Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer

by Teens Unite Fighting Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer
Beauty Workshop with Young People with Cancer

In this online, self-care workshop, we invited seventeen young people to join us for an easy skin care routine, and the opportunity to get to know each other. With weakened immune systems, the young people are still cautious about joining us for a face-to-face session, using public transport and meeting with others outside of their usual “bubble”. So, an online opportunity was ideal.

Ahead of the session, we posted out a self-care pack which contained safe and nurturing products that are perfect for dry, sore, itchy, flaky and sensitive skin, so often caused by the treatment of cancer. Skin-related side effects tend to be temporary, but they can be a source of real anxiety – especially for young women. If they don’t look or feel themselves, it can make their treatment more stressful.

So, inviting these young ladies to join us and learn some takeaway skills that help them take good care of their skin and give it a boost will help them feel more like themselves.

In this online session, we learned how to

  • Cleanse, tone and moisturise – three simple steps to follow every day
  • Apply a silicone based make up primer to even out skin tone
  • Dab a creamy concealer on the dark areas around the eyes
  • Smooth a colour-correcting cream to brighten the skin
  • Puff a little blush to the cheeks to give a little glow
  • Moisten the lips with a tinted balm

We also learned techniques to create the effect of eyelashes and eyebrows with a soft eyeline and eyebrow pencil, and powder. The young ladies felt energised and with renewed confidence, knowing that they have the basic skills to be able to recreate their new look whenever they needed.

However, the most powerful take-aways come from the “small talk” encounters of these events, where the young people realise that they are not alone in feeling the way that they do.

So, to everyone who has supported this project, we thank you for supporting us to being more of these young people together to help them understand that they are not alone.

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As we start to emerge from Covid-19 and the associated restrictions, we’re still offering most of our activities as digital opportunities.

In the last few months, the young people have been invited to join us for our Online Self Care Talk Lounge, an informal session hosted by our own team.

Ahead of the session, we send the young people some safe, kind skincare products, then when they log on to the sessions, they’re taught a simple skin care routine which is easy for them to adapt into their lives. Treatments such as chemotherapy can cause dry skin and skin irritation, being aware of and being able to minimise the psychological stresses often caused by skin issues is essential for the young people’s mental wellbeing.

Relaxed after their skin care session, it’s time to chat and chill, and the young people offer support to each other on a whole range of physical, mental and emotional issues. Hearing the young people telling each other the importance of self-care, encouraging each other to create and maintain healthy relationships with themselves, and offering suggestions for simple things they can do to look after themselves, from regular sleep and a healthy diet through to having a warm bath and reading a book or listening to music, is just heart-warming, and shows how very special this little Community you have helped us to create is.

From everyone at Teens Unite, and the young people we are supporting to live their best life, while others search for a cure, thank you!

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As we write this report, we are preparing for another in our self-care series of workshops for young people fighting cancer.

Self-care is so important for everyone, but particularly for these young people who are stripped of their confidence and unable to see their future beyond their illness.

In the digital sessions, the young people sign up to the event, and are sent a self-care pack containing skin care essentials – gentle products recommended for skin care during and after treatment.  The products are intended to soothe and restore, repair and rejuvenate the skin. 

When the beneficiaries join the digital session, they learn skin care techniques and the importance of both the skin care regime to hydrate their skin and the importance of creating a protective barrier in all weathers and in the home setting.  They also learn the importance of taking time for themselves, to improve their mental and emotional well-being, reduce their stress and anxiety and to boost their self-esteem.

These sessions, ensure that the young people have the opportunity to meet others, to offer mutual support, and share their own stories.  Hearing the young people telling each other the importance of self-care, encouraging each other to create and maintain healthy relationships with themselves, and offering suggestions for simple things they can do to look after themselves, from regular sleep and a healthy diet through to having a warm bath and reading a book or listening to music, is heart-warming, and shows how very special this little Community that you have helped to create is.  The support they offer each other crosses the boundaries of age, it crosses the boundaries of gender, ethnicity, religion, social class, and education.  Their strength lies in the thing that unites them, their common experience – facing a life-threatening illness in their teenage and young adult years.  And these self-care opportunities demonstrate this with abundance.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to create this very special community supporting young people fighting cancer.

