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What do you put on your body and your face?

Answered on February 27, 2015
Created August 07, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I just looked at the ingredients in the body cream that I use (I have dry skin) and all I could see were chemicals that I no longer want to put in or on my body! I'd love to get some feedback on what you use on your bodies and your face instead of traditional cremes and lotions. I did a "search" on the site but came up empty. Thanks all!

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Awesome... that is all

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I would think twice about using petroleum products on your skin. Just sayin'.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Dude, your skincare routine is way more labor-intensive than mine! And I'm an actress. lol.

A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Or as some prefer, "no 'poo", so as not to be confused with "no poo" :)

F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I second (third, fourth) this... although I use both glycerin and aloe vera on my face.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on August 07, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Water. Occasionally coconut oil mixed with baking soda on my pits. No poo, no soap, except ass.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:11 PM

I love running my hands through a bag of real unprocessed sheep wool - makes the skin so silky soft :)

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:14 PM

How do you have time and patience for all this

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:08 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22225/your-paleo-beauty-and-skincare-regimen/22244#22244

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Neither are computers, yet... :O

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Neither are computers :O

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I have not. TV isn't paleo ;)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Kyle, have you not seen Anchorman? I was just quoting Will Ferrell.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Yep. It's amazing stuff. If you ever get a chance to check sheep-sheerer's hands, they are soft as a baby's bottom. Plus Lanolin is used by nursing mothers to aid with nipple chafing. If it's safe for a baby's belly, it's safe for your face/hands.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:43 PM

lol. why watch when you can live it?

85976765ee2ed3cfb7bfd8e51e9fe3be

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Now I want to watch American Psycho again

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Lanolin? Like sheep's wool? :)

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:27 PM

lanolin? Like sheeps wool?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 07, 2012
at 03:25 PM

In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now.

After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 07, 2012
at 03:43 PM

lol. why watch when you can live it?

85976765ee2ed3cfb7bfd8e51e9fe3be

(50)

on August 07, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Now I want to watch American Psycho again

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on August 07, 2012
at 07:14 PM

How do you have time and patience for all this

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on August 07, 2012
at 07:08 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22225/your-paleo-beauty-and-skincare-regimen/22244#22244

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Awesome... that is all

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on August 12, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Dude, your skincare routine is way more labor-intensive than mine! And I'm an actress. lol.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I strongly recommend putting nothing on your skin. Whether it's "natural" or not, most of the things that you put on your body act as xenoestrogens. Chris Kresser has a good post (or maybe it was a podcast, I can't remember). Neither men or women need that much fake estrogen being absorbed through your largest organ. The safest thing I could imagine is coconut oil as there's nothing bad there.

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57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Coconut oil, primarily. I've heard good things about tallow, but I haven't tried it.

F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

(320)

on August 08, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I second (third, fourth) this... although I use both glycerin and aloe vera on my face.

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91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:25 PM

another vote for coconut oil, also works great as a pomade if you have thick and / or frizzy hair

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A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:03 PM

To start, don't strip your skin of its natural oils by overwashing or using traditional soaps and shampoos. Look up "no poo" and you'll find lots of suggestions. The essence will be that warm water and a good cloth/loofah is enough to clean your skin. A little vinegar (good quality ACV or white vinegar) in water will cleanse and balance your scalp and hair -- with a TB of baking soda in water as needed for unusually dirty grimy occasions. This practice may take a couple weeks for your body to adjust to by producing less oils etc now that you've stopped stripping it away.

Then use tropical oils or lotions based on them as needed for extra dry spots or to help clear up blemishes.

A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

(340)

on August 08, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Or as some prefer, "no 'poo", so as not to be confused with "no poo" :)

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94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on August 07, 2012
at 06:07 PM

My various options: Dr. Woods hemp/coconut/olive oil facial cleanser. California Baby sensitive skin lotion on my face. mix of almond oil/avocado oil/sea buckthorn oil/jojoba oil & just a dash of tea tree oil for body. Aubrey Organics Unscented Moisturizing lotion for hands or when I run out of body oils. Dr. Bronner's coconut oil hair cream.

I can't use shea butter, cross reactive if you have latex allergy like me. Pure coconut oil doesn't work well for my skin either - it dries out faster if I use ccn oil. I find almond and avocado oil mix to be really nice with some add ins if I have them. Macadamia nut oil is great too but I rarely get it. I get some of the same fatty acids from the sea buckthorn oil.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Tallow has been the best hand cream I've used so far. I have seriously dry hands, so I think I need the strong stuff like tallow or lanolin. Coconut oil gives me rashes on my hands, even though I am fine cooking with it.

I like tallow or cocoa butter for my lips.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:27 PM

lanolin? Like sheeps wool?

