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Has anyone been able to get rid of the moisturizers and lotions since going Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Most winters I'm constantly slathering on moisturizer, lip balm, etc but this year I haven't had to do that at all (about 12 months paleo) Has anyone else had such luck? I don't even need conditioner for my hair anymore. Just shampoo

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I only supplement with zinc and kelp, and I just eat 'paleo-ish'! I do eat a lot of dairy products, liver, and red meat, so my diet is very high in retinol (but not beta-carotene)... and I deliberately get moderate sun exposure over as much of my body as possible during the warm months of the year. It just seems to never go away, I am several shades darker than all my family now.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Animalcule- I knooow vanity/artificial tanning is not paleo, but I want a permanent tan! What exactly do you eat/supplement with?

5294cf643205004fc805ccf41dd4e58a

(181)

on January 16, 2012
at 10:05 PM

I have been tested like crazy, and don't have hypo- (or hyper) thyroid symptoms.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:28 AM

I'm I'm Providence, ri

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 14, 2012
at 08:35 AM

Maybe it's somethig to do with your thyroid?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 13, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I had great success cutting facial cleansers out. My face, too, was happy with the change!

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:40 AM

lol...love the tag...

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I still need oils for my skin, but I don't mind. I don't have anything inedible on my bathroom counter. And I like the ritual of oiling myself after a shower, usually with carrier oils I've doctored with nice essential oils. It's probably my favorite way to get my aromatherapy fix, and then it's fun to dance out into the living room with my still warm body to invite my fella to be intoxicated by my aroma!

Since I gave up shampoo, I haven't needed conditioner. Who knew!?

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on January 13, 2012
at 12:36 PM

The only 'products' in my bathroom are a bottle of castile soap and a jar of coconut oil! :)

I stopped using all of my conventional beauty products when I learned the dangers of their common ingredients (such as parabens), and my skin &hair feel/look so much better for it.

Richard at Free The Animal has done a post on this subject as well, which I found helpful: http://freetheanimal.com/2009/12/paleo-i-dont-care-i-like-no-soap-no-shampoo.html

I quite enjoy making my own face masks and things (www.crunchybetty.com is a good resource) not that I need them often but it's fun to have a natural alternative to that girly pampering ritual so many of us enjoy!

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I am using only a touch of coconut oil. Like Dragonfly, now that I'm not using harsh soaps on my face, my skin is much happier. I suspect the higher fat diet is doing good things for my skin, too. People have remarked that I look glow-y.

I don't use conditioner in my hair anymore, either, and it doesn't miss it. My hair looks great without it, and I'm not getting product-related breakouts anymore!

File Paleo under "diets the beauty industry sincerely wishes you didn't know about." :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 13, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I had great success cutting facial cleansers out. My face, too, was happy with the change!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 13, 2012
at 10:17 AM

I had always had very dry skin and was always very itchy until I went paleo.
I do construction work. My hands were always very uncomfortable and woud act like blotting paper when in contact with things like engine oil, oil based paints and axle grease etc so were very hard to get looking clean. I was always trying out moisturisers and barrier creams but they were pretty much useless.
The other thing that seems to have helped is I stopped using soap on my face about 13 years ago (I'm 51). I only use cold water on my face now. I don't go mad wth it. Just a few slapshes and a light rub. I later found out that my mother only uses cold water on her face and has done this for many years. Neither of us look our age but maybe this is more to do with genetics? So anyway, the only places I use soap now are armpits, palms of hands, nais, genitals, anus and the soles of feet.

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on January 13, 2012
at 04:28 AM

My story is identical. My mum also raised this with me about 4 months ago. Seems a higher fat diet does wonders for the skin too. Just another added benefit of going primal :)

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2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on January 13, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Can't say I've noticed any difference. What I do know is that the less you use- lower maintenance- the less you need. I never use moisturizer and believe the more you just plain leave things alone the better they do....let nature take over. For every bit of goodness you do, you may be doing a (or more) bit of harm. So at most all that maintenance it is a wash (except it drains your wallet). Of course some people may have different needs.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on January 13, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Climate has a LOT to do with it. I am in dry San Diego. It's pretty middle ground as far as dryness level (as there are other places that are even "worse", like Colorado, for example).

But when I was vacationing in Cozumel Mexico in August, I didn't need any moisterizer or lip balm for the whole week. My skin was completely moist. Don't know if it was just the humidity or what but I was soooo much more comfortable in that environment. It was like I had this epiphany. I realized that I am a tropical boy! Well.. I am part Puerto Rican, and I was born in Hawaii. lol.

