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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Over the past few years with Crohn's disease, I've been trying dozens of beauty, health, and relaxation products. Here is a list of the products I've used that I recommend:

Garnier Skin Renew Resurfacing 3-way Cleanser ($7) – Can be used as a daily cleanser, exfoliating scrub, or mud mask. It made my skin super soft and radiant by removing the dead layers of skin. I also saw a reduction in blemishes and blackheads. Also great for exfoliating lip skin for softer lips.

Lumene Arctic Touch Deep Cleansing peat mask ($10) – Relaxes the face as it dries. I saw a reduction in blemishes and blackheads. This mask dries your skin more than the Garnier cleanser so I would only use this if you suffer from oily skin or use only once a week.

Lumene vitamine C+ Nourishing Night Care cream ($20) – I saw a reduction in wrinkles and circles under the eyes. This cream is great for replenishing moisture after the Lumene peat mask. Your face will feel a little greasy in the morning. Great for dry skin or winter time.

Yes to Carrots C Through the Night cream ($15) – I saw a reduction in wrinkles and circles under the eyes. My skin felt rejuvenated overnight.

Alveeno Positively Radient moisturizer ($15) (CVS brand luminous moisturizer is comparable, $13) – I use this every day under my make up. It absorbs quickly and is also SPF 15. It diffuses light to reduce the look of dull skin.

Kiss My Face Rough Thyme, Cinnamon, and Bergamot exfoliating bath & shower gel ($7) – I found this product at Whole Foods. The smell of this gel is comforting and soothing yet invigorating. It leaves the skin feeling exfoliated and soft.

Nivea Body Smooth Sensation body lotion ($7) – It absorbs quickly and makes your skin feel silky soft, not greasy at all, so you can apply it in the morning under your clothes.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Roll-on Sensual black currant vanilla ($15) – They also make other scent combinations for stress relief, sleep, and energy. It’s a great travel-sized scent so you can refresh your aromatherapy experience any time.

HUGO Naturals Comforting Vanilla and Sweet Orange spray and lotion ($20) – I found this product at Whole Foods. It’s the most comforting scent combination I’ve ever found. The spray can be used on fabrics without leaving spots. I spray myself and my pillow before going to sleep.

Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers lip balm ($9 for a pack of 8) – Great for moisturizing lips but also helps curb your cravings for sweets. The party packs allow you to get flavors like mango, raspberry, watermelon, or cotton candy. I love picking out my flavor of the day.

Physicians Formula Talc-free Mineral Wear loose powder ($12) – It comes with its own kabuki brush which enables it to blend very well and look natural because you don’t need to use very much at a time. Very good at reducing shine and somewhat water/sweat resistant too. Won’t clog pores or irritate skin. I use the kabuki brush for all-over coverage in a circular motion around the face and a smaller brush to cover blemishes.

L’Oreal HIP eye shadow ($7) – Fun, bold colors that will last all day and into the night without a touch up. A great way to make your eyes pop without needing eye liner.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($8) – Lasts 6-8 hours (as long as you let it dry properly) and can be used with lip balm, gloss, or shimmer for added effects. This product will accentuate dry, cracked lips, and the product is darker than the color on the tube suggests. Blotting or smudging with a finger should be done immediately before it dries.

Garnier Sleek & Shine Leave-in conditioner ($8) – My only hope in humid weather, and my hair saver in the dry winter. A little goes a long way. I apply it to towel-dried hair in the morning or to dry ends at night. I also rub a tiny bit in my hands and over fly-aways on styled hair.

Aussie 3 minute miracle ($5) – A great deep conditioner that rinses clean. When I feel like my hair needs more than a miracle, I apply it to my hair before going to sleep and leave it in overnight.

TREsemme deep cleansing shampoo and anti-breakage conditioner ($5) – The deep cleansing shampoo removes sweat and excess oil without drying hair out. My hair felt instantly stronger after using the anti-breakage conditioner, and I’ve been noticing a reduction in split ends. Sometimes I apply the anti-breakage conditioner to the ends of my hair and leave it in overnight.

Giovanni Hair Styling foam ($20) – It’s a mousse that’s gentle on your hair. I apply it to towel-dried hair, blow dry, and then curl. I still had curl and volume to my hair after 8 hours. It added shine, body, and texture too.

Giovannni Sunset Styling Lotion Hair Changer ($20) – Another gentle product for your hair. It’s great when you don’t have time to style your hair. You can scrunch it into curls for that ‘just out of bed’ look or blow dry it straight. It adds shine and texture without leaving build-up and keeps the fly-aways in check. It’s a liquid so be careful when pouring. Plus, a little goes a long way.

Conair Infiniti blow dryer ($40) – Forty bucks seems a bit much for a hair dryer, but it is worth it. I found that it cut my hair drying time in half, and my hair ends up less frizzy. I can actually blow dry my hair upside down to add volume without worrying that I’m going to look like Albert Einstein.

