When enduring cancer treatment, a person feels less than attractive. Our skin gets pale, blotchy, and uneven tones to it, even pink or yellowish tones. One very good program, throgh the american cancer society, is the Look Good Feel Better program. It teaches ladies, through licensed cosmetologists, how to care for their skin and apply make-up in a flattering manner. I, myself, was part of a team to assist patients, in the throws of chemotherapy, how to look and feel better.
One may think, “I can use what I’ve always used,” or maybe not want to use anything at all for fear of infection, or they just feel unattractive. First off, do not use the same old make-up that you have had in your cosmetic bag. It may have bacteria growing in it, and you may have a blemish or open sore. You do not want to introduce bacteria into an opening in your skin since your immune system is compromised. Visit a high end store, and try sample shades of cosmetics. You do not have to buy the best of the best unless you want to. Department store cosmetics are just as good, if applied properly.
You want to cleanse your face with a gentle face wash, Psyoderm makes the most gentle, you can find it in the baby section. You can also use this on your hair, along with a small amount of conditioner. It is closest to your own ph level, and won’t strip your skin of the much needed oils. Remember, your whole system is different during this time, so be aware. Gently pat your face dry, with a clean towel. Let your skin air dry for a few minutes to help close your pores.
Next, you want to use a LIGHT moisturizer. As much as you think you need heavy,thick creams, a light moisturizer is all you need. Cover Girl makes a fantasic foundation, which had your base make-up swirled in with Oil of O’Lay moisturizer, which eliminates a step for you. Choose a shade 1-2 shades lighter than what you normally have used. Be sure to blend down ino your neck and rinse your cosmetic sponge. Chose a blush that is close to the shade of your inner cheek, and blend well. The shades you would have normally used have to be a littler lighter but apply slightly heavier and again, blend. Eye make-up should be age appropriate, yet defined. Black eyeliner may be changed to brownish-black to soften your look, as well as your mascara, if you are using it. Again, yor high-end stores can help you with color selections to “bring out ” your eyes and lips. Also, the american cancer association can provide information about the look good feel better program in your area.