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Your paleo beauty and skincare regimen?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2011 at 5:43 PM

For the women, and any applicable men, have you found reliable ways to have clear, healthy skin outside of following a paleo diet?

Ever since switching to paleo I've noticed vast improvement in my complexion. I'm no longer bloated and pasty. My skin still gets a bit dry due to winter weather. And the other day I ate a pie, the first time I've had sugar/junk food in a long time, and soon after a few pimples starting to form.

I've stopped using all skincare products on my face, including sunscreen because I rarely burn and I am more wary of the chemicals in sunscreen than getting skin cancer. I still use toothpaste, mild soap, hand lotion, deodorant, and shampoo once or twice a week. I use chamomile tea as a toner twice a day. And once or twice a week I exfoliate my face with a paste made from coffee grinds, lavender oil, and honey. I also just got jojoba oil. I started to have sensitive skin the past few years but think that is mostly due to junk products I was using. I'm naturally medium-complected and grew up in a tropical place and would spend hours at the beach (sunburn only after hours of exposure). Now I live in the Northeast and think I've been Vitamin-D deficient for several years.

Are you a recovering beauty product fiend like me? What's your regimen?

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on April 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Thinking about it now, that book actually has a pretty paleo message! An illustration of consumer culture gone rampant... such a good book!

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Supposedly you remove a lot surface cells when your skin is dry, and it really does get the blood flowing, and my lymphs feel better this allergy season. Try it, you'll feel the difference. I do use a loofah too, in the shower, and sort of alternate between wet and dry.

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on April 22, 2012
at 02:30 PM

I thought you were serious at first. I've never seen the movie, hahah!

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on April 22, 2012
at 08:24 AM

I use a loofah while bathing, which also gets the blood circulating and also exfoliates. Any reason dry brushing would be better than wet?

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on March 09, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Nooooo, we don't need to use soap on our crotches. How can you believe that and believe in biologically appropriate eating? Healthy bodies usually function just fine with water.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:54 AM

To avoid UTI's related to sex, it is a good idea to urinate post coital. Sounds a little much, but it helps clear any bacteria that is sitting on the outside of the UTI tract. That should be adequate for bacterial cleansing. For dryness/irritation around the vagina or anus, coconut oil can be used to alleviate symptoms, but should be investigated by your OBGYN or family doctor because persistent irritation is not normal. Apart from that, water should be adequate.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Mm, yeah that is the only characteristic of my Chinese grandmother that I inherited- that resilient skin! Never an acne problem, no issue with too dry or too greasy. Great trait to inherit..

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:48 AM

I use a dry knitted cotton cloth as a version of dry brushing for my face- I don't know if it has any real "benefits" other than I like how it makes my face feel fresh and invigorated.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I use a gentler brush for dry brushing- actually, weirdly, its the polishing brush I used to use when I was horseback riding- they are perfect, soft but exfoliating and invigorating.

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on March 02, 2012
at 05:52 AM

well i use a natural bristle brush and start at my feet and brush toward my heart. stimulates and softens.

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on March 01, 2012
at 09:21 PM

"A lot of my "BO" was from the ridiculous nuke strength deodorant I used." - Interesting! I feel that my body "adapts" to deodorant (and thus am always switching brands), but you're saying the deodorant actually causes the BO?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on March 01, 2012
at 09:03 PM

"Before I get in the shower I dry-skin brush twice everywhere" - What does this mean?

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I was using Retin-A for years. Every night, a pea-sized dollop on my face. I've been paleo about 7-8 months now and I've been off the Retin-A for about 4 months. I completely understand not yet wanting to give it up! But as a fellow Retin-A fan, I will say that even without it my skin looks much better; plumper, radiant, etc. :)

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on October 05, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Also I think you would love ARCONA. I've been using their Triad Pads and their vitamin C serum for almost a year now (I think) and they are pretty damn awesome. I have discovered that Paleo + simple skin products = flawless skin.

D811808d3bfa5aebc7a1bd971fb6375b

on October 05, 2011
at 09:23 PM

Ooh just my kind of topic. ;) I have a WHOLE entire blog (it's free of course) devoted to this. Here's the link to it if you want to check it out. http://www.epicbeautyguide.com/

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on October 05, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Hi Sarah, welcome to PaleoHacks! I would suggest that you take this answer and make it into it's own question. Your question is unlikely to get answered sitting way down here as an answer to dorchid11's question. Cool?

