If you’re new on your journey to reversing polycystic ovarian syndrome here are fourteen of my favorite products that have helped me to work out, unwind and relieve and heal my PCOS symptoms. Bookmark this page because this article is a lifesaver list of gift ideas for yourself and other Cysters when it comes to Holiday gift giving and birthdays!
Prioritizing self-care has been proven to help to relieve stress. Stress is one of the biggest enemies of PCOS because it increases cortisol and inflammation, which in turn impacts PCOS symptoms, making them worse and more difficult to get under control or reverse.
In case you didn’t know, Sirak is our in-house personal trainer! He specializes in teaching women with PCOS how to work out and lose weight without spending hours on the treadmill! Here’s the kit-list we created together to ensure all our Cyster’s workouts are as effective (and low-impact) as possible!
- Resistance bands are a great accessory to a PCOS friendly workout! You can add intensity to body weight exercises by simply using a band! Squats, lunges and hip thrusters just got upgraded!
- An easy-to-hold set of hand weights or dumbbells are an essential addition to your workout area because they can be used for toning up arms, increasing the effectiveness of body weight exercises and adding a punch to your crunches. You could say a good pair of weights comes in handy.
- Protect your back and prevent ourselves from sliding all over the floor with this padded and stable yoga mat which also doubles as a portable workout area (and protects the neighbor’s ears!). This one will fast become a favorite as it has a handle so you can roll up and go!
- Who says you can’t look good while you workout? A really cute top gets me motivated to work out because I can’t wait to put it on! And as for leggings… who doesn’t live in them? I’m a sucker for leggings with pockets – why would I want to wear anything else?!
Self Care Relieves Stress
Beauty products and skincare can take us from feeling drab… to feeling fab! And bonus points if they’re good for our skin too.
As a woman with PCOS, I really like to avoid artificial chemicals as much as possible. It’s not great for my body, but it’s also not kind to my skin – which needs protecting from PCOS acne flare ups.
- Sometimes PCOS can lead to brittle or dry hair – so shampoos and conditioners full of things such as jojoba are an excellent antidote.
- When I’m out of the shower, I love to dry brush my skin. Dry brushing your body helps with lymphatic drainage (i.e making you less puffy) and helps to detox excess hormones, like estrogen. Look out for natural bristles and don’t scrub too hard. The goal is to stimulate a healthy glow without leaving brush marks on your skin.
- Good Molecules products, specifically their toner, is a gentle but effective way to improve the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. I try to pin down Sirak every night and get him to tone, moisturize and apply hyaluronic acid! He pretends to hate it, but usually he lets me! There’s nothing wrong with giving your man a little self-care session when you’re doing your own routine!
- Natural deodorant that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals can go a long way to detoxing your body and healing PCOS. This one has a gorgeous floral scent and I love how soothing aluminum free deodorant is! Plus, it’s kinder to the planet too.
- If I’m creating content or heading out for the day, I like to be mindful of what I put on my skin. It’s nice to wear make up, but not if I have to spend days fighting off an acne flare up afterwards! I went makeup free for ages because I was so worried about putting things that weren’t ‘clean’ on my sore skin. Then I found Ilia Beauty and have since bought nearly their entire collection of toxin free makeup! It’s good for your skin, looks great and is formulated so well that you sacrifice nothing when it comes to quality of your makeup look and color options.
Healing PCOS starts from within
Of course, as well as making ourselves feel and look good, it’s paramount that we’re doing good on the inside too. Understanding how your body works is the key to making massive, healing, long-lasting change. And after educating thousands of women with PCOS we’ve realized knowledge is the most powerful resource someone can share.
- PCOS SOS is one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of managing and restoring hormonal balance. It’s also a great book to quote to friends or family who are struggling to understand.
- If you’re hoping to improve your fertility or effectively lose weight with PCOS, then 8 Steps To Reverse PCOS is a good foundational book to read too.
- Once you have a good knowledge base, it’s easier to work out what you want to implement next. Of course, diet is a huge topic within the PCOS community – and it can be a little overwhelming. As a registered dietitian and nutritionist, it’s something I’m mega passionate and highly researched on. All that knowledge, weight loss tips and PCOS reversing swaps are easily laid out inside our 4 Week Meal Prep + Workout Plan for PCOS Weightloss! Take the stress out of grocery shopping and meal prepping by following the simple walkthroughs and recipes in the course.
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