Better skin throughout cancer

Caring for skin and feeling better during cancer treatments

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A few practical tips will help you have a healthy look complexion throughout your treatments. Whether you are a man or a woman, you can use make-up to unify and illuminate your complexion, while diminishing any signs of fatigue and imperfections.

Carine Larchet, dermo-cosmetic and corrective makeup expert Laboratoire Roche Posay, reveals her secrets.


How to reduce redness and signs of fatigue ?

Joris, 45 years old, former patient, follows Carine’s advice to conceal the signs of fatigue on his face and have a glowing complexion!

  • 1Prepare your skin.
  • 2Apply a moisturising cream.
  • 3Apply a photo-protective cream.
  • 4Diminish redness
  • 5Fade away signs of fatigue underneath your eyes

Carine’s tip

Do not try to give yourself a false tan by using a darker shade of foundation! This is likely to age you ten years and leave you with a yellow- or orange-tinted complexion instead of giving you the healthy glow you hoped for!

Use a large brush.

How to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation ?

Corinne, 45 years, currently under cancer treatment, follows Carine’s advice to diminish hyperpigmentation and to give a burst of radiance to her complexion.

  • 1Prepare your skin.
  • 2Apply a moisturising cream.
  • 3Apply a photo-protective cream
  • 4Choose the shade of your foundation.
  • 5Smooth and unify your complexion.
  • 6Fix and matify
  • 7Give your complexion a burst of radiance.
  • 8Apply lipstick.

Carine’s tip

A small touch of blush on the rounded part of the cheek ( just smile at yourself in the mirror to find the right spot ! ).

Use rosewood for lighter skin, apricot for golden skin and brown or dark pink for darker skin.

How to fix and matify for a Long-Lasting Effect ?

A compact mineral powder is the perfect way to get a velvety complexion that lasts a long time.
Select a product in the same shade as your natural skin tone. If your skin is rather dry, apply the product with a brush to achieve an airy result, focusing on the centre of the face.
If you have oily skin or if you get frequent hot flushes, use a velvet puff or cotton pad to apply your powder, giving your skin a velvet, matte appearance.

AVOID : brown blush, which hollows out the cheeks.

Carine’s tip

A touch of bronzing powder on your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin and neck will give you a lovely and natural glow!

Use a large brush.

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A small touch of blush on the rounded part of the cheek (just smile at yourself in the mirror to find the right spot!)

Use rosewood for lighter skin, apricot for golden skin and brown or dark pink for darker skin.

How to brighten your face in 30 seconds, flat ?

Get shine with a light, transparent product. A BB cream will moisturise, and soothe your skin while protecting it against UV exposure, and illuminating your complexion.
It is easy to put on – even from your bed if you are too tired to get up – and it will brighten your face and give you a lovely complexion in 30 seconds, flat!
If you need more coverage, you can use a concealer foundation suitable for fragile skin instead.

How to use it : Apply like a cream, smoothing it from the centre of the face outwards and from the bottom up. Smooth it down towards your neck and your cleavage, if applicable. If you would like to touch your face up later in the day, use a compact slightly powdered foundation.

Carine’s tip

No matter which foundation product you use (BB cream, foundation, powder, etc.) do the colour test on the oval part of your face. This will help you quickly spot any colour discrepancy.

How to diminish redness?

  • 1Spray a mist of La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to refresh your complexion while soothing your skin and diminishing redness.
  • 2Prepare your complexion with a moisturizer and a sun screen agent.
  • 3Apply your moisturizer with a sponge to soften your skin.
  • 4Avoid using your fingers as this will cause redness.
  • 5Deposit the corrector at the center of the red spot and pat it with a sponge.
  • 6Amplify this movement, spiraling out like a snail’s shell.
  • 7Try to avoid going over the same area too many times as this will create a thick layer of foundation.
  • 8This would result in it not lasting as long or being as bright.
  • 9Spread the powder on your brush.
  • 10Lightly brush the back of your hand to remove any excess powder.
  • 11Dust on a very fine non-drying matte powder with a puff or brush, depending on your skin type.

Carine’s tip

In one step: apply a green corrector to any red areas and pat with your fingertips to blend it in.