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Where to start with the whole no soap thing?

Answered on December 15, 2013
Created December 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I've been reading a lot about the no shampoo/soap thing, but I have no idea where to start. Some people suggest apple cider vinegar, some baking soda, some plain water. If I have really dry skin - scalp, face, body - what would be the best place to start? Do acv and baking soda generally dry out your skin? Also, should I keep moisturizing or let my skin adjust by itself?

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on December 15, 2013
at 01:01 AM

i make my own body washes using sugar, honey, olive oil, vitamin e oil, and ground coffee. makes my skin super smooth. i also skin brush before showering. after showering, i rub cocao butter into my skin. for my hair, i did the no shampoo thing for 4 months. i used baking soda on the roots and acv on the ends. my hair was DISGUSTING. totally destroyed. i ended up getting 10 inches cut off because it was so damaged. i now stick to vegan shampoos.

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on December 15, 2013
at 03:15 AM

Start with sodium bicarbonate and refined coconut oil - both very cheap from UK asian stores.

Bicarb has amazing qualities - cleansing and deodorant - because it moderates PH from both extremes.

Within a few days you may find the unpronounceable chemicals you're used to are nasty and pointless and laughably expensive. Unilever is their main producer and makes obscene profits.

If that stuff doesn't suit you, find other simple stuff. Plenty of recommendations on this forum.

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on December 15, 2013
at 01:23 AM

start with a natural, organic, shampoo and soap. do that for a month, see if it helps.

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on December 14, 2013
at 10:26 PM

Being paleo doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have to use soap and shampoo. In fact I don't even see a point for going along with this. Plus, there are plenty of natural soaps and shampoos. But if you do want to go along with this ACV is generally a good toner and baking soda is an excellent exfoliant. I would dilute them by adding a teaspoon of vinegar along with a teaspoon of water so that you can adjust to it. Moisturizing is also pretty important. If you don't moisturize your skin after washing it, it will either most likely dry out or produce excessive sebum depending on your skin type.

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