Original email for context: I’ve just started round 2 of hcg. This is day 3 and today is my first day of actual protocol eating after my 2 day load. I was just wondering how important it is to use oil free cosmetics. I used my regular cosmetics that claim to be oil free the first round and lost 28lbs. I’m just thinking, could I have lost more if I used only products on the list. My concern is that even though the products I use are “oil free”, what if there hidden oils that I don’t recognize. Any advice would help.
I really appreciate this question as it’s so easy to second guess ourselves. You want to know what I think truthfully? I don’t think small amounts of oils in cosmetics are going to matter. When it comes to slathering a ¼ cup of a lotion on your body every single day on p2, that’s where I think it’s worth being careful. I have a list of oil-free lotions that would be suitable for P2 (and keep in mind mineral oil is actually allowed even on original Dr. Simeons protocol)
I do have an hCG approved makeup list as well if you want, but for me, the only thing that I more carefully looked at the ingredients of was my face makeup- since I was putting more of that all over the skin of my face, I figured it was nice to be safe on that front as well. If it said oil-free I felt that was safe enough.
- Lotion/Moisturizers – anything that will go on a significant part of your body
- Face makeup
- Lipstick – I don’t feel as strongly about this one, but you could check that as well.
Those are the only 2 I think is a good idea to take the extra step to ensure if oil-free. Everything else- mascara, eyeshadow, I didn’t worry about.
If you lost 28 lbs on your first long round, that is EXCELLENT, and I wouldn’t sweat what you did.
I’ve also heard of ladies who did not change anything about their skincare and makeup products and used their regular cosmetics and they did not feel it affected their weight loss.
So those are the main things to maybe take an extra step on and then don’t sweat the rest!