Make-up for skin weakened by cancer treatments

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Make-up for skin weakened by cancer treatments

Dry skin, fatigue marks, rashes, scars, eyebrow loss... These are some of the consequences of certain cancer treatments on your skin. When properly chosen and applied, make-up for sensitive skin helps you restore a healthy glow again and to maintain your social and professional activities during this period.

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Skin weakened by treatments: drier skin

Whether you are being treated with radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, your treatment is likely to have an effect on your skin. It may simply be drier than usual. It may also have lesions such as acneiform rash, following certain chemotherapies, or post-operative scars.

Your skin may also be duller, with more pronounced signs of fatigue. The challenge is to restore the radiance of your complexion. But not just any old way: weakened by treatment, your skin needs to be soothed and properly moisturised. Soothing creams or balms formulated for sensitive skin, which can be found in pharmacies and drugstores, are the most suitable.

How to combat dry skin

Taking care of my skin and continuing to wear make-up during chemotherapy helped me to fight my breast cancer

Orianne, 52 years old

Restoring a healthy glow to skin that has been weakened by anti-cancer treatments

After moisturising your skin, you need to brighten up your complexion. With its light texture, the Fluid Foundation Corrector is ideal. To choose the right shade, start by testing it out on your jaw (forget the wrist technique: the skin there is too light). Generally speaking, a slightly pinkish tint will give you a glow in the blink of an eye. 

For easy application, dab the Fluid Foundation Corrector onto the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and smooth with your fingertips from the centre to the edges of the face and neck. In case of flaking or an acne-like rash, apply it with a sponge and pat it on to better blur the skin's texture.

In addition, to revive your complexion, don't forget to use a large brush to apply a veil of Healthy Mosaic Glow Powder all over your face. Use the Brightening Mosaic Powder on acne-like rashes to avoid accentuating the texture.

How to make up the complexion


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Skin weakened by treatments: make-up for dark circles and scars

There are simple make-up techniques that can be used to conceal other consequences of cancer treatment, such as dark circles and scars.

Skin weakened by treatments: reducing dark circles

To effectively reduce dark circles, the trick is to apply your concealer after your Fluid Foundation Corrector and before your powder. The Beige Concealer Brush is sufficient for moderate dark circles: apply a thin layer of the concealer to the area around the eyes, from the inner corner to the base of the nose, then gently tap to blend. If your dark circles are more pronounced, opt for a Corrector stick: yellow if the circles are blue-purple, coral if they are brown. Apply it preferably with a fine brush, then blend in the product with using your fingertip and light pressure. Finally, set with a touch of Brightening Mosaic Powder.

Skin weakened by treatment: hiding scars

In the case of medical ports or post-operative scars, on the face as well as on the body, the first step is to neutralise their colour. You must therefore choose the corrector stick shade that will reduce the colour of your scar. If it's red, use the Green Corrector Stick; if it's purple, the Yellow Corrector Stick; if it's brown, the Coral Concealer Stick. Once you have chosen a colour, use your fingertip or a brush to pick up the product and apply it to your scar.
Once the colour of the scar has been neutralised, even out your skin tone with a Compact Foundation Cream. With more coverage than the Fluid Foundation Corrector, it’s ideal to completely camouflage a scar, whether on the face or on the body. Apply it with a sponge, tapping gently on the scar so as not to displace the Corrector stick. Finally, set with the Translucent Mosaic Powder.

How to reduce dark circles


The eyebrows frame the eyes and give the face its character. So what to do when they become scarce or even disappear under the effect of certain chemotherapies? By choosing the right products, it’s possible to redesign or simply highlight them in a very natural way.
Start by choosing use an eyebrow pencil that matches the shade of your hair or hairpiece: "blonde" for blonde to light brown hair, "brown" for brown to dark hair. Then identify the points of reference: the eyebrows start on the vertical “nose wing - inner corner of the eye” line, and end on the diagonal “nose wing - outer corner of the eye” line. The highest point of your eyebrow is on the diagonal of the nose angle and the pupil. Now, drawing on the brow: to help you, follow a photo to respect their original shape. Then in the mirror, draw small strokes at an angle as if you were drawing the hairs one by one. Set in place with Translucent or Brightening Mosaic Powder, and for a very natural result, finish by blending the lines with a spoolie.

How to redesign your eyebrows


The right gestures to apply make-up to skin weakened by treatment (cancer)

For skin that has been weakened by cancer treatments, the make-up removal stage should also be very gentle. Make-up should be removed by massaging with the fingertips, using a gel lotion for sensitive to reactive skin. Then remove the make-up gently, using a tissue or a reusable cloth. To complete your cleansing and soothe the skin, finish with a generous spray of thermal spring water and dry the skin gently, without rubbing.

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