Over 50,000 women and around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the most common cancer in the UK. One woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, with around 12,000 women and 80 men dying from breast cancer each year. Although more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, it’s still the second biggest cause of death from cancer in women. It’s estimated that over 80% of breast cancer sufferers survive five years after diagnosis, but 40 years ago the five year survival rate was around 50%. Although that’s an improvement and has had a huge impact on thousands of women (and their families,) we can do better. People are surviving longer thanks to advances in research new treatments, earlier diagnosis, breast screening and breast cancer awareness, but without essential fundraising this simply wouldn’t be possible. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hundreds of brands are jumping on the pink bandwagon in an attempt to both raise awareness and funds for the UK’s charities, support networks and research facilities – here are six of my picks that will not only help you look good, but have a significant impact on someone’s future.
1. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion £29.50
(£2.00 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
This cult moisturiser was reformulated only recently, updating the formula to ensure it tackled the needs and demands of the modern woman. It’s light, extremely hydrating and helps to improve the skin’s own moisture barrier over time; although it can be a little greasy and not suited to all skin types, Clinique have committed to donate £2.00 from each sale of their limited edition bottle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The special pack includes a breast cancer ribbon, as well as a cute charm keyring that will pledge your support all year round.
2. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream £99.00
(Elemis have pledged £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care)
This super-sized limited edition pot is worth £160.00 and is an absolute must for fans of the cream. Transforming your complexion in a little as two weeks, the cream has been shown in independent clinical trials to reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 78% and increase hydration by up to 45% in a fortnight. Packaged in a statement pink pot with embossed lid, Elemis have unusually committed a lump sum to charity rather than an individual amount per sale.
3. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose & Geranium Body Lotion £21.00
(£2.00 from with be donated to The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centers)
This smells utterly divine, while adding a luxurious hit of moisture to skin. Including moisturising cocoa, shea butter, avocado oil, rose otto and geranium flowers, it leaves skin enriched and deliciously soft. Neal’s Yard have pledged £2.00 from each one of their body lotions to The Haven, a network of support centres that help women deal with the long-term implications of breast cancer – it’s not just about research and cures, but emotional support and advice too. A great collaboration.
4. Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Special Edition Skincare Set £80.00
(All profits will be donated to Breast Cancer Care)
I’m slowly falling in love with the luxurious and delightfully scented Bodhi & Birch skincare products, but this limited edition trio provides the perfect introduction. Including a cream cleanser, spray toner and lightweight moisturiser, the trio is all you need to prepare your skin every morning before makeup. The products have a hint of rose scent and leave skin feeling refreshed; I’m especially a fan of the toner which can be sprayed onto a cotton bud or directly onto the face. For £80.00 you’re getting a great intro to the brand, while Bodhi & Birch have pledged all profits to charity.
5. Avon Ultra Glazewear Lipgloss in ‘Pink Watermelon‘ £3.50
(£1.00 will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer)
The most affordable and fun of the collection, Avon’s pink lipgloss provides a delicate hit of colour and a glossy finish. It’s comfortable to wear, smells sweet as candy and the shade suits practically any complexion. £1.00 from every lipgloss sold will be donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, so it’s a great way of supporting October’s awareness month on any budget.
6. Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in ‘Survivor’ £16.00
(£5.00 will be donated to Look Good Feel Better)
Marvellous Moxie lipglosses are definitely up there with my favourites, providing a minty fresh feeling and rich gloss that helps lips to look amazing. This light pink shade helps to bring out the natural shade of lips, while providing a slightly plumping effect. For every lipgloss sold Bare Minerals will donate £5.00 to Look Good Feel Better, a charity that helps women to deal with the side effects of breast cancer and related treatment – including how to apply makeup and deal with new found pixie crops post chemo. Plus they’ve even got free postage for October with code ‘survivor’.
Do your bit this October and look good while helping someone else feel better.