Bye Bye Rosacea, Glowing Skin for the Bride to be

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I have been meaning to write this post for a while. I know I touched on my skin care products when I wrote the henna post, but I didn’t really go into full detail (that I remember) of what I actually do for my skin. Skin has been an interest of mine since I was very young. As many of you know I am a certified high definition makeup artist. I was trained in Hollywood by Margaret Kimura, celebrity makeup artist. I have done bridal makeup for more weddings than I can count…

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I’ve done makeup for tv show trailers, commercials, and print. You can even find my name on IMDb…I’m Hayley Mason (2) on there, apparently there is already a makeup artist named Hayley Mason out in Hollywood. It’s also really crazy to see someone on tv who has sat in your makeup chair before. That has happened to me a few times and it’s totally wild.

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I did the makeup for Diane’s latest professional head shots, as well as her book cover for Practical Paleo, and I also did Liz Wolfe’s makeup for her cover of Modern Cave Girl–go pre-order. Oh, and I always do my own makeup for any professional photos that are taken of us 🙂

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Makeup was my first passion, and really started at a very young age for me. My mom always told the story of me eating two tubes of red lipstick when I was really small (my first taste of toxins, yum)… After getting into makeup it wasn’t long before I was interested in skin care. Every teenager wants clear skin, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that the first step to flawless makeup is flawless skin. Unfortunately for me, I did a number on my skin after years of wearing MAC, Bobbi Brown, and every other designer line of makeup I could get my hands on. My skin was by far the worst when I was living in Los Angeles being trained to do makeup for TV and print. Everyday we would paint using our own faces as the canvas. I would go home from class with tons of makeup on. Before I knew it my cheeks had a good bit of congestion, and I was left picking at my face morning and night.

After I left LA I went to live on Long Island with my Aunt. A friend of hers was a medical esthetician, and happened to have been great friends with my makeup idol, Kevyn Aucoin. My mission was to train under her and learn all I could learn about skin care. I was her little assistant, and would watch her do all sorts of medical skin treatments. In that medical spa I was introduced to Jane Iredale mineral makeup. It was my first time ever using mineral makeup, and I was in charge of doing camouflage makeup on post op patients, one of my challenges being to cover scars on a woman who had a bad face lift. Keloid scars were along her jawline and around her ear, but I covered them up with no problem using Iredale.

While I was in New York I realized I had a real passion for skin care and wanted to take it to the next level. I came home to Pittsburgh and started school to become an esthetician. My first job as an esthetician was at a new wellness center in Pittsburgh, and I was able to recommend Iredale as the makeup line they brought in to the spa. I was really happy to be working with Iredale again, and was even happier to be making a difference for women with skin conditions that never thought they would feel great in makeup. One of the things I did at this wellness center was makeup workshops where I taught a group of women how to apply the mineral makeup, and taught different types of  makeup looks like a smoky eye, day makeup, and how to turn day makeup easily into evening makeup for a work day that ended with a night out with friends. It was fun, but the salon world just wasn’t for me. It can be pretty cut throat, and to be honest I’m not the best person at convincing people they need to spend money on products. Performing skin care services and makeup applications just turned into a stressful sales job, instead of helping men and women have healthy skin.

Through my journey of doing work as an esthetician and makeup artist, I had my battle with my own skin. While I was in New York my esthetician mentor would extract me, and do peels and other treatments on me to help with the congestion in my skin. I used every product under the sun from medical products and peels, to “all natural” skin care products. The list went on and on, and I never improved my skin enough to feel comfortable to go out in public without makeup on. My skin was red and splotchy and I always had little bumps on my cheeks.

Right before starting Paleo, I took myself to a medical spa in Pittsburgh for a facial, and ended up with a chemical peel because the esthetician there was concerned by the small red bumps on my skin and thought I needed something more aggresive. For a week my skin literally peeled off of my face and I looked pretty scary. I was strongly instructed to NOT peel the skin from my face (or I would scar), but I could cut the hanging pieces of skin off of my face with scissors–cute right? I enjoyed the results of the chemical peel, but like any procedure, the results don’t last if you haven’t figured out the root cause of what is going on. It’s like getting liposuction for example, you can suck out all the fat you want, but if you don’t change your eating and start exercising you are just going to acquire body fat again. While all of this was happening I was thinking I was eating well, but I really wasn’t. I was vegetarian, eating soy and grains, and sugar. Along with skin issues, I also was having weight issues. Any time I had ever done any sort of diet or cleanse that removed sugar, and grains, and included animal protein and vegetables my skin looked amazing. Coincidence? I think not.

After starting a Paleo diet my skin greatly improved, along with other positive changes from my new eating habits. When I started Paleo I definitely was doing the Paleo diet that most of us are introduced to, which is lean meats, olive oil, and green vegetables. I wasn’t eating red meat, I wasn’t eating important nutrient dense foods like bone broth, butter, organs, pastured animal fats, and fermented foods. At this point I didn’t even understand the gut/skin connection, and I really didn’t understand the importance of having a healthy gut in the first place–I mean I did, but I didn’t. Around this time our good friend Liz had started talking about natural body care on her blog. I was first intrigued by the “no poo” alternative to hair washing she posted about, and then the oil cleansing method. By the way…when you are telling friends or family about “no poo” make sure you fully explain what that is before you say the words “no poo” or else expect a reaction like I got which was “umm…isn’t that unhealthy to not poo…” whoops.

I told Liz that I was going to give no poo, OCM, and natural deodorant a shot. I have only had short periods of time where I used antiperspirant deodorant anyway because my grandfather (Dr. Murray Susser) has always said it causes breast cancer, so my mom told me I wasn’t allowed to use it when I was young. I always tried to use natural deodorants, but there were definitely some times in my late teen/early twenties when I used some girly smelling things. I also probably smelled worse because I ate poorly. Now for my pits, I was going to give baking soda and coconut oil a shot. All of this started happening right before the very first AHS in Los Angeles. I remember I took a little baggy of baking soda into the conference just in case I needed a dusting of smell protection throughout the day (good thing there wasn’t a bag check or else I probably would have gotten arrested for a suspicious looking thing in my bag…maybe not arrested, but at least pulled aside for further questioning).

The oil cleansing was the only thing I stuck with through and through. I went back and forth for a while between washing my hair with baking soda and using a gluten free shampoo, and I also tried out a few natural deodorants and used a salt spray along with coconut oil and baking soda. The oil cleansing really helped my skin, and it was noticeable right away. I started out using an oil blend of castor oil and apricot oil from Whole Foods, but eventually I switched to just organic virgin coconut oil. That’s what seemed to work best for my skin, and I love coconut oil. Plus coconut oil has really strong anti-viral properties so I figured it was probably great for breakouts. In about 6 months my rosacea went away. It was amazing. The tiny bumps were finally gone and my skin looked smooth for the first time in years. I was thrilled!

0-3 monthsBy the time the first Paleo FX had rolled around I was taking Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and was about to learn of Green Pastures Beauty Balm. Liz once again started the trend. I started using that cream and my skin became even better! I couldn’t believe it. I joked often about the smell, and it’s true, it was awful. The first jar I got smelled so bad that at night Bill would walk into the bedroom and be like “are you farting?” and I’d say “no, I have that cream on…” The next batch of beauty balm was much better. Just a slight fish smell, but mostly smelled like cranberry and orange. Bill even started using it too, and realized that beyond the smell it was magic cream. I used a ton of it every night for weeks before our engagement photos and my skin was great!

1 year OCMSometime last year Liz once again got me hooked on more fun skin things. One day I got a package in the mail of Primal Life Organics skin products. My dear friend Liz wanted to make sure that I got to try some of Trina’s products. I was hesitant at first because I was really loving using coconut oil and beauty balm, but I gave in. It was odd to me at first to be doing a skin care regimen similar to what I used to do: cleanse, toner, moisturizer or serum. Everything smelled fresh and natural, and my skin felt great after. The one thing that did happen to me after starting the PLO was that I broke out a little. This didn’t happen with the oil cleansing method surprisingly, but it’s very common, and a normal reaction. One of the things I realized early on (before Paleo) with my skin was that I wasn’t properly treating it. I was treating my skin as though it needed to be seriously dried out, and needed lots of harsh products to make it smooth and clear. What really was going on was that my skin was sensitive and more on the dry side. My skin was over-compensating by producing more oil because I kept drying it out with harsh products, and then I would have congestion and irritation, and a ton of oil production in my t-zone from my skin trying to over-compensate for the lack of hydration.

Back to my breakout after starting PLO: It’s very common to experience a break out when switching to an oil based cleansing method. What can happen is the oils can pull the toxins to the surface, and really get your skin to purge the crap that is under the surface. The other thing is that your skin will adapt to the chemical products you are using (just like our bodies get used to eating gluten, you don’t realize how much it is hurting you until you remove it), in which case the skin will need to rebalance once you are using chemical free, oil based products that actually work with your skin instead of against it. A new skin care approach can take up to a month or even slightly longer before your skin has completely rebalanced.

Now that I have been using Primal Life Organics for several months, I am completely hooked. My skin looks absolutely amazing, and I am using a product that I feel 100% good about putting on my skin. Your skin is your largest organ, and the things you put on your skin get absorbed into your bloodstream. It’s very important to put non toxic products (things you would/could eat are best) on your skin. The other thing that I love about Primal Life Organics is that the products are so high quality, they could be used in a spa for facial treatments, and I really feel that they should be! If I were still practicing skin care in a spa I would be trying to get these products into the salon to use for skin treatments. They are that good.

So now that I have burned your eyeballs off telling you my whole life skin story, let me break down for you what I do and don’t do now. What has helped my rosacea, and how I am taking care of my skin in preparation for our wedding (I mean one of the things on our Knot.com check list is for the bride to start her skin care regimen…this is important stuff people!)

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Things I used to do to my skin that I no longer do: 

Perfume: Super toxic, and truthfully anything with a really strong perfume smell gives me an awful headache now. I used to walk through a spritz of perfume anytime I went out.

Deodorant: Another really toxic product that has been linked to breast cancer. I went through a phase of using Dove antipersperant deodorant in my teens.

Body wash/body lotion/sunscreen: More toxins. The chemicals in skin lotions and sunscreens have also been linked skin cancer, and it’s becoming known that these products are more dangerous on the skin than getting natural sun exposure.

Shampoo/Hair products/Hair color: I can’t use regular shampoo because it seriously irritates my scalp, but it took me a long time to realize this. I get extremely itchy. I also no longer use chemical hair color due to toxins getting into the bloodstream, and I also do not put any chemical hair products on my scalp. I used to use the best salon shampoo I could get my hands on, and darkened my naturally medium brown hair with chemical color for a deeper hair color.

Makeup: MAC and Bobbi Brown were the only makeup I used to wear because I thought that was the best. Sephora was also one of my favorite shops, I loved all of the designer makeup in there.

Teeth: I always tried to use more natural toothpaste, but even that has undesirable ingredients. I also probably used fluoride–eeeek!

Skin products: I did chemical peels, manual extractions, face masks, acne cleansers, anything harsh or abrasive went on my skin. All of these things just made my skin worse.

Food: I was always eating “diet” food from my late teens to early twenties. Chemicals, low fat, fat free, lean meat, etc. After that I was vegetarian until I was 24, no animal protein and lots of grains and sugar.

What I’m doing now that has drastically changed my skin:

Perfume: None. My natural smell is great since I eat well and take care of my body. Every once in a while I will use a vanilla essential oil, but usually I just don’t fuss with it. My 13 year old cousin Paige even told me recently that if she hugged a bunch of people with her eyes closed she would know which one was me because of my smell, and she said that was a compliment. Adorable.

Deodorant: Primal Life Organics Pit Stick in Lavender. The ingredients for this are coconut oil, baking soda, lavender essential oil, and beeswax (not in that order). I absolutely love this deodorant. It lasts for months, smells wonderful, and is just what I need to smell fresh all day long.

Body wash/body lotion/sunscreen: In the shower I either use some sort of lard or tallow soap (I love Grandma’s Lye Soap made with lard), or I will use Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap or unscented bar. I also use Dr. Bronners liquid soap to shave my legs and underarms. For body lotion I use coconut oil. You will smell like “a tropical traditions egg” as Bill will call me when I lather up in coconut oil. Shea butter is also great for moisturizing. For sun protection, I use Badger sunscreen (can be found at Whole Foods), clothing, or hats. Dr. Mercola also makes sunscreen that is non-toxic that I have tried, and I believe Epicuren makes a pure Zinc suncreen (don’t quote me on that). Your best bet is to get out of the sun when it is the strongest, or when you feel like you are burning. Nobody needs to be a hero with the sun, vitamin D is super important, and having a glowing tan is nice, but cooking yourself in the sun all day long isn’t cute.

Shampoo/Hair products/Hair color: I love, love, love Primal Life Organics Dirty Poo, and shampoo bar. Dr. Bronners is okay for shampoo as well–Bill likes to use that. I also love using baking soda for shampoo, and rinsing with apple cider vinegar. The smell from that isn’t the best, but ACV is super great for your hair and scalp, it really has helped with my itchy scalp. Currently I have been trying out the 100% Pure healthy scalp shampoo which I like. All the ingredients are clean, and it is gluten free (not all of their shampoo is gluten free so make sure you read ingredients if using it). I rarely put product in my hair anymore. For straightening my hair I will do some Holistix brand lite oil (this is argan oil, but has some non-ideal ingredients), but I’m going to try the Kinky-Curly brand hair oil. I love the tropical traditions hair oil for deep conditioning overnight, and I like the Kinky-Curly hair spritz for when I leave my hair natural, which is curly. I only use henna for color now. I absolutely love it. It is a bit of a pain to apply and wash out, but it’s worth it. It gives my hair beautiful rich color that still looks natural, and it fades evenly. I use Lush brand Caca Noir henna for a deep brown color.

Makeup: I have been using Jane Iredale mineral makeup for almost 10 years. I use it on all of my brides and for all photoshoots. It photographs beautifully, lasts all day long, and doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup. It is meant to act as a barrier on your skin to protect it from airborne pollutants, and still allows your skin to breathe while you are wearing it. 100% Pure and Caren Minerals have some better ingredients than Iredale, but I haven’t tried those brands yet. I do not wear makeup everyday, and often not even every week (perk of working from home). I also NEVER recommend sleeping in your makeup. It doesn’t matter if your makeup is the most magical mineral makeup ever, it will congest your skin if you sleep in it. Always go to sleep with a clean face so your skin can recover and rejuvenate during sleeping hours.

Teeth: I mentioned on Facebook that I just went to the dentist the other day and the hygienist told me my teeth were beautifully white. She said “keep doing what you are doing!” What I am doing is using PLO Toothpowder and Gum Serum. We tried the orange toothpowder before and really loved it, but found that the peppermint one really made our mouths feel fresh, just like toothpaste. I often will rinse with peroxide to kill bacteria as well (a trick my grandpa told me to do to prevent cavities and whiten teeth), and also will brush with baking soda for extra polish. My daily routine is to floss with organic floss, and brush with PLO toothpowder and gum serum. I also brush my tongue, and/or gargle with the gum serum mixed with water, or OraWellness mixed with water. Both of those products are great for killing bacteria in the mouth.

