Askanesthetician's Blog

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Look Good Feel Better: Help for Cancer Patients May 10, 2010

This week I attended a training session for volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better program for the American Cancer Society.

The Look Good Feel Better program aims teach cancer patients beauty techniques so that they can still feel good about their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment.  Cancer treatments can cause dry and sensitive skin and nails and of course, hair loss.  Look Good Feel Better volunteers are licensed estheticians, make-up artists, hair stylists, and nail techs who undergo a special training before leading sessions so that they can address the myriad of problems cancer patients face with their appearance.

Look Good Feel Better is completely free!  Participants receive a free kit filled with skincare and make-up products donated from a wide variety of companies (like Lubriderm, Mary Kay, Chanel, Estee Lauder – just to name a few).  A session lasts approximately two hours and includes detailed instructions on skincare during cancer treatments, a thorough hands-on make-up sessions using the products provided, an overview of wig and headcovering options, and a nail care discussion.  Not only do cancer patients learn something new that aims at making them feel good during their treatment, but they also get to meet other cancer patients so that a feeling of companionship and community is created during the sessions.

If you are interested in volunteering for Look Good Feel Better fill out this online form.  Please note that it may take some time before you are contacted by your local American Cancer Society office.  It took months for me to hear back from my local office before my training session.

If you or someone you know would benefit from a Look Good Feel Better session click here.

If you can’t make it to a session in person the Look Good Feel Better website has lots of tips available.  The sessions are mainly meant for women, but men and teens are welcome as well.  Occasionally the American Cancer Society sponsors sessions just for teens.

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