When it comes to salon services, we know how good they can make us feel. A little pampering can go a long way, but at Nu You Skin Care and Wellness Center, it goes far beyond skin deep.
Owner Gerry Christopher is a licensed esthetician and certified oncology esthetician who has been offering oncological facials to those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for several years.
“I began offering this service since cancer runs in my family,” she says. “It’s so important to me to help relieve the stress of what the body goes through during cancer treatment, and soothing the skin is a big part of that.” Christopher explains that not only is the skin the largest organ of the body, it is the largest organ that helps rid the body of toxins. “When you’re putting chemo through the body, it has to come out somewhere – and that’s the skin,” she says. “The skin on the face is especially sensitive because it’s exposed, has lots of blood vessels, and is thinner than on other parts of the body.”
For those undergoing cancer treatment, finding a certified oncological esthetician is paramount. “Being certified, I’m able to understand what’s going on with the patient’s cancer treatments, what their numbers mean and what’s going on with their skin.” Christopher adds that a lot of responsibility comes with being a practitioner since the skin is so fragile and is prone to damage. “I always ask patients if they’ve had lymph nodes removed, which is very important because if they were to get a regular facial, the pressure could cause lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in various parts of the body.”
Aside from this service, Christopher carries a skincare line that’s oncology-approved and includes cleanser, sunscreen and moisturizer. “Getting the skin as nourished as possible before and after chemo is very good. It’s like preparing for a marathon – the better you eat and take care of your body, the better you will do.”