Q: My sister is undergoing radiotherapy after chemotherapy. Her skin is incredibly dry – what can she use to help alleviate this? Also, do you have any suggestions for helping to build her up again once she has finished treatment?
A: There are many emollients available, both over the counter and on prescription. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Botanical Therapeutics Skin Cream Plus for Extra Dry Skin (£16.95, from Victoria Health), a natural and highly effective moisturiser for face and body.
Also try homoeopathy. I know how effective this can be from friends. Helios Homoeopathy recommends applying Organic Aloe Vera Gel (£5.57, from Victoria Health) after each radiotherapy session. Your sister could also use Helios Burns Cream (from £7.65, helios.co.uk, tel: 01892 537254), which contains soothing hypericum, calendula, cantharis and arnica, three times daily during the treatment period.