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Skincare for Autoimmune Disease with Jennifer Robins

Skincare for Autoimmune Disease with Jennifer Robins

This is a guest post by my friend Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo. Jennifer writes… I was diagnosed with my first official autoimmune disorder in 2008 after having my first two babies back to back (in under a year). I was overwhelmed and horrified that I was supposed to take a prescription for the rest of my life. Since then, of course, I’ve learned that caring for autoimmune disease goes far beyond pill popping. Even though in theory thyroid hormone replacement should get the job done for me, it takes much much more to manage chronic disease. After the birth of my third baby I got much sicker. I had already been gluten free (as implemented in 2008 upon my initial diagnosis), but still had a lot of work to do. I cleaned up my diet even more and also began implementing other lifestyle changes to help my body and gut heal. Want to know where I dropped the ball?! I was so focused on what went IN to my body that I completely neglected what went ON to my body. With so many cosmetics, body washes, lotions, and anti-aging moisturizers on the market, I made the mistake of assuming they were safe. I mean why wouldn’t they be? Shouldn’t these products be tested to assure we’re protected? The short answer is: NO. And knowing now what I’ve learned about food safety and quality, it makes sense that some of our body care products may also carry risk. To be honest, “risk” is an understatement to say the least. We have thousands of chemicals that we ingest through our skin (our biggest organ) every day, and most of them lack any scientific data that they are even safe for us! Frightening, yes? Even more frightening to a person whose immune system has waged a war on itself. Though slow to catch on, I’ve been taking LOTS of time to learn about what exactly I was putting on my face and skin, which commonly used chemicals posed risks for me, and which products were much better choices. I’d like to share a few of my go-to products that I feel are a great addition to the journey of healing and managing autoimmune disease. Healthy skin from the inside: Collagen The first thing I use every single day is COLLAGEN. While this may seem like an unlikely skincare choice, it actually has been instrumental in keeping my skin looking plump and healthy. It also helps protect joints, keeps nails strong and healthy, and is crucial for gut healing. I take two scoops in my coffee each morning and it dissolves completely and has no taste. Alternatively, you can take this BEAUTY GREENS product from the same company which adds in greens to the collagen, even better! (Although maybe not so great in your coffee…wink) My hair is the longest and strongest it has ever been. EVER. And that’s saying a lot with thyroid disease! Now that we’ve established healthy skin really does start from within, let’s talk about day-to-day face stuff like moisturizer, anti-aging goodies, and all the fun stuff! I’ve gone through phases with skincare, because honestly I’ve never been blown away by products – safe, organic, toxic, or otherwise. I’m really finding a groove now, though, and feeling much more enthusiastic about a daily regimen. I think now I am seeing my skin look so much more vibrant that the payoff is there to stick to it.   Healthy skin from the outside: Face, Eyes & Body For washing my face, I use this CHARCOAL BAR – especially now that it’s warmer outside. It feels good to get the day’s funk off! My skin feels soft and bright afterwards. To moisturize, I like using this FACE OIL with Ylang Ylang + Chamomile and find a little goes a long way. These two products are so clean that I don’t have to worry about a reaction or “side effect” as we AI sufferers often fear with new products. If I want a little extra anti-aging umph around the eyes, I like this EYE CREAM. It’s no surprise that it’s a best seller as it feels great and absorbs well. (I can’t stand products that just seem to sit on the surface of the skin.) For an all over moisturizer, I’m still just a simple COCONUT OIL girl. It’s simple and works and feels great too. Plus it allows me to budget for more fun stuff for my face! And for faking a nice tan, I just found a SUNLESS TANNER that ranks super low with the Environmental Working Group’s safe skincare database (the other products I’ve included also rank well with EWG). I’m loving the extra warm glow as I work up my Vitamin D exposure in the Summer months. While I don’t fear the sun, I also know that there …Continue Reading

