My day with Look Good Feel Better
Last week I attended a workshop with the amazing organisation Look Good Feel Better. As a qualified makeup artist I was able to volunteer my time to help a small group of inspiring women to look good and walk out of the workshop fresh faced and ready to embrace the day.
Look Good Feel Better is a free national service community program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, that teaches women how to manage the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment so they can face cancer with confidence. The focus is not just on looking better, but on feeling better. This is achieved through over 1,000 free workshops at 180 venues Australia wide. This can include dry skin, spots, marks or different colours on their skin, and hair loss. I am one of the 1,300 qualified beauty and hairdressing professionals who have the privilege of spending time with these amazing women.
While undergoing cancer treatment, your body will be more susceptible to developing infections. That's why it's extremely important to take extra steps to keep your skincare and makeup free from bacteria. Follow these useful tips when caring for your makeup and brushes:
Make sure your hands are clean before applying cosmetics;
Make sure all liquid based products are tightly closed;
Apply liquid cosmetics with clean brushes (wash them every few days);
Use spatulas or a spoon for cosmetics in jars, rather than dipping fingers in;
Closely monitor expiry dates and discard when out of date. Also discard any products that have changed in consistency or smell;
Dispose of mascaras every 3 months;
Do not share your cosmetics and brushes with others;
Always test new products on the back of the hand or wrist before using;
If your skin is dry and more sensitive than usual, select products designed for sensitive skin.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can leave your skin even more vulnerable to sun damage, making it even more important to slip, slop and slap before heading outdoors every single day. The most important things to remember about using sun protection while undergoing cancer treatment are: Always use a high SPF UVA an UVB sunscreen and use other forms of protection, such as clothing, a hat and sunglasses, and seek out shady spots when outdoors.