Back in the days I was a huge make-up addict. I never used a foundation on my face, but I was big in EYE MAKE-UP. I was spending HOURS (really, hours) a day on youtube watching make-up tutorials by Xsparkage and Michelle Phan (those two were my favorites) and I was ordering make-up online like a crazy person. At one point I had SO MUCH STUFF, I felt like in a small Sephora when I was in my room. I learned to use eyeliner – powder one, liquid one, gel one, I knew all names of MAC eyeshadows (even though I only owned like 4 of them), I could tell which lipstick was matte, which was cremesheen, which was drying your lips… I was on Temptalia.com all day reading about products I never wanted to own myself, but I felt so good about myself that I KNOW STUFF. I have always been more of a “boyish” girl, I have never been into fashion, shoes, nails, cosmetics… I loved my PC and my gadgets, I had one mascara and one eyeshadow duo that I was using for like 8 years, never really felt the need of having more stuff. When this make-up boom on youtube started (back when a girl from Britain known as Panacea81 started her youtube tutorials and all other girls kinda started doing the same thing), it was like a magic girly land to me, I never experienced anything like that before. I was looking for something online, dunno exactly what it was, and I ended up watching some kind of makeup tutorial from a random girl. My first impression was: “Who the hell cares if this is light blue or even lighter blue? Get a life!!!” but OH MY GOD!!! After a few more videos, I was HOOKED. I don’t know why, but I immediately got addicted to the whole thing. I started make-up shopping (not cheapo drugstore stuff, but MAC, Lancome, Urban Decay, Tarte…) and teaching myself how to do rainbow eyes, cut crease looks, how to make my eyes look bigger, nose smaller, cheekbones more defined… oh my, now that I look back on that time of my life, I am glad it is over :D It only lasted a couple of months, but at that time I was known for my rainbow eyes and pink eyeshadow around the town. :))
I even started purchasing expensive skincare stuff, like Dior creams, Mario Badescu acne treatments, Dermalogica cleansers (those were pretty good actually), omg, can’t even think about the amount of money I spent on THAT CRAP!!!
Gladly I got “sober” pretty soon, before this ruined my life, my brain and my bank account (gosh, that stuff is even more expensive than fitness equipment, lol, but I didn’t mind paying 50 dollars for an eyeshadow pallet I never really used…) I sold all that stuff and decided to only keep my mineral eyeshadows and brushes, so now I just have that, and a regular drugstore mascara (so regreted purchasing the Diorshow, expensive and didn’t do anything to my lashes, lol).
After being on a paleo diet for a while, I decided to step up another level and try switching my old cosmetics stuff into paleo friendly routine… I would like to get rid of all unnecessary chemicals in our home, including washing powders, toilet cleanser, dishsoap and all that jazz. I think the only store bought thing I will still use is my contact lens solution :D
I don’t use any moisturizer or other cream on my face, my skin is pretty good since on a paleo diet. Before I used to have some acne, but instead of treating it from inside (as I do now) I covered it with concealer and “healing” it with creams, cleansers and toners. When I take a look on those youtube videos now, all those girls (using HD cameras, so you can see it quite well!) have TERRIBLE skin and they are usually in their 20s! They cover their young pretty faces with full coverage foundations, tons of concealers and without make-up you can’t even recognize them!!! (For example lovely girl Nikkie – on youtube as nikkietutorials, she is GORGEOUS, but she wears so much make-up, which is really not necessary for such a young girl!) Whenever I see how bad their skin looks, I am a little mad, because COVERING IT is not really solving the problem and
I think I know it and I believe it because I experienced it myself, ACNE MUST BE CURED FROM INSIDE!!! Whether it is a hormonal issue or food allergy, it must be cured from the base of the problem! You can’t expect to build a crooked house and then build a wooden cage around it so it can stand straight, you have to start building it the right way, right? Same with skin I believe, you have to FIND the cause and start THERE, not covering the consequences.
