Derma Aesthetics co-founder Reika Roberts

Derma Aesthetics co-founder Reika Roberts has commemorated World Cancer Day this month by reaffirming her commitment to Oncology Aesthetics training.

Reika is aiming “to make a difference in cancer patients lives” by establishing a register of Oncology Aesthetics Practitioners (accredited in treating cancer patients pre-, during- and post-treatment) in Australia and New Zealand.

To achieve this goal by 2020, Derma Aesthetics (the distributor of dermaviduals skincare) has enlisted the help of internationally renowned Oncology Aesthetics expert Morag Currin, who will conduct a series of workshops and training programs across Australia and New Zealand in November

“Cancer is never an easy topic to talk about, let alone understand,” says Reika.

“However, it is my intention to educate, inform and elevate a national dialogue in our industry about cancer to all of our clients as to how dermaviduals can help manage the changes in the skin that occurs depending on the form of cancer treatment.

“Our focus on Oncology Aesthetics means that more skin treatment therapists can make adifference to the quality of lives of people afflicted with this insidious disease.

“After all, the beauty salon/spa is a place that can offer tremendous relief both psychologically and physically, from cancer treatment.

“My focus is to provide an education platform so that more clinics and spas can offer accredited places to offer modified skin treatments which can accommodate the increased effects such as burning, redness, ulceration, pigmentation and scarring.”

Reika believes Oncology Aesthetics training “empowers wellness and aesthetics practitioners to positively impact the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing”.

For example, Paula Cliffin of MySkinSpa in Brisbane, is an accredited Oncology Aesthetics Practitioner who offers a range of oncology aesthetics treatments to her clients.

She explains how such treatments make a real difference to cancer patients’ skin.

“UV from the sun and radioactive emissions causes the formation of oxygen radicals in the skin,” she says.

“They penetrate deeper into the skin and the external effects become more visible and inflammation can develop into a burning and itching sensation.

“Phosphatidylcholine, which is contained within dermaviduals products, protects the cells against gamma radiation and hence the skin cell from being aggressively damaged in this manner – without inhibiting the effectiveness of the cancer treatment.”

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