Mind over matter? Probably. But undoubtedly, knowing you look good makes you feel better.
The therapeutic and psychological benefits of women wearing make-up have been well-documented by the medical profession and it’s the ethos that fuels Look Good Feel Better, a nationwide charity campaign run by the beauty industry.
The charity stages free skincare and make-up workshops in 73 hospitals throughout the UK. In Sheffield, sessions are staged three times a month at Weston Park Hospital and over the years have supported hundreds of local women undergoing the rigours of cancer treatment.
“Our aim is to increase women’s confidence and self-esteem at a very difficult time in their lives,” says the charity. “Losing your hair can be tough enough to cope with, but the loss of eyelashes and eyebrows and skin related issues faced during treatment can prove debilitating and isolating.
“Workshops are hosted by volunteer beauty consultants and women leave the two hour sessions smiling, uplifted, with new skills and a fresh feeling of confidence.”
Patients are given a gift bag of products donated by major beauty companies and volunteer beauty consultants teach a 12-step skincare and make-up regime.
*Throughout November, the Avocado hair salons in Bakewell and Sheffield run by Gary Gilthorpe is holding a month of fundraising for LGFB. It will culminate in a raffle for ‘the ultimate make-over’, the draw being made at a Christmas Pamper Evening on November 28.
First prize is a hair cut and colour transformation along with a facial, body and nail treatments, says Gary. Runner up prizes include a hamper of Aveda products and gift vouchers. Call the salon on 0114 268 6561 for tickets and information on the pamper evening.
* LGFB has a new self-help tool to offer every woman with cancer in the UK. The LGFB Confidence Kit contains a DVD and 48-page booklet presented by experts in skincare, make-up, wigs, scarves and nail care. For a kit, go to www.lgfb.co.uk
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