3 safer mascaras – that actually perform

3 safer mascaras – that actually perform

After a year of trying safer mascara brands, I’ve finally found 3 excellent options to recommend! 10-SECOND SUMMARY: Lengthening Mascara from Beautycounter lasts, holds curl and lengthens with a precision brush Marajuca Mascara from 100 Percent Pure lasts and uses super-natural ingredients Lash Project by Red Apple conditions and is gluten-free (arriving later July 2016 – join the waitlist) THE DETAILS: Why did it take me so long to find mascaras deserving of an official recommendation? Because mascara poses a significant challenge to those of us who want to use safer makeup. While there are many brands that market themselves as safer, more natural, and less toxic, and that rank very high on the Skin Deep safety evaluation database (many of which truly are better, ingredients-wise, than what you’d find at the drugstore), not all of them actually perform well. Of the many I tested, most of them either smudged prematurely, made my eyes itch, didn’t maintain the curl in my lashes, or, in one case, the company itself wasn’t entirely forthcoming about their ingredient screening standards. I was looking for a safer, high-performing, long-wearing, easy-to-apply mascara that held curl, didn’t irritate my eyes (or cause the dreaded mascara-induced stye), and that actually made my lashes look damn good… …and I wanted all of that from a transparent company that, at the very least, doesn’t use common questionable ingredients like BHA or parabens. That’s the unicorn, really. I’ve tried every mascara out there, I swear – and for a long time, I was using the junk from the drugstore (that ranks terribly on the Skin Deep database and left me prone to styes) because I simply couldn’t find a mascara that worked for me without smudging. (And in case it’s in doubt that I actually field tested all of my recommendations, here’s a photo from my Instagram, and below is an impromptu pic with my 3 top choices…apologies, the kiddo got ahold of my phone a few too many times and she appears to have compromised the camera!) From left: Beautycounter’s Lengthening Mascara, 100 Percent Pure’s Marajuka Mascara, and The Lash Project by Red Apple Gluten-Free Mascara. Here’s the rundown:   Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara: Beautycounter’s transparency and ingredient screening process are huge pluses for me, since they skew on the science side – meaning, their ingredients aren’t 100% natural, yet each ingredient is still screened for safety. This is, sadly, not the standard in the high-performing products industry. Their mascara uses vitamin B5 and shea to condition, it’s free of BHA and parabens, and it doesn’t smudge. It holds curl, lengthens, wears well, is water-resistant (I remove it with a swipe of their Baby Balm), and doesn’t irritate my eyes. While all 3 brands that I highlight here are excellent, I personally use the Beautycounter mascara the most – simply because the lengthening brush is incredibly precise and very little product goes to waste.   100 Percent Pure Marajuca Mascara: 100 Percent Pure is a truly standout brand. How they manage to make such excellent products while keeping their ingredients super-duper natural, I don’t know – but they do a darn good job. Their mascara uses ingredients like black tea, aloe, and vitamin B5 to condition lashes. While they once had issues with flaking and smudging, they seem to have completely corrected those problems and made their formulation stronger and longer-wearing at the same time. The brush is a bit softer and more bulky than Beautycounter’s brush, but it’s truly a matter of preference and what your lashes like best. My final field test of the Beautycounter and 100 Percent Pure brands was on a 90 degree day – one brand the left set of lashes, the other on the right – and after 12 hours of wear in and out of air conditioning, both held my curl and didn’t smudge. It’s a safer mascara miracle! The Lash Project Mascara, below, wears similarly for me, although it doesn’t hold curl as well as the others. I have very long lashes, though, and they can get quite heavy; this should be a great option for most people.   The Lash Project mascara by Red Apple: This brand is dedicated to both performance and safety for those with gluten allergies. This mascara helps rebuild lashes that have suffered from long-term exposure to conventional mascaras, and it volumizes very well. Keep clicking “refresh,” because it should be available this month! Join their waitlist if you need a lash-conditioning, restorative, and certified gluten-free option. FYI, the application process with these brands are no different than any other mascara – check out my video below. Here’s to keeping our lashes safe AND gorgeous! Liz

