This local brand is aimed at cancer patients with sensitive skin

Manila, Philippines – Skincare is all about taking care of yourself and feeling beautiful no matter what this fast-paced world throws at us. It makes us feel good inside and out.

There are many skincare brands these days, mainly aimed at women who want to achieve Korean-inspired glassy skin, look younger, or maintain their plump appearance. But one wonders – has the skin care industry forgotten men and women with fragile skin – patients with skin disorders, severe skin aging, sensitive skin and suffering from side effects of cancer, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, operations and other illnesses?

That’s where local brand Skincare for Hope comes in.

“There is no local skincare brand that caters to cancer patients,” said a board-certified dermatologist. Stay beautiful and hopeful said author and founder of Skincare For Hope, Dr. Claire Reyes-Habito, in an interview with Rappler.

“The skin needs of cancer patients are increasingly taken into account as new cancer therapies cause numerous skin side effects. Therefore, we thought of creating Skin Care for Hope, which offers paraben-free and SLS-free (sodium lauryl sulfate) skin care products that are so gentle, gentle and moisturizing that even cancer patients can use them. said Dr. Claire. .

Many people prefer to use natural and holistic cosmetics that do not contain parabens or SLS. Parabens are synthetic chemicals commonly used as preservatives, while SLS is the cleansing and foaming agent in shampoos and soaps.

Dr. Claire created these products knowing that there is no skincare brand that caters to cancer patients whose treatments have adverse effects on the skin. She wanted a line that was as soft and natural as possible. However, the brand is not just for cancer patients, but for anyone who wants to feel cared for and comforted.

The goal is simple: to make customers feel like they are receiving hope and healing through its products while bringing them together to form a compassionate skincare community that “places hope in God in the center of everything”.

Bring healing to clients

Skincare for Hope offers 10 cleverly designed, fragrance-free products that cater to different skin types. Their products are available in three gift sets: scalp and skin care, hand and foot care, and skin hydration.

the Scalp and skincare set contains skin moisturizing essentials that are gentle on the skin and scalp. The products that are in the bundle consist of the SLS-free Gentle shampoo designed for thinning and color-treated hair; the Oatmeal moisturizing soap bar designed for sensitive skin with its antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties; and the Oil for the scalp, skin and nails which contains 100% naturally moisturizing virgin coconut oil which promotes blood circulation and relaxation.

All of these products are gentle and moisturizing enough to be used by those undergoing chemotherapy, which causes brittle nails, dry skin, and thinning hair.

the Hand and foot care package contains skin moisturizing essentials for your hands and feet. In the bundle you can find the gentle and gentle hand cleanser, hand sanitizer, hand and foot moisturizer and scalp, skin and nail oil which is also included in the previous batch.

the Gentle and delicate hand washing is an antibacterial liquid soap with a gentle glycerin-based powder scent that moisturizes as it cleanses, while removing dirt and debris without over-drying your sensitive skin. the Hydroalcoholic gel is a moisturizing alcohol gel with 60% alcohol and contains sodium hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate your skin. Finally, the Moisturizing cream for hands and feet is a rich cream that replenishes your skin and hydrates cracked hands and calloused feet. It’s made with shea butter and chamomile extract to soothe sensitive skin while being paraben-free.

the Skin Moisturizer Bundle composed of the gentle body cleanser and the moisturizing and skin-soothing cream.

Composed of calendula oil with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties as well as tomato fruit extract with natural antioxidants, the Gentle body wash is a soap-free, silky cleanser that has a mild, fresh shower scent.

Moreover, the Relief and hydration of the skin Cream is a steroid-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free moisturizer that helps soothe and hydrate dry, irritated skin, made only with nata de coco, natural calendula, and Buah Merah oils. These ingredients contain antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that also serve as natural wound and skin healing agents.

According to Dr. Claire, the skin soothing moisturizer, which helps calm and soothe dry, irritated skin, is their most popular product to date.

“We developed this with sensitive skin and cancer patients in mind, especially those undergoing radiotherapy. Radiation burns are worse and painful when skin care is not started early. Eczema breakouts are also best treated with rich moisturizing emollients,” Dr. Claire explained.

Its other products that are not included in the bundles are the Face and Body Milk which hydrates and regenerates the skin without clogging the pores, and the Gentle sunscreen which provides non-irritating UV protection for the face and body.

Feel beautiful in your own skin

According to Dr. Claire, since its inception in 2020, the brand has received generous and encouraging feedback from mothers who have used the products on their babies; seniors who loved the moisturizing products; and cancer patients who have been relieved of the uncomfortable side effects of their radiation therapy treatments.

Skincare For Hope is also a partner of the ICanServe Foundation for its commitment to donating chemotherapy and radiation therapy skin care kits and books for cancer patients each year.

“We hope they can be seeds of faith and bring hope and healing to their cancer journey,” said Dr. Claire.

As for Dr. Claire’s future plans for her business, nothing is set in stone yet. For now, they want to focus on bringing hope to as many people as possible.

“We want to educate as many people as possible about gentle, moisturizing skincare and highlight the importance of self-care. We hope to grow our skincare community with more advocates. We look forward to bringing Skin Care for Hope to many provinces and bringing hope and healing across the country,” she said.

You can check out Skincare for Hope on Facebook and Instagram. Their products can be purchased on Shopee, Lazada, and on their website. –

Samantha Onglatco is a Rappler intern in the Life & Style and Entertainment section.