Waterford Place Program Guide Winter 2023

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Cancer Resource Center PROGRAM GUIDE PROGRAM GUIDE 2023 Focus On: Advanced and Metastatic Cancer Providing helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower those who have advanced or metastatic cancer Focus On: Advanced and Metastatic Cancer WINTER Programs for Individuals Affected by a Cancer Diagnosis January, February, March
1310 Waterford Drive Aurora, IL 60504 (331) 301-5280 waterfordcrc.com Hours: Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center provides services and support, at no cost to participants, to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. Educational Presentations Salon and Spa Programs TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 Advanced and Metastatic Cancer 1 3 6 8 Turn Winter Skin Woes Into Wows 9 Support Programs 4 Mind, Body and Spirit Programs Wellness Programs


with your care. Waterford Place offers programs and services to provide helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower you to successfully manage the concerns that accompany your metastatic or advanced cancer diagnosis.

Choices for Care

Decisions about care are very personal and look different for everyone. Treatment may cure, slow growth or only relieve symptoms of cancer. Sometimes treatments used to cure cancer are also used to slow its growth or treat symptoms, which can be confusing. It is important to know what your goal is and to clearly communicate it to your care team and loved ones. No matter what your goal is, you have options. Talk to your medical team about what is important to you to find the best option for your situation. Ask as many questions as needed, and weigh the risks and benefits of each option. Remember that the goal of any cancer care is to give you the best possible quality of life. You want to feel as good as possible for as long as possible.

Coping with Emotions

You have probably felt a range of emotions during your cancer experience, but they may be more intense now. There is no right or wrong way to feel or to react to your feelings. You may feel fear and worry about the unknown, guilt because treatment did not work, or grief at the thought of leaving your family and friends. It can help to talk to a professional who is trained to help you manage your concerns, control your fears and find meaning in what you are going through. For some, it also helps to build a sense of hope by setting goals to look forward to each day or drawing inner strength from the things in your life that are meaningful.

Coping for Caregivers

Being a caregiver for someone with advanced stage cancer brings new

challenges and concerns. As your loved one’s cancer progresses, things can get even more challenging. It is important to take time to take care of yourself and ask for help if needed. Over time, the long-term stress of pushing your own needs and feelings aside is not good for your health. A few ways to cope include joining a support group, talking about your thoughts and feelings, taking part in some of your regular activities, getting enough rest and participating in a physical activity. Getting help for yourself will also help your loved one.

Planning Ahead

Careful planning reduces the financial, legal and emotional burdens your family may face. It can be a difficult topic to discuss; however, talking now can avoid problems later and give you control over your care. One of the best gifts you can give your

family is letting them know what your wishes are by filling out legal documents known as advance directives. Other ways are to clear up any insurance issues in advance, put your affairs in order by meeting with a lawyer and financial planner, and help your family plan a funeral or memorial service that has meaning to you.

Some programs designed especially for those with advanced and metastatic cancer can help. Learn more about them on page 2.

• The Benefits of Exercise for the Newly Diagnosed Patient

• Managing Cancer-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

• Advanced Planning and “The Conversation”: Why These Matter

• No Bones About It — How Bone Health Can Support Your Survivorship Journey

• Ditch and Switch

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Dealing with advanced and metastatic cancer can bring fear and uncertainty to your life. Remember that you can still be in control of your choices and actions as you decide how to move forward


Personalized Financial Resource Consultation

By appointment only

Cancer not only affects your physical health, it also affects your financial well-being. Several resources are available to help you manage the financial impact of cancer, including federally-funded programs and private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you.

Welcome to Waterford Place


By appointment only

All new participants are invited to attend an introductory orientation to discover the valuable resources available at Waterford Place.

Technology Consultation

By appointment only

Need help connecting to virtual programs through your personal computer, laptop or tablet? Schedule a virtual or phone consultation for assistance with setting up an email or installing and using the Webex application on your device.

The Benefits of Exercise for the Newly Diagnosed Patient

Wednesday, February 8 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise and Group Fitness Instructor This workshop will focus on the benefits of regular exercise for the newly diagnosed patient. You will learn how to get physically and emotionally fit for upcoming treatments and hear about supporting scientific data.

Managing Cancer-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

Wednesday, February 22 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Manjusha Nasre, PT, DPT, CSRS RUSH Copley Medical Center

Cancer-related peripheral neuropathy affects balance, daily activities and functional mobility. Learn how to prevent falls and worsening of symptoms.