My current evening skin routine:

  1. If I have makeup on I will do the typical oil cleansing method to remove my makeup. This means I massage coconut oil into my skin to lift all of the makeup, including my eye makeup (people with contacts, make sure you take them out before doing this).
  2. I then run a wash cloth under warm water, wring it out, and place it over my face. I then press the warm cloth into my skin lightly to steam my face, and then wipe away all of the makeup.
  3. After that I will then cleanse with Primal Life Organics Earth cleanser, sometimes using my clarisonic machine to remove any residual makeup, and to exfoliate and polish my skin lightly.
  4. After cleansing I use the Primal Life Organics Infiniti Toner (this is extremely refreshing and can be used to freshen your skin in the afternoon after a long day).
  5. After toner I apply either the beyond moisturizer or serum. Every now and then I will also use Fire and Ice, which I love. It really makes your skin glow! Often I will use Green Pastures Beauty Balm before bed and apply Beyond for daytime. If I have a slight breakout I will apply Neem Oil to my skin, which is great for breakouts, and a bug repellant (you will know why when you smell it).
  6. If I have not worn makeup all day then I just go through the Primal Life Organics routine without the makeup removal step of course.

Morning routine: Sometimes I cleanse with the Earth cleanser, sometimes I splash with water, and sometimes I just give myself a spritz of the Infiniti toner. I always wash my face after a workout, and will also keep an extra bottle of Earth cleanser in the shower to wash my face in the morning easily in the shower, but now that my skin has normalized I don’t have to wash it all the time, and I can get away with just a splash of water.

Food: Nutrient dense Paleo. Bone broth as much as I can. If I can’t drink broth then I supplement with Great Lakes Gelatin. Organ meats as much as I can (I don’t do this as much as I should, but try to remember to hide it in burgers or meatloaf when we make them), a serving of fermented foods a day (usually 8 oz of kombucha), supplements which are ones that make me feel good (and I don’t remember to take them everyday)–consult with your own doctor on supplementation. Fermented cod liver oil. We only cook with saturated fat (grass fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, pastured lard, duck fat, and tallow). Pastured meats and eggs (lately duck eggs), organic vegetables, organic fruits, and I try to limit my sugar consumption–especially lately because my first wedding dress fitting is in about a month. I don’t eat nuts unless we are baking with almond flour and we really limit that. I don’t drink coffee, and I try to drink enough filtered water throughout the day.

Something that I really want to stress here is that this was NOT an overnight fix. This was something I have worked toward for over a year. I have been eating strict Paleo for 3 years, and oil cleansing for 2 years. It took me about 6 months for my rosacea to clear up, but about a year for my skin to look completely different from how it looked before. Now my skin is pretty close to flawless.

The other thing that is really important to know is that it took the right skin care, and the right food for this to happen for me. In my mind you can’t do either/or. It takes internal and external work. You can eat an amazing diet and ruin your skin with chemical products, and you can use all the Primal Life Organics you want, but it may not help completely if you aren’t eating the right foods. The way your skin looks is a huge indicator of how healthy you are on the inside, and putting the right “food” on your skin is what will really make your skin shine. If you would like to learn in full detail how you can heal your skin from the inside out, I recommend purchasing The Skintervention Guide. I fully credit Liz Wolfe for teaching (and inspiring me to enjoy skin care again) me about how to treat and heal my skin naturally, and I can’t thank her enough for that!

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Here are my tips for preparing your skin for a big event (like a wedding):

1. Do not wait until the last minute to change your skin products. As I have explained above it can take up to a month or more to adjust to a new skin routine, so to be safe you will want to start 4-6 months before an important event, and also for damage control if something really isn’t working for you.

2. Limit sugar, grains, and other gut irritating foods. Cleaning up your diet is going to significantly change how your skin looks, as well as how quickly your skin improves with oil cleansing.

3. Introduce nutrient dense foods into your diet like broth, gelatin, pastured meats, colorful vegetables, fermented foods, and pastured animal fats as well as coconut oil. These will heal the gut and make your skin glow!

4. Reduce stress. Meditate, take a yoga class, go for a walk, listen to calming music, cuddle with your pet. Avoid stimulants like coffee (especially people with roscacea) and dark chocolate bars, and try some Natural Calm at bed time, or relaxation tea.

5. Make sure you are getting adequate vitamin D, and A. This is where fermented cod liver oil comes in handy. The butter oil blend is even better because you get A, D, and K2 which work together to create skin magic!

6. Purchase “clean” makeup, or better yet-try going a while without wearing any. Don’t ruin all the good work you are doing for your skin by covering it up with chemicals. This will reverse the progress you are making.

7. Drink lots of water, and adding fresh lemon juice is really detoxifying! This will really make your skin glow.

These are all things that I do myself. Our wedding is the end of August, and I have no doubts that my skill will be lovely on that big day.

That’s my skin story, and I’m sticking to it. Please remember that these are all things that have worked for me personally, so I cannot offer them as a solution for what may be going on with your own skin, but hopefully this information can help guide others to get on the right track to better health inside and out.

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    1. littleekitchen
      May 23, 2013

      This could very well be the best blog post ever! WOW!! I can’t wait to try out all of the different products you listed. I have heard a lot about the pit paste and I LOVE the idea of using coconut oil to take off makeup.
      Thank you!

    2. hmattice
      May 23, 2013

      Liz’s book really opened my eyes to a lot of things! One of the best things I have done was switch to Primal Life Organics since the oil cleansing was making my skin worse. Trina’s products are wonderful. I just purchased the pit paste and tooth powder. I cannot wait to try them!

    3. reyn_grey
      May 23, 2013

      My daughter has eczema and I have keratosis pilaris. Going paleo has helped our skin a lot but we still have bad breakouts. This is a GREAT post! The skin doctor has had us using nothing but Dove products yet I saw more of a difference when we changed our eating style than when we switched to Dove. I am going to start incorporating some of your tips and advice, and start switching items out with Primal Life Organic products (or their equivalent). Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    4. myinvisibleangel
      May 24, 2013

      Thanks for sharing this Hayley! Now I want to change my whole skin routine… I have switched some things over slowly but not all the way. I also have psoriasis pretty bad in my scalp so may try out the Apple Cider Vinegar tip. Thanks again!!

    5. primalblonde
      May 24, 2013

      I am in love with this post! I’ve been DYING to know what your exact skin routine is. I can’t wait to try new products and I can’t believe I’ve never thought of using coconut oil as a makeup remover. Thank you so much for sharing, Hayley- your face really is absolutely flawless!!

    6. ariawho
      May 24, 2013

      My skin was getting progressively worse, until I stopped washing it with harsh washes and changed to a paleo diet.
      I’m currently using a low gunk toothpaste and mouthwash my dentist recommended, but I’m going to try the primal tooth powder serum combo. Do you dilute the hydrogen peroxide before you rinse with it?

      Cheers 🙂

    7. nuttmegs17
      May 24, 2013

      What foundation and concealer of Jane iredale do you use? What do you use for photos?

      I love PLO stuff! I love the toner the serums (beyond and infiniti are both my jam) and so far the tooth and gum stuff has worked really well. I’m getting spoiled with all the coupon codes! Keep ’em coming! I haven’t tried the earth face wash but have been loving the ocean one. My skin has never looked better. I too use the cod liver oil/butter blend at night and love it.

      Once you see how well natural products look you get exited and expand into other things. I have been dipping my toes in making my own facial prays and will even make my own body butter soon. Fun times!

    8. cgolovich
      May 24, 2013

      I have spent so much of my time researching ways to improve/heal my body internally with food that I have forgotten about my skin. While I have removed almost all fragrances and toxins from my body care, I still have some changes to make. Especially, in the makeup area. Thank you for sharing your ‘secrets’ and routine. I can’t wait to start trying some -if not all – of the products you’ve recommended!

    9. WhiskeyCorsetta
      May 24, 2013

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have worse acne now at the age 30 than when I was a teen. About 6 months ago I started the switch to a Paleo/WAPFs diet, and I noticed a complete difference in my body and skin. Congrats on your soon-to-be wedding! I was wondering what your opinion is on Bare Minerals makeup. I’m pretty naive when it comes to makeup and only wear it on my eyes once a month. I have some laying around and wondering if I should throw it away and upgrade. Thanks!

    10. May 24, 2013

      @ariawho- I don’t dilute it, but I’m sure you could if you wanted to.

      @nuttmegs17- I always use circle delete 2 concealer, and I also use it as my base for applying eyeshadow. For my coloring I use warm silk loose powder (amazing base) in the winter or when I don’t have a tan. When I have gotten some color I either use golden glow pressed powder or warm sienna loose powder. For photos I use all of the above. Depends on the coloring of my client.

      @WhiskeyCorsetta- I am not a fan of bare minerals. It’s pretty junky, and has super skin irritating bismuth oxychloride (this can make acne and rosacea worse) in it. I used it for a little while and it made me skin look and feel awful.

    11. bmcminn08
      May 24, 2013

      I have been eating paleo for about 2-3 months now. I was strict the first month and now I have decided to kind of do my own variation if you will and added back dairy and some legumes. Still definitely no processed foods or grains etc unless it’s a “cheat” meal – which I allow myself once a week. It’s life and I want to enjoy it and not be overly freakish about my food. 🙂 I have noticed an improvement in my skin as well! What’s funny is I usually get a breakout if I splurge on sweets and other “cheat” foods – so my diet is very apparent in my skin! Crazy. Anyway, I definitely want to try to primal life face cleanser!! Oh and there was one question I wanted to ask you – are you going to “cheat” on your wedding day?? Surely you are going to indulge in wedding cake and chocolate covered strawberries, and all kinds of other foods on your wedding day right? I am just curious. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share you skin/hair/life secrets!

    12. nuttmegs17
      May 24, 2013

      Thanks for the great info!

      There is a wonderful online/Sephora type of company called spririt lounge that has amazing natural products (make-up, body etc). Ilia and RMS Beauty are both very popular high end make up brands that only use pure ingredients. They even sell perfume. Wish I could convert my sephora points there 😉 Fun place to splurge once in a while.

    13. bdeleo
      May 24, 2013

      I get have a sort of rash, these small red/white bumps, on the backs of my arms and sometimes on my back. They look almost like pimples but aren’t. They tend to go away in the summer when I am in the sun, but are really noticeable and annoying especially in the winter. I want to try to oil cleansing. Do you think the coconut oil is the best way to go? When did you apply it to your skin, at night or in the morning? Does it leave an oily residue that gets on your clothes? I was also wondering if you have a brand of coconut oil that you would recommend for this? Thank you!

      1. May 28, 2013

        Hi Brittany,

        What you are talking about is keratosis pilaris. That is a vitamin D/A deficiency which is why it gets better in the summer. For that you can order the Green Pastures Beauty Balm and apply it to your arms. You will see a huge difference! I get it a little on my arms, but not much. Every time I put beauty balm on my arms they look smooth in no time!

        I personally think the coconut oil is great for oil cleansing, but I know others like the oil blend better. I usually do oil cleansing at night, and just water in the morning if I’m not using PLO. It does not leave oil on my clothes because I wipe it away with the wet wash cloth. I love Tropical Traditions Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil, but any organic virgin coconut oil is great!

    14. mlc816
      May 24, 2013

      Hayley, how often do you wash your hair with the dirty poo? I am currently washing my hair once a week with Yes to Carrots shampoo and hate how oily my hair gets in between washes…was considering dirty poo if it helps with that.

      1. May 28, 2013

        Hi Michele,

        I do use dirty poo and I love it. How often? I wash my hair when it needs to be washed. I don’t have a schedule, it’s really just when it starts getting too dirty. I like to go 2-3 days, but sometimes will go longer. Just depends. I think I can go slightly longer now from using correct shampoo/no poo on my scalp and my scalp rebalanced so it doesn’t get oily so quickly.

    15. May 24, 2013

      Hayley, thank you SO much for posting this. I have been trying to convince myself to do no ‘poo method for quite some time (avid Liz CaveGirl follower) and hadn’t. I do OCM but haven’t been brave enough for the hair. Then, I read how your scalp used to be itchy and after using ACV it has made a difference. I am happy to report fresh out of the shower, no ‘poo-ed hair! Now let’s hope this helps with my itchy scalp! YAY Thanks again Hayley!

    16. confuseruser
      May 24, 2013

      Wow, Haley, you really put yourself out there. I enjoyed reading your in-depth post. It was very complete and informative. I’m familiar with Pit Paste and will definitely learn more about the other products. For the last 20 years, I’ve not worn makeup, allowing my skin to breathe. I went Paleo about 6 months ago and noticed an improvement in the quality of my skin. I’ve begun using coconut oil as a moisturizer and a mouth rinse and am experiencing a skin I like and better dental hygiene. Thank you for all of the information.

    17. BethG
      May 24, 2013

      Hi Haley….thanks so much for your post. I really enjoy reading your blogs as well as your cookbooks! I have your potroast in my crockpot right now = ) Have you heard of GloMinerals? I just recently invested in their mineral makeup and skin care and am wondering if I should spend the extra money and buy some of your above recommendations or finish out the Glo items I have first. Thanks for any thoughts!

      1. May 28, 2013

        Hi Beth,

        I have heard of GloMinerals, but I don’t know enough about the brand to say if it is better or worse than Iredale. Just check the ingredients! Bismuth Oxychloride is the big one to avoid.

    18. May 26, 2013

      Hey Haley, thanks for this post! I’ve just started using PLO for my face routine and I’m excited to see what happens to my skin!
      Also- what is the Earth cleanser that you use? I couldn’t find it online.
      Thanks! 🙂

      1. May 28, 2013

        Hi Julia,

        The Earth cleanser is the cleanser I use from Primal Life Organics. There is a hotlink to it in the post.

    19. ticamom
      May 27, 2013

      @bdeleo – fyi, that’s probably keratosis pilaris, a pretty common skin condition (think about 40% people have it). Could be a sign of a food sensitivity, and it’s made worse with dry skin, hence it being worse in the winter. Exfoliating and keeping the area moisturized is key.
      I’ve used coconut oil and it absorbs really fast so haven’t had any issues with it getting on clothes. Tropical Traditions is a great resource for sustainable coconut oil, you can use any type of coco oil (refined or unrefined) for skin/hair, but the refined is less expensive and smells less “coconuty”. I know Liz (who wrote the Skintervention Guide) has said that she likes Tropical Traditions steam-deodorized coconut oil for that very reason (less of a coconut smell) http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/expeller-pressed_coconut_oil.htm
      I’m currently using the unrefined right now and it smells strong when applying but the scent goes away pretty fast and what lingers is very subtle so it doesn’t bother me.
      Hope this helps!

    20. lnes
      May 27, 2013

      This post really hit home with me. I recently learned about the world of OCM and quickly became discouraged when I began having breakouts, so I abandoned that routine and went back to my old routine. Since then I have been getting those awful painful cyst-like bumps that look like marbles under my skin. I have been so embarrassed about my appearance that I haven’t wanted to go out where anyone could see me! Until reading this post, I didn’t really connect that with what I have been doing to my skin. I would be SO elated to receive this giveaway!!! I am just very new to this mindset of organic skin care and I want to do it right! Please, please, please pick me!

    21. didoda87
      May 27, 2013

      Thanks for writing this! I currently have the most minimal beauty routine ever, as I do nothing! I am nervous for getting my makeup on my wedding day because I never wear makeup and don’t want someone to cover up my skin! I don’t have flawless skin however and wouldn’t mind working on getting that extra glow. I still have over a year but I think I’ll start making some baby steps! I would love to win this book to help along! Also, I would love to find a makeup artist who uses cleaner makeup such as the brands you mentioned. Is there any way to search for this? I am from Canada (Toronto area) and have no idea where to look!

      1. May 28, 2013

        @didoda87- one of the things you can do is go to http://www.janeiredale.com and search for salons near you that carry it. Most of those salons do wedding/bridal makeup so you can schedule a trial with their makeup artist. That was one of the things I did when I worked in a spa, before I started doing makeup on my own.

    22. May 27, 2013

      Hayley, thank you for such an informative post. I have been eating Paleo for about 9 months and just starting to look into Paleo skin care.
      I am wondering if you think for someone new to this it is okay to just start with the oil pulling method that you used before you started PLO. I am concerned about the cost of the products, and wondering if the oil method may just be enough. You said in you post that if you are wearing make up that you will use coconut oil to remove make up followed up by the PLO cleanser. Did you feel that the coconut oil alone is not enough for a cleanser and a moisturizer?
      Secondly, what are your thoughts on Bare Minerals make up?
      And lastly, how do you supplement with the Great Lakes gelatin (when not consuming bone broth, etc..).
      Thanks much!

      1. May 28, 2013

        Hi Diana,

        Oil cleansing is fantastic, and something you can definitely do to improve your skin. I healed my skin with oil cleansing and green pastures beauty balm before starting to use PLO. I would suggest you purchase some Beauty Balm though. It’s about $12 for a jar of it, and it’s definitely worth it. Thats a pretty great price. It’s like skin magic also. I apply it at night and sleep in it. Neem oil is another product you can find online for a good price that you can use as a moisturizer that helps as well.

        I am not a fan of bare minerals. I have used it in the past and it made my skin worse, it still contains bismuth oxychloride which makes acne and other skin conditions worse.

        For the Great Lakes Gelatin it just depends. The stuff in the red/orange container gels, so it’s great for making marshmallows, jello, and pudding. The stuff in the green container does gel, so you can add it to water, tea, juice, soups, etc and drink it that way.

    23. KaryR
      May 29, 2013

      Hi Hayley,

      I have developed Rosecea in the past year, I get the redness and am Very Sensitive to the sun/heat. The bumps and pimples are under control with Nortitate Topical cream which I use at night, Ciclopiox and Clondimax during the day.

      I am NEW to Paleo life style(2 Weeks) and would like to incorporate your tips for external health. I am a little weary to do the Oil cleansing due to the results for some. Would it still be beneficial to do the PLO routine with the Beauty Balm and SKIP the Oil Cleansing ?? Is there ANY Sunblock that you recommend ? due to my Rosecea I am super sensitive to the sun and think I would need one until I heal my skin.

      One more question, I have read Bone Broth is also beneficial for the skin, how many ounces per day (IF EVERYDAY) are recommended ??

      Thanks Hayley, I look forward to your advice and getting started on Paleo Skin care!!

    24. Jembee13
      June 14, 2013

      Hi! I just want to say THANK YOU so much for your article about skin care and what you have done in the past vs. what you are doing now. I read Skintervention, and I loved it but, to be honest, I actually gained more from your article in many ways!!! You have no idea how happy I am that you took the time to share this!!!! Keep up the excellent work!

    25. AWinnV
      July 8, 2013

      Thank you so much for this post. I have been working on completely changing my beauty regiment since I read this post. I currently chemically color my brown curly hair and I want to move away from the chemicals. Do you have any advice on how to make the transition to henna? I am quite gray but not concerned about full coverage. Thanks again!

    26. saranlarson
      September 4, 2013

      Hello! Thanks for all this great info.

      I was just wondering, before applying your makeup do you use any type of skin primer? I’ve been hearing a lot about pre-make-up skin primers lately, but have never tried one. I wondered if they are all that necessary, and if so, if there are any paleo alternatives you would suggest?


    27. Angela978
      September 12, 2013

      Thank you thank you thank you for writing this!!!
      This could literally be my story! I’m an esthetician and I’m going through the same thing right now. I’ve been searching for inspiration and motivation to go Paleo again and I think I’ve found it here!
      I am so grateful…
      Thank you again!!!
      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    28. kellymhechler
      December 5, 2013

      Hey there! I do makeup for a photographer with MAC, and can’t WAIT to try Jane Iredale!
      I just ordered the PLO banished line. Do you use her serum or moisturizer at night and THEN beauty balm? Or do you just wash, tone, and then beauty balm at night? Can’t seem to find clear answers on anyones reviews online. Thanks!


      1. December 16, 2013

        Hi Kelly,

        I usually use the Beauty Balm at night, and will use PLO serum or moisturizer during the day under makeup. Yes I just wash, tone and beauty balm at night. You can use it during the day, but I find it better to use as a sleep treatment. It’s pretty heavy.

        Hope that helps!

    29. naomi
      January 9, 2014

      Hi Hayley,

      Thanks so much for this blog, i’ve read it a few times and forwarded onto other friends who also really appreciate it. I also have started using Primal life organics (which is a bit of a big deal given that i need to get it shipped to Australia). However the product is incredible and worth it.

