Confidence During Cancer
- Olivia Newton-John, 71, shared the secret behind her glowing skin — saying she uses her skin care products everyday
- The actress has been battling stage 4 breast cancer since 2017
- Feeling confident is often important for your mental health, and remaining positive during cancer treatment is linked to more successful outcomes
Newton-John, 71, revealed on Instagram that the secret behind her glowing skin is by using skin care products including soap bars, oils, lotions, and more that are completely palm-oil free, vegan, cruelty free, and organic. Specifically, she regularly uses products from her skin care line, Retreatment Botanics, which she uses every day.
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I’m so excited to join the #MyStepToProtect campaign by @orangutanalliance 🌿 My beautiful skincare range, @retreatmentbotanics is proudly certified palm oil free, and protecting our beautiful Mother Earth and endangered Orangutans is something I’ve always been passionate about. 💗 You can join this initiative by purchasing an Orangutan Alliance limited edition soap bar and spreading the word about a palm-oil free skincare world. With every soap sold, the Orangutan Alliance will plant 1 tree to support conversation projects that provide a safe habitat for our endangered species! 🌳 To take the step & purchase our Retreatment Botanics palm oil free skincare, visit our website – www.retreatmentbotanics.com To buy the Orangutan Alliance soaps, visit https://orangutanalliance.org/product/soap/ Thank you to the amazing @ofi_australia for the beautiful Orangutan imagery!
If Newton-John’s incredible skin isn’t enough to convince you skin care can be important, it’s worth noting that the actress is doing more than just promoting her own brand. She’s raising awareness on conservation efforts for the rain forests, and protecting endangered species that live there.
Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer Journey
The Grease actress has been battling stage 4 breast cancer since 2017, and has had a few brushes with the disease in the past. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, where she underwent chemotherapy and a modified radical mastectomy, a procedure which removed both of her breasts, and she went into remission until 2015. That year, she revealed her cancer had recurred and immediately received hormone treatment leading to her entering remission again. However, in 2017, Newton-John’s breast cancer returned, and progressed.
Despite numerous recurrences, she’s been the epitome of positivity throughout the experience. In interviews, Newton-John has pledged to defeat the disease once again, and has called her diagnosis “a gift” as it’s made her appreciate life to the fullest.
Feeling Confident During Cancer Treatment
Feeling confident can be extremely important while battling cancer, especially since side-effects of treatment such as hair loss, weight loss, and more can greatly impact a woman’s self-esteem. Despite Newton-John’s continuous cancer battle, she’s taking some time to focus on herself.
It’s important to feel confident in yourself and feel good in order to remain positive. Breast cancer survivor and celebrity stylist, Ann Caruso, knows that this is easier said than done, but she’s sharing a few helpful tips with SurvivorNet on how to look good when you don’t feel so good. Caruso suggests constantly dressing up for doctor’s appointments, buying stylish yet comfortable clothes, and more.
“Changing up our make up, because our skin changes so much, I think this really helped before surgeries,” Caruso says. “I would have my hair and my nails done before surgery, because you’re sick for a while and you can’t do anything, and then you feel more attractive while you’re in the hospital or when people come to visit you.”
Just because your physical features may change, Caruso vehemently points out that it has nothing to do with your femininity. She says femininity is a state of mind, and as long as you feel confident in your body, that’s all that matters.
“You need a few things that you feel good in because when you feel good in the clothes that you’re wearing, it gives you confidence,” Caruso says. “Femininity is a state of mind, and I think that’s something that we have to remind ourselves.”