Many women undergoing chemotherapy may struggle to feel beautiful during treatments. Oftentimes, a patient may find her skin and lips drying out. She may feel gaunt or pale, and if she loses her hair, her confidence might drop. With a few extra steps, however, you can offset many of the beauty-related problems caused by chemotherapy. Moisturizing products help your skin to stay hydrated, cosmetics can give you a healthy glow, and hair coverings can keep you looking beautiful and feminine. Below are some tips on looking your best during chemotherapy:
- Take care of your skin. Cleanse your face with lukewarm water and a mild facial cleanser in the morning and evening. Avoid harsh soaps or soaps that do not wash off easily, since these products are more likely to dry your skin out faster. Try to use all natural products on both your face and body. Certain chemotherapy are very drying so make sure you pay attention to your WHOLE body not just the face.
- Do not stay out in the sun for extended periods of time. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when you anticipate spending time outside, unless instructed otherwise by a doctor.
- Do not use hormone creams. Products that contain hydrocortisone or other chemicals may have an adverse reaction with your skin during chemotherapy.
- Ask your doctor before you use concealer to cover pigment changes. Doing so may not be advised, and these pigment changes usually return to normal once treatment ends.
- Avoid shaving areas treated with radiation until the skin heals. If you must shave, use an electric razor instead of a manual one.
- Keep your nails trimmed short. This will help minimize breakage and brittleness caused by radiation treatments.
- Use an oily remover to remove nail polish. Avoid alcohol removers or those that contain similar drying agents.
- Avoid hands creams containing alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids. Also avoid nail polishes that contain formaldehyde. These chemicals are harsh and may damage your drying skin.
- Even if you do not completely lose your hair, you may find that it becomes brittle and thin. Take special care of your hair while you have it, and use a range of head coverings, from wigs to hats, to make yourself feel beautiful if it falls out.
- If you do not loose your hair use gentle shampoos and conditioners to wash your hair. Avoid medicated shampoos or drying formulas.
There are hundreds of other tips to help you feel beautiful during treatment. Check them out below: