As compiled by the #rheum and autoimmune community:
Over the years I have watched my skin and hair go from glowingly radiant to irritable, to downright pissed off and spiteful. Having grown up in the south, the idea of leaving the house without a stitch of make-up or perfectly coifed hair was a confessable sin.
So I present to you possibly the bravest thing I’ve ever done: a picture of me on day three of a migraine with (gasp) no makeup, then my go to 6 minute makeup look, and finally my bright bold lips that say, “Suck it, Arthur!”
Since my teens my southern style grooming habits have become a means of self-expression, and more recently a means of fooling everyone around me (including myself) into believing that I feel better than I do.
I’m all for being comfortable in your own skin, something I am grateful to learn does indeed come with age, but I’m also a big believer in putting your best face forward – representing who you are (inside and out), in a way that makes you feel good about yourself – for yourself, whether you’re a guy or gal.
While I wish my skin and hair were radiant enough to proudly go au natural, I simply can’t go there after years of prednisone (and not feeling like ‘myself’). Neither do I want to walk around with a five-pound Merle Norman mask on either.
I like my skin to breath, my hair (on my head) to flow, and my personality to scream through in a few bold color choices. Basically, I want to be the picture of health – of mental health. A pair of bold red lips, or obnoxious nails can do a lot more for my overall well being than any self-help book.
Regardless if you like to go au natural, or be drenched in color – we have to be careful of our product choices, after all our skin is an organ and it’s just as cantankerous as all the other autoimmune bits and pieces.
Below I have compiled a list of some of your favorites for appeasing your skin and getting in and out of the shower/bathroom as quickly as possible – preserving maximum spoons; along with my favorites that get me out the door feeling like a million bucks – well… at least looking like a million bucks! There are several tips and tricks to help you appear healthy and radiant, and awake and happy. Enjoy and please comment below if you have more tips or suggestions! (I should also mention, I am neither paid or strong-armed by any of these companies.)
Hurt Blogger’s Five Skincare must haves:
- CeraVe – Face and body lotions
- Lush – Handy Gurugu, Bath Bombs/Melts/Bubble Bars, No Drought (Dry shampoo)
- Parissa – Face and body waxes for at home
- Queen Helene – Mint Julep Mask (with zit-zapping sulphur)
- Grapeseed oil – healing nighttime moisturizer
Hurt Blogger’s Six Make-up must haves:
- BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Too Faced (continues to improve my skin!)
- Blush: LA Minerals – Hot Minute Bronzer
- Concealer: LA Minerals – Hide it concealer, Tarte, or Too Faced concealers
- Eyeliner: Smashbox, Eyeko for an easy cat eye, Tarte - smolderEYES
- Lipstick: Too Faced - La Crème, Lipstick Queen - Glossy Pencil, Tarte - Lipsurgence, or Lush – Liquid Lipstick, Urban Decay
- Mascara: Maybelline – Great Lash, the good old standard really is the best, BUT I recently fell in love with a sample of Benefit “They’re Real”
Your favorites broken down by body part/purpose in alphabetical order:
Acne: Alba – Natural Acne Dote, Burt’s Bees – Natural Acne Solutions, Proactive
Body wash: Dove Sensitive skin soap, unscented Neurtrogena soap, Philosophy Bath and Face Wash
Eye (creams): Clinique For Men – Daily Eye Hydrator, Origins – No Puffery, Soap and Glory’s – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes
Eye (Makeup): Benefit- Bad Gal Lash, LA Minerals – eyeshadows, Maybelline Mascaras
Ease of use: Lush – Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (in shower lotion), Sonicare - toothbrushes
Skincare Items: Cetaphil, Clinique - exfoliating scrub, Witch Hazel, L’Occitane Face cream, Lush - Ultrabland face cleanser, Olay Moisturizer, Proactive Refining mask, Soap and Glory’s Hocus Focus, Vanicream Sunscreen
Hair Care: Biotin supplements, DevaCurl No Poo, Jason Restorative Biotin Shampoo/Conditioner, Lush Solid Shampoo and Conditioner, Nioxin System 2 (for hair loss), wide tooth comb
Hands: Burt’s Bee’s – hand cream, Lush - Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, Bad Hands Line, FAB
Makeup: Bare Escentals (Some people swear by it - though this angers my skin! I recommend LA Minerals as its talc free), Dr Hauschka makeup, HoneyBee Gardens, Covergirl NatureLuxe Lip Balm, Revlon Lip Butter, Tarte Cosmetics – Smooth Operator Illiminating Serum, mineral foundation, Physicians Formula, Benefit Birthday Suit Cream Shadow, Laura Mercier, Pixi wakeup
Lips: Boots Lip Gloss, Burts Bees tinted chapstick, Lipstick Queen - Glossy Pencil, Lush – Liquid Lipstick, Tarte - Lipsurgence, Too Faced - La Crème
Nails: Zola, China Glaze, OPI, Essie, Butter – all are 3 free (meaning no toxic chemicals)
Teeth: Sonicare, Sensodyne, Pronamel
All natural at home remedies for skin and hair: Lemons, coconut oil, Grapeseed oil
Scarring: Silicone scar pads at night, vitamin E oil for the day
Ease of getting ready: A stool in your bathroom and shower, in shower lotions, shower cap, Lush’s No Drought dry shampoo, Lulu Organics Hair Powder, shower cap
Makeup tips for faking the funk: white/gold/nude eyeliner on the lower waterline and inner corner of your eye, blush on your cheeks – the rim of your nose – and across your forehead, a little concealer to hide the dark circles