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Lab cruelty – Are they tested on animals?
All of the products in The Jennifer Young Collection are 100% natural and have not been tested on animals.

Are the products vegan?
Most of our products are made using plant based and essential oils. However, we do have beeswax in several our products – these include Defiant Beauty Nail Mask, Defiant Beauty Dry Scalp Treatment, Defiant Beauty Scalp Cleanse & Moisturise, Defiant Beauty Lip Balm, Defiant Beauty Cleanse & Moisturise, Defiant Beauty Mild Mint Foot Balm and Defiant Beauty Healing Hand Balm.

Do products contain St John’s Wort?
Some of our products do include St Johns Wort. There are several ways in which St Johns Wort can be used or included in products – they are in supplements, oil and macerate. We use macerate, which is made by soaking St John’s Wort in oil. The oil is then separated from the plant and this oil is the oil that we use (at a very low percentage) in our products. We haven’t had any hospitals urge caution when faced with this information. I hear from a lot of clients & can safely say there is NO consistency regarding the cautions urged by UK hospitals. We worked with a medical team to create these products, whilst there were other natural ingredients that caused concern – St John’s Wort was not one of them.

Why is it that aloe vera or other plant oestrogens are not used by cancer patients, when the Japanese have a low cancer rate and their main diet is the plant oestrogen based?
Eastern cultures consume soy more frequently than we do and have lower cancer rates. They consume it in a different non-processed way. They eat it as it comes – Endame beans etc rather than as processed soy protein. It is thought that the contra intuitive rate of diagnosis against exposure is because the intake is lower despite the greater frequency. They have a lower intake in a ‘healthier’ form than we do. There is no black and white truth as there are lots of plant oestrogens, lots of different types of cancer and many schools of thought. The Jennifer Young Collections are cautious – there is no need for plant oestrogens to be included & we follow the advice of the NHS nurses who helped to inform our products.

What is Jennifer Youngs background in skincare?
Jennifer Young formulate more products than most skin care formulators as we have single unit manufacture. Her background is in science, with a first degree in Biology and Post-Graduate Qualifications in Occupational Health, Law and Nutritional Therapy. The law was useful when trying to create bespoke products and ensure compliance with EU legislation
(those were the days). The Nutritional Therapy has been really useful too –  informing the skincare formulations, especially when working with vulnerable groups like cancer patients. Some natural ingredients are best avoided by those affected by cancer. It is the Nutritional Therapy knowledge that helps Jennifer Young to decide which ingredients to exclude (www.BeautyDespiteCancer.co.uk)

What is your skin care philosophy?
Keep it clean and make sure it is exactly what you want – aim high and refuse to pay too much.

Is sleep ritual foot soak ok for people undergoing chemotherapy or an oral chemotherapy at present due to essential oils in product?

Are any nut products in this formulation? Any contraindications?
We are confident that the essential oils in sleep ritual foot soak are safe for people undergoing chemotherapy, but every medical team will have different rules and it’s worth consulting yours to be safe. We are confident that we will comply with these rules but it’s always best to make sure.

There are not nuts in the product.

I am undergoing chemo and find my moisturiser dries my skin because it contains perfume. Can you recommend a moisturiser, foundation, blusher and lipstick?
We do not do moisturiser as such, this is because Jennifer Young do not sell anything that is water based. In short, as soon as water is introduced to a product, preservatives are needed. They are not needed for oil-based products, this includes balms. There are yet more ingredients that are needed in order to create a cream. Increasing the chance that you will be putting something onto your skin that could cause problems as your skin’s sensitivity is increased during treatment.

What we sell instead are oils. We do two kinds of body oil and two kinds of face serums. Our body oils are Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil and Defiant Beauty Smooth Skin Oil. The Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil is perfume free, but the Defiant Beauty Smooth Skin Oil does contain a blend of essential oils, so if you are sensitive to fragrance then go for Itchy Skin Oil.

Our face serums are Defiant Beauty Serum and Defiant Beauty Intensive Serum. We do a makeup range as well. We only use mineral make up as we find it irritates the skin less than liquid make up. We do powder foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliners, brow powders and wax eyeliners, mascaras, etc.

I have a terrible burning after lymph removal, do you have anything for this?
Our Itchy Skin Oil will be soothing and calming. If you have Lymphedema you should speak to your nurse about applying all and in all circumstances, we recommend a very light touch when applying any body product.

Do you have any idea of how many days a bottle would treat a nail? I am not sure how many bottles to buy in order to minimise delivery costs.

I suggest one drop for both hands (all nails) there are about 240 drops per bottle (we work on 20 drops per ml). If you apply 3 times a day you will have around 80 days’ worth.

Is it ok to use JY products when undergoing Radiotherapy treatment?