Detoxify your skin with activated charcoal

Detoxify your skin with activated charcoal

10-SECOND SUMMARY: Activated charcoal pulls impurities and is effective for blackheads and oily skin You can use my recommended “Cleansing Bar” daily Try the Fig & Yarrow “Black Clay” mask or the Beautycounter Charcoal Mask and the Black Peppermint Tooth Powder weekly THE DETAILS: Recently, my skincare routine has changed. Where I used to have time to do a long, luxurious oil cleansing routine, I now am lucky if I get the chance to hang up my washcloth. (Being a frazzled first-time mom will do that to ya. Or, it’ll do that to me, anyway.) So lately, I’ve had to trade giving my skin the royal treatment and LOTS of quality time each day for maximum efficiency for the minimum time investment. This means I’m using all the charcoal. Activated charcoal is a pretty amazing substance. It binds to toxins and impurities (and those aren’t buzzwords – that’s literally what it does via adsorption) and detoxifies those nasties from the skin. Yet despite its amazing effectiveness, we don’t often hear about it. Why? I’m guessing because it’s not patentable and it’s not proprietary and it doesn’t require a lab to synthesize it. Heck, you can even make it yourself if you’re feeling like doing a little home science experiment. (After the baking soda & vinegar volcano fiasco of 1992, I’m not so sure I’ll take the challenge…) Using products with activated charcoal – like my choices, which include the Charcoal Cleansing Bar from Beautycounter (daily), the simple & powerful Black Clay mask from Fig & Yarrow or the soothing & exfoliating Charcoal Mask from Beautycounter (weekly), and the Black Peppermint Tooth Powder from PLO… …has given me maximum cleansing power in the shortest amount of time. And that’s the name of the game these days. I use the Cleansing Bar twice a day to fight blackheads and my post-partum oily skin, and I add a charcoal mask once each week in the shower (because, if I’m honest, I’m only getting around to that once a week at best) to really dig deep. I use the Black Peppermint Tooth Powder a few times a week for its tooth-whitening power. (Because, coffee. All day. Mama needs it.) Why I chose these specific products: Because the amount of charcoal in a given product, along with its complementary ingredients, is pretty hard to get right. I’ve used products that way overdid the charcoal, and completely sucked all the moisture from my face. Some of them were impossible to rinse away. Others mis-managed the “weight” of the final product: when complementary ingredients in a loose charcoal-containing product (like a mask or tooth powder) aren’t chosen correctly, you’ll just get a big puff of black dust in the air. The worst, though? When charcoal is over-used in tooth products and you get a big old mouthful of black teeth that you just. can’t. rinse. out. Not cute. Don’t worry. These products won’t do that to ya. Added benefits of my favorite charcoal products: The Charcoal Cleansing Bar has majorly improved my blackheads without drying my skin, and the addition of witch hazel helps tone the skin while green tea calms inflammation. This one nails it for daily use with the perfect amount of charcoal, emollients, and toning and soothing. This is THE SKINCARE PRODUCT that sold me on the entire brand (and, not surprisingly, it’s almost always sold out). The Black Clay Mask from Fig & Yarrow is beautifully simple, and combines the perfect amount of Kaolin and Bentonite clay with activated charcoal to do a major deep clean. (I like using Rose, Calendula, or Lavender hydrosol with it, bought via Aromatics International.) The Beautycounter Charcoal Mask is both soothing and exfoliating (a super hard balance to strike) and uses some of my favorite high-tech scienc-y actives like allantoin, lactic and salicylic acids, and green tea. The Black Peppermint Tooth Powder from Primal Life Organics uses charcoal along with ingredients like baking soda for freshness and French green clay for added minerals. And if you’re game for DIY, check out these options: Homemade tooth powder from Mommypotamus DIY charcoal mask from Body Unburdened Homemade charcoal soap from Wellness Mama (ok, this one’s a little complicated, but sounds pretty cool!) Here’s to really (REALLY) detoxing your skin with activated charcoal! Liz

Eye Creams: the magic ingredient

Eye Creams: the magic ingredient

For speed readers: check out my 10-second summary below 10-SECOND SUMMARY: Eye creams (& serums!) containing caffeine are the best choice Caffeine has been scientifically studied as effective in skin damage repair, antioxidant function, and circulation promotion Depending on your needs, try DIY, the Primal Life Organics Serum, the Purist Eye Cream or the Vibrant Eye Perfector (<<my mom loves this one!)) THE DETAILS: (Quick note: my mom has had such a positive experience changing up her skincare routine & switching to safer products that she’s here again to recommend one of her favorites – scroll down to Vibrant Eye Perfector.) Ok, so the title says eye creams (did that grab your attention?) but what we’re actually talking about is both eye cream and eye serums. Whether you use a cream or a serum doesn’t really matter – it’s the ingredient in them that’s important. In particular, caffeine! (It’s not just for coffee any more!) Caffeine is an “active” (meaning an effective skincare compound) derived from natural ingredients, and is one of my favorites. Eye treatments with caffeine can make the area around the eyes brighter and tighter while reducing existing damage. Since caffeine is both water AND oil-soluble (and approaches nearly perfect topical absorption), it can be delivered to the skin via both water-based AND oil-based preparations. It all depends on what you prefer. Water-based products tend to absorb more quickly and can be layered under other products and makeup; oil-based products tend to feel more emollient and are often used alone. (Depending on my mood, I’ve used both the Vibrant Eye Perfector, which is a light cream, and the Coffee Bean Serum from Primal Life Organics, which is oil-based.) What’s so magical about caffeine? Caffeine is really phenomenal – and not just because iced coffee gets me through the day. Caffeine used in skincare has been studied to Repair the skin: it promotes the repair of DNA damage to skin cells (it is even known to help prevent skin cancer) Reverse photo-aging from UV-induced skin damage Have strong skin-level antioxidant properties (this is why it’s such a great anti-aging ingredient) Increase circulation (this makes skin more vibrant and can reduce puffiness – caffeine also does this by mobilizing sodium) Reduce redness (anti-inflammatory) when combined with other actives included in my recommended products Caffeine is a well-studied skincare active that really, truly works. And you have lots of options to choose from – check out my list below! Where to get your caffeine fix (for your skin, that is) (Remember that, with more natural options, it’s difficult to standardize the caffeine levels; but you should still get great results!) For the frugal & crafty: Do It Yourself! You can make your own caffeine eye serum with just five ingredients. Check out Real Food RN’s DIY recipe. (While a DIY serum means you can’t standardize the caffeine levels, you should still get great results.) Cream-based, for the naturalist: Purist Caffeine Eye Cream This cream contains sea buckthorn oil and several natural actives that synergize with caffeine. (The only downside is it’s a little hard to get out of the bottle. Fair warning!) Oil-based, for the naturalist: Coffee Bean Serum I adore this serum from Primal Life Organics. It smells wonderful, uses powerful yet simple ingredients, and it works. It’s very rich and emollient, and amazing as part of the Revival Package! Cream-based, for quick results: Vibrant Eye Perfector The Vibrant Eye Perfector comes from the Beautycounter line, which was developed as a science-based line of safer traditional products that are still high-performance. From Liz’s mom: “this cream is excellent under makeup and absorbs well; it tightens and brightens the area under my eyes (I’m not even using concealer any more). It ranks a #1 on the Environmental Working Group scale. I highly recommend it!” Liz’s note: the reason this cream likely works quickly is because of the inclusion of several ingredients that enhance delivery of the actives, not just caffeine, while serving as emollients and hydrators; these ARE conventional ingredients (vs. the natural actives I like to promote) yet they are well-studied and I am confident they are safe. Their use takes advantage of some of the advanced science of cosmeceuticals that’s not necessarily available with a completely natural approach. Be sure to check out some of the science at the end of this post. No matter what you use, remember to PAT and gently PRESS the treatment on to the eye area – don’t smear or pull the skin. Just use your body heat to “melt” the product in, and use 1-ply toilet paper to dab off any excess. Thanks for reading! -Liz (and my mom!)   A few resources: Protection from photodamage by topical application of caffeine after ultraviolet irradiation Caffeine Protects Human Skin Fibroblasts From Acute Reactive Oxygen Species-Induced Necrosis Less-known botanical cosmeceuticals Caffeine’s mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use. Reduction of Facial Redness With Resveratrol Added to Topical Product Containing Green Tea Polyphenols and Caffeine

Anti-aging skincare that works

Anti-aging skincare that works

For speed readers: check out my 10-second summary below 10-SECOND SUMMARY: For a natural approach, I love Coffee & C-Ex serums For a safe, yet traditional scientific approach, the Countertime collection (you can also buy individually) is excellent Don’t forget that FOOD matters! THE DETAILS: FYI, when it comes to aging, I think that we only grow more gorgeous as we journey through life. We are all beautiful, and life experience just makes us more so. When I say that premature aging makes me mad, what I’m really talking about is SKIN DAMAGE. The kind of damage that gets progressively worse over time. Damaged skin is less healthy, and it’s more prone to further damage. That makes me mad. Whether that damage is a result of unknowingly using damaging, stripping skincare products OR the result of careless sun exposure or the wrong sun protection when we were young (interesting note: certain types of sun protection can actually make skin damage worse – check out my book Eat the Yolks for a detailed explanation); it stinks. And unfortunately, it often takes some very targeted skincare as well as other nourishing strategies to turn back the clock. First of all, we need skincare products that work. For a long time, I’ve been singing the praises of Primal Life Organics. Their products are based around NATURAL oils and extracts, no irritating synthetics, and no weird gunk. I’ve actually collaborated with them on a vitamin C serum called C-Ex that has gotten amazing reviews. Recently, I also discovered that their coffee bean serum is INCREDIBLY incredible – so much so, that they put together a “revival package” based on the coffee bean serum and C-Ex! I use this combo every day: Coffee in the morning, and C-Ex at night. The coffee bean serum helps boost circulation, giving skin a healthier glow; the C-Ex adds softness and fights damage with nourishing oils. (All you need is about three drops of each.)     Now, I recognize that many people either want to combine a few natural approaches (like the above) with a more conventional skincare approach; OR simply aren’t interested in a natural approach at all. I get it. See, I learned from many years of using my Nutritional Therapy practice to help people improve their skin that sometimes, my clients just didn’t want to use oils and apple cider vinegar and clay and baking soda and what my husband affectionately calls “Birkenstock skincare.” But since I firmly believe that what we put ON our skin should be as clean and crap-free and safe as what we eat, I think we can all agree that using safe AND effective products are the key when it comes to anti-aging skincare. I’ve been talking about Beautycounter a lot lately, and for good reason: they’re the line I wanted to design myself. In looking for a perfect balance of science, natural active ingredients, and effectiveness for my clients, I decided that I would be the one to create it for them! I wanted to design a line using ingredients that were both well-studied, effective and safe – knowing that SCIENCE can add that extra boost to our favorite powerful natural actives. Well, life got in the way – we moved, bought a farm, had a baby, yadda yadda…and in the interim, Beautycounter beat me to it! (And, let’s be honest, probably did a better job than I ever could have – their founders are super experienced professionals in the makeup and science realm.) Safety AND effectiveness are what matter most to me, and it’s what matters most to Beautycounter as well. They only use ingredients that have been tested for safety (because not all non-natural ingredients are “bad.”) For that reason, I’ve added Beautycounter to my list of recommendations, including their anti-aging line called Countertime. It gets rave reviews from my anti-aging skincare expert – my mom! My mom isn’t a product junkie, so it’s not easy to convince her to try new things. But she knows I’m obsessed with ingredients like vitamin C, calendula, ginger root, sweet almond oil, algae extracts (celebrities LOVE their marine extracts) and circulation-boosting caffeine. So, when I tell her to try something, she tries it. (And when I tell her to become a Beautycounter Consultant because she’ll actually WANT to use the products, she does that too! Love you, mom!) Of the entire Countertime collection, the Enlightening Treatment Pads top her list. Their fruit acids (I LOVE fruit acids!) help sticky skin cells exfoliate naturally, without harsh scrubbing; Their vitamin C based antioxidant helps reduce the appearance of fine lines; Marine extract (an ingredient I have always loved and found massively anti-inflammatory) helps even skin tone Even better? Beautycounter has clinically tested their line for effectiveness. You can find the results on each product’s page. You can look at the rest of the products in mom’s Countertime collection here. (All items can be bought individually, too.) The Nourishing Cleansing Balm and Radiance Firming Complex are also mom’s favorites! The final …Continue Reading

What kind of sunscreen is the safest?

What kind of sunscreen is the safest?

For speed readers: check out my 10-second summary below 10-SECOND SUMMARY: You might NEED sunscreen (think beach days, acne, photoaging) The CRAZY reason you should always use a zinc-based STICK Try the 3 Bs: Beautycounter (small but mighty!), Badger or Babo STICKS THE DETAILS: You might NEED sunscreen (think beach days, acne, photoaging) WARNING: I’m told the Beautycounter stick has extremely limited stock. It’s what I use for my face with good ZO%, suspension ingredients & antioxidants, so if you’re interested, order quickly. If they run out, I’ll update when it’s back. I wrote in detail about the truth about sun exposure in my book Eat the Yolks. While I covered the basics, like: The sun is NOT the enemy We actually NEED sun exposure to get adequate vitamin D & critical photoproducts RESPONSIBLE sun exposure is key – which includes AVOIDING sunscreens with dangerous, misleading or ineffective ingredients and opting for sun barriers when needed instead (clothing + shade) Yet I recently found out that there is a LOT I didn’t know about sunscreen, and my sister Laura, my beauty products expert, along with my brilliant mom Alexis – yep, even the experts need experts 😉 helped educate me! Thanks to them, I am now positive that the sun exposure/sun protection issue is even more complex than I thought! “It’s complicated,” Laura told me. (Surprise, surprise!) “You’ve got to really know how sunscreen is made to choose not just the safest brand, but the safest TYPE of protection within that brand.” I asked my experts what more we needed to know about sun exposure and smart sun protection besides what I discuss in Eat the Yolks, and here’s what she told me: That I’m RIGHT about sun exposure being healthy – and that avoiding overexposure is key. (I LOVE being right.) HOWEVER, let’s be honest: most of us want to be out in the sun for longer than our skin really would allow (translation: burn city.) This means we need a SAFE sun barrier, and if you don’t want to cover up, like in 90 degree heat; or if there’s no shade to be found, like on most beaches; it’s time for a safe sunscreen option. This is ESPECIALLY important for ACNE-PRONE skin and for protection AGAINST PHOTODAMAGE. Overexposure can damage the skin’s fragile oils and make photodamage, acne and irritation WORSE, so even if you hate sunscreen, get some safe stuff for your face. Here’s what’s fascinating: I always thought that the “safest” kinds of sun protection, besides clothes and shade, were “sunblocks” – white, creamy, zinc-based lotions that don’t fully rub in. Turns out, those aren’t ACTUALLY sunblocks at all. No lotion or stick product is called “sunblock” any more, because “sunBLOCK” implies something that doesn’t need to be reapplied. And you should ALWAYS reapply any sun protection product. “No product you apply can be truly trusted to BLOCK the sun,” Laura said. “The term sunBLOCK implies a product that doesn’t require reapplication, and that’s just a liability issue – absolutely nothing is foolproof. “Your choices are really between chemical sunscreens (not good) and physical zinc-based sunscreens, which are safer, but you need to choose wisely.” Originally, decades ago, “screens” only protected against UVA, but they are now required to offer some UVA and UVB protection. This is where the term “broad-spectrum” came from – it was the alternative to sunblock that still indicated protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Most chemical-based sunscreens on the market (anything WITHOUT zinc oxide – these use “-benzone” ingredients like avobenzone and oxybenzone – avoid!), which includes Neutrogena, Coppertone and Banana Boat, not only basically fib about their SPF (anything over 50 is pretty much hooey, as SPF maxes out between 30 & 50) …but worse, the chemical sunscreens also use ingredients that may become MORE dangerous when they’re exposed to UV light! Laura says that “the safest sunscreen you can buy is a PHYSICAL (zinc-based) sunscreen – but you’ve got to choose the right kind. “And remember, avoid physical sunscreens with titanium dioxide, which might also undergo changes during light exposure. Zinc oxide only!” The CRAZY reason you should always use a zinc-based STICK THIS is what blew my mind. Laura says: “the number one mistake people make when choosing safer sunscreen is that they don’t realize when the ingredients have SEPARATED. “With many lotions, the zinc separates from the suspension ingredients – and we don’t even realize it! Sun products are difficult to mix up – they don’t shake well – so it’s a real risk!” Here’s where my jaw dropped. Because really, it’s so simple.  Yet I NEVER even thought about it. Since so many zinc sunscreens nowadays are meant to leave less of a white, thick appearance, it’s even harder to tell whether we’re adequately covered. Add that to suspension …Continue Reading

