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Favourite Skincare Products After Cancer

I have gotten a lot of requests lately to talk about my survivorship skincare routine, so I thought I would summarize a list of my favourites here!

I am a huge skincare junkie. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I already had dry skin. After 2 years of treatment, that dryness tippled. My skin was always looking for hydrations and needed some love since the cancer drugs did a number on the quality of my body. When I was sick, I was always looking for good skin care ideas & products but was very overwhelmed and didn't know what would actually work. I love trying new products and testing out different combinations; this group of products took a while to curate but I have had great results since being consistent with them.

Here are my top skincare products for healing dry & damaged skin after cancer.

Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Toner
This is the best toner. Ever. Like ever, ever. I will never stop buying this product. It's an alcohol-free formula that feels clean, gentle, refreshing, and removes any extra bits of dirt and makeup. I prefer the Lavender scented one as it helps my skin relax before bed and soothes my skin.

Odacite Beautiful Day Moisturizer
My new favourite day cream. This is a coconut oil-based cream that truly moisturizes dry skin. This day cream gives me that smooth and hydrated finish in the morning before I apply my makeup. It has a light floral scent and I really do notice firmer skin when I use it!

Odacite Deep Hydration Mask
LOVE!!! You can use this mask/cream 3 different way and it leaves your skin feeling ah-mazing. This is the perfect way to treat your skin during our cold Canadian winters. The vitamin E has made a noticeable difference in my skin and I will continue to use this long term for deep hydration. 

Odacite Aloe + Immortelle Hydra-Repair Treatment Mist
I am on a roll with Odacite - I just love all the products so much and they make me feel so great. This mist can be used pre-make, as a mid-day spritz, after a workout, or as a setting spray. It' also is really neat because it helps reset your skin's pH balance. It's nice in the summer when your skin needs a little pick me up.

MaskerAide Beauty
This entire brand of skincare products is great, but my faves are the Under Eye Patches and the Mini Sheet Masks! These patches are blessed for someone like me who has a hard time sleeping and needs some extra love under the eyes.

Ponds Dry Skin Cream
Don't hate on the grandma cream, it works. The rich hydrating cream is not greasy and has a light smell (that does remind me of my grandma). I slather this on every night before bed or after a shower - your skin will feel like a baby's bum. Make sure you follow-up with a facial oil so that you lock in the moisture, otherwise the water will evaporate and you won't get any of the cream benefits.

Pearlessence Vitamin E & Argon Oil
Oils are essential for dry skin. This one has vitamin E & argon oil which helps your skin heal and feel soft. I use this to seal in my moisturizer before bed, it's soothing, healing, and hydrating. It brought life back to my skin after cancer destroyed it plus it's essential for healing scars or any skin pigment issues. 

What are your favourite skin care products? Let me know in the comments below!

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