So I started to research some info about paleo skincare and the one perfect resource I have is Liz Wolfe on CaveGirlEats.com, she is a “partner in crime” to Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites, these two do a BB podcast (which is gonna have 96th episode out this week, woohoooo!) and they do a wonderful job there. Liz also has an upcoming book Modern Cave Girl (available for preorder on Amazon) and an e-book called Skintervention Guide (I didn’t get this one YET, it is a little pricey for my current budget and even though I am getting one cookbook after another lately, 37 or so dollars for an EBOOK is a lot of money…), which is supposed to be jammed with skincare stuff and everything related.
After listening to these two ladies talking and reading their stuff, I tried the Coconut Oil Cleansing for my face. Usually I remove my eyemakeup with just regular soap/shower gel and water when I am in a bathtub or shower. (I have to admit that I often go to bed without washing my face…). It is usually a pain to remove my eyemakeup, I like using dark eyeliner (black) and a lot of mascara and I always end up looking like Fester from Adams family. I am loving my coconut oil for cooking, in my coffee (along with a bit of butter), as an occasional moisturizer for my drier areas and as a sunburn relief remedy, but I never considered actually CLEANING MY FACE WITH IT. I do it exactly as Diane recommends – damp my face with water, then take like a dime size amount of coconut oil, massage it around my face, focusing on eyes and eye area to get rid of that make-up, gently massage away all the dirt, then wipe it all away with a wet washcloth and kinda massage the rest of the oil into the skin, washing it away with water. It never fails. I only need a few seconds to remove everything from my face. My skin DOESN’T feel oily afterwards, it is soft, moisturized and looking really glowy afterwards. I do it every night and I am loving the results so far.
The other thing I am currently trying is washing my hair using a NO POO method that Liz describes on her blog. It is basically using only two things for washing your hair – baking soda and apple cider vinegar. First you “wash” your hair with 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the lenght, I used 2 and I think I should have used more, but I have to figure it all out still…) of baking soda mixed with a little bit of warm water, then rinse it out well and condition with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of warm water. Rinse the hair with this “conditioner,” leave in for a minute or so and rinse with water. DONE. Liz says that your scalp and hair will need a few more times (possible a few weeks) to adjust to this method, but once your hair and skin gets used to it, results will be GREAT. I only did it once so far (yesterday) and I liked the way my hair felt afterwards. Usually my hair is very fine and flying everywhere, unable to stay in place for first two days (third day hair is my favorite, I only wash once a week, two times tops, when I get really dirty and sweaty or I use some hairspray). I do this all my life and I know many people think not washing your hair for a week is GROSS, but I actually believe washing them often is not very good for your scalp. It works great for me and even like fifth day after washing they still look good, shiny and not greasy, plus it is way easier to style them. After using this NO POO method, my hair felt stronger and less fine, I liked it. I will be using this method for a while now to see how it goes.
I also ordered some Lush henna in Caca Brun (the brown one) and I will be coloring my hair with it as soon as possible. Hayley from Food Lovers posted about her Lush Henna experience on their blog a while ago. I always wanted to try it, but I was too scared and after all, using these drugstore colors that come in a safe tube is way easier to use, right? This Henna looks like a weird chocolate bar and who knows how to dye your hair with that??? But since I need NO CHEMICALS in my body, I decided to stop slathering them ON my body as well. I can’t wait to use this henna, I will blog about it as well and take some before and after and during the process pictures as well. :)
Thanks to BB podcasts I also discovered Pete’s Paleo and their company REAL. I can’t wait to try their products as well, they have pretty basic stuff, I am intersted in the lipbalm, perfume and a deodorant, so I will buy some as soon as possible (still on a budget now, but slowly getting back in a regular monthly paycheck routine!)
One day I will even purchase the Skintervension Guide ;) and then I will be able to transform my whole cosmetic routine into paleo style :) Toothpaste will probably be my next task ;) And also soap nuts instead of a washing powder. I am excited about these changes. Going paleo all the way. Right now I feel like I am in a best time and place for doing all these changes. I am stress free, having a good job, regular workout schedule, perfectly clean diet and again money every month coming to my bank account ;) Still not living in our own place, but that is just one small cloud on our otherwise perfect blue sky ;) It will come too, sooner or later (I would prefer sooner, but you never know…)
So! That was kinda a random post I guess, hopefully a little bit helpful or informative!
Stay tuned for more, INDRE, cause I have way more coming soon…. :)