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SadSickTired
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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I have started all sorts of medicines (especially the Neurontin) my hair, skin and nails have not been in the best shape.  I don't know about ya'll, but my skin is pretty sensitive (rashes, redness etc).  Luckily my hair has always been pretty thick but now its kind of limp.  So I was wondering what some of your favorite products are?  The ones that feel great or work really well on your hair, skin and nails?  I take supplements but for lotions, shampoos, cleansers or anything else that just makes you go aaahhh!  Or makes you feel pretty.  Any suggestions cause I love to try new things that might help my skin everywhere (especially my face) and my nails and hair (which I have never really had to work at until now)!   I am excited to hear from ya'll and try anything you think is good!
Thanks!
   Trish
 
Dx'd with Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, TMJ & Migraines
Meds & Supplements are Vicodin (as needed), Neurontin (300mgs 2/day), Cymbalta (60/day), Atenelol (50 mg/day) Biotin (5,000mcgs/day) & Yasmin (continuously).  Oh and a LOVELY retainer for the TMJ! 
 


Chutz
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Trish!

Great topic! I would guess many of us could benefit from the answer that everyone shares. The dermatologist I went to for a long time would always tell me to use a product called Cetaphil. They make soaps and lotions and I can even get them at Costco. ;-) It is especially great for sensitive skin but I don't always use it.

I also have problems because of medications and some from aging. My face only sees a soft terry wash cloth, warm water and Oil of Olay lotion...that's it! And I have few wrinkles at my 'mature age' and never get skin problems on my face. I do love nice shampoo and conditioner. Recently I've switched to Pantene and love it. I was buying inexpensive shampoo, nice but cheap plus I always bought up when it was on a good coupon. But I've found that Pantene is so much nicer plus being it's so very thick and concentrated I believe it turns out as cheap as the cheap ones...lol And On my hands...Johnson's baby lotion. I love the smell, it's easy on the skin, softens well and I always have it around for the grand babies. Plus just for me, I love a little light musk spritzed on in the evening before I turn in.

Thanks about it...I too am interested in what others have to say,
Chutzie
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Littleneck
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   Posted 10/11/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
That IS a good topic!! Since starting meds, including neurontin, I have noticed changes in my hair, skin and nails and have had to switch to some new products because I was drying out and toughening up. I have washed my face with Noxzema for 30+ years so I'm never going to change that; it's treated me really well, is refreshing and moisturizing, and I have (knock wood) fewer wrinkles than I probably should. But I had to change my facial moisturizer to "25,000 I.U. Organic VitaminE Cream" by Jason. It's 70% organic and greaseless on me and, so far in our dry cold climate, it's serving me really well. On my hair I shampoo with Kiehl's Amino Acid and Coconut Oil shampoo, which is a bit expensive but economical because just a little bit does a great job, also brings the shine back. To help my hair I take a prenatal multi-vitamin every day, too. I condition (like a hot-oil treatment) twice a week with Monoi pure coconut oil scented with tipanie, or plumeria, from Tahiti. A small bottle goes a long way, and I also use this for moisturizer right out of the shower while still wet. The fragrance is all natural and not strong, so doesn't give me migraines. The shine and the very delicate scent are out of this world. I highly recommend. I try and find my products on EBay, with discount companies that have free shipping, or directly from manufacturers' websites because I can't go to department stores any more due to the scent/smells. (I buy makeup online too! I would buy groceries online if I could!) Other oils that are really good for your hair are jojoba, sweet almond, and avocado. I used to use other products but they all started irritating my skin and giving me headaches. I can't even use Johnson's lotion any more. I love coconut oil in general and also cook with it. I started using it last winter, and my skin has thanked me ever since. And I just keep my nails trimmed short, because the smell of polish and remover is too tough on me, and so I can type fast!

yankee girl
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   Posted 10/11/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Trish,

I'm a huge fan of Clinique--I'm 54 and I can STILL break out and have dry areas as well if I don't use Clinique. Their products are a bit pricey but a little goes a long way. I use the 3 step system (cleanser, astringent, moisterizer) for combination skin as well as their "superdefense" wrinkle cream. I can't use other brands since everything else I've tried caused my skin to itch/get red and blotchy.

I recently splurged on Matrix Biolage color care shampoo and it's wonderful!! I get my hair highlighted and this stuff really works---someone asked me if I had recently had my highlights done after using the shampoo (which I hadn't). It's gentle and the scent is so nice!

Yankee girl


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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/11/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm about to start neurontin, what does it do to your hair and skin??? My hair, skin and nails are all in bad shape.
 
I'm constantly changing shampoos and conditioners and usually have a couple in the shower. You know what is weird is I can't stand any styling products in my hair anymore. I use to do my hair in the morning and not one hair could move all day but now I hate even using hair spray on it. Another weird fibro thing for Marlee.
 
I use Dove Creamoil soap. I make my own lotion using Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion unscented, Dove lotion with oil and a tube of creamy Vaseline and whip them together and put it in a pretty glass jar.
 
I have to use very light scents, can't stand heavy scents. The groomer forgot and put perfume on the girls last week and oh boy did they smell and I thought I was going to gag before I got them home, doggie Channel.
 
Another thing is I can't stand the feel of the nets for shower gels and I have a basket full of them.
 
Chutzie, I think someone recommended the Cetophil to me.
 
I don't spend the time I use to on myself. Now when I get in the shower it is more about having a great massage showerhead than the products I use. By the way, I'm now on showerhead # 5 trying to replace the one that broke and it still isn't the same. How dare Peerless stop making my showerhead, if they only knew how much I depended on that pounding water on my sore body. cry
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
 
 
 
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/11/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Believe it or not, I've used Dial soap for years and it has lotion in it and is very creamy and keeps my skin soft.  I use Oil of Olay on my face at night.  During the day, I have suntan lotion on since I have a pool.  That can be hard on your skin because of the chlorine but the lotion protects my skin from the sun and the water.
 
