For a woman with cancer, the effects of the illness and its treatment on her appearance can understandably deflate her spirit and shake her confidence. Through free workshops offered across Canada, the Look Good, Feel Better program, now in its 21st year, helps teach women ways to manage these physical changes, ultimately boosting their self-esteem and outlook.
“By taking control of how they look using cosmetics and hair alternatives, women with cancer can strengthen the positive attitude that is so important in cancer treatment and feel better about themselves,” says Sandra LaCouvée, senior assistant, Professional Products Division of L’Oréal Canada, who has been involved with Look Good, Feel Better for the past ten years and is L’Oréal Canada’s lead volunteer.
Currently offered at 118 hospitals and cancer care facilities across Canada, the Look Good Feel Better program centres around free, two-hour workshops where participants are given a kit containing cosmetics and skin care products donated by various cosmetics companies. Volunteer experts in cosmetics and hair alternatives lead the workshops, offering step-by-step instructions on makeup application, skincare, cosmetic hygiene and hair alternatives.
“It is so rewarding to watch the transformation these women go through from the time they walk into the room to the moment they leave,” LaCouvée says. “There is a certain camaraderie that evolves.”
For more information and to find a workshop, visit LookGoodFeelBetter.ca