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C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

on August 07, 2012
at 03:21 PM

For my body I just love unrefined shea butter. It seems to have a really moisturizing and mildly exfoliating affect (awesome on the feet). I haven't found anything else that works that well for smelling/feeling good. I also like emu oil for some body parts and my face (I don't know much about the industry/practices, so that may not be for you). Castor oil is great for making face washes (will keep skin VERY moist, while cleaning and dissolving dirt) and I mix it with a bit of Dr. Bronner's castille soap. Other than those things I like MyChelle products found at most natural food stores.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Coconut oil. That is all. ;-)

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C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8

on August 08, 2012
at 05:39 AM

I use coconut oil for everything as well. For washing my face if I need something more than water I use water and a little bit of baking soda. I don't use soap because I have psoriasis and that only aggravates the condition. But Desert Essence has a full line of products that are incredible and no harsh chemicals, no nasty stuff like paragons, sls..etc etc. Ive found these products at my local Sprouts but they have a website as well. https://www.desertessence.com/ For lotion on my body and face I use coconut oil. Its awesome..soaks in well, hydrates well and doesn't clog pores.

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40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

on August 07, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I use olive and castor oil as a cleanser now and then, and olive oil to moisturize.

I found ghee is really great at healing whatever acne/dryness/broken skin I may have.

2
Ec1dc4f8143b6bdaa0ff64fafa55d424

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:49 PM

check the Tropical Traditions site; they have many recipes and suggestions.

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910404bebbcbd2505810c8cd8db31966

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I use oils, apricot kernal or almond. There are some pretty good lotions out there that don't contain the parabens and sulfates and such. For makeup and facial cleansers I like Juicebeauty. You can check out the cosmetics database at www.ewg.org/skindeep to find out the toxicity levels of your products. Etsy.com is great too, for finding homemade products crafty folks are selling. Wonderful for soaps and deoderants and more.

1
7296570c2094f073260067dae5e79133

on August 13, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I use MCT oil on scars, stretch marks and on my face.

1
3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

on August 13, 2012
at 12:20 AM

Usually coconut oil. Tastes good too :)

1
F9013a3c7944d40c983e955f3cc83627

on August 08, 2012
at 01:20 AM

coconut oil for my body... but not all the time, just when its dry or sunburned.

I really like aloe vera on my face.. sometimes glycerin if its particularly dry or red. Actually, glycerin is a preservative (like alcohol) with herbs, so I've steeped rose petals and lavender in glycerin before and used it as a serum. You could also do something like goldenseal for its antibacterial properties... great for acne.

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Nothing. I take a bath in the morning, and let my body do the rest. My acne cleared, my hair looks better, and I never smell (my girlfriend would tell me)..

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Water. No poo, no soap, except ass. Coconut oil mixed with baking soda on my pits when it's hot outside or I'm going out.

1
01adafcb4dd4147c6af543f61eee60a8

on August 07, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Sesame oil works for me

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on August 07, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Besides a lot of coconut oil, I use products that I have researched on the Environmental Working Groups, Safe Cosmetic Database.

This is a FABULOUS resource. Most products are listed but if they are not you can do a custom search. I love this site!!

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I use organic sunflower and jojoba oils after I shower as my all-over body lotion, and use Weleda's Cold Cream for my face during the day (I live in Colorado and it's been the only thing that worked well for me in this climate). At night I use Green Pasture's Beauty Balm (fermented cod liver, olive, coconut oils). I use coconut oil sometimes before bed if my skin is feeling extra dry, but sometimes it makes me itchy and doesn't absorb as well as other oils.

1
4e248f471963a491dcf7eb75d6ff187e

on August 07, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Mary Kay, Live Clean (available in Canada, limited in the US), and Desert Essence are the brands I use. I haven't gotten into homemade products yet.

1
474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on August 07, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I'm not sure if it's paleo, but all I have used in years has been Ivory soap. No other overpriced creams, soaps, shampoo, etc.

1
193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 07, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Pure vasoline works well (arguably not paleo), as does lanolin and beeswax. Dansko makes a cream for their clogs (leather uppers) that is 50% bees wax and 50% lanolin. That stuff will work WONDERS on dry/cracked hands.

Beyond that, you can make your own soaps and lotions pretty easily. That would give you total control over ingredients and allow you to ensure that you do not accidentally wind up with undesired junk in your personal care products. Here is a link or two to help you get started.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Neither are computers :O

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 07, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I have not. TV isn't paleo ;)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 07, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Neither are computers, yet... :O

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Kyle, have you not seen Anchorman? I was just quoting Will Ferrell.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:11 PM

I love running my hands through a bag of real unprocessed sheep wool - makes the skin so silky soft :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 07, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Lanolin? Like sheep's wool? :)

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 07, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Yep. It's amazing stuff. If you ever get a chance to check sheep-sheerer's hands, they are soft as a baby's bottom. Plus Lanolin is used by nursing mothers to aid with nipple chafing. If it's safe for a baby's belly, it's safe for your face/hands.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I would think twice about using petroleum products on your skin. Just sayin'.

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on February 27, 2015
at 06:55 PM

I use no soap, for months now, but I do shower, exfoliate and shave - this apparently helps. I also use homemade shampoo & conditioner and coconut oil is my moisturizer. Wow, writing it out like this makes me suddelnly realize just how paleo I've become.

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