HCG & Skincare Products
Anyone that did their due diligence and read Pounds & Inches remember the story about the lady that wasn’t getting releases because of the make up she was using .
So below are the main questions I get asked on a regular basis;
Do you know of a moisturizer that does not contain oil?
What shampoo and conditioner products did you use when using HCG?
What Makeup do you use when you are on an HCG P2 Round?
Before I go further and say what I used when I was on my HCG rounds I can not stress enough that every body is different. It is important to journal just about everything you do while on your round and that could include what you are putting on your skin.
Personally if you are starting HCG for the 1st time and you are not adding new products at the same time and your releases are staying consistent you are obviously not overly sensitive to the point where the products you are currently using will slow you down.
And if that is the case you are probably good about not using products that are all that oily.
I better interject here that one thing I stopped doing when I started HCG was I had used baby oil that I would put on after I took a shower and before I would towel off. I had heard that was a great trick to really soft skin. BUT since I knew that would be full on iol I shelved that regime during my HCG journey and actually just recently remembered to start doing that again.
Now on to the answers to the questions from the beginning of this post –
There is a moisturizer spray Na-PCA that you can get online or at whole foods that states that it is specifically non-oily moisturizer.
Other than that I don’t think actual brands that I use will make a difference in your results. Mineral based make up is good but I don’t use all the time. And shampoo etc is for the most part Redken & Enjoy products. My side work is doing private hair clients. I of course use gloves when I am doing my color clients but as far as fixatives (straightening balms or serum or mousse) I puy the product right in my hand and did not have a problem with releases slowing because of the products being put in my hands. My “Rule of Thumb” is as long as it is not super oily it is ok, hopefully you understand what I mean.
I never had a massage while I was on my HCG journey so I didn’t have to be concerned with massage lotion or oil in that respect.. During rounds I won’t use full blown oil products directly on my skin, tend toward water soluble products. Example I like Bio-oil (PurCellin) but will not use it while on P2. For me it boils down to this, I like to stay as pure to Simeon protocol as possible while on P2 when it comes to food selections. But make up etc. I put Dr Jart+ BB Black Label on my face and everything else is pretty much mineral based products.
It is my opinion that there may be some people that will be overly sensitive to products outside of the food consumption. Yet for the most part as long as you stay away from full blown oil products the rest of the products won’t be an issue because I’m sure product ingredients have changed a lot since the 1960’s when Simenon was treating his patients.
If you would like to find an online resource to get the products I have mentioned simply click on the items picture below
Na-PCA (non oily moisturizer)
Enjoy Hair Products
Bio-Oil (Don’t use on P2)
Can I Exercise While I’m on HCG VLCD P2
I have been asked this question many times while helping people new to the HCG experience. My answer back is, “Is you body use to an exercise program already”?
I would guess that all of us in the past have decided to suddenly get serious about wanting a result and started a diet and exercise program that caused us to way over do it because we were sedentary before beginning. Example – we weren’t even on a walking schedule let along running, weights exercise DVD’s. You see where I am going with this. In today society office jobs, computer time at home once you are away for the office tends to put exercise at a minimum.
So if you have not exercised before starting HCG this is not the time shock your system.
The explanation Dr Simeon gave in “Pounds & Inches” was that quite simply the patients from America that flew over to Italy for his treatment were not use to walking to get around town. Their bodies were use to driving to get where they wanted to go. Now here they were in Italy and walking in town to see the sights and get where they want to go. The patients from Italy were already use to living that way. So what happened is the numbers on the scale would show slower releases for the patients that were now active when before they were not. Technically it isn’t a bad thing. Physically it is always good to be active, you will have better circulation. It is always good to increase muscle especially as a person gets older. BUT mentally it can be a tough pill to swallow. We have all been there, you know muscle weighs more than fat, and you know you are releasing fat. You probably even see great shrink numbers when you measure. Even with ALL that we feel crushed when we hop on the scale and the release isn’t what we had hoped. Our mind and emotions can really do a number on us.
This is what I did during my journey. Since I had not been exercising prior to starting HCG I took Dr Simeon’s recommendation. Once I was in P3 I incorporate exercise so when I went back into a round my body would already be use to the activity.
I walked the treadmill and added light weights to help tone my arms. On one of my YouTube vlogs I was talking about what I was taking to help with loose skin.
Someone commented, “That isn’t loose skin, you just have to use arm weights to build up your arm muscles”. Low and behold I added the weights and did see improvement – YAY!
I was so glad that I took the advice instead of choosing to be offended the comment.
We all have so much to learn as long as we are willing to be receptive.
Make Up and Lotions I Used When On HCG
I have had a LOT of Great HCG questions!
If you look at when I posted to this blog last you would assume I’m not doing much. On the contrary, along with the normal up and downs of life with family and work I have been helping people with questions they have been sending me. I realized today that I need to be sharing so many more can benefit from the information through these blog posts and I need to get back to the vlogs on youtube…All of you who say you have missed me..bless your hearts!
