Finding out you have cancer is life-changing, and the added stress of the visible side effects can feel overwhelming.
(LGFB) is a national charity that runs free skincare and makeup workshops and masterclasses all over the UK to help women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of treatment. The group sessions are led by volunteer beauty professionals who teach beneficiaries useful techniques, such as dealing with complexion changes and how to draw on missing eyebrows.
With World Cancer Day taking place on February 4, the beauty volunteers have shared their best beauty tips with GLAMOUR UK.
Cleansing your skin properly is vital at any time. During and after treatment, it’s very important to use hypo-allergenic cleansing products suitable for sensitive skin and not to rub or drag the skin. A good cleansing routine includes eye makeup removal, skin cleansing and toning. Balm cleansing products are particularly good as they are really hydrating.
The moisturising routine to know
Skin will often become drier during treatment, so it is essential to moisturise regularly. Make sure you use gentle products and apply with light massaging movements – and don’t forget your neck! Let the moisturiser settle into your skin properly before applying foundation. Try adding a serum into your routine, these are wonderfully hydrating and can help calm the skin.
Embrace a green colour corrector
Chemotherapy can cause high colour, flushing and blotchiness, using a green colour corrector can help to even out skin tone and disguise redness. Apply a very small amount to affected areas before your foundation. Be careful as a little goes a long way - you don’t want to end up looking like Shrek!
How to tackle eyebrows
Drawing on missing eyebrows can seem daunting at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be amazed at the results. There are lots of products on the market including pencils, gels and powders. Pencils are best if you have completely lost your brows and chose a shade that is the same colour or slightly lighter than your natural hair colour.
The power of eyeliner
Eyeliner adds instant shape and definition to your eyes and it can also help to create the illusion of eyelashes if they are missing. Using a soft eyeliner pencil, start at the outer corner of your eyelid and slowly work your way in, going as close to the lash line as possible. Use a cotton bud to gently soften the line.
The power of lipstick
If there is one cosmetic product that can cheer someone up instantly, it’s lipstick! Lips may become dry during treatment so look for lipsticks that having moisturising properties. Stick with more neutral shades, berry and red colours can highlight redness, so they’re best avoided if you have heightened colour due to treatment.
Nails can become drier, thinner and more brittle during treatment so it is important to look after them, it’s a good idea to use hand cream and cuticle oil regularly. Nail polish can help to keep nails strong and protected but be gentle when you take it off and use an acetone-free remover.
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