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

not at all! It tingles, but I wouldn't describe it as painful. I've tried coconut oil for shaving, but I can't manage it in the shower.

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:01 AM

I shave my legs with only water and it is the best shave ever. Other than that I use coconut oil and baking soda on my body. Have not converted my face products until those run out. Expensive and won't throw away. I would like to try dry brushing. Does it hurt?

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on April 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I pre-brew it and refrigerate it so it's nice and cold when I use it. I make a cup and it lasts about a week. It's great when you add lavender to steep with the tea as well.

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Is your chamomile tea toner pre-brewed and stored in the cabinet, or do you have to make it fresh?

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:46 PM

You could try soap nuts for your hair. (even laundry, bathrub, dishes) Nice, soft and no chemical. Hard water is a problem. It took me a year of trying tons of different natural alternatives including, no shampoo, baking soda eggs, honey before realizing this. Only choice is ACV rinse for the scum which hard water won't eliminate. I gave up shampoo, and now once every 2 weeks with a shampoo bar is enough.

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on February 10, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Absolutely Epic

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on February 08, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Ha ha, excellent.

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Ahhh I love that movie!! You win the internet!

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:25 PM

The only reason I use arrowroot powder as a base for my deodorant, is because too much baking soda gives me a rash. Arrowroot powder works a bit like talcum powder to absorb moisture. My recipe is: 2 T baking soda + 6 T arrowroot powder + 1 tsp vitamin E + 4 T coconut oil + 20 drops lavender essential oil. Mix it all together and stuff into an old deodorant dispenser. (chill until mixture is no longer runny, if necessary).

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on February 08, 2011
at 01:24 PM

The only reason I use arrowroot powder as a base for my deodorant, is because too much baking soda gives me a rash. Arrowroot powder works a bit like talcum powder to absorb moisture. My recipe is: 2 T baking soda 6 T arrow root powder 1 tsp vitamin E 4 tablespoons coconut oil 20 drops lavender essential oil Mix it all together and stuff into an old deodorant dispenser. (chill until mixture is no longer runny, if necessary).

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on February 08, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Chlorophyll is touted as an internal deodorizer, and it seems to be working well for me. I'm using liquid chlorophyll drops right now, but as soon as the bottle is gone, I plan to replace it with capsules. Chlorophyll is a super-saturated green color, and it will dye your entire mouth (teeth and tongue) bright green.:p

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I'd love more info on the chlorophyl supps and what the benefit of arrowroot powder is for deodorant.

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:44 PM

hahahahahahahaha

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:12 PM

well played, sir.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Awesome, that was hilarious

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Ahahahahaha! Excellent.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Ha ha - nicely done!

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:30 PM

OMG that's my favorite book,ever.Thank you!You made my day.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:16 PM

dude, brilliant

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:03 PM

American Psycho for the win!

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:22 PM

I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet, in a rigorous exercise routine. 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 icepack, 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 ten 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...

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on February 07, 2011
at 08:03 PM

American Psycho for the win!

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on February 07, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Awesome, that was hilarious

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on February 07, 2011
at 08:30 PM

OMG that's my favorite book,ever.Thank you!You made my day.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 07, 2011
at 11:44 PM

hahahahahahahaha

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on February 08, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Ahhh I love that movie!! You win the internet!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 10, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Absolutely Epic

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on February 07, 2011
at 08:16 PM

dude, brilliant

C61399790c6531a0af344ab0c40048f1

on February 07, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Ha ha - nicely done!

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(15239)

on February 07, 2011
at 11:12 PM

well played, sir.

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(1591)

on February 07, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Ahahahahaha! Excellent.

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on February 08, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Ha ha, excellent.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 22, 2012
at 02:30 PM

I thought you were serious at first. I've never seen the movie, hahah!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on April 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Thinking about it now, that book actually has a pretty paleo message! An illustration of consumer culture gone rampant... such a good book!

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E4f87b03dad5a0c85da5b42928b33318

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:55 AM

first thing I've wanted to share so far :).