Now here is one of those great questions –
I would really like to know what you use for beauty products…make up, lotion, hair products, etc. I survived this round without make up besides an eyeliner.
There is a moisturizer spray Na-PCA that you can get online or at whole foods that states that it is specifically non-oily moisturizer.
Other than that I don’t think actual brands that I use will make a difference in your results. Mineral based make up is good but I don’t use all the time. And shampoo etc is for the most part Redken & Enjoy products. My “Rule of Thumb” is as long as it is not super oily it is ok. Hopefully you understand what I mean. During rounds I won’t use full blown oil products directly on my skin,I tend toward water soluble products. Example I like Bio-oil (PurCellin) but will not use it while on P2. For me it boils down to this, I like to stay as pure to Simeon protocol as possible while on P2 when it comes to food selections. But make up etc. it is my opinion that there maybe Some people that will be overly sensitive to products outside of the food consumption. Yet for the most part as long as you stay away from full blown oil products the rest of the products won’t be an issue because I’m sure product ingredients have changed a lot since the 1960’s when Simeon was treating his patients.
Simply put…don’t suffer without your makeup on your next round 😉
Where to get Na-PCA non=oily spray
The Best Way To Beat Cellulite
I thought this article was interesting. Ever since I made the choice to either stand or have my legs using a mini stepper at work it seems like I’m seeing more and more information basically telling people to stop sitting.
The Best Way To Beat Cellulite
By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD
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Even though this sounds like it, I’m not talking about food here. These are just some of the names given to an undesirable skin condition known as cellulite that plagues the backsides and tummies of women all over the world.
Sure, some men are affected by it, but for the most part, women’s biggest fear about wearing a bikini in the summer is the dimply appearance of her butt and thighs or mid-section. And, women don’t even have to be considered “chubby” or “fat” to have cellulite in the most awkward of places. Even our beloved, so-called perfectly thin actresses have cellulite that they work incredibly hard to hide.
But why is it that women are mostly stricken with mattress-like backsides and how do we prevent it or minimize its appearance?
What is cellulite?
Cellulite consists of several alterations in your skins normal structure, coupled with circulation issues (fatty areas of cellulite tend to have low blood flow and are cold to the touch), and changes with the fat cells themselves.
If you have cellulite, there isn’t much you can do to abolish it, but you can definitely reduce it’s appearance.
Even Babies Have Cellulite
My first realization about cellulite came when I noticed my 7-month old daughter had a cottage cheese-like appearance to her cute little butt cheeks when they were slightly squished.
At first I was upset – why does she have cellulite? How is this possible? But then I realized my own battles with cellulite were partially out of my control. Females, by virtue of our hormonal environment and body structure are stricken with cellulite from the very beginning.
Normal, healthy, fatty tissue development (growth of new fat cells, not fat cell size) begins in the womb and continues until a child is 18 months old. It then picks up again during puberty. In today’s society, with all the junk food and excessive calories, some children are in a constant state of fat cell growth and potentially new fat cells.
Fatty tissue near the skin consists of two layers separated by a facial layer. The more external layer is called the areolar layer, which is formed by globular and large fat cells (adipocytes) arranged vertically; here the blood vessels feeding the fat cells are numerous and fragile. The deeper layer is called the lamellar layer and the cells are fusiform, smaller and arranged horizontally; the vessels here are larger. The second layer increases in thickness when a person gains weight, mainly due to the increase in fat cell volume which presses against the outer, areolar layer, making it more pronounced.
In women, the outer areolar layer is thicker and the skin covering it is usually thinner which is the case right from birth (and explains my daughters dimply butt cheeks). As a woman ages and gains more body fat from an increase in the inner lamellar layer, it makes the fat cells in the areolar layer more visible.
Female hormones can be evil
When women start to hit puberty, the battle with thigh cellulite commences. The femoral region of a woman (the back of the upper thigh) is very responsive to her very unique hormonal profile.
Estrogen increases the response of thigh fat cells to anti-lipolytic alpha receptors (preventing fat breakdown and loss) and stimulates an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL) that stimulates fat growth. This can occur in the gluteal region and abdomen as well, but is usually localized to the back of the legs.
Prolactin (the breast-feeding hormone) is another hormone that makes cellulite more visible because it increases water retention in the fatty tissue, which makes each cell look larger and more lumpy.
So, most women are going to have some issues with cellulite, just because they are women.
Insulin make cellulite more visible
One of the greatest influences on cellulite appearance is the blood glucose-regulating hormone insulin. Whenever you eat carbohydrate, your body releases insulin to manage the influx of glucose (from carbs) into your bloodstream. In an ideal world, your muscle cells recognize this insulin and invite the glucose into muscle cells to be used for energy or stored for later use (as glycogen).