Anyway... harsh, dry environments beget dry skin. For me, the percentage of skin moisturization improvement on Paleo vs SAD = Zero. A big fat goose egg unfortunately.

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Having lived primal/paleo in both the Los Angeles desert and the New York City rain/winter, I've noticed that I can go without moisturizer in both climates.

I was never a huge moisturizer user (even before paleo) but I did feel the "need" to use it on occasion before 2009. After 2009, I stopped using it (the skin being a giant organ) and now I rarely use soap and only rarely need to put coconut or kukui nut oil on my skin.

My mother-in-law is amazed every time we visit that I don't use moisturizer. She thinks the skin on my hands is awesome (and I've just gotten a dishwasher recently; previously, I'd spent the last seven years hand-washing my dishes!).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:04 PM

It seems to me that climate conditions affect me. When we are on the Pacific Coast (either north or south) I have no issues, but when we get to the dry air in Arizona I immediately need lip gloss and even my nose gets dry.

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:43 AM

I used to have to use a moisturiser on my face/forehead or it would be really greasy by the end of the day. I have found that I don't need to any more.

Nothing sexier than a greasy forehead!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 13, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Same here.

I still do lip balm out of habit, but now that I mostly wash in warm water, I don't need moisturizer.

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on January 15, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Nope. I've experimented with the type of products and the amount I use many times pre and post-paleo, and currently I use multiple moisturizing products on my skin and hair every day to keep them nice and soft. I was born with congenitally dry skin (and mild ichthyosis vulgaris which means I get gross and flaky without lots of exfoliation and moisturizing), scalp, and hair, all thanks to my dad, and I will die with them. My scalp does not sweat and produces almost no oils, plus I have long curly hair so brushing to distribute what sebum there is, isn't an option unless I want a giant afro. ;)

Applying straight lipids to my skin does nothing for it, either. I need emollients and humectants, so I have the best results with conventional lotions.

But my skin is much healthier, looks nicer, and is less high-maintenance than it used to be. It seems a bit less dry, paleo cured my acne, and I am permanently tan now.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Animalcule- I knooow vanity/artificial tanning is not paleo, but I want a permanent tan! What exactly do you eat/supplement with?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on January 21, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I only supplement with zinc and kelp, and I just eat 'paleo-ish'! I do eat a lot of dairy products, liver, and red meat, so my diet is very high in retinol (but not beta-carotene)... and I deliberately get moderate sun exposure over as much of my body as possible during the warm months of the year. It just seems to never go away, I am several shades darker than all my family now.

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D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

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on January 15, 2012
at 08:00 AM

The day I stopped using soap in the shower, I never had dry skin, even winter. And I used to have skin that was so dry that it cracked and was painful. Lots of soap and scrubbing your skin rips away the healthy oils your skin already produces.

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on January 14, 2012
at 06:02 AM

Heck no!
I'm in Maine. When I'm inside, the dry forced heating is on. When I'm outside, there's dry icy air.
Our skin is not made to handle either of those conditions.

I bring coconut oil in a little bottle with me everywhere. I use it all over my body after showers, before bed, in the morning, and nearly every hour in my hands and face. Winters are simply terrible. My skin will crack and sometimes it feels like it's bleeding. I can't carry my humidifier with me everywhere!

The rest of the year is okay, though. No issues. I used to have dry skin even in Summer, now I don't. I guess that would be because of Paleo, eh? But there's no getting around the dryness of winter. It's harsh.

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(10904)

on January 15, 2012
at 02:28 AM

I'm I'm Providence, ri

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5294cf643205004fc805ccf41dd4e58a

on January 14, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I've had dry skin on my hands since late teens; 10 years later, paleo diet for several years (strict about it for the last 9 months), my hands are dry as ever. Eating a ton of fat (especially sat. fat) has done nothing to benefit my skin. I get tired of hearing about how this diet/lifestyle helps your skin because it's a bunch of fail for me. My hands get dry to the point of itching, cracking, & bleeding. Skipping moisturizers is not an option.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 14, 2012
at 08:35 AM

Maybe it's somethig to do with your thyroid?

5294cf643205004fc805ccf41dd4e58a

(181)

on January 16, 2012
at 10:05 PM

I have been tested like crazy, and don't have hypo- (or hyper) thyroid symptoms.

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