Advanced Planning and “The Conversation”: Why These Matter (Virtual Only)

Wednesday, March 8 • 6 to 7 p.m. Linda Strohschein, Principal Elder Law Attorney, CELA Strohschein Law Group

Having advanced directive documents in place can make a difference in getting the care and treatment you want or need. In addition to the right documents, consider having a conversation with your loved ones about end-of-life care. Learn how “The Conversation” and advanced planning can help you achieve your health care goals and wishes.

No Bones About It — How Bone Health Can Support Your Survivorship Journey

Wednesday, March 22 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Karyn Holtz, PT, MHS, CLT ReVital Champion, RUSH Physical Therapy Bones help us move and protect our bodies. Learn about bones, the ways they

change over time, the signs of bone loss, how cancer treatments may impact bones, and ways to support your bone health.

Ditch and Switch

Thursday, March 23 • 1 to 2 p.m. Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology

Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Reflexologist

Learn how to avoid potentially toxic substances in your daily life and make little changes that can promote health and wellness for you and your loved ones. Take home recipes that use safer ingredients to make your own household cleaning products.

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Our groups allow participants to connect with others experiencing similar circumstances. Goals are to exchange information and strategies for decision-making, help navigate the cancer journey and allow participants to connect, share and exchange support.

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (Virtual Only)

First Wednesdays: January 4, February 1 and March 1 • 6 to 8 p.m.

Affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation, this group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and their loved ones. To sign up, please contact Valarie Traynham, group leader, at aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (Virtual Only) Fridays, February 3 through March 17 • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW RUSH University Medical Center

Supporting those in treatment or remission, this seven-week program focuses on increasing your ability to maintain an active life by building skills to manage your emotional and physical health.

challenges for all persons living through and beyond cancer.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)

families. Up to five sessions are provided to address sadness, worries, communication, returning to work, body esteem and other similar issues as they relate to a cancer diagnosis.

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)

Mondays: January 30, February 20 and March 20 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by a licensed social worker and breast health navigator, Breast FRIENDs is for anyone experiencing a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of treatment type or stage. This informal group provides support and a safe place to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges.

Survivorship Support Group

Mondays: January 30, February 20 and March 20 • 6:30 to 8 p.m. This group is designed for those who have completed treatment and are looking for support as they transition into life after treatment. The informal group provides a safe place to share experiences, successes, and ongoing

Second Thursdays: January 12, February 9 and March 9 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Open to those who have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis, Gyne SISTERs is co-facilitated by a licensed social worker and a registered nurse.

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesdays: January 24, February 28 and March 28 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This group is open to men who have had a cancer diagnosis. It is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will be provided.

COUNSELING Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling

By appointment only Short-term counseling to address cancer-related issues is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their

Grief Counseling

By appointment only Provided through a partnership with AccentCare

For many, the grief experience that results from the death of a loved one can generate a myriad of feelings, confusion and questions. Talking with a bereavement specialist one-on-one about this can assist in the coping process.

When I go to Waterford Place, I know I will always find caring, supportive people helping to improve each participant’s day to make their cancer experience a little better in many ways. You can’t ask for more than that.

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Vibrational Sound Therapy

By appointment only

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist

Vibrational sound therapy is a one-on-one service using Himalayan singing bowls gently placed on the body to promote total relaxation and decrease the effects of stress on the body and mind. The tones and vibrations combine to produce an immediate state of tranquility as sound waves act like a massage for the nervous system.


By appointment only

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master, and Karen Jendruczek, Reiki Practitioner

This one-on-one service is an energetic relaxation therapy that offers stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain, improved sleep and other benefits.

Guided Meditation

Wednesdays: January 18, February 1 and March 1 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology

RUSH Copley Medical Center

This guided imagery experience incorporates cleansing breathwork and an array of relaxation techniques designed to balance emotions, decrease physical and psychological distress, and promote the practice of living in the moment.

Reiki Level Two

Fridays: February 17 and February 24 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master Teacher

In this two-day class you will learn to use three Reiki symbols, explore the concept of distant healing and conduct a full Reiki session. This class is for those who have completed Reiki Level One, are self-treating with Reiki on a regular basis and can

commit to attending both classes. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited.

Giving Back Society

Fridays: January 20, February 17 and March 17 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Lisa Lapinski

Are you looking for opportunities to pay it forward by helping other cancer patients on the journey? Join the Waterford Place Giving Back Society to brainstorm ideas and participate in activities that make a difference in the cancer community.

