Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral programme dedicated to helping you look as good as possible during chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments. While most changes in your appearance are temporary, we believe it is important to provide you with tips and techniques that will help you look and feel better.
Putting yourself in control of looking good is one of the simplest ways to boost your self-esteem and confidence while going through treatment. Put your best face forward by following the skincare and make-up tips.
Remember, you are at increased risk of infection during cancer treatment, so it is important that you keep your cosmetics free from bacteria. Here are some ways to clean and care for your cosmetics:
- Make sure your hands are clean before applying any products.
- Tightly close all jars, tubes, and other make-up containers.
- Apply lotions and creams with clean cotton balls, sponges, or cotton swabs rather than dipping your fingers into the jars!
- Always check the expiry date on your products and replace them as required.
- Use clean brushes or disposable applicators to apply powders.
- Do not share your cosmetics or applicators with anyone.
- Always test new make-up products on the back of your hand or wrist first, not your face.
Whether you have always, occasionally, or only rarely worn makeup, you will find that it can really help you look good and feel better during treatment.
An assortment of products, colours, and techniques are available to help meet your temporary special needs, which may include skin discolouration (especially redness or yellow undertones); dark circles under the eyes; weight gain or loss; hyper-pigmentation (dark spotting on light complexions, the reverse on dark complexions), and even the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes.
Join a two-hour interactive Look Good Feel Better workshop at one of 40 public and private hospitals in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Amanzimtoti, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth where you will be shown how to use cosmetics as tools to address appearance related side-effects, as well as meeting and sharing with others who too are experiencing similar side-effects. Get to take home your cosmetic bag of products generously sponsored by members of the cosmetic industry to enable you to continue to look better, feel better and heal better while undergoing treatment.
In the words of Patricia and Julia: “The LGFB workshop was one of the most crucial moments in my life. I felt understood and that I was not alone.” “I feel beautiful, confident and can now face the world and deal with my disease.”