by Debra Purdy
Besides its devastating effects on one’s energy level, weight, and cognitive function, hypothyroidism carries with it many symptoms that affect our skin, hair, nails, and more.
Until my diagnosis with hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis last year, I had no idea that my thinning eyebrows, rough skin, and frizzy hair were all connected. And it seemed unfair that on top of feeling foggy and bloated, I had to go to extra lengths to keep myself looking polished.
Nonetheless, now that I know what I’m dealing with, I’ve been able to assemble an arsenal of beauty products that help me feel put together, and also encourage a regular, enjoyable self-care routine. Here are my nine favourites, all available at ShopEco.
- Doe Hair Pacts. The very first indication that something was going on with my body came many years ago, when my smooth, straight, shiny hair suddenly started to become kinked, coarse, and frizzy. I’ve been fighting the frizz ever since. So I was excited to discover Doe Hair Pacts, hair mask treatments made in Canada, that nourish and moisturize the hair (and smell heavenly, I might add). They don’t tame my frizz entirely, but they definitely make my hair smoother and more manageable.
- Sappho Brow Pomade. The weirdest symptom of hypothyroidism is the thinning or loss of the outer part of the eyebrows. Brow liner is a must for me when I’m wearing makeup. Give me Sappho’s Brow Pomade and an angle brush and you’ll never know I’m missing half my brows.
- Plume Lash Serum. Speaking of brows, Plume ain’t just for lashes. Applying this little bottle of goodness every night helps my eyebrows to stay hydrated, which makes what hairs I have stick around longer, resulting in fuller brows. I’m also really excited to try the Full Brow Serum from Province Apothecary, which recently arrived here at the shop.
- Fitglow Radiance Powder. Rough, dry skin is another fun hypothyroid symptom, so regular exfoliation is a necessary part of my weekly routine. While I love a good scrub, the best way to exfoliate the face is with a mild acid. The Radiance powder gives the best of both worlds – massage the powder into damp skin and allow it to activate for ten minutes while you bask in its lovely scent. Rinse and pat dry, and voila – smooth, glowy skin. Fitglow Radiance Powder is currently available exclusively at ShopEco until its official launch this summer.
- Skin Essence Organics Nourish Moisturizing Oil. Gives my skin a dewy look, keeps breakouts at bay, and provides a light barrier to the elements and air pollution.
- Amal Exfoliating Glove. Keeps the rest of my body from turning into a dry, flaky mess. I keep one in the shower and massage it gently over my skin from head to toe once a week. When I really want to treat myself, I pair it with Amal’s Black Soap, which softens the surface of the skin and makes the glove work overtime. Merben Dry Skin Brushes have a similar effect, but for some reason my skin doesn’t tolerate dry brushing.
- Cocoon Apothecary Magic Bean Hand & Body Lotion. Keeps my freshly exfoliated skin hydrated and smelling like coffee and cocoa all day.
- Faerhaven Bumble Butter. With hypothyroidism, everything seems to heal more slowly. I use Faerhaven Bumble Butter on skin irritations and burns to help support the process.
- Santevia Water Filters. Yes, I consider these beauty products. Dehydration makes nearly all of my hypothyroid symptoms way worse, and shows up very obviously in my skin. On top of that, chlorine is known to interfere with your thyroid’s use of iodine, so it’s something people with compromised thyroid function want to be sure to avoid. I use the Countertop System at home and at work, and travel either with a Santevia Pitcher or a Power Stick.
So there you have it! I hope my fellow hypos out there find this list useful.
Of course, there are many more serious and crippling effects of hypothyroidism that no beauty product can address. My favourite resources for learning to manage these include the Thyroid Pharmacist and Amy Myers, MD. I’ve also recently started working with a functional medicine practitioner to help me uncover the root causes of my condition. I highly recommend all three if you’re looking to make lifestyle changes to support the thyroid replacement hormone treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Debra Purdy has been the owner of ShopEco since 2012. She researches, samples, and travels in search of clean, effective green beauty products and beautiful, eco-conscious gifts.