Craft and Chat

Wednesdays: January 11, February 8 and March 8 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us to chat, drink tea or coffee and work on your crafting project. Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, coloring or whatever project you are working on. This is an informal participant gathering not led by a facilitator.

Sound Healing Meditation

Monday, February 13 • 6 to 7 p.m.

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master Experience a deep relaxation and meditation when you attend this sound

healing session. Immerse yourself in healing sounds designed to promote relaxation and balance for both body and mind.

Make a Chakra Bracelet

Tuesday, February 21 • 2 to 3 p.m.

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master Beading can be very therapeutic and relaxing. Make a Chakra bracelet as a symbol of balance and self-care, and learn what colors are associated with each chakra and what they represent.

HeartMath Meditation

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology

RUSH Copley Medical Center

Thursday, January 19 • 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 16 • 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Discover HeartMath Meditation, a simple, yet powerful, meditative technique that uses heart-focused breathing to improve clarity, harmony of the mind and body, and balance. It can help you shift your emotional state and calm your mind. The same class is offered each month; choose the date that fits your schedule.

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Mixed Media Art Class: Winter Songbirds

Tuesday, February 28 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Mixed Media Art Class: Northern Lights Pastel

Mixed Media Art Class: In the Abstract

Tuesday, January 24 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand Caring Arts Foundation

Some people find abstract art intimidating while others find it creatively freeing. In this class, you’ll view works by various abstract artists, then use photographs (bring your own, if you wish) as inspiration to create your own abstract painting. Easy, fun and all materials provided.

Barbara Weigand Caring Arts Foundation

Not all birds fly south for the winter! What’s more beautiful than a bright red cardinal against the snow, or a cheery little chickadee on a snowy branch of bright berries? We’ll provide the inspiration and materials for a relaxing afternoon of painting. Acrylics or watercolor, the choice is yours. No prior experience needed.

Tuesday, March 28 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand

Caring Arts Foundation

The Aurora Borealis is nature’s light show — waves of light that dance in the sky! Capture that special beauty using soft pastels on black paper. So easy and we’ll guide you through each step. Beginners welcome, all materials provided.

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No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Caregivers are encouraged to attend with the person living with cancer.

Tai Chi/Moving Meditation


• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor

Center yourself as you become aware of your own energy, while relaxing and strengthening your body without injury or strain. Tai chi is an ancient form of meditative exercise that helps to harmonize mind and body. A simplified routine is taught with traditional postures and slow soft movements.

Group Movement: Level 2 Mondays

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Designed for those who have completed treatment, this class offers a mix of exercise, yoga and Pilates to help you gain or regain strength, mobility and endurance. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, this class is a step above in intensity in comparison to the other classes offered at Waterford Place.

Group Movement: Level 1 Mondays

• 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Designed for those who are newly diagnosed or in active treatment, this class will help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Physical activity can reduce fatigue, increase endurance, boost energy levels and improve mood. With the use of bands, light weights and other props, you will build or rebuild strength and stamina.

Gentle Yoga


• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Mary Keane, RYT200

Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This gentle



virtual option)

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Tai Chi/ Moving Meditation 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Group Movement: Level 2

12:30 to 1 p.m.— Group Movement: Level 1


5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Gentle Yoga


10 to 10:45 a.m. — Gentle Pilates 11 to 11:45 a.m. — LymphedemaFocused Movement 5 to 6 p.m — Restorative Yoga


12:30 to 1:15 p.m. — Chair Yoga and Mobility

yoga class will help you manage cancer by tapping into your mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely.

Gentle Pilates

Wednesdays • 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Low impact Pilates is a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility and control.

Lymphedema-Focused Movement

Wednesdays • 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

This class will address cancer-related lymphedema through gentle movement and stretches for both the upper and lower body. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. A yoga mat is recommended.

Restorative Yoga


• 5 to 6 p.m.

Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor

Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic yoga that cultivates relaxation and balance and uses props to support the body. Each restorative pose will be held for five to six minutes to release tension and deepen relaxation.

Chair Yoga and Mobility Thursdays • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

This all-level class includes breathwork, meditation and gentle movement to enhance mobility and strengthen muscles and bones.

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only

Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN

RUSH Copley Medical Center

Nutrition consultations are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage of diagnosis. Our registered dietitian will discuss meal preparation and current diet trends, help you manage treatment-related side effects and choose healthier foods.

