Look Good Feel Better: Beauty Techniques & Makeovers for People with Cancer

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How many of us can say that when we get a makeover, or look good, we feel better about ourselves? I know I can. The routine of getting hair and makeup ready may come easier to me as this is my profession. For others, it can be a daunting task for even the healthiest of women. Imagine for one moment what it would feel like while experiencing the varied side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

In 1987 a doctor treating a woman with cancer contacted the (at the time) President of Personal Care Products Council, Ed Kavanaugh, and asked if he would be able to organize a “makeover” for his patient. He felt that it would not only transform her appearance, but also her outlook on the roads ahead. Phone calls were made, and that woman received a full cosmetic makeover resulting in “a smile for the first time in weeks.” 

With the success of just one makeover, Kavanaugh sought funding from the Personal Care Products Council. They jumped on board and following suit, The American Cancer Society joined, as well as the Professional Beauty Association(PBA). With these combined forces “Look Good Feel Better” officially launched in 1989.

Look Good Feel Better

Today Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer. This helps them to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling. These lessons help people with cancer to find some beauty and normalcy in a life that is by no means normal. It operates in all 50 states in the USA as well as The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and all products are donated by the Personal Care Product Council. They also offer a teen program, a Spanish program, self-help kits, online and a 24-hour support hotline so people dealing with cancer can be supported in ways that are beyond skin-deep.

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