A mother who developed a cult beauty serum to help fellow cancer sufferers while she was fighting the disease has passed away, her husband announced on Instagram.
Kate McIver, 30, from Chester, had been given the all-clear and lived cancer free for a year after beating stage 4 breast cancer. But she relapsed last year and died on Tuesday.
She leaves behind her husband Chris and daughter Lucia.
Her family announced the sad news with a heartbreaking post on her official Instagram account, prompting a flood of tributes from celebrities including Lisa Snowdon, Natasha Hamilton and Sheree Murphy.
‘It’s with a truly, truly broken heart I have to say that my beautiful wife, Kate, sadly lost her battle with cancer and has so cruelly been taken away from me, our daughter, her family and friends,’ wrote husband Chris.
Kate McIver, a mother-of-one who developed a skin serum to protect her face during chemo, which gained a cult following, died on Tuesday her husband Chris as announced. Pictured: Kate and Chris on their wedding day with their daughter Lucia
Kate’s husband Chris announced the sad news on an Instagram post on her official account on Tuesday
‘In true style, Kate was an absolute warrior until her very last breath and showed bravery I never thought was possible.’
‘Lucia will be without her mummy in body, but never in spirit. Kate adored Lucia more than words can begin to describe, everything she accomplished and worked for was for her – this, Lucia will always know,’ he added.
‘I want to thank everybody for their support over the last couple years. Your messages of support throughout helped Kate and I to stay strong and realise how many people loved and were rooting for us.’
‘Your generosity in fund raising has been overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.’
Many paid tribute to the breast cancer sufferer and skin therapist and praised what an ‘amazing woman’ she was
‘Anybody that had the pleasure of knowing Kate personally will know how incredibly passionate she was for things she cared for – particularly her family and friends, but also for raising awareness of this horrible, horrible disease to prevent other families from suffering what has become our reality.
‘Please remember Kate for the truly amazing person she was and will always be, but also as a reminder that this disgusting disease is indiscriminate and you should check for any changes regularly – both men and women.
‘Set up a reminder, make it part of your routine for Kate. Chris and family,’ he signed.
Kate McIver, 30, launched her Secret Weapon Serum after she found her skin changed, and looked duller, after she had chemotherapy following her battle with stage four cancer
Messages of support have now flooded the post, with many paying homage to the ‘amazing’ woman.
Podcaster Deborah James, the woman behind Bowel Babe wrote: ‘I’m beyond sad for you, sending love and strength.’
Lisa Snowdon, who loves Kate’s serum, wrote: ‘This is truly heartbreaking. I didn’t even meet Kate but she was such an inspiration.’
Kate with her husband Chris last Christmas. ‘Anybody that had the pleasure of knowing Kate personally will know how incredibly passionate she was for things she cared for – particularly her family and friends,’ Chris wrote on Instagram following Kate’s passing
Kate with her three-year-old Lucia. ‘Lucia will be without her mummy in body, but never in spirit. Kate adored Lucia more than words can begin to describe,’ Chris wrote
Kate’s Instagram followers sent tribute to her family and daugther Lucia, pictured. Many praised her inspirational journey
‘Kate’s strength and bravery showed us what an incredible woman she was.’
The Stage 4 cancer survivor created the Secret Weapon Serum during her battle with breast cancer, as she wanted a product that would protect her skin from chemotherapy.
The mother-of-one – who has four-year-old Lucia lived with her husband Chris and daughter said: ‘Chemotherapy can save your life but, because it is such a powerful treatment, it can have a detrimental effect on your body, especially on your skin.’
Celebrities, including model Lisa Snowdon, newlywed Billie Faiers, as well as Vicky Pattison and Jessica Hayes have fallen head over heels for the product.
A customer has shared the impressive results of the natural skincare product. In the before picture (left) a shopper displays her breakout, as well as her skin after using the serum (right), which show a major reduction in redness
Kate McIver, 30, founded Secret Weapon when she noticed her skin had changed colour and did not look as radiant after having chemotherapy
‘I was amazed there were no products out there already providing a remedy,’ Kate says.
Kate’s highly coveted serum is vegan and made of natural ingredients, which makes it suitable for those battling with medical conditions similar to her, as well as pregnant women.
The serum not only gets rid of spots, and leaves skin visibly clearer and radiant, it also works to repair damaged skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles with the anti-ageing ingredient Squalane and Vitamin E, while also acting as an anti-inflammatory for those struggling with eczema.
The original serum is made from a variety of natural plant oils, including Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and Caprylic Triglycerides, as well as other products.
The Secret Weapon Serum is made of natural plant oils, as well as vitamin E, which acts to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, darkness, acne and dark spots on the skin, as well as eczema
The businesswoman, who posed with her daughter Lucia, was clear of stage four cancer for 12 months before she was diagnosed with cancer more recently after it spread to other areas of her body
While the Limited Edition version has additional ingredients to boost healing properties, such as turmeric and frankincense.
