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Slideshow: Looking Good and Feeling Good With MS

Pamper Your Skin

Take time every day to slather your favorite lotion all over your body, especially on your legs, hands, and feet. It doesn't have to cost a fortune. Drugstores sell many moisturizers for under $10. Splurging? Try massage. Along with relaxing your muscles and helping your circulation, it feels good. Studies show it can boost mood and improve self-esteem for people with MS.

Mani-Pedi Masterpieces

A good manicure or pedicure can make you feel polished and special.  But only go to a salon you trust. Ask the manager about licenses, certifications, and how they clean tools. Say "no" to cutting cuticles or shaving calluses. They raise your chance of getting an infection. Because of your MS, you may be more sensitive to the heated water in the salon.

Get a New Look

Hit the restart button with a new do. If your fingers and arms aren’t strong enough to do a lot of styling, buy the lightest blow-dryer you can, or choose an easy hairdo. Ask your stylist about cuts you can just run your hands through with a bit of product and look great.

Women: Dress Smart

Make a statement with your clothes. Buy items that make you feel good. Zippers, tiny clasps, and buttons can make getting dressed a challenge if MS affects your hands. Look for pullover-style dresses and tops or sweaters in soft, draping fabrics.

No need to go crazy on the budget. A simple black pullover, dressed up with colorful scarves and accessories, can look polished (and different) at event after event.

Men: Dress Smart

One of the biggest clothing challenges for men with MS can be wearing a suit. What to do about that stubborn necktie? The good thing is it’s trendy to wear a jacket with an open-collar shirt. But if you must wear a tie, try a clip-on. Or keep your favorites tied so all you have to do is put them back on and tighten up.

Fabulous Fit

Well-tailored clothes make anyone look stylish. Get your clothes altered to fit you perfectly. Change out tricky buttons, zippers, and other hard-to-manage features. For example, swap Velcro for the closings on shirts and dresses.  Find a friend who’s handy with a needle, or try a dry cleaner that does alterations.

Get Noticed

Direct attention to your face with colorful scarves. They can be bought with pretty clasps that make them easier to put on. Switch in magnetic clasps on your favorite bracelets and necklaces so they're easier to manage.

Put Your Foot Down

For many women with MS, high heels aren’t an option. Shop around. Flats come in plenty of styles.

See if a shoe repair shop can take some of the height off your favorites, add straps, or make soles less slippery.

Set Up Your Own Salon

Save energy by putting together a small area in your bathroom or bedroom where all your supplies wait for you. Choose a spot where you can sit and have plenty of counter space.

Get a magnifying mirror that sits on a stand (not one you have to hold) so you can put on makeup or shave more easily. Keep an electric razor handy -- it’s a safe option.

Makeup Miracles

A few easy-to-use products can help you look fantastic with almost no effort. Try those that do double duty, like tinted moisturizer and combination wet-dry foundations. Liners with self-sharpening wands make dramatic eyes easier. Liquid makeup -- foundation or blush -- can be applied with fingers or a sponge.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on October 17, 2014

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Tips for MS

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    Boost your self-confidence with a new hairstyle that's easy to take care of.

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    To keep your brain sharp, play word games or do crossword puzzles.

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    Keep up with friends and make plans for the time of day you've got the most energy.

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    To keep your muscles strong, work out with light weights or exercise bands a few times a week.

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    If workouts are too much work, exercise in a pool. You'll put less pressure on your joints.

  • Look Good, Feel Good

    Look Good, Feel Good

    See a physical therapist to get exercise tips to improve your balance.

  • Get Better Rest

    Get Better Rest

    Take a nap to fight fatigue, but no more than 2 hours. Longer than that might keep you up at night.

  • Get Better Rest

    Get Better Rest

    To fall asleep easier, listen to relaxing music before you get into bed.

  • Get Better Rest

    Get Better Rest

    To sleep better at night, try meditation, deep breathing, or yoga during the day.

  • Get Better Rest

    Get Better Rest

    Do you wake up at night with a need to go? Skip that glass of water before bed.

  • Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Watch What You Eat and Drink

    For an energy boost, instead of 3 big meals a day eat several smaller ones packed with nutrients.

  • Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods to help prevent heart disease and diabetes, which make MS worse.

  • Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Watch What You Eat and Drink

    To keep your bladder under better control, cut back on coffee. It increases your urge to go.

  • Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Travel safely: Stay hydrated on vacation, but be cautious about local water and raw foods.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put a fan at your desk to keep cool while you work.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Get a motorized scooter to make shopping easier.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put hand controls in your car so you can speed up and apply the brakes without using your feet.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Is food prep a real chore? Use electric can openers and forks and knives with easy-grip handles.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Don't let the heat make you tired. Wear a cooling vest when you go outside in the summer.

  • Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Put Gadgets to Work for You

    Wear lightweight shoes with good tread to avoid falling while you're out for walk.