As we write this report, we are preparing for another in our self-care series of workshops for young people fighting cancer.

Self-care is so important for everyone, but particularly for these young people who are stripped of their confidence and unable to see their future beyond their illness.

In the digital sessions, the young people sign up to the event, and are sent a self-care pack containing skin care essentials – gentle products recommended for skin care during and after treatment.  The products are intended to soothe and restore, repair and rejuvenate the skin. 

When the beneficiaries join the digital session, they learn skin care techniques and the importance of both the skin care regime to hydrate their skin and the importance of creating a protective barrier in all weathers and in the home setting.  They also learn the importance of taking time for themselves, to improve their mental and emotional well-being, reduce their stress and anxiety and to boost their self-esteem.

These sessions, ensure that the young people have the opportunity to meet others, to offer mutual support, and share their own stories.  Hearing the young people telling each other the importance of self-care, encouraging each other to create and maintain healthy relationships with themselves, and offering suggestions for simple things they can do to look after themselves, from regular sleep and a healthy diet through to having a warm bath and reading a book or listening to music, is heart-warming, and shows how very special this little Community that you have helped to create is.  The support they offer each other crosses the boundaries of age, it crosses the boundaries of gender, ethnicity, religion, social class, and education.  Their strength lies in the thing that unites them, their common experience – facing a life-threatening illness in their teenage and young adult years.  And these self-care opportunities demonstrate this with abundance.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to create this very special community supporting young people fighting cancer.

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During what can only be described as a strange and difficult year for the whole World, we have all experienced some of the isolation and loneliness that the young people we support experience every day – isolated by their illness they have faced further isolation with the need to shield.

And, while we have not been able to get them together for our normal workshops and activities, we have been doing all we can to ensure that they stay connected with others who genuinely know what it is like to face cancer in your teenage and young adult years.

We have transitioned our Positive Steps program to online delivery, and rather than delivering an activity three or four times each month, we have been delivering online four times a week.

The young people have still been able to take part in our beauty workshops, designed to help them tune in to their new look following their diagnosis and treatment. Ahead of the sessions, we have posted them the items they’ll need for the session, then they have clicked a link and connected with our professional service delivery teams who have shared their knowledge and supported the young people with skin care techniques as well as make up application techniques.

Each week we have hosted online sessions where the young people have been able to come together, learn new skills and be part of a community. They have been able to chat and relax and spend valuable time with friends old and new.

We thank you for your continued support of our work, ensuring that more of the seven young people who, every day in the UK, hear the words “you have cancer”.

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The social distancing measures imposed by Covid-19 have massively impacted face to face skincare and beauty sessions which give young people fighting the longer-term effects of cancer some much needed self-confidence.  However, the restrictions have not stopped us from delivering support to our beneficiaries.

Since the start of the lockdown, we have switched our face to face deliveries to online digital sessions.  The young people have been continuing to learn self-care techniques, an essential and vital part of happiness and health during and after cancer treatment. 

Regular self-care can reduce stress, sleep disturbances and anxiety.  Time spent prioritising yourself, even if it’s just for an hour can help take a young person’s mind off the real fear, stress and worry that comes during, and after, cancer treatment - making them feel physically better and better able to cope with what’s in front of them.

The young people have spent time online with a skincare expert, who helped them to understand the changes that they see in their skin as a result of treatment, dryness, redness and irritation, and they received advice on a proper skin care routine for the morning and the evening, using gentle, natural products to nourish and protect their skin.

We’ve also delivered two digital sessions to help the young people with make-up advice, colours to choose and those to avoid as well as application techniques which help them create the effect of eyebrows and lashes. Experts delivered the online sessions which focussed on the eyes for the first session and then later delivered full face colour selection and application advice.

The confidence that these workshops give the young people enables them to move forward in all aspects of their lives.  To everyone who has supported this project, joy, happiness and gratitude from some of the seven young people, who every day in the UK, hear the words “you have cancer”.

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Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Location: Broxbourne - United Kingdom
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Lesley Morris
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