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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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Skincare Saturday: Araza Beauty Q&A and Giveaway!

Skincare Saturday: Araza Beauty Q&A and Giveaway!

The majority of today’s conventional cosmetics contain toxic chemicals. In the hunt to find safe alternatives, we stumbled upon Araza Natural Beauty. As a self-proclaimed makeup lover, founder Lindsey Diamond made it her mission to create safe makeup and skincare alternatives. Thus Araza Natural Beauty was born. All Araza products are handmade in small batches with only natural ingredients – and they’re certified Paleo. Lindsey was kind enough to sit down with us to tell us a little bit more about her personal routine and the inspiration behind Araza Natural Beauty. Don’t miss your chance to win makeup goodies at the end of this post! Q: What inspired your Araza Natural Beauty line of products? I started Araza Natural Beauty because I want to help women embrace their natural beauty and live inspired and healthy lives.  With a background in personal training and health coaching, as well as having a personal laundry... read more
Skincare Saturday: what do you know about NEEM?

Skincare Saturday: what do you know about NEEM?

This post was first published in 2013. It has been updated and reposted. Today’s topic: Neem oil If you look up “Old School” in the dictionary, you’ll see two words: Will Ferrel? Nope. Neem Oil. Okay, so that’s not entirely true. But it should be. Because Neem oil – actually, the entire Neem plant – has been valued for its healing and protective powers for millenia. Its written history dates back more than five thousand years! That’s four thousand, nine hundred seventy-one years OLDER than I am, y’all! Native to India, the Neem plant has been known as the “Village Pharmacy” and a “Heal All,” and with good reason. Various parts of the Neem plant work as potent and scientifically proven antiseptics, anti-bacterials, anti-fungals, and even insect repellents. Where Neem is health-promoting in humans, it’s harmful to pests. Neem chew sticks are known for their role in oral health. Neem... read more
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