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The upcoming Episode 34 of The Paleo View all about teeth & skin guest stars Liz of Cave Girl Eats, the genius behind The Skintervention Guide, and Trina, creator and owner of Primal Life Organics, Paleo Skincare (PLO). And when we recorded that show I said I’d been sitting on a draft post of the before and after results from using the Skintervention guidance and PLO for weeks.
Problem is, ever since my autoimmune flare last year, my skin has been the pits. Seriously, there have been times when I just couldn’t even stand looking at my face I was so frustrated. As a teen I had horrifyingly painful cystic acne. But, probably with the immune system and hormonal changes of pregnancy and nursing, I had near-perfect skin I took for granted over the past decade. Then, when my autoimmune flair hit in 2012, I had an incredibly difficult time managing breakouts. Going on a modified autoimmune protocol has helped my skin, but not completely.
Admittedly, a large part of my problem has much to do with my inability to avoid sweets, as sugar is an immediate trigger of acne for my skin. Since jawline acne is typically a sign of hormonal breakouts, mine are driven by insulin from years of being metabolically broken. But, I also a hard time resisting nuts. And chocolate. And nightshade spices on barbeque in Texas. And grass-fed heavy whipping cream in my occasional decaf coffee. All of which cause my skin to breakout. Short story long, considering I’ve recently returned from Paleo FX where I indulged with friends on all of the above while also getting less sleep than I’m used to, I was trying to avoid posting after photos until I fully recovered from my travels.
But, how about we avoid the pretense of perfection. We’ve established that’s not how we roll on this here blog by now, right? So instead, I offer a testament to the fact that even though I was eating cleaner in the BEFORE photos, my skin is remarkably improved since applying things I’ve learned in The Skintervention Guide and from using Primal Life Organics in the AFTER.
I would like to point out that although I took these photos at different times of day (accounting for lighting difficulties while taking your own photo in an awkward position) they still show the imperfections in my skin clearly. For reference, I point out to you the mole I have in the center of my left cheek and the nose piercing scar on my left nostril as proof that these photos are untouched and still clearly show the tone and texture of my skin.
Beyond the remarkable reduction in break-outs, what I have found the most wonderful from my new skin routine is the balance and tone of my skin has become more even. Never one to enjoy using products on my face (perhaps because of the salicylic acid I used as a teen), I honestly thought that coconut oil and a warm wash cloth were taking care of my skin. I didn’t truly understand how taking care of your skin can have an overall positive affect.
Specifically, if you look at the discoloration of my skin in the before photo, the redness around the nose in particular, and compare it to the after photo you can see how my skin appears to have been air-brushed. That, my friends, is not Photoshop or photo foolery… both were taken with an iPhone and I am NOT that talented to “fix” them (evidence: there is still the same pinkish tone directly under my eyes in both sets of photos). That is sincerely the results of my new skin-care routine. Imagine how much better it looks when I’m getting sleep and not eating sweets & nightshades!
case in point: photos of my first day in Texas before the food & alcohol debauchery include only ONE blemish on my left cheek
So, wanna know what I’m doing and using?
- Eating more nutrient dense foods; specifically, I’ve added extra bone broth and grass-fed gelatin to my diet. I enjoy this and this fruit snack recipe as well as a daily dose of bone broth in a soup or stew. Also, we eat organ meat… even wrote a book on it!
- Taking my digestive enzymes regularly, because I don’t have a gallbladder and digestion is the most important component of health – including skin care!
- I take my FCLO, duh.
- I stopped using coconut oil as my face wash and moisturizer *gasp*. Don’t worry, it’s Skintervention-approved. Turns out, my super sensitive skin can’t handle the strength that coconut oil gives – it’s still a great make-up remover. But, once I remove my make-up, I:
- Wash and tone with Primal Life Organics Banished and Beyond skin care line as follows: MORNING: wash with Earth Primal Face Wash, tone with Infiniti Primal Face Toner and BEFORE BED: wash with Earth Primal Face Wash, tone with Infiniti Primal Face Toner, spot treat with Banished Primal Blemish Serum, then once the serum is dry and set (a couple minutes);
- Put on Green Pastures Beauty Balm before bed every night.
- I also switched to PLO’s remineralizing Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder (instead of toothpaste with flouride) and love their Torn-Up Skin Repair (if you CrossFit), both available as part of the the Cindy’s Primal WOD Package. side note, Mr. MyNameIsMatthewandIThinkFlourideIsAwesome started brushing his teeth with my tooth powder the day he listened to Ep 34 of The Paleo View, after Sarah thoroughly discussed flouride (who also switched toothpastes after her own research!)
