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O, The Oprah Magazine | From the June 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
It's not the most obvious place for the birth of a line of skincare products. But as she sat receiving IV chemotherapy in her New York City doctor's office, Ranee Flynn overheard cancer specialist Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, consoling another patient whose skin was suffering from the side effects of cancer drugs. Flynn, a beauty-industry veteran who has launched many brands, had an idea. Why not develop a line formulated specifically to treat cancer-ravaged skin?
Working closely with a group of doctors and a chemist, Flynn created Love Life Skin, overseeing everything from product development to safety testing to copywriting. All the products (a daily moisturizer, a serum, an eye cream, and a hand cream) feature Recovery Elixir 31, a deeply hydrating blend of organic botanicals, antioxidants, and heavy-duty moisturizers like astrocaryum murumuru seed butter and hyaluronic acid, to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales will go to cancer research. "That's really just selfish of me," says Flynn. "Research is expensive, cancer tends to revisit, and I don't want to deal with it again in my lifetime."