We do have some products that can help radiations damaged skin, but we are unable to recommend them without the agreement of the medical team. Residue of products left on the skin can intensify the beam, causing burning. We always advise that products are used after a treatment and that a shower is taken before the next session. However, we are unable to recommend either a product or its use without agreement from the team. We are always happy to speak to medical teams either on an informal basis or by providing education sessions for them. You can read more about this here http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/skincare/radiation-damaged-skin and here http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/skincare/radiation-ii

I am interested in buying some products for my sisters’ friend who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. More specifically the pamper gift set. However, she’s allergic to nuts. I’m just wondering if any of your products contain things like almond oil or if you could point me in the direction of products suitable for someone with a nut allergy.

I’ve created a list for you that shows you products with almond and macadamia oil in. Those are the only two nut oils we use but I know some people with nut allergies can be sensitive to other products (like coconut oil, coconut butter, cocoa butter and shea butter) so I will include those too. Our products that contain either of the two nut oils are Nail Oil, Smooth Skin Balm, Smooth Skin Oil, Serum, Hand Balm, Foot Balm, Cleanse & Moisturise, Lip Balm, Morning Mask, Morning Treatment, Night Mask, Night Treatment, Nail Mask, Dry Scalp Treatment and Scalp Cleanse & Moisturise.
Our safe products are Itchy Skin Oil, Intensive Serum, Calming Bath Oil, Cool & Refresh, Relaxing Pillow Spray, Hydrating Facial Spritz, Sleep Ritual Oil, Sleep Ritual Foot Soak, Frankincense Facial Mist, Crown Chakra Oil, Third Eye Chakra Oil, Throat Chakra Oil, Heart Chakra Oil, Solar Plexus Chakra Oil, Sacral Chakra Oil and Root Chakra Oil. However, some of these products contain seed oils such as, Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Peach Kernel Oil.

 

About Jennifer Young:

▪ Who is Jennifer Young?
▪ How did Jennifer Young develop these products?
▪ What does Jennifer Young know about unique skin care?
▪ What does Jennifer Young know about potentially harmful skin care ingredients?

Who is Jennifer Young?

Jennifer Young has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, is a qualified and practicing nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications in health-related fields, has been accepted by the courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases and has been active
in medical research. She is the creator of Defiant Beauty, Beyond Beauty and Well Being Beauty specialist skincare collections for those affected by cancer, founder of www.BeautyDespiteCancer.co.uk and author of ‘Recognise Yourself’ a beauty and well-being guide for those living with and beyond cancer.

Jennifer works directly with many groups that support cancer patients, giving skin care and beauty advice. Such groups include, Cancer Research UK, The Guys Cancer Centre and Leaders in Oncology Care on Harley St, London.

How did Jennifer Young develop these products?

Jennifer didn’t do this on her own. She listened to cancer patients, ex-patients and cancer care specialists. She took advice from lead nursing staff about the ingredients that shouldn’t be used, did lots of research about the best ingredients to use and tried and tried the products.
Jennifer asked others to try them and we listened when she was told about very special and very specific skin care needs.

What does Jennifer Young know about skincare for cancer patients?

Jennifer is widely regarded as a global expert in skincare for cancer patients and therapies for those affected by cancer. Jennifer Young products and services can be found in a number of UK hospitals, hospices and support centres as well as in some of the best spas in the UK and overseas.
The Jennifer Young training school offers qualifications accredited by two internationally recognised professional bodies. She has been approached by two more with proposals to work under their accreditation schemes. The Training School delivers CPD courses for a number of organisations and to healthcare professionals.

Jennifer Young treatments are available at many of the world’s best spas.

What does Jennifer Young know about potentially harmful skincare ingredients?

A lot.
Jennifer has a first degree in Biology, a post graduate degree in Occupation Health and another post-graduate qualification in Law. She is also a qualified massage therapist, aromatherapist, nutritional therapist and beauty therapist. Many of those going through treatment for cancer have dry, sore, sensitive, itchy, flaky, reactive skin. The Jennifer Young products are formulated to soothe these skin conditions.

Our products:

▪ Why do you use glass bottles and jars?
▪ Why are most of your products oil based?
▪ How do I know this is right for me?

Why does Jennifer Young use glass bottles and jars?

The collections are designed to minimise the chances of contamination and/or cross infection. The team at Jennifer Young are very much aware of the potential vulnerabilities of those affected by cancer and have worked to control the hazards so that you don’t have to.

Why are most of the Jennifer Young products oil based?

In short, as soon as water is introduced to a product preservatives are needed. They are not needed for oil based products, this includes balms. There are yet more ingredients that are needed in order to create a cream. Whilst creams can be natural, the introduction of all of these extras exposes your skin to more ingredients. Increasing the chance that you will be putting something onto your skin that could cause problems as your skin’s sensitivity is heightened  during treatment.

Questions often asked about skincare and cancer:

▪ What causes skin issues during cancer treatment?
▪ Will Defiant Beauty help with radiation-damaged skin?
▪ Why wasn’t I told to expect this?
▪ Will anything make it better?
▪ Which ingredients are particularly effective?
▪ What should I do?
▪ What is a natural product?

