Look Good, Feel Better: Dealing with Cancer during Covid 19

As the Coronavirus brings our lives to a halt, we are all finding ways to battle through this challenge together.

Sinead O’Carroll, for Wasted.ie

I spoke to the people behind Look Good, Feel Better. They are the hugely talented and compassionate people who help our loved ones who are currently living with, or or trying to beat Cancer. Because Cancer doesn’t understand lockdowns…

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a programme that launched in Ireland back in 2003, with a simple vision:

“To help improve the well being and confidence of women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. We do this by providing free Look Good Feel Better workshops and advice to help manage the visible side-effects caused by cancer and its treatment.”

A registered charity, it provides a free service with the help of volunteers and various companies and brands throughout the beauty and fashion industry.

Dealing with everything from hair loss, to makeup tutorials, the women behind this initiative are truly inspirational to us and to the 10,000 patients that they have helped so far in Ireland. We know that skincare and makeup is not a cure but it certainly helps to rebuild self-confidence.

Meeting Mary Drummond

I was fortunate that our paths crossed, when I metΒ Mary Drummond, she was my ‘fab’ makeup artist during this years’ RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. She is also one of the LGFB volunteers and she has shared some tips on a range of products that she uses as part of her service. She is delighted to have teamed up with Benefit Cosmetics now too!

During Covid-19, theΒ  Look Good, Feel Better programme have had to suspend their physical workshops across the country, But that hasn’t stopped this group of volunteers!

They are now offering online One to One consultations with patients undergoing cancer treatment, whichΒ  you can organise via their website www.lookgoodfeelbetter.ie. Each video session lasts 1 hour and participants are taken through skincare and makeup by professional makeup artists.

According to General Manager Annabel O’Keeffe: β€œWith Covid-19 we have postponed our unique confidence-boosting workshops but, sadly, cancer doesn’t stop. One person in Ireland gets diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. Look Good Feel Better workshops bring a smile to the faces of women undergoing cancer treatment, we think that this is really important, especially now, and we don’t want this to stop.”

Please pass along this information to anyone you know that might benefit from this service.
Simply log ontoΒ  www.lookgoodfeelbetter.ie or check them out on Facebook or Insta @lookgoodfeelbetterireland
You can also catch up with with Mary on her insta @marydrummondmakeup
Stay safe, stay well.

Sinead X

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