beauty and cancer
The main passion behind me creating the Pennies and Feathers brand was to develop a beautiful range that would be safe, nourishing, and soothing to use for women whilst they were undergoing treatment for cancer.
I met a lot of wonderful women like my mum, who were dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and were struggling with their skin.
It is well known that the aggressive treatment often causes nausea, hair loss and fatigue, but something that is not discussed as commonly is the affect on the skin and nails.
Chemotherapy works by targeting the fast dividing cancerous cells in the body, and killing them off, but unfortunately the treatment can't currently differentiate from our own healthy fast dividing cells and the bad ones. Therefore our skin cells, which are constantly dividing, really do take a hit.
The skin can become dry and flaky, more senstive and itchy and you can also get hot flushes.
Therefore on top of dealing with feeling simply unwell, and the upset and mental struggles that often are faced, you can also not feel like yourself physically and for women that enjoy makeup and beauty, this can almost be one of the biggest challenges to face.
Our physical appearance to the outside world gives us confidence, and if we feel the best version of ourselves, then we feel like we can take on the day. It is that simple. The beauty of beauty is to make us feel great. It is a feeling that we exude.
Every aspect of the Pennies & Feathers brand and products has been thoughtfully curated to make women feel good and bring beauty back into their lives.
Everything from the beautiful illustrations on the packaging, to the tactile glass containers and the wonderful relaxing scents have been designed to bring you a sense of beauty and calm, and the formulations are nourishing, soothing, and smoothing on the skin giving it hydration and comfort.
After working with some lovely ladies who were undergoing treatment when developing the products, I know that they provide a wonderful relief from the side effects on the skin, and also the soft calming scents are a huge welcome to help to have a moment of pure relaxation.
With the beauty therapy industry still struggling to treat clients with cancer, due to contra-indications (something I really believe needs to change), it is so important to have luxurious products to use at home, and allow women to still feel confident and enjoy beauty.