Practical Ways to Enhance Your Look During Chemotherapy

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 3rd Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Read about some simple things you can do that will enhance your looks during the rigors of you chemotherapy sessions.

Chemo Causes Changes to Your Body

There's no doubt about it. Chemotherapy can cause many visible changes to your body and appearance. While I had been forewarned, I was not prepared for my fingernails turning black on me. When my toes started to ache excessively I didn't realize that my toenails would soon be a thing of the past temporarily. After having a decent head of hair, it was an adjustment when it all fell out. But remember you are still the same person in your inner core. I am glad to know that even with all these changes there are ways that you can counter some of the negative effects if you are undergoing chemotherapy.

Makeup

Wear cosmetics that make you look natural. If it is properly applied it can enhance your beauty. Be careful of the brands that you use too. It's not necessary to always go with the most expensive brand but it should at least be reputable and carry good products.

Wig it!

If you don't like the bald look, purchase a wig. You'll have to make a choice if you want human hair or the synthetic kind. Wear something that is similar to what you're used to. Again it should enhance your look not distract.

Jewelry

This accessory doesn't have to be costly to make you feel like a million bucks. So whether it's a pair of earrings, bracelets, brooches, pins or necklace, choose them wisely in order to be able to wear with several outfits. It's sometimes the little things that make the big difference. Of course if you are allergic to certain metals found in jewelry you may have to spend a little more. It will be well worth the investment because you are investing in you.

Hats and Caps

These items are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They come to the rescue when you need a covering on your head to protect it from harmful rays from the sun. Hats and caps can add a polished look for that outfit that needs just a little more pizzazz. And of course be sure to wear one during the winter months as an extra layer of warmth on your head.

I was affectionately called "The Hat Lady" by the patients in the cancer unit. If by wearing a hat could put a smile on another person's face it was well worth the effort on my part.

Scarves

They are so very versatile and add a nice pop for any outfit. Try wearing them around your neck, waist or around a hat to make a statement of its own. Check out your local thrift store for possible good buys.

Manicure/Pedicure

If you have the money occasionally treat yourself to this delight. It's a given that you will have multiple choices of colors and designs to choose from. If that proves to be too costly for your budget then do it yourself at a more economical price.

Summing it Up

It's a given that no one wants to be diagnosed with any kind of cancer. But unfortunately some of us will. If you find yourself in that situation know that you are still a person of great worth and value. Hopefully by using these tips you will feel good about yourself.

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Baldness, Chemotherapy, Cosmetics, Hats, Jewelry, Makeup, Manicure, Pedicure, Scarves, Wigs

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Amazing you! What a great share.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl. I think you are amazing too.

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author avatar Retired
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Wonderful tips, Hat Lady :)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Great tips my friend.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you kingwell

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author avatar Smileworld
6th Oct 2014 (#)

Great tips, Lee! Very practical.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
6th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Smileworld. Hope it is of great help to others.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

great ideas Lee- I adore scarves- and have always worn them, much like the jewelry of an outfit, just that added bit of sauciness needed to brighten the day...:0)-all your ideas add that zing and flavor ...Lee so uplifting- as you are always-thanks Lee...!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks D. It those little touches that can make a big difference to your look and your outlook.

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author avatar Maria Malone
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Great ways to feel positive while going through chemo!

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

very interesting, thanks for sharing it with us

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