Beauty Tips after Chemotherapy
“Don’t judge me by my skin and hair color, body size and outer beauty. If you do, you will miss entirely who I am.”
After the treatment, it was tough for her to dress up. Her bald scalp and the thin frame made it difficult to confront herself in the mirror. She had triumphed over cancer but didn’t know how to defeat the unwanted stares of people.
The after-effects of chemotherapy range from loss of hair, mouth ulcers, loss of taste, weight loss, blurry vision and loose teeth, and it is an uphill task for the survivors to deal with these after-effects along with the pain and the disease itself.
If your bald scalp is a matter of concern, play with those scarves or wigs or just accept the beauty in your baldness, remember Demi Moore in G.I. Jane? You can use artificial eyelashes to replace the missing or the thinned ones, but avoid too much eye make-up as your eyes might get wet due to drugs and lack of real eyelashes. Chemotherapy leads to ageing, so use a good moisturizer. You can also use nail oil to reduce the brittleness of the nails. Use a red lipstick to enhance those lips and add colour to your face. Buy natural products instead of chemical-based ones to avoid adding complications to your already sensitive skin and body.
Go out shopping, even if to a flea market, to purchase inexpensive scarves. Meet friends who can comfort you and make you feel that you are still the same as you were in college. Read books and catch up on all the movies you missed all these years. Painting, writing poems and listening to music can uplift any spirit, do that.
Set your role models as Yuvraj Singh, Manisha Koirala, Lisa Ray and Kylie Minogue. They didn’t give up but in fact, bounced back with all their beauty. It is a battle that you have to fight but you can put up a brave, beautiful and boldface to turn things around in your favour.
“Your outer beauty will capture the eyes, your inner beauty will capture the heart.” – Steven Aitchison