Monday, January 23, 2012

The Transformative Power of Makeup and Fashion

The Transformative Power of Makeup and Fashion
By: Jackie Clark

Everyone wants to look their best, and putting on makeup or wearing nice clothes can really help. Even a spot of lip gloss if that is all you have available can go very far in helping you feel better about your appearance.

This is even truer when it comes to people battling potentially fatal health problems. Imagine being diagnosed with something like melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer that causes skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

What if you were diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer instead? This cancer often comes as shock because it is often caused by asbestos exposure, something most people aren't aware of being exposed to. The combination of a life-threatening illness and the surprise of how you may have contracted it combine to really deflate spirits.

Add to all that emotional turmoil the fact that mesothelioma treatment and melanoma treatment can be very harsh on the body, and you see why patients need uplifting.

This is why makeup and fashion are so important after a diagnosis. No matter what your prognosis is, you can instantly feel a little better with the right makeup and clothes.

Studies have shown that when a person is satisfied mentally, their physical outlook can improve. The power of positive thinking is very strong. When facing chemotherapy and other harsh treatments, it is important to keep the spirits up to help with the physical healing as well.

Even if you lose your hair, that doesn't mean makeup won't help you look your best. In fact, think of all that extra skin on your head as an opportunity. Shimmer lotions and bronzers can be used. Or wear a scarf 1960s style for a retro glam look that screams "sexy" instead of "cancer patient."

Many makeup counters offer free facials and makeup consultations. Take advantage of these. Not only will the makeup last all day, but also you can get beauty tips along with free samples.

For inexpensive but high-fashion clothes, try consignment boutiques or secondhand stores. Spend an afternoon trying on clothes and finding what really fits and looks good. Cancer treatments can change your body, so look at it as an opportunity for a new wardrobe. Better yet, go get your makeup done first then try clothes on to see what a complete getup will look like.

A cancer diagnosis doesn't have to mean the end of beauty in your life. It just means a different type of beauty, and makeup and fashion are a big part of that.

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