“Living Healthy with Lupus Day” Event Launches Lupus Awareness Month 2010 in NYC

Beauty and Health Strategies Address Major Need

In its 40th year of service to New York City’s lupus community, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation kicked-off Lupus Awareness Month 2010 at the 3rd annual “Living Healthy with Lupus Day” at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

More than 125 women with lupus attended the sold-out program designed to give them the opportunity to focus on feeling better—inside and out.

Appearance is a top concern of people with lupus, according to preliminary results of a recent Foundation and Yeshiva University survey of 300 New Yorkers with the disease. Early findings indicate that lupus-related changes in appearance due to medicine side effects and the disease itself are highly emotionally distressing, and can cause significant depression.   

To address this need, the free afternoon offered complimentary mini-workshops and demonstrations from makeup artists, massage therapists, health food experts, hairstylists, and more. Cosmetics giveaways were provided by Avon, Cover Girl, Dermablend, Mary Kay, and L’Oreal.

“At Avon, we recognize that makeup is more than skin-deep. It can give women the confidence to look and feel their best, while coping with all of life’s challenges,” said Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon. “We are dedicated to improving women’s health and well-being around the world, and congratulate those committed to making a difference in the lives of women living with lupus.”

Also featured: expert advice on sun protection, hair how-to’s, and stress-relief techniques to beat the body blues. At lunch a panel of women with lupus discussed their strategies for “living well” with lupus.

“Lupus Awareness Month is a key time for us to bring broad public attention to this devastating disease,” said Margaret Dowd, executive director of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. “If you have lupus—you are not alone. While we strive for a cure, we work each day to bring hope and support such as the advice and strategies at this successful Living Life Healthy with Lupus Day to all New Yorkers living with lupus.”

Take a Tip Today from the Experts who were there—and take charge of feeling better—inside and out!

Makeup Coverage Cosmetics Tips from experts at Dermablend

Martha Swinton, Make-up Artist, NY

Tip:  For bruising, severe redness and uneven skin tone due to Lupus, use Cover Creme foundation available in 21 shades to compliment any skin tone.

  • Remove a small amount of cream with spatula or fingertip.
  • Place on back of your hand and with a circular motion, warm and soften product until the texture becomes creamier.
  • Apply directly over imperfection. 
  • Blend product in an outward direction. If more coverage is needed, tap on more product over the area.


Hair Tips from Empire Beauty School


Tip: Use a protein-based conditioner once a week. It will strengthen your hair.


Massage Tips from American Massage Therapy Association


Tip: Exercise outdoors (i.e. walking, running, bicycling), stretch gently, get a massage regularly and always remember to breathe deeply and consistently.

Massage Tips from Licensed Massage Therapist

Samantha Paige-Grueber, LMT

Tip: Learn to sit properly. There are two bones called sits bones. They are located where your legs meet your tuss. Find them, roll around on them and sit on top of them. Let the weight of your shoulders sit on your hips. Sitting this way will help reduce the pressure and tension in your shoulders.

Sun Care Tip from Mary Kay Cosmetics

Josefa, Daisy, and Miosotis

Tip: Protect your skin with sunscreen ANYIME you may be exposed to sunlight.

Food Tips from the “Food Philosopher” nutrition and cookbook experts

Tip: Try to “take control of your own health in order to strengthen the immune system, prevent disease, and lose weight by eating real food.”

More ideas at http://www.foodphilosopher.com/

Nails and More…

Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters:
American Massage Therapy Association
Andrew DiSimone
Cover Girl
Dermablend Professional
Empire Beauty School
Mary Kay Cosmetics