10 Beauty Tips For Cancer Patients

03-05-2015 10:07 AM

By: Pat Danforth, Independent Senior National Sales Director Emeritus

Pat Danforth knows about beauty. And she knows about cancer treatment. In this week’s blog, she tells you how those things can go together!

For nine months, I underwent surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. Chemotherapy not only took my hair, it took much of the natural oil from my skin. Here are my 10 suggestions that you can do in 10 minutes to look and feel your best!

  1. Cleanse. Use an extra gentle cleansing wash or cream.
  2. Hydrate. Moisturize regularly and adequately. This may mean you need a richer formula of skin care than you normally use. You’ll thank me now and 10 years from now!
  3. Conceal. Use flesh-toned shades closest to your skin to touch up discolorations.
  4. Face. Choose a natural foundation shade close to your skin tone to create a flawless look.
  5. Eyebrows. You may lose some or all of your eyebrows. Brush any you have, and apply pencils in at least two shades similar to your hair color. Use strokes no longer than a brow hair itself and then brush to blend and soften the color.
  6. Lashes. If you have them, use mascara.
  7. Eyes. Use a shadow base from the lash to brow. Use a contour color in a wedge shape in the crease of your eye. If you use eyeliner, you may want to work a tiny bit of moisturizer onto the tip of your pencils before applying. Use a darker pencil shade in a thin line close to the lashes to give depth. Use a lighter pencil shade in a thicker line above. Blend well.
  8. Cheeks. Blend to create natural soft edges.
  9. Powder. If necessary, use a loose, mineral powder.
  10. Lips. First, use lip liner to correct or enhance your lip line. Fill in the area with pencil color to create staying power for your lipstick. Then, layer lipstick over the liner and finish your look with lip gloss to add moisture and shine.