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Care runs more than skin deep for esthetician
Jun 14, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer
Riverton resident Maggie Daubin, a clinical oncology esthetician, recently expanded her practice to serve both men and women who either have or are recovering from cancer. Daubin opened Skin Care by Maggie where she offers customized facial treatments for skin that has been compromised by radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Daubin underwent extensive training in understanding how cancer and therapy treatments affect the body at the skin and lymphatic level. She provides hand and foot treatments and educates clients on how to get the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes while undergoing chemotherapy.
"Nearly everyone knows someone or has been personally affected by cancer, myself included," Daubin said. "Because of this I wanted to be able to help cancer patients maintain their self image and appearance as they progress through their cancer treatments or during recovery."
Daubin also became a member of the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program -- a program dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life for women battling cancer.
Daubin battled cervical cancer in her early 20s and lost her mother and grandmother to different types of the disease.
"I know firsthand how devastating this can be to the family and their friends," Daubin said.
She said patients often have a difficult time adjusting to the physical and emotional side effects of their treatments.
"My goal is that through the power of the esthetic touch, I can provide a soothing escape for individuals battling cancer" Daubin said. "I truly feel blessed to be able to provide each of my clients with a measure of comfort, compassion and care as they go through their journey of changes and challenges."
During cancer treatment, skin becomes fragile and loses its moisture, and patients may experience bruising, itchiness and increased sensitivity with acne-like rashes. Daubin said she helps replenish the skin's moisture and encourages patients to let their minds and spirits work with the body to heal.
According to the American Cancer Society, 11.7 million Americans alive today have a history of cancer. Some are cancer-free and some have it and are undergoing treatments. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed in 2012 alone, and 68 percent of all people diagnosed with cancer will survive five or more years.
Daubin said she hopes her services will help boost the self-confidence of individuals fighting cancer.
"In talking with cancer clients and survivors I have found that there are several different stages that they go through from depression, to hopelessness, to having this experience help them regain a positive self-identity," Daubin said.
For more information about Daubin's services contact 850-6785.
Skin Care by Maggie is located at 716 College View Drive, Suite 3.