Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments take a huge toll on the body, causing all kinds of side effects, including nausea, fatigue, and hair loss. They also severely dry and thin skin, leave it more prone to irritations, infections, and rashes. And they make patients uncomfortable and very self-conscious.
Lindy Snider noticed all this when she saw friends being treated for cancer. They struggled to find skincare products to suit the needs of their now very sensitive skin. At the time, skincare lines for cancer patients didn’t exist. So Lindy decided to create her own, Lindi Skin.
She formulated her products with the help of dermatologists, oncologists, nurses, patients and skincare formulators to ensure they are as gentle, soothing, and effective as possible.
Her mission? To “help individuals feel better, both physically and emotionally, and gain a greater degree of control over the side effects they experience,” and help them look their best even during this difficult time in their lives.
A worthy endeavour no doubt, but are Lindi products really so special? Should cancer patients invest in them? Let’s investigate:
Face Wash ($2.00)
Surfactants are some of the harsher ingredients used in cosmetics. In a way, they have to be. Their job is to remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities from the skin. The milder they are, the less well they cleanse. But if they are too potent, they irritate and dry out skin. The trick is to find a combination of surfactants that’s effective but gentle for the skin.
Luckily, these days we have lots of surfactants, some harsh, some gentle, some something in between, to choose from. Lindi has picked two of the mildest, the silicone based Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate and coconut derived Coco Glucoside. The latter foams well too.
These surfactants are so gentle they are often used in shampoos for babies and children, so they are more than suitable for the delicate skin of cancer patients. Keep in mind, though, that if your skin is really dirty or you are using some oil-based makeup product, it may take a bit longer to cleanse it well.
My only problem with this cleanser (and most of Lindi products) is the inclusion of lavender oil, which can cause irritations and allergies in some people. I suppose it is there to add a lovely scent to the face wash, but it isn’t necessary. Anything formulated for very sensitive skin should be fragrance-free. Yet, in such a small amount, it is unlikely to cause problems.
A very gentle face wash suitable for very sensitive and delicate skin.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid
Citrus Face Serum ($40.00)
The Citrus Face Serum is infused with natural oils, extracts, and vitamins that nourish skin and help it look its best. Soybean oil and avocado oil moisturize skin. Vitamins C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) and E (Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocotrienols, and Tocopherol), and astaxanthin all have antioxidant properties that can fight oxidative stress.
The serum also contains one of the gentlest, but least effective, form of Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), which has been proven to reduce wrinkles. I know that even just thinking of wrinkles when you are fighting cancer seems ludicrous. But some cancer patients still want to look and feel their best, and this serum can help. It won’t just fight wrinkles, but also improve the texture of your skin, making it softer and smoother.
Again, my problem is the scent. There shouldn’t be one. Besides, citrusy scents can be particularly problematic. As fresh and lovely as they smell, some citrusy ingredients contain compounds that can irritate skin. The dose is really low, though, so again, it probably won’t cause problems for moist people.
A hydrating and anti-ageing serum that helps delicate skin look and feel its best.
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Astaxanthin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ceramide 2, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Algae Extract, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone, Thioctic Acid, Bisabolol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Pinus Strobus Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Rhubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Extract
Face Moisturizer ($38.00)
This moisturizer is my least favourite product in the line. It does contain a lot of goodies. Humectants (like glycerin) to attract water into the skin and emollients (like shea butter and soybean oil) that keep skin soft and moisturized. It also features a small amount of antioxidants, including green tea, which has both anti-ageing and soothing properties.
But in addition to the fragrance, it also contains alcohol denat (probably to thin the formula), which can cause irritations. Witch Hazel is a mixed bag. It has some anti-inflammatory properties, but also contains compounds (tannins) that can be irritating. It is usually distilled with alcohol, which can be problematic as well.
Once again, all these ingredients are present in low doses, so the risk of them causing a negative reaction is minimal, but in a moisturizer formulated especially for cancer patients, they shouldn’t be present at all.
A hydrating moisturizer that keeps skin soft and smooth. But it also contains a small amount of problematic ingredients for sensitive skin.
Astaxanthin Extract, Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aqua (Deionized Water), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer , Squalane (Olive Oil), Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3, Camellia Sinensis Tea Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol (Plant Derivative), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Arginine, Algae Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
The Bottom Line
Most of Lindi Skin products are well-formulated and gentle enough for cancer patients and anyone who has very sensitive skin. I just wish they stopped adding a scent to their formulations. That would make them safer, if less pleasant to use.
Have you ever tried Lindi Skin products?
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