October 6, 2010

What skincare products can I use while on the diet?

The hCG diet not only requires strict eating habits, but also strict personal care. No products containing oils are permitted during the diet phase because they can be absorbed by the skin. The skin is a selectively permeable surface, which is why medications in the form of creams and patches are effective. Only cosmetics, deodorants, soaps, etc. that are oil free should be used to attain optimal weight loss.

Please let use know what works for you as you make changes in your personal products. Remember to read the ingredients and do your research! Here is a list of some products you may want to try.

Bare Essentials, Pancake Raw, Any Oil-free base, foundation lines, Mineral based makeup
Crystal Deodorant Stick, Crystalux, Thai Deodorant Stick
Facial Soap:
Neutrogena Oil Free Cream Cleanser, Arbonne - All Botanical Based Skin Care, Witch Hazel
Alba Oil Free Facial Moisturizer
Coconut Oil (cold pressed)
Corn Huskers Lotion
Aloe Vera 100% Gel Baby Oil (basically mineral Oil)
Fiji Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for Body, Massage and Hair
Curel Continuous Comfort, Fragrance Free
Kiss my Face Oil Free Moisturizer
Neutrogena Oil Free Facial Lotion
Mineral Oil
St. Ives Vanilla Lotion
Hair Care:
Aubrey Organics
Fiji Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for Body, Massage and Hair
Life Extension
Magik Botanicals Oil Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Mastey Products
Dial, Ivory, Jason's, Zest
Most brands seem to carry an oil free line now. Do you have a favorite oil free sunscreen?
Spry Toothpaste (no fluoride)
Tom's of Maine Toothpaste
(water based or silicone based)
ID Velvet Silicone-Based Lubricant
Kama Sutra Pleasure Potion
ID millennium
Latex gloves are great for avoiding the unavoidable when working, cooking, doing housework etc.


  1. Hi - what about lip balm and mascara? I'm not terribly concerned about the mascara, but I have a pretty serious addiction to chapstick...Any ideas for alternatives?

  2. Mascara is allowed. Be sure to use a water-based formula that doesn't require oil-based makeup remover. Basically, just steer clear of "waterproof".

    Chapstick can be tricky. Unlike oils, wax based chapsticks can't be absorbed by the skin, so stick with those. Lipsticks are wax-based so they are a great alternative (and they give some color).

    Hope this helps!