A Makeup Artist With Parkinson’s Just Launched a Cosmetics Brand for People With Shaky Hands
Terri Bryant, a makeup artist and business owner who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has launched a groundbreaking range of beauty products especially for those who also live with the devastating motor neuron disorder. Keep scrolling for the full story...
Parkinson's disease is a devastating neurological disorder.
The disease, which typically affects those over the age of fifty, progressively disturbs muscle movement throughout the body.
This results in uncontrollable tremors and shakes.
The smooth and controlled muscle movements which we experience are made possible by a chemical in the brain called dopamine. But, in Parkinson’s sufferers, these dopamine levels are reduced.
Once the dopamine levels drop low enough...
The uncontrollable trembles and distorted movements, which are the typical symptoms of the disease, start to appear.
These symptoms can be completely devastating...
And most commonly result in sufferers being unable to walk unassisted, perform basic day-to-day tasks and, in more severe cases, even to talk.
The condition is chronic and only worsens with time...
And it affects a staggering number of people across the globe. According to Health Line, more than 50,000 new cases are reported here in the United States each year, and the disease has become the fourteenth most reported cause of death.
The exact cause of the disease still remains unknown.
It is believed that Parkinson’s may have both genetic and environmental components, while some scientists think that viruses can trigger the condition.
A tremendous amount of research has been put into the disease...
And medical researchers have been working tirelessly for decades to determine a solution for Parkinson’s sufferers.
A number of different methods are currently used to ease the symptoms.
This includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. A number of different drugs are also used to treat the condition.
But, despite all of this...
There is still no known cure.
Because of this, sufferers have had to learn to live with the disorder.
And many have learned to adapt various aspects of their lives around it.
And for Terri Bryant, applying makeup was the predominant part of her life that Parkinson's affected.
Terri had been working in the beauty industry for over a decade when she was diagnosed with the disorder.
She feared that she would have to give up her profession...
As her tremors and shakes would prevent her from applying makeup. In an interview with Allure, Terri explained: “It wasn’t just my livelihood, but it was my creative outlet and the way that I’ve connected with women and men over the years. I didn’t want to let it go.”
And, as her symptoms became progressively worse...
She found that the traditional tools she had always used to apply makeup with simply weren’t working for her anymore.
She was faced with a difficult choice...
Either to admit defeat and give up on her passion or find a way around the challenges her symptoms were bringing with them.
But Terri was determined to continue doing what she loved.
After realizing that the traditional tools weren’t giving her the stability she needed, so she starting meeting with ergonomic experts and developing her own.
Que the birth of Guide Beauty.
Terri had a vision to provide high-quality makeup products for Parkinson’s sufferers, and Guide Beauty is the result of this vision.
Launched on February 25th, Guide Beauty offers an array of different products...
Which are all tailored to withstand the tremors and shakes that Parkinson’s sufferers have to endure on a daily basis.
So far, the brand offers 4 products.
An eyebrow gel, a mascara, a potted gel eyeliner, and an eyeliner tool, all with added devises to enable smooth and steady applications.
And it isn't just a makeup brand.
Guide Beauty aims to educate Parkinson’s sufferers on how they can use makeup despite the difficulties brought on by their symptoms.
Guide Beauty is paving the path for a more inclusive world of beauty...
And is helping to raise awareness about the devastating disorder, which affects millions of people all over the world. And one of the more high profile sufferers is none other than the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Keep scrolling to read more about his diagnosis, and what it means for the rest of the Obsournes…