      I have a question about sunscreen. I have sensitive skin so usually wear sunblock everyday. However you mentioned that sunblock is full of toxins and not a good idea to use. Do you have something else to recommend in order to protect skin from the sun? (the rays in Australia are extra harsh due to the hole in the ozone layer)


    30. lyalyalya
      January 28, 2014

      Hello Hayley,

      Thank you for your great blog! I am struggling with the Rosecea.. and I will start following your routine.
      Please, let me know where can I get promo codes? I would like to try their products.
      I bought last night code liver.. and cod lived balm, cant wait to try it:)
      Also few questions on your routine. Please, let me know where do you buy the cloth.. to wipe of the makeup.. is there is special gentle fabric you buy?
      I used oil last night to wash my face first time.. little strange:)
      About the morning routine.. you just wash your face? no lotions ? sun protection? or did i miss it.. I will go read again:)
      Thank you!

    31. Krista Timm
      February 20, 2014

      For glowing skin naturally you could use a eye rid serum on face which is help to make your skin glowing and healthy.

    32. Albertsmith
      May 31, 2014

      Thanks for posting this. Your blog is so interesting and very informative.Thanks sharing. Definitely a great piece of work Thanks for your work

    33. mb1311
      June 8, 2014

      I just found this post today & I’m eager to try this. My rosacea did get worse since being in my 30’s.
      I just purchased organic coconut oil from wholefoods but didn’t realize that it’s not “virgin” do you think that’s ok?


      1. June 8, 2014

        I think that should be okay!

    34. klesage
      June 13, 2014

      How much of the Beauty Balm do you use? It’s very heavy, does it sink in or do you go to bed kinda greasy?

      1. Kara McCartney
        Kara McCartney
        June 17, 2014

        Just use a little bit at night. It sinks in and is not very heavy…it is a little sticky so you should wait a minute before laying your head on your pillow. It has a similar texture to vaseline, if that helps.

    35. elfy
      July 10, 2014

      Hi, I really like this post, THANK YOU! Wish I would live in America (but I live in Europe) and that you could do my makeup!

      I am getting married in September and I am struggling with rosacea too, but much much MUCH worse than you, I have “Acnea rosacea” on my chin…
      I started doing the paleo diet for real for only one week now. (Before for months I cheated so much that I cannot call it Paleo diet lol). I feel much better and my piliary hyperkeratosis on my arms dissappeared (in only one week!) but my acne rosacea even dough it seamed to be getting better is worse now.

      I think it may be since I used a clay mask with tea tree oil (all natural) that it got worse…
      Do you think I can cure my skin in time for the wedding if I keep eating Paleo?
      Which product would you recommend the most knowing my skin is reacting to EVERYTHING even natural products…
      Thanks! Merci!

    36. mzdelle
      August 11, 2014

      Thank you soooo much for sharing this with the world! It is truly inspirational and I can not wait to try your tips out!!!

    37. IdaMae
      August 23, 2014

      Great info, thanks! What do you think of Clinique products? And I get confused when I read about diet plans for Rosacea; some sites say avoid fermented foods and others say that they are the answer. Also other sites recommend to avoid citrus but are lemons and limes still okay?

      1. Kara McCartney
        Kara McCartney
        October 20, 2014

        We don’t recommend Clinique, and we haven’t heard anything about avoiding citrus. We still enjoy lemons and limes in water and tea in the morning. -Kara

    38. jjsmith
      January 16, 2015

      Hi Hayley, I have really enjoyed reading about your primal journey and thank you for your suggestion on Skintervention. It wasn’t until Liz Wolfe mentioned the dairy link to her acne that it hit me that my acne (cyst) could be from the cheese in my diet. I have been eating mostly primal for the past few years but cheese has been present at almost every meal. It’s been 2 weeks without dairy and I am already seeing a difference along with oil cleansing and using Green Pastures BB. I have also added drinking bone broth or gelatin daily along with probiotic daily.

      Couple of Questions:

      I have rosacea on my nose (hoping it will lessen over time) so I use makeup daily to help tone it down along with healing acne scars on my chin. Do you use a primer or moisturizer under your makeup to help with staying power?

      Also with having fair skin (redhead) I have solar keratosis on my hands, I have been putting the green pastures along with essential oils (frankincense or thieves) any other recommendations?

      Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    39. Mini645
      January 25, 2015

      I have had Rosacea (Type 2) for over 10 years and have tried every oroduct to no avail… I am currently using Arbonne and see periodical improvements that are only temporary… Unfortunately, I had an h-pylori episode 3 years ago that resulted in the loss of my stomach lining. I am on a very strict diet that is essentially made up of white breads, sugars and fruits and vegetables that are very hard to find where I live… This does not allow me to try new things with my diet or play around with “healthy” alternatives, including natural sweeteners….
      My questions are; what is your opinion on Arbonne and can I still benefit from using PLO products?
      Any advice would be helpful. Thanks, I am greatful I found this site today.

    40. JasminFano
      October 9, 2015

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    41. vivianwestwood555
      December 16, 2015

      I have had amazing results with the Somaluxe Redness Repair – I can even leave the house without makeup on and not be cringing! My skin is slightly reddish in tone, but still what most people would call normal. I use this Somaluxe Repair cream with my gentle face wash and the bottom line is my rosacea is functionally gone.

    42. almostangel
      February 24, 2016

      What do you recommend for covering up redness from rosacea without looking cakey?

    43. KathieLukas
      March 1, 2017

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      June 23, 2017

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      September 20, 2017

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    46. JodieAtkinson
      May 7, 2018

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