KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
The therapeutic and psychological benefits of women wearing make-up have been well-documented. In particular, faced with adversity, the desire to look good still remains. Nowhere is this more apt than for women coping with the visible side-effects of cancer treatments.
In essence, this is the thinking behind the Look Good â€¦ Feel Better (LGFB) Programme of free skincare and make-up workshops.The workshops help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and wellbeing. At the beginning of each workshop, patients are given a gift bag filled with different products donated by major companies throughout the Beauty Industry. Volunteer beauty consultants take everyone through a specially designed 12-step skincare and make-up regime and at the end of two hours of learning, fun and laughter ladies leave feeling relaxed and full of renewed confidence in their appearance.
Many women tell us that their LGFB workshop helped them regain a sense of control and normality at a time when diagnosis and treatment can make everything feel overwhelming.
â€œI was frightened to see how much hair had fallen out overnight and shocked at how I looked in the mirror. With some anxiety I went along to a LGFB workshop and I canâ€™t tell you how it helped meâ€¦ I can now make myself look like the me I used to be, not the me who happens to be a cancer patientâ€ Kate Tijou â€“ LGFB Beneficiary (pictured)
In the last 15 years, over 60,000 women have benefited from LGFBâ€™s unique and very practical service, with around 8,500 women attending workshops in 52 locations nationwide each year. Look Good â€¦ Feel Better is the Beauty Industryâ€™s charity and in the UK, it is supported by over 40 member companies of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Foundation, who donate funds, products and the expertise of their staff.
â€œThe LGFB consultant showed me how to carefully define my missing eyebrows and enhance my eyes now that I have lost my eyelashes. I look fantastic and canâ€™t wait to go home and show my family â€“ I look like me again. Thank you.â€ Becky Robinson â€“ LGFB Beneficiary
From April 2009 LGFB will have a new tool to offer every woman with cancer in the UK. The LGFB Confidence Kit holds an extensive DVD and 48 page booklet presented by experts in skincare, make-up, wigs, scarves and nail care. International make-up artist and long term LGFB supporter Caroline Barnes demonstrates a full skincare and make-up on four volunteers who have all been through the rigours of cancer treatment; Charles Worthington gives expert advice on wig selection and styling; Marian Newman imparts nail care tips and advice and there is also a wonderful section on scarf tying and other head coverings.
All the information carried in both the DVD and booklet has been built up through 15 years of supporting cancer patients all over the world. To hear more and request a copy of the brand new Confidence Kit, go on to the LGFB website - www.lgfb.co.uk - and click through to the Confidence Kit page.
For more information about the Look Goodâ€¦Feel Better Programme, please visit their website â€“ www.lgfb.co.uk or call 01372 747500.