Dealing with any illness is never a walk in park, especially dealing with one that is seemingly difficult to predict and control like cancer. The stress of coming to terms with the diagnosis can be just too much for most people to endure. Add to that the trauma of losing your hair, eyelashes and eyebrows and it can all take a very heavy toll.
I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs with cancer and I have taken many different approaches over the years. I’ve had conventional treatment and I’ve shunned it and now I’ve found an integrative approach where I combine a bit of conventional along with alternative and holistic practices which do a good job in keeping me well. I have lost my beautiful head of hair twice and instead of seeing it fall out in clumps over a period of time, both times I have chosen to shave my hair off. Of course I hated losing it but the thought of losing my hair was actually far worse than the actual reality. And in the end, I had a Grade 1 so at least I had some coverage.
One of the many things I did after my diagnosis, was to declutter and remove from my house anything and everything that was toxic. This included all of my makeup! For a woman, this is quite a daunting prospect as we use makeup to enhance our features and make us look and feel even better about ourselves. But the great news is there are natural alternatives available instead which are so much kinder and safer for our bodies. (Let’s not forget that beauty is within, and it’s how you feel about yourself and how you love yourself that really matters. How we choose to dress and appear only helps to increase those feelings.)
I recently discovered the Defiant Beauty Range – a make-up collection which uses minimal ingredients, is oil-based, fragrance-free, and also free from preservatives. It has been specifically created for people with cancer by Jennifer Young, who is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, Aromatherapist and Beauty Therapist who has been active in medical research.
I really like the range because it is extensive in offering not only makeup but skincare also. I have been using the eyeshadows and lipsticks for a few months now and there are lots of colour options to choose from and are long lasting so there’s little requirement to reapply.
Check out some of the range below.
See the full make up range at www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk
If you’ve had cancer and had to lose your hair, how did you cope?