Beauty advice for cancer sufferers at Falkirk event

Look Good Feel Better event for cancer sufferers to get a makeover from Stacey Leigh Spalding''Picture: Michael Gillen
Look Good Feel Better event for cancer sufferers to get a makeover from Stacey Leigh Spalding''Picture: Michael Gillen

Brave cancer patients were given a much-needed boost with a welcome makeover during their treatment.

The Look Good Feel Better charity organised the workshop in Bannatyne’s gym at the Central Retail Park, Falkirk.

Set up over 20 years ago to improve the self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing of people undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer, it has already helped over 100,000 people in the UK with support from 40 leading beauty and fragrance companies.

Last week’s event saw Falkirk make-up artist Stacey Leigh Spalding pass on tips to patients, as well as demonstrate how they could improve their skin and use cosmetics, particularly during treatment.

Janice McDonald (53), of Shieldhill, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2013 and was due to get her final dose of treatment this week.

She said: “This has been great and I’ve loved it. I’ll certainly be walking out with more confidence than when I walked in.”

The volunteer co-ordinator with the Citizens Advice Bureau said during her treatment she had found her skin become red and she suffered from breakouts of spots.

Janice added: “I’d almost given up wearing make-up but this has shown what can be done. It’s been brilliant.”

Julie Wood (59), of Bo’ness, was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago and had been in hospital days before the beauty event.

She said: “You lose your confidence when your skin becomes very dry and red through the treatment. You also feel that everyone is looking at you. But this has been a real boost.”

Stacey said she had been delighted to get involved with the first session the charity had run in Central Scotland.

She said: “I gave them tips about keeping their skin hydrated because skincare is very important. I also showed them how to fill in their eyebrows because often they can lose them during treatment.

“The ladies were also asking for tips on how to give themselves a bit of colour when they felt tired and drained so I was able to show them how to use bronzer. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to get involved in similar events in the future.”

To find out more about the charity, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk.