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What Face Lotions Are Allowed on the HCG Diet?

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author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
What Face Lotions Are Allowed on the HCG Diet?
Aloe vera gel works well as a moisturizer when on the hCG diet. Photo Credit aloe vera image by Magdalena Mirowicz from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

The hCG diet is a program that combines dosages of human chorionic gonadotropin with an extreme low-calorie diet. Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced during pregnancy. According to MayoClinic.com, the plan promises to help with weight loss, fat burning and distribution. The plan creator, A.T.W. Simeons, believed that some types of oil and fat, when applied externally such as lotion, would interfere with weight reduction and the effectiveness of hCG.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a product taken from the kernel or meat of coconuts. According to the Organic Facts website, coconut oil will prevent dryness on the skin surface and improve skin quality. In addition, coconut oil provides antioxidant properties that help heal and prevent aging. Products containing coconut oil as a base will be less likely to interfere with the hCG program.

Mineral Oil

Lotions with a mineral-oil base will usually work well for the hCG diet, according to the website hCG Diet Info. This would include many baby oils, which use mineral oil as the key component. In fact, baby oil is on the approved listing offered by the East West Integrated Healthcare for its HCG program. Check the labels of the product you are considering; mineral oil should be one of the first few ingredients listed.

Aloe Vera Gel

East West Integrated Healthcare also approves aloe vera gel as an appropriate moisturizer that will not interfere with the hCG diet. The Aloe Vera Site reports the plant is a member of the onion and lily family; when applied to skin topically, the gel provides vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory agents such as salicylic acid. Products from this plant help to boost the body's immune system to improve skin quality and heal it.

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