Cancer is ugly. You are beautiful. You can still feel beautiful, even if you are living with cancer.
In between all those dreaded trips to the doctor’s office, it might be time to pamper yourself with a trip to the cosmetic counter. Makeup is a great way to give yourself a confidence boost.
Okay, glamour isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when a woman thinks of cancer. Faced with the physical and mental symptoms of living with a cancer diagnosis, many women let the concept of fashion and beauty slide to the bottom of their priority list. However, adding little pampering touches to your daily routine can help you feel beautiful when you need it most.
Aside from making you look gorgeous, makeup can have an important positive psychological effect. There is lots of evidence that a positive mental attitude can aid in the battle against cancer. Many doctors who work with patients affected by cancers, such as mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure, have noted that paying attention to personal grooming can boost the outlook of someone battling the disease.
Fun, feminine makeup can be an escape from the fear and apprehension that comes along with a cancer diagnosis. Even if you have never considered yourself much of a “girly” type before, getting into makeup can bring some color into your world. Something as simple as pink lip gloss can brighten your overall appearance and provide a real confidence boost. If you are undergoing strenuous cancer treatment or have been losing sleep due to worry, makeup can be an important tool in keeping up a healthy glow. It can be especially helpful to dab a lightly tinted concealer beneath your eyes and apply a light rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks. There are a number of organic makeup products available, which will actually soothe and protect your skin. Cosmetics, which use organicmineral pigments and organic plant extracts, can naturally protect and filter your skin from damaging sun exposure.
The goal of wearing makeup is not the hide the fact that you have cancer, or cover up the physical symptoms, but rather to help you feel comfortable and vibrant in your own skin. By pampering yourself, you are letting your inner beauty shine outward and showing the world that caner has not gotten the best of you.
By Jackie Clark, Research Assistant for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance .
Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as a research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s interest in health and wellness spawned into fashion for an overall better outer appearance from her desire to treat her body well. Jackie saw the power in fashion and how it can enhance a woman’s overall self-confidence levels. From there, Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.