Ozonated Oil for treating acne?

Ozonated Oil for treating acne?

I’ve been getting great reports about this ozonated oil for battling acne.   While I haven’t tried it myself, the reviews suggest that we might be on to something! Ozonated oils have been studied, at least minimally, for skin infections, and this study states that “[including acne] the earliest as possible application of ozonated ointments, by minimizing pathogen diffusion and enhancing microcirculation, reduces the swelling, destroys the pathogen, and allows a rapid healing.” As always, REMEMBER TO SPOT-TEST, and don’t forget that the right diet, digestive healing, and proper skincare are crucial to healing skin issues as well. Be sure to check out the Purely Primal Skincare Guide if you haven’t already!

Skincare Saturday: Mindi’s Story!

Skincare Saturday: Mindi’s Story!

We love hearing your success stories! We’re sharing Mindi’s story today. After adapting a more natural approach as outlined in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, Mindi was able to take control of her skin by changing her diet and her routine – healing her skin from the inside out! ________________________________________________ I purchased the Purely Primal Skincare Guide about a year ago to repair my dry skin after living at high altitude with an almost non-existent skincare routine. I read the book from cover-to-cover within a week and immediately began incorporating the practices. I appreciated the comprehensive information to adjust and personalize the routine for all types of skin issues with ways to adapt the products used–no matter what your self-care budget or your schedule. Minimalist or maximalist – Liz gives you the guidelines for each! Anti-aging and dryness were my primary goals. I began following the oil cleansing method with a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil. I replaced my Maybelline eye makeup remover with coconut oil (it works BETTER!) I created a simple toner with brewed tea, apple cider vinegar and calendula hydrosol. Put it in a spray bottle — and it lasts for months! Then, I use a moisturizer, making sure I address the areas around the eyes. I switch it up each day – emu oil, tamanu oil or Primal Life Organics Infiniti Moisturizer. After following this simple routine for almost a year, I decided to treat myself to a facial and get feedback on the health of my skin from an esthetician. Suffice it to say, she couldn’t believe I wasn’t wearing makeup when I arrived. During the treatment, she raved about the softness of my skin and that she hadn’t seen such beautiful, glowing skin. She began asking me about my diet and what I ate to get such radiant skin. Simple Answer: Real Food. I left the appointment thinking, “OMG – Liz’s program REALLY works!” I’m now stepping up my routine to include regular DIY spa days with non-toxic products. Thanks, Liz!! – Mindi

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