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Other -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Zinc

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Take these on a full stomach- after breakfast preferably. They can cause extreme nausea on an empty stomach.

I just started taking zinc this week, so I won't touch on its effectiveness yet. However, I feel like I have to comment on some of the concerns from the reviews here...

For everyone freaking out about people "overdosing" on zinc, please do your research- I highly recommend the National Institutes of Health site. Yes, women need about 8mg of zinc per day and yes 40 mg is the tolerable upper limit according to the US, but don't you wonder why all of the zinc at the drug store is 15+mg and the most popular is 25-50mg?? That's because the item pictured is NOT 50mg of elemental zinc (which is what daily value takes into consideration and a blood test would find). It is 50mg of zinc gluconate- which is about 13% elemental zinc by weight, which means 50mg of zinc gluconate (as pictured) is about 6.5mg of elemental zinc. All of the different forms of zinc contain a different amount of elemental zinc. Please stop with the all caps reviews XD

Another great thing to look into if you are considering supplementing zinc is the list of foods that contain zinc to decide how much zinc you are getting on an average day. The highest amounts of zinc are found in oysters, lobsters and crabs. Also worth noting is beef, dark meat chicken, baked beans and pork chops. Per serving, these give 19% of your daily value or higher (Oysters give nearly 500% per serving). On the lower amounts are dairy products milk, certain cheeses, yogurt (however my yogurt has no zinc) and chicken breast which gives a measly 6% of your DV per serving.... All of this info is available on the site I mentioned.

So for me, I can say I'm not getting consistent zinc. I do eat beef, but if I look into extra lean ground beef (as I eat), it does not list any zinc. I eat chicken sometimes, but not usually dark meat. I stopped drinking milk to try to eliminate hormone imbalances. I don't eat seafood, baked beans, or many of the specific cheeses they listed. I would wager there are many days where I don't get any zinc at all and at best maybe I get half my daily intake, but only sometimes.

These are definitely things to consider. Don't be afraid to go to your doctor about your concerns. Another thing to consider is if you have other symptoms of low zinc. Zinc plays a huge role in immune function and inflammatory response. Think inflammation- acne, eczema, psoriasis, respiratory infections, arthritis, etc. It's also linked to difficulty losing weight, weight gain, fatigue, depression and anxiety. I have low thyroid (also inflammation) and it shares many symptoms with zinc deficiency. I also have psoriasis on my scalp and this correlation between low thyroid, psoriasis and zinc is a little interesting!

I will update with how this works for me. Currently I am taking 100mg of zinc gluconate (so about 13mg of elemental zinc). If it helps, I may ease back to just 50mg/6.5mg elemental once hopefully my skin is clear. I am also taking a probiotic supplement and I have a probiotic yogurt every day. I won't update for about a month unless something ground breaking happens. Leaving this at a hopeful 4 lippies for now.

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Toners -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Green Tea Tea-Bag Toner

on 9/19/2018 11:44:00 AM

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This is my go to product for redness and inflammation (after extractions, during hot weather, hormonal breakouts etc). I actually prefer to use it as a mask/gentle scrub for my skin, rather than a toner- simply because my skin is so pale that even heavily diluted the toner leaves a yellow hue on my face. It's a bit messier than a toner, but I only use it a few times a week.

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Moisturizers -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Extra Virgin Olive Oil

on 9/18/2018 2:31:00 PM

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AMAZING for when you don't feel like wasting cotton pads and micellar water to remove makeup. Literally take a teaspoon of it, rub onto damp face and even on your eyes, rub very well, but gently for a minute. Let it sit while you shower/do other stuff etc, then wash your face twice with a good cleanser. All of your makeup DISAPPEARS. Yayyy.

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Cleansers -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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My frizzy hair woes solved! I wanted to give a quick tip - all the Youtubers use coconut oil as a mask, encouraging you to pour an entire cup onto your head. I instead use this more frequently (~every few days) but I only use about the size of a quarter (even for me with my full chest-length wavy hair, anything more than the size of a quarter is overkill). I apply it 4 inches away from the scalp so and blend it down to my damaged ends. My hair is always so soft and smooth - I check the forecast and if I see rain or humid weather I apply it in the morning - love me a good hair day.


Treatments (Face) -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Honey

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I have combination/ oily acne prone skin. I gave up face cleanser for a diy simple routine that was less harsh for my skin. This is a terrible alternative for diy cleansing, and this left my cheeks with clogged enlarged pores, I had to nature my skin back and its been over a year.

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