Tweezerman mini-tweeze set with travel case ($24) – Seems expensive, but this product has won awards from InStyle and Allure for superior quality. This set includes a slant tip tweezer for general tweezing and brow shaping and a point tip tweezer for ultra-fine hairs or stubble. They magically grab hair every time so no more re-plucking attempts on the same hair over and over again.

Nair ($5) – A hair removal classic. Lasts a bit longer than shaving and makes it easy to remove hair around the bikini line.

Sally Hansen Naturally Bare waxing strips face & little spaces ($7) – These clear strips are great for initial brow shaping because you can hold them up to your face, draw the shape you want your brow, and cut them into the shape. You simply heat the strips up in your hand or with a blow dryer for a minute and peal apart the double-sided strip. You can use the other side of the strip on the other brow to insure the same shape for each brow.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray ($10) – I hate ironing. This product removes wrinkles instantly and adds a fresh scent.

Diurex ($6) – Water weight is no fun and can add quite a bit of puffiness. If I want to feel a little slimmer, I take one of these (the no caffeine version) at bedtime and another in the morning.

YogaToes ($6) – This product is ultra relaxing. It spreads the toes apart to increase circulation and decompresses toes that may have been jammed into cute, but not so comfy, shoes all day. I wear them in bed for an hour before falling asleep.

Epsom salt ($4) – This is one of my favorite products. Add a cup or two to a hot bath and feel your muscle and joint pain melt away. You will feel relaxation like you’ve never experienced before.

Neti Pot ($15) – This is another one of my favorite products. It uses the gentle force of gravity to pour warm saline through one nostril, into the sinuses, and out the other nostril. Sounds strange, but you will breathe better than you ever have before. Safe to use as often as you want. Great during allergy or cold season, but I use it every day.

Flushable moist wipes ($5) – A little extra freshness and comfort to your ‘under-regions.’ They contain moisturizers and a light, fresh scent.

Secret clinical strength deodorant ($10) – This product stops sweat and will not leave marks on your clothing. Underarms will feel dry, yet soft, and it doesn’t wad up into those gross deodorant balls.

Lysol disinfectant spray ($7) – I spray around the house at least once a week- door handles, light switches, remote controls, cell phones, computers, sink handles, soap pumps, toilet seat and handle, etc.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not quite sure what's the point of this post, mlatida?
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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
These are a few simple luxuries that I've used that add just a little sunshine to my day. I just thought I'd share them with everyone because they could also brighten someone else's day too. They help make my skin and hair look less sickly and aid in relaxation.
26 years old. Diagnosed with Crohn's disease March 2008. Battled a C. diff infection from Summer 2009-Spring 2010. Have been dealing with a severe flare for the past several weeks.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I am glad these products worked for you, but you need to remember that all of us have different skin types, are different ages etc. So while these products may work great for you, they may not work great for all. The reason your post is being questioned is because it looks like you are trying to sell something, and of course thats not allowed.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 9/3/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you.. I love hearing about recommendations from others...some of the stuff I already use... my husband swears by the neti pot.. I have yet to try it.

does epsom salt really work for joint pain... I have never tried it but may have to.

its sweet you are trying to bring sunshine to our days..sometimes a simple luxury can bring a smile =) and we can all use a smile with cd.
40 to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- Mayo Confirmed May 2010
Methotrexate injection, Prednisone, Colestipol.Nexium, Propranolol, Vivelle patch.
had to stop Imuran due to pancreatitis

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   Posted 9/5/2010 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not trying to sell anything. I sincerely wanted to let others know about some products that have helped me relax and get through a terrible Crohn's flare.
26 years old. Diagnosed with Crohn's disease March 2008. Battled a C. diff infection from Summer 2009-Spring 2010. Have been dealing with a severe flare for the past several weeks.

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   Posted 9/5/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't look like she's trying to sell anything.  She's just listing stuff that has mad HER life easier. I'm kind of confused about what's not to understand about it??  Crohn's stresses people out, it takes a toll on our lives and our looks. Geez!
Anyways...THANK YOU mlatida for posting this, I'm sure many people will find this useful.
I LOVE the 'Yes to Carrots' products as well.  I also use Secret clinical strength deodorant and for me it's a life saver while I'm on prednisone (I sweat like a pig!!).
'Tahiti Sweetie' ($12) body lotion from Bath and Body Works has saved my face.  It gets SO dry in the winter, this product has monoi oil in it and for me has done 'miracles'.
'Sleep Pillow Mist' ($10) from Bath and Body Works helps me relax and fall asleep fast.  My favorite is Black Chamomile (I believe that one is discontinued now) they also have Lavender Chamomile, and Warm Milk and Honey scents.
I also use the full line of Clinique skin care.  (It's a wash, a toner, and a lotion)  I think it's something like $20 per product.  I feel that it really helps clear up my skin when I get the lovely ance from prednisone, and on a daily basis it makes my skin look refreshed and glowing.
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