Beauty Tips from a Breast Cancer Survivor

If you, a friend, or a family member has ever gone through cancer treatments, you can certainly attest to the fact that one of the hardest parts of the ordeal is getting used to looking at yourself in the mirror. Everything changes: your complexion, your hair, your nails, your eyelashes and eyebrows. Often, you look sicker than you actually feel. It becomes an entirely new battle, but with some practice, it's an easy one to overcome. Breast cancer survivor Alyssa Vingan learned some morale-boosting beauty tips over her year of chemotherapy, and here she'll teach you how to look—and, in turn, feel—your best while fighting cancer.

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October 4, 2012 4:00 PM
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Get a healthy glow with self tanner.

No matter what type of cancer you're fighting, rule number one for anyone going through chemotherapy or radiation is the same: stay out of the sun. Your skin becomes incredibly sensitive during these treatments, and your weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to sunburn. Even if you're naturally fair skinned, an extra-pale complexion—or even undertones of green or grey—caused by chemotherapy will make you look, well, really sick.

To give yourself a healthy glow, use a mild self-tanner on your entire body and your face. I particularly like this one from St. Tropez—you can see the color as you rub it on, helping to make sure that it goes on evenly.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $30, at Sephora.