I'd say my skincare is more about process than product. I'm of African descent, and my facial skin is oily, while the rest of my skin tends to be drier. I've always had very clear skin, but paleo has made it better, less puffy in the morning, not itchy.

I've cut all shower products, with the exception of occasional shampoo/conditioner (my hair is chemically relaxed). My routine involves hot water, a dry skin brush and a washcloth and I shower only at night, before bed. It seems that my skin and sweat glands calm down overnight in a way that they do not if I shower in the morning.

To start, I dry brush my skin (feet to neck)for about 5 minutes before turning on the shower. Using as hot water as I can tolerate, I rinse and then scrub with the washcloth (head to feet). If I need to, I'll shave my legs....I'm not 100% positive, but have the suspicion that not using soap eliminates the necessity of shaving cream, or that my skin is getting tougher. I'll then rinse off in as cold water as I can stand; ok, really, it's cool, and I'm a wimp.

After showering, I dry off and use coconut oil as a moisturizer, including my underarms. I've stopped using deodorant, and only use a small amount of coconut oil at night and a dab of Burt's Bees baby powder in the morning. A lot of my "BO" was from the ridiculous nuke strength deodorant I used. I do start to get sweaty after a while, but it takes more than 24 hours, generally isn't too offensive, and I shower nightly.

Most of the routine is about removing dead skin, oil and dirt so that my body can breathe, and then preventing dryness. It is more labor intensive than just slapping on some body wash, but the payoff of calmer skin, and potentially improved circulation, is well worth it.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 03:01 AM

I shave my legs with only water and it is the best shave ever. Other than that I use coconut oil and baking soda on my body. Have not converted my face products until those run out. Expensive and won't throw away. I would like to try dry brushing. Does it hurt?

E4f87b03dad5a0c85da5b42928b33318

(158)

on August 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

not at all! It tingles, but I wouldn't describe it as painful. I've tried coconut oil for shaving, but I can't manage it in the shower.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on March 01, 2012
at 09:21 PM

"A lot of my "BO" was from the ridiculous nuke strength deodorant I used." - Interesting! I feel that my body "adapts" to deodorant (and thus am always switching brands), but you're saying the deodorant actually causes the BO?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 09, 2012
at 01:46 AM

I use a gentler brush for dry brushing- actually, weirdly, its the polishing brush I used to use when I was horseback riding- they are perfect, soft but exfoliating and invigorating.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:57 PM

I haven't used any soaps or exfoliators or toners or anything on my face for years. Not even a washcloth. No problems, a few zits if I eat sugar or have my period, and I get compliments on my skin all the time.

I've been soap-free on my body as well since October. Nothing but positive reviews in regards to how I smell.

If I wear makeup (maybe some eyeliner or mascara once every couple of months) I take it off using coconut oil. If I ever have a bit of a dry spot it gets coconut oil as well.

I use a very gentle natural shampoo on my hair about once every three days. I tried going no-poo but can't ever get past the greasy stage, and got terrible dandruff. My hair is much nicer since I stopped washing it every day, though, and I keep getting comments asking if I've dyed it, because it's darker and thicker.

I haven't used deodorant in about seven years. If I'm going to be really active or it's really hot out I'll swipe on some of that crystal stuff but I don't use it every day.

I floss everyday and brush with a locally made clove and orange oil tooth soap, or some days just water. Used to have to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth but changing my diet made my teeth stop hurting.

I have a locally made lotion with SPF 15 that I use on my nose and my ears if I'm planning for some sun exposure. Usually I just wear a hat.

I've never been huge into beauty products so it hasn't been hard on me to minimize them. I like being low-maintenance.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 22, 2012
at 09:53 PM

I miss conventional products but I changed my skincare/beauty regimes because I believe they cause harm including Alzheimers. Also..I'm cheap on pretty much everything so it fits right in with my ways.

I use coconut oil out of the shower and on my arm-pits with a little baking soda. I use a little Dr Bronner's on my "backside" and pits and baking soda on my "front-side." I also use Jojoba Oil wherever to moisturize.

On my hair I mostly use water and then either some baking soda or some Dr. Bronner's on my scalp. I put jojoba or an avocado on my long hair before I shower to deep condition. The only bad thing I use is the cheapest conditioner I can find on just the middle to ends of my hair. I figure it's not touching my scalp and I need the extra moisture here in Colorado.