What causes skin issues during cancer treatment?

Dry, sore, sensitive skin, chapped lips and itchy skin are common side effects of cancer treatment1. Many cancer drugs such as capeciabine, caelyx, sunitinib and sorafeneib are associated with skin conditions. Nails can become damaged when being treated with paclitaxel and docetaxel.

Will The Jennifer Young Collections help with radiation damaged skin?

Yes. Defiant Beauty can help to soothe and moisturise your skin. We recommend our Itchy Skin Oil. You need to be very careful about when you apply the Itchy Skin Oil. You should NEVER apply the oil before treatment, only afterwards and during breaks in treatment. We suggest that you apply the oil before a bath or shower so that excess oil can be washed away. Itchy Skin Oil contains Calendula, a soothing herbal macerate that has been shown to improve moderate-to-severe dermatitis (sore, dry and itchy skin).

The Defiant Beauty Collection does not contain creams as creams and lotions contain oil and water. In order to turn oil and water into a cream or lotion, preservatives and emulsifying agents must be added. Creams and lotions cannot be made without using a large number of ingredients, increasing the number of substances that the patient is exposed to. As cancer patients often have sore, sensitive, dry, itchy and damaged skin we have decided to keep the number of ingredients in our products to  minimum – this means no creams or lotions. The Jennifer Young Collections do not contain any paraffin or petroleum jelly. You will find only natural vegetable oils in Jennifer Young products.

Why aren’t patients told to expect this?

Many patients are told of side effects such as hair loss and nausea but few hospitals mention skin and nail related side effects5. We hope that anyone reading our skin care advice will pass it on to anyone undergoing treatment as research also shows that skin care products designed specifically for cancer patients can make life easier during treatment.

Will anything make it better?

Research has shown that skin care products specifically formulated for cancer patients are ‘better’ than other products5. Cancer patients report that the effective management of skin related side effects improves their quality of life during treatment.
During cancer treatment, helping with skin, nail and lip related issues isn’t much on the scale of things but it is a small thing that makes a difference.

Which ingredients are particularly effective?
Products containing calendula have been shown to be more effective at reducing the severity of dry skin than a standard product.

What should I do?

Cancer patients are advised to use natural products and to take extra care of their skin.

What is a natural product?
We consider natural to be from a plant and to have had minimal processing.

References
1. http://www.cancercare.org/publications/76-
caring_for_your_skin_during_cancer_treatment accessed 24 August 2012
2. www.chemocare.com accessed 24 August 2012
3. Thomas R (2011) Lifestyle and cancer the facts, learn how to live stronger for longer Health
Education Publications page 210
4. Thomas R (2011) Lifestyle and cancer the facts, learn how to live stronger for longer Health
Education Publications page 214
5. Supportive Care in Cancer Volume 18, Number 11 (2010), 1461-1468, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-
009-0769-1 Unanticipated toxicities from anticancer therapies: Survivors’
perspectives accessed 24 August 2012
6. Support Care Cancer (2011) 19:545–554 Advance knowledge of side effects and proactive

 

Defiant Beauty Cleanse and Moisturise Mangifera indica L (Mango Butter), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Cera flava (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Defiant Beauty Cool and Refresh Citrus aurantium (Neroli)

Defiant Beauty Serum Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Defiant Beauty Intensive Serum Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Oryza sativa (Rice Bran Oil), Prunus persica (Peach Kernel Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Defiant Beauty Healing Hand Balm Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Butter), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Cera flava (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus aurantium (Neroli), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Citrus sinensis (Orange Sweet), D-Limonene’, Citral’, Linalool’, Farnesol’, Geraniol’


Defiant Beauty Mild Mint Foot Balm Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Butter), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Cera flava (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha viridis (Spearmint), Citrus sinensis (Orange Sweet) ), D-Limonene’, Citral’, Linalool’

Defiant Beauty Smooth Skin Oil Vitis venifera (Grapeseed Oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort oil), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Santalum album (Sandalwood), Citrus aurantium (Neroli), Citrus nobilis (Mandarin), D-Limonene’, Citral’, Linalool’, Farnesol’, Geraniol’
Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Helianthus annus (Sunflower Oil), Prunus persica (Peach Kernel Oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Rosa rubginosa (Rosehip Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Defiant Beauty Nail Mask Mangifera indica L (Mango Butter), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus annus (Sunflower Oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calendula officianalis (Calendula Oil), Cocus nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cera flava (Beeswax), Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Citrus limonum (Lemon), Tocopherol (vitamin E), D-Limonene’, Citral’, Linalool’, Geraniol’

Defiant Beauty Nail Oil Prunus persica (Peach Kernel Oil), Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Defiant Beauty Lip Balm Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Cera flava (Beeswax), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter), Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)