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Mediterranean Chicken Burger

1 1/2 pounds lean ground chicken

1/2 cup red peppers, chopped

1/3 cup red onion, diced

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

1 tbsp mayonnaise (vegan or regular)

1/3 cup panko crumbs

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried dill

1/2 tsp salt and pepper


Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Asian cuisine is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and also low in saturated and total fat. Health professionals believe this combination protects against many chronic diseases. Learn more about Asian-inspired cuisine while exploring new ingredients and recipes in this winter series.

Cauliflower Stir-Fry Thursday, January 12 • 6 to 7 p.m. Explore the use of cauliflower as a healthier alternative to fried rice. This veggie packed stir-fry is loaded with antioxidants, which protect your cells from harmful free radicals and inflammation. After this demonstration you’ll want to skip the Chinese takeout and have homemade every time!

Veggie Sushi

Thursday, February 9 • 6 to 7 p.m. Gather for a nutritious cooking demonstration that involves the whole family. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to roll your own sushi, including a vegan spicy “tuna,” eggplant, “eel” roll and colorful veggie roll.

Crunchy Thai Cashew Quinoa

Veggie Salad with Spring Rolls Thursday, March 9 • 6 to 7 p.m. Learn how to make two recipes packed with phytonutrients and rich in flavor. Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in plants that provide great health benefits.

1. Heat a skillet on medium-low heat. Add the cooking oil. Cook onion, bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes for a few minutes.

2. Add spinach and garlic and cook until spinach is wilted.

3. Remove from pan and let cool.

4. Combine vegetable mixture, ground chicken, feta cheese, mayo, panko and seasoning in a large bowl.

5. Form into patties and cook for about five minutes on each side on a grill pan set to medium-high with avocado oil until internal temperature reaches 165F.

6. Top with optional tzatziki and serve in lettuce cups like a bun, or enjoy the burgers on their own in a burger bowl.

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Healing Kitchen: Asian Inspired Cuisine


Simply Beautiful Skin

Friday, January 13 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, February 10 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, March 10 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Evening Session: Thursday, March 30 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Esthetician

Developed to help you manage skin changes during cancer treatment, this class will demonstrate how to implement a skin care regimen with safe products and enhance your natural beauty using the timeless principle of simplicity. The same class is offered each month to accommodate different schedules.

Simply Beautiful Hair

Monday, January 23 • 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 20 • 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 20 • 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Jenny Burns, Licensed Cosmetologist and Medical Hair Loss Expert

Karen Wake, Esthetician

If you need help managing hair changes related to cancer treatment, this class is for you. Topics to be covered include initial hair loss, wigs and head coverings, hair regrowth and safe products that can help with achieving your hair care goals. The class is offered each month to accommodate different schedules.

Put the Glow Back in Your Skin and Soul

Wednesday, January 11 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Esthetician

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist

This relaxing facial and sound healing experience will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Sit back in zero gravity chairs with a facial sheet mask, especially created for cancer patients. Mask will stay on during the sound healing. Please let us know if you are allergic or sensitive to any ingredient.


The Two of Us’

Friday, March 3 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and OncologyFocused Esthetician

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist

Bring a friend or family member for a day of rewinding and restoring your body and soul. Experience some pampering with someone who has supported you through your cancer journey. Gentle yoga, braceletmaking session, soothing hand treatment, snacks and more. End the day with a relaxing sound healing session.

Waterford Place Wig Boutique and Salon

By appointment only

Salon services are available for those experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. Services include addressing treatment-related hair changes, customizable complimentary wigs, wig care, options for head coverings, and assistance with styling hair as it grows back.

Oncology Massage

By appointment only

Michelle Haugen, LMT, CLT

Rachel Cordova, LMT

Oncology massage combines compassion and specialized massage treatments to decrease treatment-related side effects, reduce stress and pain, and improve perceived quality of life.

Oncology Skin Care Consultations

By appointment only

Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Estheticians

Individual consultations are available to help you manage skin changes due to cancer treatment. Services include a comprehensive review of products and cosmetics, recommendations for oncology-safe products, and addressing skin-related issues.

Oncology Facials

By appointment only

Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Estheticians

Cancer treatments may leave the skin dry, sensitive and lacking proper nutrients, and traditional skin care methods and products can sometimes do more harm than good. When skin is compromised, it needs products that are safe and gentle to bring it back to health. Geralyn or Kate will assess your skin care needs and provide appropriate treatment to help restore and maintain healthy skin.


By appointment only

Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Reflexologist

Rachel Cordova, Certified Reflexologist

The practice of reflexology involves massaging or applying pressure to various acupressure points on the foot to reduce stress and support overall health.