I brush my teeth with baking soda and swish with coconut oil and hydrogen peroxide. I also face-cleanse with coconut oil or just a loofah or wash-cloth and very hot water. Before I get in the shower I dry-skin brush twice everywhere. I shave razors purchased at the dollar store.

I wear light makeup--cheap as I can get within reason.

I also am very careful what my 5 and 6 year old daughters get to use on their hair and skin and I forbid antibacterial use as much as I can. (School uses it.)

This routine has been an evolution over about 10 months.

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on March 01, 2012
at 09:03 PM

"Before I get in the shower I dry-skin brush twice everywhere" - What does this mean?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on March 02, 2012
at 05:52 AM

well i use a natural bristle brush and start at my feet and brush toward my heart. stimulates and softens.

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D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

on April 28, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Dry skin brushing, every time before I take a shower. Good for your lymph system, gets the blood circulating, and is good exfoliation. I've found it eliminates the need for any soap. It's too harsh for my face, but great for everywhere else.
Here's what you do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoTBP_WJy9E

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:48 AM

I use a dry knitted cotton cloth as a version of dry brushing for my face- I don't know if it has any real "benefits" other than I like how it makes my face feel fresh and invigorated.

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on April 22, 2012
at 08:24 AM

I use a loofah while bathing, which also gets the blood circulating and also exfoliates. Any reason dry brushing would be better than wet?

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Supposedly you remove a lot surface cells when your skin is dry, and it really does get the blood flowing, and my lymphs feel better this allergy season. Try it, you'll feel the difference. I do use a loofah too, in the shower, and sort of alternate between wet and dry.

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I do just about nothing. (except of course eat healthy). This is partly out of laziness, partly because still at 51 (soon to be) I see results. I actually almost never wash my face...I think this depletes it of its natural oils. I make my own cream from shea butter (and then hardly use it). I don't use sunscreen but wear hats and sunglasses always. I use pure aloe vera gel for mosquito bites or mostly for my daughters skin irritations. Tea tree oil for mouthwash, excema, bacteria. (A MUST HAVE) I use solid shampoo bars from J R liggett with apple cider vinegar rinse. I apply shea butter or coconut oil, if I see my skin is excessively dry.

What I really think is important is ATTITUDE.

When you feel crummy you usually look crummy. Often if you feel down and sit and think a moment, you will notice that your facial muscles are pulling downward. You can actually pull them back up and outward. A virtual mini facelift!!! I use to model and this was an important part of the job. You make yourself look great for those few seconds on film. I do believe that keeping the facial muscles toned is important. Alas I don't do this, but I do remember when I am feeling tired or angry or sad...to STOP LETTING IT EFFECT MY FACE. You can control your emotions and your muscles and thus your outward appearance (even if you still have a nagging headache or home sickness or whatever). Just like in my kitchen, there is not one single product in my bathroom that can't be eaten, (oops except toilet paper)...honey, vinegar, cornstarch, baking soda, peroxide (teeth whitening), simple clay, salt, though again, I am lazy so don't use them. I guess I spend too much time reading about treating the inside.

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on April 28, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I make my own herbal body products.

I have a homemade muscle relaxing salve made with olive oil, beeswax, peppermint oil, kava root, and thieves oil.

I use a homemade cleanser for my face that contains rose water, rose geranium essential oil, beeswax, and sweet almond oil. my dry sensitive skim has never been better.

If you have the time and a blender, I highly suggest making your own herbal body care products. You can find great recipes online.

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:20 PM

Fun topic!

I'm convinced it was my diet alone that cleared up my skin, but ditching the soap has really make it soft and smooth. I used to wash my face with Cetaphil, and was very surprised to learn that even the "dermatologist recommended" unscented sensitive skin stuff contained sulfates and other nasties. I now use jojoba oil to remove eye makeup, and wash my face with water and a warm washcloth. If I need an extra moisturizer, I use a few drops of vitamin E or coconut oil. Once in awhile as a toner, I use straight apple cider vinegar (ACV) applied with a cotton ball. In the shower, I just use a stiff-bristled brush on my skin, followed by all-over coconut oil.

My skin looks so nice now, that I gave up foundation/concealer, and can now get away with just a light mineral powder and mascara. Yay! :)

I haven't used commercial antiperspirants in years, but now I've also given up commercial deodorants. I make my own homemade deodorant from a mixture of coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder, and sometimes take a chlorophyll supplement on days I think I'm going to need extra "protection."

I've replaced glycerin-containing commercial toothpastes for a homemade mixture of baking soda, peppermint oil and cinnamon oil. Much cheaper, fluoride free and doesn't inhibit enamel remineralizaton.

I use sunscreen extremely rarely - and only when I know I'm going to be exposed for a long time with no chance of shade (like when we go river tubing all day). I'm naturally pretty pale, and although I'm far less likely to burn these days, (thanks to the protective saturated fat in my diet) a full day in the sun is too much for me. Sunscreen inhibits vitamin D production and won't prevent the damage, but at least it will spare me the sunburn.

I've also tried to give up shampoo, but I think my hair type, haircut and our water hardness might all be conspiring against me to prevent this from working. I've been experimenting with different combinations/amounts of diluted baking soda and ACV or lemon juice for about six months now. I've also tried using egg to wash and the "conditioner only" method. Egg + conditioner works better than anything else I've tried, but it's still not great. So for now, I'm trying to limit shampooing (with a detergent-free shampoo - Kiss My Face Whenever) to twice a week, max. I'd really love to find a shampoo-free alternative, though. More than anything, I dislike how much oilier my scalp tends to get when using shampoo. KMF Whenever is better than most other types I've used, but I still get a bit greasy on the the third day, and I really wish I could find a solution for that.

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:24 PM

The only reason I use arrowroot powder as a base for my deodorant, is because too much baking soda gives me a rash. Arrowroot powder works a bit like talcum powder to absorb moisture. My recipe is: 2 T baking soda 6 T arrow root powder 1 tsp vitamin E 4 tablespoons coconut oil 20 drops lavender essential oil Mix it all together and stuff into an old deodorant dispenser. (chill until mixture is no longer runny, if necessary).

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(4528)

on February 08, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Chlorophyll is touted as an internal deodorizer, and it seems to be working well for me. I'm using liquid chlorophyll drops right now, but as soon as the bottle is gone, I plan to replace it with capsules. Chlorophyll is a super-saturated green color, and it will dye your entire mouth (teeth and tongue) bright green.:p

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I'd love more info on the chlorophyl supps and what the benefit of arrowroot powder is for deodorant.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on February 08, 2011
at 01:25 PM

The only reason I use arrowroot powder as a base for my deodorant, is because too much baking soda gives me a rash. Arrowroot powder works a bit like talcum powder to absorb moisture. My recipe is: 2 T baking soda + 6 T arrowroot powder + 1 tsp vitamin E + 4 T coconut oil + 20 drops lavender essential oil. Mix it all together and stuff into an old deodorant dispenser. (chill until mixture is no longer runny, if necessary).

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:46 PM

You could try soap nuts for your hair. (even laundry, bathrub, dishes) Nice, soft and no chemical. Hard water is a problem. It took me a year of trying tons of different natural alternatives including, no shampoo, baking soda eggs, honey before realizing this. Only choice is ACV rinse for the scum which hard water won't eliminate. I gave up shampoo, and now once every 2 weeks with a shampoo bar is enough.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I have the same reaction to sugar as you do - I tried everything to get rid of the acne over the years, including Proactiv and medication but nothing worked. Now that I'm eating Paleo, my skin is clear and radiant. However, if I eat lots of sugar or anything with maltodextrin in it, my skin will break out within 2 days. I've tested it over and over with the same result. I've found that going Paleo has allowed me to shower less often, which has reduced my need for all kinds of products, including moisturizer. I still wear deodorant, I guess as a type of insurance policy, but I only wash my hair once a week. I don't wear sunscreen either, and haven't been sunburned since going Paleo. I've heard that people use coconut oil for all types of things, including in their hair, and that is something I'm going to try next. I've been using it as a moisturizer for my hands during the winter months and it works great. I've also added some essential oil of lavender and tea tree oil and used it on my son's scalp to get rid of cradle cap and that worked great too.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:14 PM

To take off makeup (yes, I do put that on my face, mostly a natural mineral-based powder) I wash with a very hot washcloth and a mixture of olive oil, castor oil and lavender. Before showering, I clean my face with apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad. I also use Burt's Bees carrot moisturizer.

