National cancer support charity, Look Good Feel Better, has launched the ‘Confidence Kit’ to help women combat the visible side-effects of their cancer treatment in the comfort of their own home.
For many women, one of the most distressing things about undergoing cancer treatment is the changes it can cause to their skin and how they look. Losing hair can be devastating and demoralising and the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes can have a huge impact on a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. The Confidence Kit which has been created with industry experts and through generous support from Avon Cosmetics, includes an extensive DVD and 48 page booklet. It gives invaluable information and guidance on skincare and make-up, wig selection and styling, alternative head-coverings and nail care.
Featured in the DVD are four real-life “models”, all of whom were filmed during or after treatment and all with different concerns and problems. Marzena wanted advice on how to disguise her flushed complexion whilst Kreena wanted information on how to manage the different texture of her hair since it’s started to grow back.
Through easy to follow tutorials, International make-up artist and long standing LGFB volunteer, Caroline Barnes begins the transformations on all four of the ladies by demonstrating an easy to follow skincare and make-up routine. This is then followed by information and advice on wigs and head-coverings from renowned international hairstylist and LGFB Honorary Vice President Charles Worthington.
Also included on the DVD and in the booklet is detailed information on headware from Nicky Smetham, the founder of Surburban Turban and information on how important it is to look after your nails from nailcare artist, Jennie Nippard.
“The therapeutic and psychological benefit of women wearing make-up has been well documented, and we know from running our free skincare and make-up workshops in the UK for over 21 years that this is even more relevant for women undergoing treatment for cancer. It’s not always possible for ladies to attend one of our Workshops or Masterclasses, whether that’s due to location or that they may be too unwell to leave home or hospital. Our Confidence Kit will help us to reach our objective of being able to offer support to every women undergoing cancer treatment in the UK,” explains Look Good Feel Better Executive Director, Sarahjane Robertson.
Andrea Slater, Avon General Manager UK, says: “We are proud to support this vital initiative and the work of Look Good Feel Better which reflects Avon’s commitment to the causes that matter most to women. Many of our Representatives are supported by this cause and the Confidence Kit will help give women everywhere a much needed confidence boost during what is a very difficult time.”
Louise Munnelly, Independent Avon Representative says: “I first attended a Look Good Feel Better session whilst undergoing chemotherapy. I found the whole session liberating and confidence boosting. Applying mascara to non-existent eyelashes was a little difficult to say the least! I’m delighted that Avon has become involved with such a fabulous charity. Helping to pick a woman up when she is at her lowest is something very special indeed.”
Look Good Feel Better has been running its confidence-boosting skincare and make-up workshops in the UK since 1994 and to date have supported more than 115,000 women and teenagers. Each year around 165,000 women are newly diagnosed with cancer and the ‘Confidence Kit’ will help support those that are unable to attend a workshop.
The Confidence Kit is free* however Look Good Feel Better are asking for a discretionary donation of £5 to help them expand their services and support to even more women and teenagers. The Confidence Kit can be ordered from www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/confidence-kit *you will be asked to pay a £2.50 handling charge to cover the cost of postage.