Lipstick Angels

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Our mission is to provide high quality services using healthy beauty products to restore and strengthen the dignity, self-esteem and hope of seriously ill cancer patients. We strive to create an environment that fosters kindness, empathy, and support which contributes to recovery and nourishes the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.

We achieve this by providing out-patients with complementary, personalized one-on-one beauty, skin care and aromatherapy services provided by professional makeup artists while patients receive chemo/radiation infusions. We work with patients directly at the hospital, in the infusion center while they undergo treatment, are hooked up to machines, and at their most vulnerable. Not only does the program provide a beauty service, but an opportunity to physically and emotionally touch each patient. Touch conveys trust, hope, and reassurance to patients and research has found that touch can help reduce anxiety, stress and fatigue during and after chemotherapy. Whether it is a hand massage or makeup application, we are touching and connecting with every patient we serve. Furthermore, we come to the patient during their regularly scheduled hospital appointment. They do not have to find the time and energy to come to us. The Lipstick Angels’ beauty kits were developed with Founder, Renata Helfman and the Cedars Sinai’s Volunteer Department and the Epidemiology Department. The kits had to meet stringent requirements to ensure patient safety and all of the materials used in the beauty kits adhere to the standards set by the Epidemiology Department. Lipstick Angels only uses natural and/or organic beauty products in an effort to reduce patients’ exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals.