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Stacy’s Skintervention and Primal Life Organics Review

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The upcoming Episode 34 of The Paleo View all about teeth & skin guest stars Liz of Cave Girl Eats, the genius behind The Skintervention Guide, and Trina, creator and owner of Primal Life Organics, Paleo Skincare (PLO). And when we recorded that show I said I’d been sitting on a draft post of the before and after results from using the Skintervention guidance and PLO for weeks.

Problem is, ever since my autoimmune flare last year, my skin has been the pits. Seriously, there have been times when I just couldn’t even stand looking at my face I was so frustrated. As a teen I had horrifyingly painful cystic acne. But, probably with the immune system and hormonal changes of pregnancy and nursing, I had near-perfect skin I took for granted over the past decade. Then, when my autoimmune flair hit in 2012, I had an incredibly difficult time managing breakouts. Going on a modified autoimmune protocol has helped my skin, but not completely.

Admittedly, a large part of my problem has much to do with my inability to avoid sweets, as sugar is an immediate trigger of acne for my skin. Since jawline acne is typically a sign of hormonal breakouts, mine are driven by insulin from years of being metabolically broken. But, I also a hard time resisting nuts. And chocolate. And nightshade spices on barbeque in Texas. And grass-fed heavy whipping cream in my occasional decaf coffee. All of which cause my skin to breakout. Short story long, considering I’ve recently returned from Paleo FX where I indulged with friends on all of the above while also getting less sleep than I’m used to, I was trying to avoid posting after photos until I fully recovered from my travels.

But, how about we avoid the pretense of perfection. We’ve established that’s not how we roll on this here blog by now, right? So instead, I offer a testament to the fact that even though I was eating cleaner in the BEFORE photos, my skin is remarkably improved since applying things I’ve learned in The Skintervention Guide and from using Primal Life Organics in the AFTER.

Skintervention PLO Before and After by PaleoParents

I would like to point out that although I took these photos at different times of day (accounting for lighting difficulties while taking your own photo in an awkward position) they still show the imperfections in my skin clearly. For reference, I point out to you the mole I have in the center of my left cheek and the nose piercing scar on my left nostril as proof that these photos are untouched and still clearly show the tone and texture of my skin.

Beyond the remarkable reduction in break-outs, what I have found the most wonderful from my new skin routine is the balance and tone of my skin has become more even. Never one to enjoy using products on my face (perhaps because of the salicylic acid I used as a teen), I honestly thought that coconut oil and a warm wash cloth were taking care of my skin. I didn’t truly understand how taking care of your skin can have an overall positive affect.

Specifically, if you look at the discoloration of my skin in the before photo, the redness around the nose in particular, and compare it to the after photo you can see how my skin appears to have been air-brushed. That, my friends, is not Photoshop or photo foolery… both were taken with an iPhone and I am NOT that talented to “fix” them (evidence: there is still the same pinkish tone directly under my eyes in both sets of photos). That is sincerely the results of my new skin-care routine. Imagine how much better it looks when I’m getting sleep and not eating sweets & nightshades!

Stacy's Skin After PLO on PaleoParentscase in point: photos of my first day in Texas before the food & alcohol debauchery include only ONE blemish on my left cheek

So, wanna know what I’m doing and using?