I never use sunscreen.

I do use toothpaste (non-fluoride), Dr. Bronner's soap and Burt's Bees shampoo/conditioner (not every day). Sometimes a coconut-based lotion. Also, an aluminum-free crystal deodorant.

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Eat paleo, use Dr. Bronners or lard soap on stinky parts and hair, no face washing.

rinse, repeat.

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on April 28, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Occasionally I will use some peppermint Dr. Bronner's if I'm especially stinky. I usually eschew deoderant, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, etc.

In fact, I tried a coconut oil/egg mask the other day for my hair, and it came out sorta greasy and lank. Maybe I did it wrong, but I usually prefer to just rinse in a hot shower and alternate with the cold all the way on.

Sometimes I wear Givenchy Pi, or Mugler A Men...so not Paleo! But Gypsyloo loves it!

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I use baking soda for washing my face and sometimes my hair. I haven't used shampoo in 5 months. My hair doesn't ever look greasy now...it took about 3 weeks to get past the stage where it was greasy and I had dandruff, but as soon as I started using baking soda that problem disappeared.

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:46 PM

I've definitely cut down on products, and one of my girlfriends told me a couple weeks ago that my hair & skin have been looking great, so maybe it's working! I use shampoo about once a week, on other days I rinse and use Wen or some conditioner. I use coconut oil as lip balm, hair de-frizzer, and I usually use it instead of regular lotion. I experimented last summer with using coconut oil as sunscreen, and it worked. I used to use extra-strength deoderant/antipersperant religiously, now I use it a few times a week (I'll have to try Kim's deoderant recipe). I still use Ivory body wash, but have cut down to just using it on the, uh, critical areas; used to lather up with it all over. Now I have more money for grassfed beef, woohoo!

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(2312)

on February 07, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I've never been big on beauty products and I guess am fortunate to have "that wonderful asian skin"

Since going paleo I have simplified even more. I do do soap-less and am still struggling to find the right poo-less regimen. I use coconut oil for face and body moisturizer, and baking soda/coconut oil is better than any deodorant I've ever used. I do still use Bath-N-Bodworks lotions because I like how they smell.

I recently bought jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter to experiment with my own body butter.

I rarely use sunscreen, but I'm lucky that I'm not that fair skinned but gradual sun exposure is definitely a good idea even for me. My kids do still tend to burn if I let them stay out in the sun too long, so they still use sunscreen occasionally.

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Mm, yeah that is the only characteristic of my Chinese grandmother that I inherited- that resilient skin! Never an acne problem, no issue with too dry or too greasy. Great trait to inherit..

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(2283)

on February 07, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I just ordered cocolove products on te suggestion of cavegirleats website. Hope it's good! I've been pretty clean in this regard for a few years now, but I think it's easy to slip back into old habits when you can't find a good product :)

I, also, don't use sunscreen. Never burn. May get a bit pink, but it always turns brown.

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on May 06, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Drink plenty of water to also stay hydrated internally. Add lemon or lime juice for an extra boost. And, eat a healthy, colorful high-fiber diet that increases internal alkalinity...thats it this is my simple regime :-)

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on March 09, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I'm happy to say I've successfully been no shampoo for 9 months now! I have extremely long blonde hair, going well past my bra clip in the back. I only use water on my hair to wash it. I don't use soap, body wash, deodorant, moisturizer, shaving cream..you name it! I use coconut oil for everything including toothpaste. I've been spreading the word as much as possible, I want people to see how well I'm doing. I get numerous compliments on my skin and hair, never any pimples, and my skin seems to be more tanned than it ever was. I would never go back to using commercial beauty products! I love the full caveman lifestyle and commend everyone here for trying to make these changes for their health too.. Keep killin it ladies!!

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(472)

on November 11, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Similar to c dee, I just do exfoliation. I coat myself in neem oil preshower, and then just use an abrasive wash cloth (think Romans with sand and olive oil). No soap. Great in winter.