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Turn Winter Skin Woes Into Wows

Winter is approaching but that doesn't have to mean compromised skin, including dryness, dullness, tightness and irritation. By understanding how our skin works and using the correct products, you can help your skin look and feel healthy this winter.

Protect the barrier

Our skin barrier is similar in concept to a brick wall: The bricks are the skin cells and the mortar is a combination of cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides that hold our skin cells together. It’s important that our “mortar” remain healthy so we don’t have transepidermal water loss — or TEWL — which can bring about dehydration and allow in irritants that would have otherwise been stopped by a healthy barrier.

The acid mantle is the first line of defense for our skin barrier. It keeps out microbes and other foreign substances and helps maintain the skin’s moisture and suppleness. Skin is naturally acidic — between 4.5 and 5.5 on the pH scale. In order to keep the integrity of our acid mantle, you should use pH-balanced cleansers. Soap (especially bar soap) is very alkaline and will compound the problems of dry, irritated skin.

Examples of pH balanced cleansers are Hale & Hush Hush Hydrate, which can be found in RUSH Copley’s gift shop, and Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream, found in stores and online.

Prioritize calming and soothing skin care “Calm, soothe and protect” should be your skin care mantra when dealing with compromised skin. This is even more important when cold temperatures, wind and dry inside air all do their best to make your skin its worst.

Ingredients that help repair and retain the integrity of the skin barrier are ceramides, hyaluronic acid and squalane. Ceramides are a part of your “mortar” that help make our barrier strong. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water to help with hydration levels and plumping up the skin (yes, please!). Squalane is an antioxidant, usually sourced from olives, that also helps boost hydration.

Be careful to avoid ingredients that can inflame and irritate compromised skin, like alcohols (too harsh and drying), fragrance/parfum (high irritant/allergen) and actives like vitamins A and C, glycolic and salicylic acids and high concentrations of essential oils (all are too strong and irritating on dry, compromised skin).

Hydrating mists, soothing serums and nourishing moisturizers all work together to create a happy, healthy and protected skin barrier. Hydrating mists can be used throughout the day whenever you feel the need for a hydration boost — even over makeup.

Some good products are Hale & Hush Mist Me, Hale & Hush Soothe Essence Serum, CV Skin Labs Rescue and Relief Spray, all sold at RUSH Copley’s Glass Promenade Gift Shop; Hyalogic Pure HA Serum, Acure Seriously Soothing Rose

Water & Watermelon Hydrating Mist, and Acure Seriously Soothing Day Cream, all sold in stores and online.

Put on the sunscreen

Sunscreen — wait, in winter? Yes! UVA rays that cause DNA damage are still active and a definite concern in the colder months. It’s also important to note that many anti-cancer medications, including chemotherapy drugs, are phototoxic — meaning even a little bit of sun exposure can cause very uncomfortable skin reactions. When looking for a sunscreen, stick to the mineral/physical sunscreens of at least SPF 30. Higher SPFs don’t necessarily offer more protection. Suntegrity is a company that can be found online, offering safe and effective sunscreens for face and body.

Pamper the body

The face gets a lot of attention as it’s what we present to the world, but our skin is the largest organ, and we need to pamper all of it. Using pH balanced soaps for the whole body is a great first step. Moisturizing right after getting out of the shower or bath, while the skin is still damp, helps seal in more moisture. If your skin is very dry, then moisturizing a couple of times a day can help. At night, lather your hands and feet in rich lotion or cream, then sleep in clean cotton gloves and socks as another measure to seal that moisture in.

Some products worth noting include CV Skin Labs Body Repair Lotion, sold at RUSH Copley’s Glass Promenade Gift Shop; Acure’s Seriously Soothing Fragrance-Free Body Wash and Acure’s Seriously Soothing 24hr Moisture Lotion, both found in stores and online.

Winter doesn’t have to mean compromised skin. With a little knowledge and care, you can keep your skin healthy.

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Contact Us Monday and Friday • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Phone: (331) 301-5280 Email: info@waterfordcrc.com waterfordcrc.com Like us on Facebook Get Started with Us Cancer Resource Center Call (331) 301-5280 to schedule a virtual individualized consultation and orientation, available in English or Spanish. Next, please complete a Participant Information form available online at waterfordcrc.com. Registration is required for all programs. How to register: Online at waterfordcrc.com Call (331) 301-5280 Waterford Place is located at 1310 Waterford Drive • Aurora, IL 60504 Online at waterfordcrc.com Call (331) 301-5280 For more virtual programming, view and subscribe to Waterford Place’s YouTube channel.