, are both important parts of staying healthy throughout the cancer journey.

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Will I lose my hair with chemotherapy or radiotherapy?

Will I lose my hair with chemotherapy / radiotherapy?

Will I lose my hair? A question asked almost simultaneously when telling a patient they need chemotherapy. Throughout history, hair has been a symbol of strength and beauty. So, it is understandable why the idea of losing your hair can be distressing.

Radiotherapy and surgery often cause hair loss, but chemotherapy is the main perpetrator. To kill cancer cells, chemotherapy attacks any cells that rapidly divide. Sadly, these also include our hair follicles, which can cause eyebrows, eyelashes and hair to fall out. Radiotherapy causes hair loss and hair thinning through a similar mechanism; radiation kills rapidly dividing cells, but you should only experience hair loss or thinning if having radiotherapy to the head.

For those undergoing chemo, the rate and level of hair loss will depend on what type of chemotherapy you are having (there are hundreds of different chemotherapy drugs), the amount and frequency. Some chemotherapy drugs are more known to cause hair loss than others. Your treating Doctor (Oncologist) or Nurse will be able to give your more information as to whether hair loss may be a side-effect you may experience.

If you do find your hair begins to fall out, there are ways to maintain your confidence. Many patients are now buying less expensive wigs, then taking them to their trusted hairdresser to have them properly styled, cut and even coloured. A good hairdresser will be able to cut your hair shorter while your hair starts falling out, so it is not such a big transition. Scarves and beanies are other great low-cost alternatives. A cotton or bamboo beanie will be more breathable than a wool beanie and less itchy.

Some people may even be offered to use Scalp Cooling or a Cold Cap while undergoing chemo. These caps are applied directly to your head and decrease the chances of hair loss occurring. Studies have found Scalp Cooling to be successful depending on the type of chemo you are having and cancer diagnosis. Scalp Cooling using cold caps isn’t for everyone, and once you start chemo cannot be used, but it is a great alternative to hair loss if you’re able to use one.

Hair loss can be a distressing experience, but do not feel you are alone. It’s a common reaction. Speaking to your doctor, nurse or support group for more information can help reduce anxiety levels.

At Live Better With our patients found the following products beneficial when dealing with hair loss:

Soft Cotton Headscarf:

We wanted to create a good quality, soft, 100% cotton headscarf that you’ll feel stylish and secure in. Coming in a variety of prints and colours, you’ll be sure to find a set that matches your individual look.

Hair Loss Kit:

When finished treatment, people want their hair to grow back as quickly as possible. We have curated the Hair Loss Kit to promote healthy hair growth post chemo. The kit contains Nioxtin System 2 Starter Kit, which can speed up hair growth by 100% when regularly used. Lindens Biotin Vitamins for hair growth with B-complex vitamin B7, a vitamin that assists in hair strength and growth. And Coconut Oil, which will support, and moisturise new hair growth.

RapidHair Volumising Formula: 

Leaving the hair and scalp soft and smooth, Rapid Hair Volumizing Formula is ideal for those wanting thicker looking and fuller hair. Containing Hexatin 4 Complex Nanotechnology, The Raid Hair Volumizing Formula enhances new hair growth after treatment.

RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum:

Chemo can cause eyelashes and eyebrows to fall out. Our community recommends using RapidLash after chemo has finished to speed up lash growth. The serum moisturises and nourishes eyelash follicles and is safe to use with contact lenses.

Sorrento Bamboo Hat Multipack:

When you lose your hair, or it becomes thinner, many people notice that certain hats or materials can make their scalp hot, itchy and uncomfortable. Made of 95% Bamboo, Sorrento Bamboo Hats are found to be more comfortable due to the breathability and antibacterial properties.

Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap for Hair Loss:

Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss caused by chemotherapy. It works by cooling and contracting the blood vessels to the scalp, which reduces the amount of chemotherapy drugs carried to the hair follicles. Always discuss with your treating doctor first if this product is right for you.


For more ideas and tips, visit our handy hair loss guide.