Since I color my hair and wash it every day, I needed a great shampoo.  I use Splassh by Brocato.  I get mine at Trade Secret at the mall.  You won't find this in the drug stores.  It's wonderful and a little goes a very long way.
 
I give myself manicures and pedicures.  When doing my nails, I buff the top of the nail.  If I have ridges, I have a very fine file that I use to smooth the ridges down and then I buff them.  I use good nail polish (OPI) and then I top the polish with Nail Tek II.  Because of this, I only have to polish my nails about every 10-14 days.  They are in great shape.
 
Lastly, I use Curel Continuous Comfort lotion for my hands, arms, and legs. 
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 10/11/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing I have trouble with, because of arthritis in my hands, is rubbing lotion on my body. I use Skin So Soft bath oil spray right out of the shower while I'm still wet and it gets rubbed around easily. I also love Olay's Quench mousse, because it doesn't have to be rubbed in, just rubbed around. Diane
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 10/11/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had very sensitive skin since I was born. My mother had to use Dreft detergent for my clothes as Ivory irritated my skin. I can't use most soaps that other ppl use, due to my whole body going into a rash. I can use Noxzema on my face and body, in the shower I usually wash w/ Oil of Olay bar. I sometimes use Bath & Body Works on my body, not my face. I like the Japanese Cherry Blossom or White Tea and Ginger. For my hair, I only use Pantene and John Frieda Frizz Ease.
 
I used to have beautiful hands and nails, now my nails are terrible. I can't wear nail polish, it irritates my skin and the smell sets me off. My hands were so bad from eczema, raw and bleeding for yrs. Til I stopped drinking milk, dairy products are a big no-no in my life.
 
I can't use any kind of Vaseline product, it makes my skin burn and bleed. Any Dial product starts an all-over body rash. I have very few products I can safely use, and I don't stray from them.
 
Wish I had some more suggestions for you, But my choices are limited.
 
God bless.  Alice.

SadSickTired
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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow!  Such great ideas!!!  I already use the Clinique 3 step, Estee Lauder night time serum, Finacea (RX) for Rosacea and a corticosteroid for rashes (I get them ALL the time- stress, weather, allergies, sun, etc) all over my body.  I use Victoria's Secret lip balm (its the best I have found and its a cheap product price wise- I get 3 for $15).  I love FAST shampoo and conditioner from Nissum.  But I logged on to Avon and am ordering some of the SSS products because I found the sprays soooo convenient!  I'm a single girl so those hard to reach lotion and bottle tan places are all on me to cover!  I am going to work my way through the list and try the suggestions.  Like I always say "you'll never know if it works for you until- you get a friend who tried it to dish!"  Thanks to everyone who has posted already and to those that may post after!
Thanks!
   Trish
 
Dx'd with Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, TMJ & Migraines
Meds & Supplements are Vicodin (as needed), Neurontin (300mgs 2/day), Cymbalta (60/day), Atenelol (50 mg/day) Biotin (5,000mcgs/day) & Yasmin (continuously).  Oh and a LOVELY retainer for the TMJ! 
 


Littleneck
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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
SST, I also use the Avon coconut & lemongrass body wash and I have to say I like it. It is not too strong-smelling, and cleans really nicely. The other body wash I use when I feel really grubby is VitaBath shower gelee. It has a stronger scent, so I can't take it all the time, but is really nice and moisturizing.

Marlee, when I started taking neurontin in February I noticed after a couple of months that my hair and skin got a little more dry. I live in a dry climate (though I love humidity!) so am extra sensitive to anything drying. That's why I started taking a pre-natal vitamin, to make my hair stay strong, and started using good shampoo. I shampoo every other day or so, which is also new since the neurontin; before, I used to shampoo every day. Oh, and I use Organix Coconut Milk conditioner. The neurontin works really well, so I don't want to discontinue just because I am dry. I do drink more water. My nails are practically hopeless. Every so often I have to sleep in gloves after rubbing olive oil on my hands and cuticles especially.

IrishBabe, are you in the UK or Ireland where you can get to a Boots the Chemist? Boots brand Oil of Evening Primrose line has really nice body wash and dry oil spray, and is delicate, not too strong smelling. (I don't recommend the antiperspirant though because it IS strongly scented.)

Post Edited (Littleneck) : 10/14/2009 5:34:34 PM (GMT-6)


Irish Babe
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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Littleneck, thank you for thinking of me. I am in the US, grands and greats were from Ireland and UK.   :-)   I assume the products you mentioned aren't too easy to come by stateside. I can't even used deodorant and such, the rash under the arms is nasty!. I wonder if any like products here would be of help?
 
I drink a lot of water every day. 20 oz w/ breakfast and dinner, then I have my water bottle w/ me all day. I have herbal tea at least 1x a day, if not several times.
 
I am so disgusted w/ my hands, between the arthritis and sensitive skin. I used to do modeling, print ads, now I am lucky they work. I can barely recognize my own hands. Oh, well. It could be worse.
 
Thank you again, I appreciate it.
 
God bless.  Alice.

Littleneck
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice, you are right, if I have friends going to UK or Irleland dI have them bring me back Boots brand stuff. :)

Have you tried the Crystal stick deodorant? It is found in the natural foods/organic section of supermarkets, or online at drugstore.com . Or any of the Tom's of Maine line? They have some super gentle deodorants (not antiperspirant) that are nice and smell like herbs.
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