The businesswoman went the extra mile with her release, as she has pledged 10 per cent of sales will be donated to Coppafeel Charity, after donating a whopping £5,000 to Cancer Research following the sales.
Stars have taken to social media to show off their bare faces before and after using the serum, to show off just how radiant their skin is.
Celebrities, including Danielle Lloyd, praise the serum as a wonder product. Danielle, 35, has documented her transformation on social media with a before and after picture. The star showed off her skin, with a few blemishes, and pigmentation (left) before using the moisturiser, which she compared to her visibly clearer, radiant complexion (right)
Lisa Snowdon has made it known she has used the serum for clearer and radiant skin, as she shows off her flawless complexion on social media in a string of Instagram posts
Billie Faiers gave fans an insight into her skincare regime on her Instagram Story, as she previouly shared a picture of her holding the liquid. The newlywed has previously admitted she had been battling with her skin prior to her wedding
Love Island’s Jessica Hayes admitted she is suffering with hormonal breakouts during her pregnancy. But after using Kate’s serum she has noticed her spots have calmed down as she shares post moisuriser picture on Instagram
Love Island beauty, Jessica, – who is expecting her first child – took to her Instagram account to praise the product.
She wrote: ‘It has helped me get my confidence back cleared my hormonal break outs and given me the most amazing GLOW. The MAGIC serum that is changing girls lives and giving back confidence.
Danielle Lloyd praised: ‘The MAGIC serum that is changing girls lives and giving back confidence.’
A separate customer noticed their blackheads disappeared, and their pores were less visible after using the lotion, as they shared a before picture of their skin
The serum has received five star reviews from more customers on their website, with one happy shopper hailing the lotion ‘magic in a bottle’ (right), while another was blown away by her brighter skin after battling cancer (left)
Other customers are also swooning over the serum, with one praising the product as a ‘miracle’ for bringing her skin ‘back from the depths of despair.’
One reviewer wrote on the site: ‘I have been poorly for a long while and my skin suffers everyday I have tried just about everything and then read about Kate and it inspired me not only to give the serum a try but to have a positive attitude even when you’re so poorly! And I tell you I have the face of a sexy serum angel and hoping my body will follow suit !!!
‘After having so much tape and stickers on my face, after having a feeding tube, this has completely corrected the red areas and has brought my eyes back from the depths of despair!
‘Would recommend as well for scarring as have some and have put this on my body scars and hey a week in and there slowly going , IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE THEN BUY THIS and follow Kate cause she is a super woman who knows the skin we live in.’
A 53-year-old woman was told she looked young for her age as she boasts glowing skin after using the ‘outstanding’ product
A separate customer had scarring and redness on the jawline underneath her chin, but after using the serum noticed the outbreak was visibly reduced
A separate shopper gushed: ‘I’ve been using the Secret Weapon serum for a month now and my skin has definitely improved and appears brighter. Well worth the purchase.’
A third added: ‘Once diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer I kind of forgot my skin care as I explored the world of natural healing (I’m treating my cancer completely naturally, no surgery/radiotherapy/chemo) so when 5 months in I realised I’d ages 5 years! I decided to use something natural to bring it back to life. Secret weapon has made me feel much better about my skin now and I’m happy it is in keeping with my natural protocol too amazing stuff x.’
While one skeptic has drastically changed their opinion after applying the moisturiser. They shared: ‘I’ve bought the serum not thinking it would work for me as nothing seems to ever work,but boy was I wrong my skin is looking fabulous, plump, clearer the acne I had is going and the pigmentation is reduced so much…. I have oily skin and was hesitant when i first used it…but I realised my skin is producing more oils as it’s dehydrated, so now the oil production in my skin is more regulated.
A separate customer noticed their blemishes had disappeared after using Kate’s wonder product after using the lotion on her skin
Another customer noticed their skin was blemish free and glowing after just two weeks of using the serum
One customer was skeptical abut the serum, but was proven wrong and has admitted she now has radiant ‘plump’ and clear skin after using the product
‘I feel more confident in my skin and barely wear any makeup now…Thank you Kate for this amazing serum.’
‘Having spent hundreds of pounds on beauty products I have now found something that actually works, I’m 53 years old and this week I was told I didn’t look old enough to have a 24 year old daughter I feel this is down to your amazing product, my skin is truly glowing’, praised another.
A separate happy shopper shared: ‘I have been using the Secret Weapon Serum for only 15 days. Wow, I can’t believe the results and I’m excited to see my results after using for months. I honestly have never been happier my complexion is more even, my breakouts have gone, my face just looks smoother in general, and I’ve been wearing no foundation day to day, being a busy mum of a one and two year old. It’s a god send not having to apply make-up.’