  1. Eating more nutrient dense foods; specifically, I’ve added extra bone broth and grass-fed gelatin to my diet. I enjoy this and this fruit snack recipe as well as a daily dose of bone broth in a soup or stew. Also, we eat organ meat… even wrote a book on it!
  2. Taking my digestive enzymes regularly, because I don’t have a gallbladder and digestion is the most important component of health – including skin care!
  3. I take my FCLO, duh.
  4. I stopped using coconut oil as my face wash and moisturizer *gasp*. Don’t worry, it’s Skintervention-approved. Turns out, my super sensitive skin can’t handle the strength that coconut oil gives – it’s still a great make-up remover. But, once I remove my make-up, I:
  5. Wash and tone with Primal Life Organics Banished and Beyond skin care line as follows: MORNING: wash with Earth Primal Face Wash, tone with Infiniti Primal Face Toner and BEFORE BED:  wash with Earth Primal Face Wash, tone with Infiniti Primal Face Toner, spot treat with Banished Primal Blemish Serum, then once the serum is dry and set (a couple minutes);
  6. Put on Green Pastures Beauty Balm before bed every night.
  7. I also switched to PLO’s remineralizing Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder (instead of toothpaste with flouride) and love their Torn-Up Skin Repair (if you CrossFit), both available as part of the the Cindy’s Primal WOD Package. side note, Mr. MyNameIsMatthewandIThinkFlourideIsAwesome started brushing his teeth with my tooth powder the day he listened to Ep 34 of The Paleo View, after Sarah thoroughly discussed flouride (who also switched toothpastes after her own research!)
  8. And last but not least, I still recommend LaVanila deoderant… it is by far my favorite product for pits. Trina says that there can be a ‘transition time’ of someone’s body getting more used to the absolutely clean and natural product she makes – but, frankly I’m afraid my CrossFit box would throw me out during that time period so I’m going to be happy about the changes I have made so far.
  9. [edited to add from a question received] for skin lotion I actually don’t use much of anything, mostly because the only thing I use on my skin is a homemade sugar scrub, so it rarely gets dried out (it used to before I was paleo though). When I do have a dry patch I use coconut oil (expeller pressed is less coconutty) or Tropical Traditions massage oil, which is fantastic. Kari also reviewed Perfectly Natural Family Soaps earlier this week which have a line of Bath Fizzies and moisturizing lotion bars and body butters I’m looking forward to trying (PNF is offering free stuff with a $25 purchase for the month of April!)

Stacy post-Skintervention on PaleoParentsI also use henna to color my hair, I use 100% henna done by a local salon, but Hayley loves Lush!

Now clearly, in addition to skin care, I wear make-up. In fact, as discussed on Ep 10 with Liz and Hayley, I’ve even attempted to make that beauty routine less chemically-laden too! And after Josh posted the below photo in his Paleo FX Recap post, I got quite a few questions about what mascara and make-up I use, so I’m happy to share what I found that works for my sensitive skin.

SlimPalate Stacy Skin After PLO

 Stacy’s Make-Up Product Choices:

  1. As Hayley (an expert in the field) points out, the most important part of your make-up routine is using a high-quality base. She got me absolutely hooked on Jane Iredale! I use the mineral PurePressed Base (Bisque) and no longer need the Circle/Delete Corrector, which worked fantastic when I used to have larger, darker break-outs;
  2. For blush I use a combination of two NARS colors (I like Penny Lane cream blush and then Orgasm on the apples) and in the summer simply use a Tarte cheekstain, since my cheeks naturally flush, both brands are gluten-free and very high quality;
  3. For my lashes, I prime with a base coat of  Purelash Lash Extender and Conditioner and then use MakeUp Forever’s Aqua Smoky Lash (that’s their waterproof, but they also have regular) note, both of these mascara are not gluten-free, but because I use a good base on my skin and it doesn’t go directly on my skin anyway I’m personally OK with it.
    UPDATE: After this post several readers recommended I try out Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara, and when I did I couldn’t believe how awesome it was! Here’s an updated photo from using this GLUTEN-FREE brand I now HIGHLY recommend ♥

eyelashesSo, for those of you who stuck around I’ve got a little bonus! Trina from PLO has generously offered to give all of our readers and The Paleo View listeners 15% off from today, April 11th, through April 15th (use code THEPALEOVIEW). I highly recommend checking out her fantastic products; when I made my first order I e-mailed her directly to see what she would recommend and have been (obviously) extremely pleased with the results!

I know the products are more expensive than you’re used to (sticker shock for me too!), but they are super high-quality (get what you pay for) and I’ve been using my facewash and toner twice daily for about 6 weeks and still have more than half a bottle left – so they last a long time.  Personally, I am willing to make the sacrifices in other areas of my life for my face to feel and look it’s best – but if it’s not an option for you, there are LOTS of ideas for home-made skincare products in the Skintervention Guide, too.

Primal Life Organics Apr 11-15 Discount  by PaleoParents

I can’t thank Trina enough for sharing this code with you all, so please stop by her Facebook page and thank her! She volunteered, that rather than give 1 or 2 items away to 1 person, to generously offer 15% off to ALL of our readers’ orders for the next 5 days! Use the code THEPALEOVIEW from today April 11th-15th midnight EST to get 15% off your entire PLO order!

p.s. Liz wants you to know that she’d love to give you a discount too but the site she uses to host her eBook sales won’t let her, so please accept her virtual hug and know that from all the people I’ve talked to everyone thinks the Skintervention Guide is worth the full price! Aimee (way more hardcore at this stuff than me and who lives on a pretty tight budget) has made this work very well for herself with all sorts of adorable mason jars and bottles in her bathroom as she’s adapted a completely chemical-free routine. I’m not quite that ready yet… but boy is it cool that Liz shows you how! Follow her Skintervention Facebook page for news and alerts related to updates or specials to the Guide!

p.s.s. I loved this review from Frisky Lemon on her experience, if you want someone else’s opinion, too.

p.s.s.s. Here’s our first review on the Skintervention Guide by Liz…

So, if this didn’t answer any question you could possibly have about my personal hygiene routine (considering I also talked all about Aunt Flow going natural before) I don’t know what more you could want – but please comment to let me know and I’ll try to get you an answer!




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  • Jenna | The Paleo Project

    This is great – I’ve been debating ordering the great lakes gelatin for a few weeks – I also suffer from jaw line hormonal acne… Even the cleanest of diets is not always enough. I began the OCM (oil cleansing method) in August and haven’t looked back – but there are still extra steps I should probably be taking. I think Beauty Balm + Gelatin will be new additions. Thank you, Stacy. Xo Jenna

    • Great Lakes is AWESOME. We use it all the time, even homemade honey marshmallows 🙂 YUM!

  • It looks like the lash primer has hydrolyzed wheat protein in it. 🙁 I’m also sensitive to shea butter, but I was going to whip up a tallow face balm soon so I think I’ll add some FCLO and BO to it. Do you keep it in the fridge?

    • Alison the beauty balm sits out at room temperature at my house, but so does FCLO and I think some people keep that chilled – so personal preference. Yes, I updated the post to be more clear about the gluten in mascara – all the GF ones I’ve tried don’t work the way I’d like… sadly.

      • Aimee

        Have you tried tarte gifted Amazonian clay mascara? I have been trying this for a few weeks now and I am really liking it. As far as I can tell from the ingredients it is gluten free.

        • I just put it in my basket to try out, thanks for pointing me to it. I love that Sephora accepts returns if I don’t like things 😉

          • kelly

            I can vouch for Tarte mascara too. I haven’t found the “perfect” gluten free, clean ingredient mascara that I love yet but Tarte is pretty darn close.

          • I ordered it yesterday, along with one other GF one I saw – can’t wait to try them out!

  • Allison (Frisky Lemon)

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to try the Green Pasture’s Beauty Balm for a while now and you just motivated me to bite the bullet 😉 I also just got some Great Lakes Gelatin and started putting it in my coffee and my broth…can’t wait to see what it brings.

    p.s. Thanks for the shout out 🙂

    • Once you go beauty balm you won’t go back – welcome to the club! 😉

  • Christina Edwards

    Such good info. The picture of you and the boys is absolutely stunning!

    • Aw, thank you! It was an iPhone photo while we were out to lunch… just lucky on wonderful lighting 🙂

  • Ruth Gorme

    Thanks for this! I just started using something called Earthpaste but wasn’t too thrilled with it. I’m getting two kinds of the tooth cleaner- one for me and one for my boys. Plus the dirt shampoo!

    • fun! I just ordered dirt shampoo too… hoping it works for curly hair!