However, in the case of most sedentary people, insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into fatty acids and stored as triglycerides (called lipogenesis). This makes fat cells in the lamellar layer bigger, causing fat cells in the areolar layer to be squished out and more visible.
Unless a person is a constant exerciser or exercises incredibly hard every day, high carb diets will cause your body to produce more fat. Insulin also stops your body from using fat as fuel and can cause your body to store more water, pushing cellulite out for the world to see.
Change your lifestyle, smooth out cellulite
Of all the things under our control with respect to cellulite, there are two major things we can change to minimize its appearance. With cellulite, you either have it, or you don’t (lucky girl!), but if you have it, you can make it look less pronounced despite never really being able to get rid of it.
First and foremost – get off your butt! Consistent physical activity (no, not armchair football) decreases your body’s insulin levels naturally and makes your muscle cells more receptive to burning up carbs and fats for energy.
Daily exercise also increases muscle mass, which helps decrease body fat. It increases circulation in your lower extremities, providing more blood to thigh fat cells and enabling them to be used as a energy source. Finally, it improves rigidity of your tendons and muscles, making fatty areas seem smaller and less pronounced.
You’ve got to think: all that sitting on your behind, day in and day out, does not do much for improving blood flow to your thighs or making your butt look any smaller. So, get up and move as much as you can — every day. Even consider investing in a stand-up desk, so your butt can get a break.
Second – eliminate simple carbs, sodium, alcohol and manufactured fats from your diet.
You now know carbs are the major promoters of insulin, but not all carbs are bad and timing is important. High-fiber carbs from non-starchy vegetables (like greens and colorful veggies) produce the least amount of insulin and some starchy veggies (like sweet potato, squash and peas) produce a bit more insulin, but their high fiber content is important. Fiber helps keep your body regular (along with adequate water intake) which improves blood flow in your lower limbs.
Simple carbs, like those used in Prograde Workout, and even fruit carbs are used best by your body after exercise, and sometimes before. At this time, your muscles are primed to use that insulin for repair and re-growth instead of for fat storage.
High sodium, processed foods, like those microwave lunches, have to be packed with sodium to prevent spoilage. This sodium causes water retention and makes cellulite look worse than it is. On the same note, watch out for sodium in canned foods (soups, fish) and focus on fresh, non-processed items as often as possible. Sauces, like soy sauce and teriyaki are also a no-no as they can be both high in sodium and simple carbs.
Alcohol is also an issue – this chemical acts just like insulin, causing your body to store fat and create fat and preventing it from using it for energy. Light beer is not going to help your cause at all. Just limit or stay away from alcohol all the time and your fat cells will be smaller and you’ll be happier.
Manufactured fats, such as those found in most boxed and packaged foods are incredibly problematic. First, the poor quality of these fats, which can be trans fats or just excessive polyunsaturated fats, love to be stored by the body. They also increase inflammation, which leads to water retention and decreased fat breakdown. Finally, they’re often associated with high simple carb foods (cake anyone?)
The best diet to reduce the appearance of cellulite is one that contains high quality, whole-food proteins that are not laced with preservatives, sodium, and sugar (foods like organic beef and chicken, organic eggs and purified whey proteins), plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits to provide fiber, antioxidants and potassium to balance sodium, and plentiful whole food fats, especially those high in unsaturated fats like avocados, egg yolks, fish, fish oil and krill oils, and olives and olive oil.
Don’t believe the hype- just do what Mother Nature told you to do
Everyday you’re going to be bombarded with some product, or some new fancy diet that proclaims to be the terminator of all cellulite, but don’t buy into those claims.
Fighting the dimply look of cellulite isn’t really that hard – you just need to eat real food, food that Mother Nature gave us, and exercise or move your body every day.
Or, pick the right parents and ask for thick skin. But, if it was that easy, the world wouldn’t be so interesting.
Cellulite: a review. Rossi AB and Vergnanini AL. JEADV (2000) 14: 251-262
Tighten the Skin During and After Weight Loss the MSM liquid Benefit
My first experience learning about the MSM benefits for tightening skin was a vlog I saw on you tube by a man that had weighed over 400 lbs . He had done a very long fast and is now a raw food advocate. When I saw how good his skin looked considering the amount of weight he had lost I was SOLD.
Then after that I saw another vlog with MSM liquid being used as an ingredient for a skin treatment for lines, creases and wrinkles on the face.
I have since done a vlog myself calling the treatment the “SKIN RECIPE” I have absolutely loved the results!