On my face I use just a couple drops of argan oil as moisturizer. That stuff is magic.

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on April 22, 2012
at 06:17 AM

Lotion and hair conditioner: coconut oil (and addition of gelatin for hair protein treatment as I am growing my hair)

Shaving/waxing: I never shave due to the high pain, but I pluck/wax the face with sugar. Never wax with conventional wax.

I am still having problems finding the right shampoo for hair. I used to use baking soda, which is slippery and good but that dried out my hair. Perhaps it is because I didn't use conditioner or anything to seal the cuticles on my hair. Dr Bronners gets too gummy for my hair just like regular shampoo. I have bleached hair that was toned, so I am trying to preserve the color and keep it healthy as possible.

I am wondering if soap is really necessary to wash the body and face. But I have a lot of build up on my skin that seems to stay there no matter what. Help?

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:53 PM

sweat! sweat! sweat! that's the best way to have clear skin. workout and sweat...:) not just once a week but often.

that's my 2 cents.

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on February 22, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I eat healthy and use water on my face. I get compliments quite frequently on how smooth, clear and firm my skin is.

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on October 05, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Hi! I make my on products but now would like to concentrate on making paleo products! So avoiding polyunsaturated based products, besides lanolin and coconut oil any suggstions?

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(13978)

on October 05, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Hi Sarah, welcome to PaleoHacks! I would suggest that you take this answer and make it into it's own question. Your question is unlikely to get answered sitting way down here as an answer to dorchid11's question. Cool?

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I try to stick with organic skincare products as much as possible and these make up 50% of my skincare routine. There is one main chemical product that I use, which is Retin-A, and this is the only one I am unwilling to ditch down the line as I start going paleo. It's a prescription cream and far as I know it's the only thing clinically proven to boost collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles (don't quote me on that, I did reading on this quite a long time ago). However the main reason I originally got it was to fight pimples and it's been amazing (though I still break out when it's getting to that time of the month).

So my current skincare routine is as follows:

Morning - Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel, Jurlique Anti Wrinkle Cream.

Night - Cetaphil cleansing lotion in the shower (may switch back to jojoba oil), Retin A right before bed

I'm soon to ditch the Anti wrinkle cream for sunscreen as Retin A is known to make the face more sensitive to the sun, which can negate its positive anti wrinkle effects if not used properly.

Being only 23 I don't exactly have many wrinkles to get rid of, but I figure prevention is better than cure.

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(292)

on February 23, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I was using Retin-A for years. Every night, a pea-sized dollop on my face. I've been paleo about 7-8 months now and I've been off the Retin-A for about 4 months. I completely understand not yet wanting to give it up! But as a fellow Retin-A fan, I will say that even without it my skin looks much better; plumper, radiant, etc. :)

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on February 22, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Hi everyone

I just wanted to let you know a out a new paleo skincare company called Primal Life Organics. I just tried the Infiniti Primal Face Package and it is AMAZING!!! All of the products are organic and paleo! It's a no brainer!! Good Luck.

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on November 11, 2011
at 05:22 PM

c.dee, number 4. How do you clean your vagina, anus, and feet without some sort of cleansing product? The vagina is "a self cleaning oven" on the inside. But we need to clean the outside to avoid urinary tract infections, odor and itching, If you are sexually active, you are also at risk for yeast infections. You can actually get these infections without being sexually active. I won't even go into the details about the anus. There are many health hazzards and offensiveness involved with a dirty anus area. How do you avoid all these pitfalls? Water is not an effective cleanser. It is good for rinsing.

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(11577)

on March 09, 2012
at 01:54 AM

To avoid UTI's related to sex, it is a good idea to urinate post coital. Sounds a little much, but it helps clear any bacteria that is sitting on the outside of the UTI tract. That should be adequate for bacterial cleansing. For dryness/irritation around the vagina or anus, coconut oil can be used to alleviate symptoms, but should be investigated by your OBGYN or family doctor because persistent irritation is not normal. Apart from that, water should be adequate.

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(2417)

on March 09, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Nooooo, we don't need to use soap on our crotches. How can you believe that and believe in biologically appropriate eating? Healthy bodies usually function just fine with water.

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