It’s important to keep your spirits up during cancer treatments, but if you look in the mirror and see pimples, pale skin, undereye circles, and missing eyelashes, you may feel a little discouraged about your day.
In chapter 6 of my book, When Cancer Hits, I cover everything you need to know about makeup and concealing the facial effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
First of All: Avoid Health Dangers
The most important thing is to avoid any products that may put you at risk for reactions, burning, or other health concerns. In this chapter, I answer questions like:
- Is mineral makeup really better for you?
- What’s the safest type of mascara?
- How do I find out if my lipstick has lead in it?
- Which sunscreens are safest?
Best Makeup During Treatment
Should you still use the same makeup products you’ve always used while you’re going through treatment? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on what you were using before. While going through treatment, your skin is likely to be much dryer, so you may need to change the types of foundations, concealers, eyeshadows, and blushes you use. I help you determine what products you may need to replace.
Cancer treatments can lower your white blood cell count, putting you at a higher risk of infection. That’s why it’s very important to take steps to avoid contamination around your face, lips, and eyes. In this chapter, I’ll show you:
- The best makeup brushes to use during treatment.
- When to toss old makeup products.
- How to create your own safe makeup tool set.
- The key items you need in your new tender-care makeup bag.
Troubleshooting and Application Tips
Once you have all the general things down, it’s time to talk about targeting particular problems that pop up during cancer treatments. I’ll help you to conceal and transform:
- Facial swelling
- Scars and pimples
- Under-eye circles
- Loss of lashes
- Loss of eyebrows
- Dry lips
- Pale, ashy skin
- Dull appearance
I’ll also give you some tips for how to prepare for those emotional days that come more frequently during treatments, so you don’t have mascara running down your cheeks.
There’s no shame in wanting to look good even while you’re battling cancer. If you can help yourself to feel more confident, you’re more likely to spend time with friends, continue your work, and get out for a needed complementary massage or facial-all critical for your healing process!
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Have you struggled with makeup challenges during your cancer treatments? Please share any tips you may have.