- And last but not least, I still recommend LaVanila deoderant… it is by far my favorite product for pits. Trina says that there can be a ‘transition time’ of someone’s body getting more used to the absolutely clean and natural product she makes – but, frankly I’m afraid my CrossFit box would throw me out during that time period so I’m going to be happy about the changes I have made so far.
- [edited to add from a question received] for skin lotion I actually don’t use much of anything, mostly because the only thing I use on my skin is a homemade sugar scrub, so it rarely gets dried out (it used to before I was paleo though). When I do have a dry patch I use coconut oil (expeller pressed is less coconutty) or Tropical Traditions massage oil, which is fantastic. Kari also reviewed Perfectly Natural Family Soaps earlier this week which have a line of Bath Fizzies and moisturizing lotion bars and body butters I’m looking forward to trying (PNF is offering free stuff with a $25 purchase for the month of April!)
I also use henna to color my hair, I use 100% henna done by a local salon, but Hayley loves Lush!
Now clearly, in addition to skin care, I wear make-up. In fact, as discussed on Ep 10 with Liz and Hayley, I’ve even attempted to make that beauty routine less chemically-laden too! And after Josh posted the below photo in his Paleo FX Recap post, I got quite a few questions about what mascara and make-up I use, so I’m happy to share what I found that works for my sensitive skin.
Stacy’s Make-Up Product Choices:
- As Hayley (an expert in the field) points out, the most important part of your make-up routine is using a high-quality base. She got me absolutely hooked on Jane Iredale! I use the mineral PurePressed Base (Bisque) and no longer need the Circle/Delete Corrector, which worked fantastic when I used to have larger, darker break-outs;
- For blush I use a combination of two NARS colors (I like Penny Lane cream blush and then Orgasm on the apples) and in the summer simply use a Tarte cheekstain, since my cheeks naturally flush, both brands are gluten-free and very high quality;
- For my lashes, I prime with a base coat of Purelash Lash Extender and Conditioner and then use MakeUp Forever’s Aqua Smoky Lash (that’s their waterproof, but they also have regular) note, both of these mascara are not gluten-free, but because I use a good base on my skin and it doesn’t go directly on my skin anyway I’m personally OK with it.
UPDATE: After this post several readers recommended I try out Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara, and when I did I couldn’t believe how awesome it was! Here’s an updated photo from using this GLUTEN-FREE brand I now HIGHLY recommend ♥
So, for those of you who stuck around I’ve got a little bonus! Trina from PLO has generously offered to give all of our readers and The Paleo View listeners 15% off from today, April 11th, through April 15th (use code THEPALEOVIEW). I highly recommend checking out her fantastic products; when I made my first order I e-mailed her directly to see what she would recommend and have been (obviously) extremely pleased with the results!
I know the products are more expensive than you’re used to (sticker shock for me too!), but they are super high-quality (get what you pay for) and I’ve been using my facewash and toner twice daily for about 6 weeks and still have more than half a bottle left – so they last a long time. Personally, I am willing to make the sacrifices in other areas of my life for my face to feel and look it’s best – but if it’s not an option for you, there are LOTS of ideas for home-made skincare products in the Skintervention Guide, too.
I can’t thank Trina enough for sharing this code with you all, so please stop by her Facebook page and thank her! She volunteered, that rather than give 1 or 2 items away to 1 person, to generously offer 15% off to ALL of our readers’ orders for the next 5 days! Use the code THEPALEOVIEW from today April 11th-15th midnight EST to get 15% off your entire PLO order!
p.s. Liz wants you to know that she’d love to give you a discount too but the site she uses to host her eBook sales won’t let her, so please accept her virtual hug and know that from all the people I’ve talked to everyone thinks the Skintervention Guide is worth the full price! Aimee (way more hardcore at this stuff than me and who lives on a pretty tight budget) has made this work very well for herself with all sorts of adorable mason jars and bottles in her bathroom as she’s adapted a completely chemical-free routine. I’m not quite that ready yet… but boy is it cool that Liz shows you how! Follow her Skintervention Facebook page for news and alerts related to updates or specials to the Guide!
p.s.s. I loved this review from Frisky Lemon on her experience, if you want someone else’s opinion, too.
p.s.s.s. Here’s our first review on the Skintervention Guide by Liz…
So, if this didn’t answer any question you could possibly have about my personal hygiene routine (considering I also talked all about Aunt Flow going natural before) I don’t know what more you could want – but please comment to let me know and I’ll try to get you an answer!