Survival Is Beautiful: Beauty Tips During & After Chemo

African American woman in pink shirtA recent study (funded by the Avon Foundation) revealed that African-American women are 43 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than White women. In 2013, 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United States were diagnosed with the cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Further, 40,860 women and 464 men in the United States died from breast cancer, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even more alarming, were the findings indicating bustling cities like Atlanta (where Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a rate more than twice that of White women), Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles, top the list of U.S. cities with the largest breast cancer death disparities.

On the flip side, the five-year survival rate for women with early-stage breast cancer is 99 percent, says the CDC.

With breast cancer awareness month in full swing, we thought what better time to break down some of the best tips for breast cancer survivors who require chemotherapy? Check out our picks below.

The eyes have it! While lashes and brows may “disappear” during (and following) chemotherapy, there are many products on the market that can help create the appearance of luscious lashes and thick brows.

Our pick: Brian Joseph’s Lash and Brow Conditioning Gel, $50, available at Brian Joseph’s.

Containing no parabens, petroleum products or propylene “Brian Joseph’s Lash and Brow Conditioning Gel was developed by a medical professional and is ophthalmologist-tested. Our botanical and peptide based formula is non-irritating to eyes and will not irritate sensitive skin,” the website states.

As for the benefit, “breakthrough technology” features “reconstructive components that may help maintain lashes and brows during chemotherapy.”