Tuesday, February 28, 2012

products {that I love}...

I've always had what I feel to be a myriad of products to help with my oily skin and oily hair though none seemed to really help. I've tried so many scrubs and cremes and gels and medicines - I feel like now I'm back to where I started, kind of.

One of my longest facial friends is this little package....

They are amazing!! You take out one little blue sheet {or two if you need it, like me} and wipe it all around your face or where ever the oil is. They turn clear as the sheet soaks up the oil. They can be spendy, about $5 per pack, but they are totally worth it. I don't use them every day but during certain time of the month they are imperative.

Back over Christmas break I went to get my hair cut and the hair dresser was chatting with me and she told me she had PCOS. I didn't mention to her that I was going to get tested for it soon...but how weird for that to have happened?!?  Anyhoo, she was telling me about her hair care routine after I'd talked to her about my oily hair. She told me I needed to switch to a regimen that is "Sulfate Free". I'm happy to say that I have and it.is.amazing. Like, I can't believe it! There used to be times that I would get out of the shower, dry and style my hair and it would be oily before I walked out the door! Not now, I can make it all day. I bet I could make it for two days. I actually tried last weekend but the thought that I hadn't washed my hair on Sunday was really getting to me so I washed it at like 3pm. I'm weird.

The shampoo is on the left. The conditioner in the middle. I bought them both a Target because I didn't want to spend too much money in case I hated the stuff...but next time, or maybe sooner, I will be investing in some high-quality, sulfate free shampoo.

And I am in love with Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash. I think this might have been the only acne wash I hadn't tried, I think because I thought it was too simple. Well, it is amazing. It doesn't tighten or dry out my skin but it also doesn't create oil. For me, right now, it is a perfect blend.

The other thing that used to be only for special occasions...

Waterproof mascara. You know, becuase the urge to cry hits you at random times during the day. I love my other mascara because it makes my long eyelashes even longer but this one gives me some security. On the day in November I found out my insurance wasn't the best at covering infertility I also had a majorly-crazy meeting with a set of parents and kind of had a major meltdown. I did not have on water proof mascara and my contacts got all messed up while driving home {and crying on the phone to my Mom} because of the mascara. I had to make a few stops along the way to wipe my contacts out. Ever since - this has been my best friend. I also use {and always have} exclusively Clinique makeup. My first dermotologist recomended it to me and I never stopped...

Though my favorite thing in the whole world is...

Hot stone massage. And a 90 minutes one at that. I love my massage therapist. She is amazing. Part massage therapist, part mental therapist, part friend. After over 2 years together...she is an INTRICAL part of my team!!

I am always on the hunt for new products to help with the oily factor.

I hope that the medicine and working out helps get this under control. And now that I've found some good prodcuts I am feeling more confident. I hope this continues.

Fingers crossed.


  1. I feel your pain with the grease! I seriously have to wash my hair every day if I plan on leaving the house. I envy all women who can go a couple of days without shampooing! All of your symptoms are making me wonder over here now! Oh, and fun tip for greasy hair...Dry shampoo! I'm pretty much addicted to it. It's especially great if I had to wash my hair super early, but have plans late into the evening. Some dry shampoo spray, blend it in, and off I go! I use the Got 2 B brand, but I've heard people love Psssst, which is also a drugstore brand. Check it out if you haven't already!

    1. Amy, I've been wanting to dry shampoo and I might just have too! And in regards to the symptoms - PCOS is pretty common. About 5% of women have it (comparitively 6-7% of the population has Diabetes). It's something to look into. In PCOS you don't have to have "all the symptoms" but parts of them, hense the name syndrom. So IF (and that's a big IF) you had PCOS I'd guess you don't have the obisity side effect ;-)

  2. Hi Ann.. Loreal has a line of affordable sulfate free and alcohol free hair products! I love it. You can find it at Target and Walmart. Also, while I too have been a Neutrogena girl for face wash, I recently started using Aveeno and I really like it... I was getting some bad breakouts and it has helped!

    1. Thanks Lee. I will definitely be checking out more brands! It was SO amazing to talk to you today.

  3. I've been using the Loreal Sulfate and silicone free shampoo and conditioner for several months now and love it!

    1. Looks like Loreal might be my next brand to try...between you and Leena...I'd say that is a good sign! Thanks for the tip Meggers.