What the “experts” are saying about MSM liquid
There are a large number of doctors and patients who claim to have experienced notable benefits through the administering of liquid MSM. These benefits include but are not limited to improve the condition of joints, muscles, skin, hair, and nails. MSM is usually sold in purified forms, and is generally assimilated with purified water to help increase absorption and provide a convenient way of administering the supplement. Most brands suggest that you either take the supplement alone or that you add it to your favorite fruit juice. Recommended dosage ranges from around 1 teaspoon twice a day, to up to 2 or 3 tablespoons twice a day with a single teaspoon equaling about 390 milligrams of liquid MSM.
Here are the websites I have purchased it from
I’m Really Excited About How Well This is Working!
Where to GET – Cellfood,Super Skin Serum, Colostrum,MSM Liquid,Antler Velvet
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Understanding the ACV, MCT, MSM Usage
QUESTION – Do you do the acv/mct shots and the acv/msm shots? If so how often and how much of each?
My ANSWER – If I use MCI when not o P2 I’m getting that and ACV when I make my salad dressings etc.I also swig the msm liquid when I am applying my “skin recipe” on my face.So I’m getting the same ingredients without them being in a drink shot.
I have been on your site and it is informative even for a newbie. I do have a few questions for you though.
Q1. What can you use for mints while on the protocol? My husband likes eclipse they are sugar free, but we don’t want ANY issues with stalls because of it.
My ANSWER – I think as long as you get sugar free mints you will be ok. You could probably “upgrade” even more and find some sugar free that don’t have aspartame. Look at the ingredients and just watch out for malotdextrin or carb like filler (rice powder etc). I use a “breath tonic” that is made by Herb Pharm. This stuff is the “real deal” It will even clean out your sinuses – LOL.It is spendy in local health food stores but I bet you can get it at a better price online. It does have grain alcohol but never hindered my releases.
Q2. MSM- I have powder- then I seen liquid was better. How do I use it topically for skin?
MY Answer – I put some on my fingertips apply it and if I am applying another layer of another product I use the blow dryer on cool setting to dry it before the next layer of product.
Q – I have family members that have very bad eczema and was wondering if I can use it topically for them too?
My ANSWER – I don’t see why not.You can also get msm in cream or lotion form too if that is easier for you to do it topically.
Question – Eczema sometimes takes the elasticity out of your skin because of the dryness. I started taking it yesterday, I JUST got it yesterday, please inform.
My ANSWER – As far as MSM – The powder just tastes more bitter than the liquid.. If you decide to get the liquid to take internally use the powder after you mix it for your topical needs for your kids
(that’s what I would do) 😉
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HCG Daily Question
I keep meaning to create a FAQ page on this website. Here is a confession…. I am a terrible typist so by the time I answer everyone’s individual questions the day is done and it is time for bed – LOL.
So for now I am going to feature a question I am asked each day.
I also recorded a vlog which was inspired by these questions. I will add the vlog to this post once I get it uploaded to good old youtube!
And Now today’s AWESOME question or should I say Questions –
Q – First of all what I wanted to know if you lost any more weight in your experiment round? –
ANSWER – My first week I did great then I became a “slacker” as far as protocol. As each week went by I realized I was experiencing what Dr S was talking about as far as the abnormal fat. HCG had done its duty and I didn’t have the abnormal fat that the hcg could work on and I began to get just plain “starving like” hungry just like he said would happen. My initial loss was good and became my new “set point” which was great. My inch loss went well and I lost sizes which was awesome. In hind site I should have never planned on a 40 day round – silly me. No regrets though, It was a good learning experience and a way to help others when they get to that point.
Q-When it comes to the MCT and ACV shot, what time of day do you take it? –
ANSWER – I think it is best before you have dinner
Do you do it on phase 3 also?
ANSWER – You can but when I’m not on a round I tend to not use it because I use the two ingredients for other things I eat,salad dressing etc.
Q-How did the MSN powder work? – ANSWER – I mix it in water but found that using the liquid msm was far less bitter.
I think taking msm in a liquid form makes the difference because your body can absorb it more efficiently.
Q-What phase do you take yours on? Phase 1-4 for a lifetime? And what time of the day. –
ANSWER – I wish I had used msm as soon as I started HCG. because it helps with our skin, joints, muscles etc I feel it can be a life long supplement. To answer the time of day – ANSWER – I don’t think it matters,I take mine now when I am doing my skin recipe for my face because it is sitting right there anyway.
Q-any other advice on products that work on tightening your skin? and the round you used them on please.
My RESPONSE – Colostrum and Antler Velvet has been great along with the Skin recipe I’ve been doing on my face. I think adding those 2 supplements have been helping tone my skin overall as well.
Q-Did you ever get massages done while on p2? i know your not suppose to, but someone on a blog said they did and it helped their releases? Just wondering if you did.
ANSWER – Didn’t have any back or body massages but if pedicures count then yes 😉
Q-What time of the day do you take the California kickers?
ANSWER – I would either divide the serving up and do half mid morning then mid afternoon or the whole thing mid afternoon.
I sure hope posting this helps many others with the same questions