Thursday, October 30, 2008

Think Pink: MAKE-UP TIPS | Taking Care of Skin and Nails

During cancer treatment, women may experience increasing dryness in the skin. Here are some Think Pink Make-up Tips to keep the skin supple during this temporary change:

1. Avoid cleansing products that have alcohol as an active ingredient.
Products that contain alcohol tend to dry out the skin and will be too harsh for temporarily sensitive skin.

2. Moisturize temporarily drier skin.
Choose a non to lightly scented, water-based lotion and massage it into the skin. Use gentle and upward massage motions to apply lotion on the face. Also, opt for a lotion that has an SPF (of at least) 30 to shield against the harmful rays of the sun.

3. Even better - stay out of the sun!
For a sun-bathing obsessed society, it may be tough to shack up during the summer months, but surely we have all heard the correlation of sun-bathing and cancer. During recovery, when skin is particularly sensitive, it is best to cover up and avoid the sun. To still get the look without cooking under the sun, use make-up products (i.e. bronzing creams and powders are any girl's best friend) to get a healthy glow on!

4. Moisturize (and don't cut!) your cuticles.
Since the immune system is weakened during treatment, avoid cutting your cuticles as any cut can lead to infection. Instead, apply a cuticle cream to keep cuticles soft and use a sterile instrument to gently push them back. Do your own manicures, but if you do go to get a professional manicure done, bring your own sterile tools for use.

For more helpful Think Pink Make-up Tips, check back on Make-up Junkie to see more from this series:
I. How to Maximize Sparse Eyelashes
II. Brow Know-How
III. Applying False Eyelashes
IV. Taking Care of Skin and Nails
V. The Importance of Proper Hygiene

Rhia Amio is a Freelance Make-up Artist, Beauty Blogger and self-confessed Make-up Addict based in Toronto, ON.

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