  • kelly

    Okay, you finally convinced me to give Primal Life a try. I’m hoping to get some more moisture in my skin. I’m already using EVCO to remove my makeup but it’s too drying for my aging skin (49). Everything that works for moisturizing has lots of junk in it. I’ve been using the beauty balm at night but I need a day time moisturizer too. I’m giving their tooth powder and pit stick a try as well. I’ve been making my own toothpaste and deodorant but thought I’d give them a try and see if I like their products better than homemade. I’ve been using FCLO and gelatin for about 6 months now however I haven’t noticed an improvement in my hair or nails since adding the gelatin. I’m going to keep with it though because it can’t be a bad thing. Thanks for the code! Your skin looks fabulous.

  • CK

    YOUR SKIN LOOKS AMAZING!!! Holy cats! Seriously Stacy – just beautiful. What an incredible testament you are for the lifestyle you preach. I’m definitely looking into the products you recommend. Coconut oil and the GP beauty balm give me eczema so I will have to do my due diligence in looking for some other oils but you have motivated to do that. Awesome post…..thank you so much. FYI-I’m a long time fan of your website and your book ELAD and LaVanilla too!!! Thanks again for such a great post.

    • Aw, thank you! So glad it was helpful. Could be the shea in the GP balm, maybe look for a cocoa butter based one? I just bought that from PFN soap and the Infiniti moisturizer from PLO to see if adding that to my morning routine is any better, could be a good replacement for the beauty balm in the evenings if either of those work…

      • CK

        THANK YOU STACY!! I will give that a try. Great idea!!

  • Aimee

    I have been using the oil cleansing method and moisturizing w/ coconut oil for a while now, and my skin never seems to quite clear up. You brought up some great points and now I think I am going to try tweaking my beauty routine. For one, I really think that the coconut oil is too heavy for me. I have not been using it for a few days now and so far I am liking the switch. I really need to add gelatin as I am lazy about drinking my homemade broth. Your skin looks great! Thanks for posting this and for the coupon!

  • Emily

    We bought the “green can” of gelatin that dissolves easily. Would there be a reason that it might not be as effective as the “red can” though?

    • I think that’s the softer dissolving kind, I don’t believe you can make gummies or jello or marshmallows with it because the structure is different – not sure though.

      • Emily

        Thanks – you’re right, it dissolves rather than gels so it won’t work for gummies, etc but I wondering more whether you think it’s as effective in the body/healing properties as the regular kind. Thank you!

        • I’ve heard wonderful things about it, never tried it though 🙂

  • Arsy Vartanian

    Your skin looks gorgeous & your boys are adorable! 🙂

  • Melinda P

    Just FYI, I noticed your “grass-fed gelatin” link linked to the Porcine product on Amazon. From reading the FAQ’s on Great Lake’s gelatin website, I was under the impression that the only grass-fed/pastured product was the beef gelatin and that the hogs are fed corn and grain. Easy to get the wrong one though, the cans look so much alike!

  • Fiorella

    What’s the time span between the before and after pictures? Amazing results I can’t wait to get my primal life organics delivery!

  • Redgritsgirl

    I heart you Stacy. You and Sarah are helping me gradually wade into paleo waters ( I am two weeks through my first sugar detox!). I have hashimotos, and while I am not on the auto immune protocol (yet), being grain and dairy -and mostly sugar- free has helped me feel so much better. I love your let’s-be-real approaches, and the fact that you are mothers and wives helps me connect with you two much better than Diane and Liz ( nothing against their brilliance, of course). I also switched to Jane iredale after listening to your podcast, and am pondering these skin care products( I just bought a line from the lady who sold me the Jane iredale, so I may wait). Sooooooo…please keep up the good work!!! Heart heart heart!

  • Hope

    Which FCLO do you recommend? I guess I am trying to clarify whether you use Green Pastures FCLO or the Butter/FCLO blend. Thanks!

    • Because I don’t do well with dairy at all, and am not a fan of the texture, I take the cinnamon tingle and oslo orange FCLO in a shot glass with water or juice. the Butter blend has more nutrients though, so if you’re not super sensitive to dairy do that 🙂

  • Jen K

    Do you put any styling products in your hair?

    • I use Deva Curl gel when I do use products, otherwise just smooth away flyaways with coconut oil usually. Air drying works well, then coconut oil, then spray with water and scrunch curls – magic!

  • Amy Caroline

    O I wish I could spend $50 on mascara. Sigh. You look gorgeous!

    • Amazon recently jacked their price, it’s under $20 at Sephora.

      • Amy Caroline

        Now that I can handle! Especially if I could my lashes to look likes yours! Thank you Stacy!

  • Denise

    Just FYI, NARS no longer certifies that their products are gluten-free.

  • Heather

    I can’t wait to try the mascara!

  • Amy

    So I have been searching and searching for an answer to no prevail 🙁 My skin has always been smooth and clear, and since going primal a year and half now my cheeks are in constant break out. I have tried it all and am wondering if raw dairy has something to do with it. I just never have had these issues pre diet change and its such a self confidence issue for me. I cross -fit, I eat clean, and even gave up nuts for a month (that one hurt). I do drink heavy cream in my coffee every morning and raw milk and cheeses on occasion (tends to help oost workouts). I just dont understand when I never had these issues before, I just dont think I can give up my morning joe with no cream….desperate for advice. Thanks

  • Liz Mahlich

    You look beautiful, and more importantly, HAPPY! Thanks for all the tips!

  • Chelsey

    Thanks for sharing! Stacy, do you happen to have a suggestion for eyeliner as well?

    • I juse Jane Iredale’s Kohl, but any Kohl would probably be OK IMO

      • Chelsey

        Aha. Thank you! 🙂

  • Sommer Rees

    How long does the primal life set last for you? I’d love to try it, but it seems outrageously expensive.

    • I use the face wash and toner daily and it’s lasts over 2 months, almost 3. The banished serum appears to last a lifetime, I’ve had it a LONG time and it’s hardly missing anything. Those are the 3 products I recommend most.

  • suzi

    It might be useful The skintervention Video: purely paleo skincare

    • This video you have linked is copyright infringement from the skintervention guide’s author, who I have notified.

  • Venus

    Woman, your eyebrows are so darn fierce. Seriously, they give off so much attitude and personality– I love it!

  • Desiree Nett

    Hi Stacy! I am new to paleo and am overwhelmed by all of the changes! One change that has been especially difficult is makeup! I have high quality taste in makeup and all of the paleo make up suggestions were not encouraging. None of them were available locally so I would have to order online and hope they would be decent. I was so excited to see that you have found Tarte to be a “paleo approved” brand. I already have a few Tarte pieces in my collection so I decided to order a few items. I got the primer and mascara you suggested as well as an under eye concealer with maracuja oil and I was feeling pretty good. Then I found Skin Deep, the cosmetic database and I thought, this is great! I can put this app on my iPhone and start scanning and it will take the guesswork out of knowing what products are safe. They rate the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara as a 4. Most of the other mascaras are a 2 on this site. This is so discouraging and so depressing. How do you know what’s good and what’s not?

    • My main concern is to make sure the products that I put on my skin and body are gluten free. After that, I try to make sure they are as pure as possible. Mineral based products are best, and I try to avoid the chemicals. The smaller companies, like Primal Life Organics, make purer products, so I try to use those when I can. I work at an office full time though, so I do use Jane Iredale make-up. It’s a good choice because its gluten free and mineral based.

      • Desiree Nett

        Thank you so much for the quick reply! I work (in public, ha!) full time and I just can’t let my face go au naturel. I’m trying to switch out things as I can, focusing on replacing the items I use every day, especially on my eyes and lips. I just stocked up on some Badger lip balm! I do have to say that since switching to Paleo, I have not had to wear foundation everyday like I used to, yay! Looking for the gluten-free symbol is a great tip. Thank you so much for your help, you made me feel so much better!

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