Mary's Six Beauty-Saving Secrets for Thyroid Patients

Help for Eyebrow Emergencies

Even with proper treatment for a thyroid condition, there are some health and beauty problems -- hair and skin for a start -- that we just can't escape. Here are the six things I just can't live without.

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Before I was diagnosed, you should have seen my Brooke Shields-like eyebrows. When I became hypothyroid, my brows became sparse, and looked awful. (Loss of eyebrow hair, especially the outer edge of the eyebrows, is a classic sign of hypothyroidism).

My eyebrows have mostly grown in since then, but have never been the same, leaving me with some patchy areas that never quite look right. So a great brow product is essential for me. I like Sephora's Eyebrow Editor Coplete Kit -- it not only helps fill in the sparse patches, but it helps you shape the brows as well.

The Sephora brow kit is available online, or at a Sephora store. (And, if you want something inexpensive and portable, and easy to get at the drugstore, check out Revlon's Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel, which costs less than $7.)

A Skin Saver

Thyroid problems, because they affect cell turnover, seem to wreak particular havoc on the skin, causing dryness, dullness, and puffiness. I've never been particularly impressed by any skin care products -- even the costly department store stuff. But now, in my 40s, and seeing the effects of age and thyroid-related dryness, I've had to break down and develop a regular "skin care regimen." And so I can honestly tell you that I've become a huge fan of an Olay product, Definity Foam Moisturizer.

It's a nice, light moisturizer that goes on not as a greasy lotion or thick cream, but as a smooth foam. What I really love, though, is that I'm finding it brightens up dull-looking skin, gives it a bit of a dewy, brighter look, and helps fade some of the blotchy spots. (I liked the sun too much in my younger days.) I sound like an ad, but honestly, it's working...

You can get it online, and at most drugstores and supermarkets.

Frizz and Tangle Tamer

I have long hair, and while I do everything I can to keep it in good shape nutritionally, and in terms of proper thyroid treatment, I still have to deal with the fact that it's drier, coarser, and tangles more easily these days.

Just to complicate things, I also have an oily scalp, so I can't just pour on oils and conditioners, or my hair looks dirty and limp by midday.

What I really have found helpful are the It's a 10 products, including the shampoo, conditioner, and "Miracle Leave In" spray. After shampooing and conditioning, I spray my hair, and it smoothes out the frizzies, and adds some moisture and shine, and actually can help detangle.

It's a 10 products are available at some drugstores, and most beauty supply stores.

A Soothing Shower

In the winter it's heat. In the summer, it's sun, sand and chlorine. But year-round, it seems my thyroid condition has made my skin drier and more sensitive than in the past. I don't really like soap anymore, because it leaves my skin dry and itchy, but I really like a moisturizing body wash. One of my favorites is Dove Moisturizing Body Wash.

I like the way it leaves my skin, but the scent is great too.

You can find Dove Body Wash at most grocery stores and drugstores.

Thyroid Skin Solutions

Out of the shower, there's still more work to do. I now have to religiously moisturize, winter and summer, or my skin flakes. I love Bliss Body Balm. Frankly, I think it's the best body moisturizer on the market and it smells just fantastic. It's one of those products you just put on and it makes you feel so good every time you get a whiff.

Bliss products are available at most beauty supply stores, and online.

Cozy Sleeping

Aches, pains, tossing, turning -- sometimes it's hard to sleep. I can't live without a body pillow.

For me, a body pillow makes it much easier to find a comfy position, and, ultimately, to get to sleep. And we all know how important it is to get a good night's sleep.

Body pillows are available online, at bed and home stores, general retailers, and you can even pick up very nice ones at good prices at discount stores like Sam's or Costco at times.

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