Week 2 Review of The Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge Plus Added Bonus – Weight Loss!

Well I had hoped to show you some photos this week of my skin which is HUGELY improved since I first started the challenge but haven’t had a chance to get my friend to take any  and selfie’s just won’t do it justice! As a recap for those who aren’t familiar with what is happening this month I have ditched the hideously expensive store bought cleansers, toners etc etc in favour of the back to basics approach by Liz Wolf of Cave Girl Eats who has recently released a new book Purely Paleo Skincare. There are several tiers to this approach from using basic store bought ingredients to buying ready mixed aromatherapy type based products (which I will be reviewing soon!). I started with the initial basic approach of my good friends coconut oil, witch hazel and rose hip oil – all source easily and cheaply from my nearest chemist and health food store. So onto results…..

I continue to be super happy with how my skin is improving – the redness and scarring from the previous blind pimples are diminished and the coconut and rosehip oil have made my skin softer than it has ever been. Again no new breakouts hooray! Which was suprising as I had a few meals out this week which weren’t 100% Paleo but were acceptable. I am continuing with my evening primrose oil and cod liver oil tablets everyday. I have also found my favourite way to take my Brewer’s Yeast everyday is in a cup of bone broth – this is super yummy and a great breakfast on the go!

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The only changes made this week will be that I will be forcing myself to go to bed EARLY! This is extremely important in the Primal/Paleo lifestyle and quality sleep is essential to wellbeing. Although it is difficult to achieve quality sleep with small children in the house I will be in bed by 8.30 -9.00 pm each night. I have often read that the sleep you get before midnight is the most restful, with some quoting than 1 hour sleep before midnight is equal to 2 hours! I do recall on the odd occasion I am in bed early and woken by the kids at 1 or 2 am I do feel like I have had a full nights sleep! Why haven’t I done this earlier in the Challenge you ask? Well I have had visitors and it is a tad rude to skive off early in the evening!

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It seems my 2 pooches have no trouble with sleep!

The only other change is adding Borage Oil as my moisturiser rather than Rosehip Oil (or maybe alternating). After doing some more reading in Liz’s guide she recommends Borage Oil for those skin prone to redness, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne. I have had rosacea in the past and still have a lot of redness in the chin area from scarring so I will be interested to see how the Borage Oil helps. None of the health food stores I went to carried it in liquid form but I am waiting for some to arrive in the mail from a Melbourne based business called Health & Happiness.

The Borage plant

Well that is about all for this weeks update. The only other thing to mention is that by returning to my strict Paleo diet I have lost 2 kg (almost 4.5 pounds for my US friends) in the last 2 weeks, this is without any form of exercise other than a Reformer Pilates class! I just want to say now that I do not follow the Paleo Diet as a weight loss tool but it is amazing to see the kilos drop off once you lose dairy, sugar and grains from your diet. I really don’t need to lose any weight, there is not much of me as I stand only 5 feet 2 inches! but I am happy with this little loss as I have really been unable to exercise since I had both my feet operated on last October for bunions so it has taken a bit of the tightness out of some of my clothes!

I did mean also to post another weeks worth of Paleo meal planning today but I am writing a guest article for another site so as soon as that gets done I will put one up.

Cheers,

Linda

PS. if you are looking to get your hands on a copy of Liz’s guide hang in there as I will be giving away a copy soon!

Week 1 Update of Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge

Today wraps up my first week on the Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge, a Paleo Diet skincare regime called the Skintervention Guide by Liz Wolf from Cave Girl Eats. Well, I am completely wrapped with the results so far. My skin is looking better than it has in months, it is soft and supple and I have had no breakouts or blind pimples whatsoever! I am so happy!

So I thought I would give you a bit of an insight into what I have been doing following Liz’s guide. The main focus of this week has been diet and eating what Liz calls Super Foods. I have been following a strict Paleo Diet, my only weak moment during the week was a celebratory Gin and Tonic for my son’s 3rd birthday – but at least it wasn’t a sugar loaded drink! So I am really happy with my eating for the rest of the week.

There are several Super Foods that Liz lists that should be incorporated into the daily diet, these are the ones I have added so far:

1. Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil Blend – this delivers a concentrated source of skin healing nutrients and can help with psoriasis, acne and premature ageing. This is the only brand of Cod Liver Oil that Liz recommends and I managed to get this through GAPS Australia.

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2. Home made bone broth – super easy to make, I just throw my ingredients in my slow cooker and cook on low for 24 hours. It is a great nutrient dose, heals the digestive tract and is full of gelatin and glycine, proteins that heal the skin. I will put my bone broth recipe at the end of this post.

3. Sauerkraut – full of sulphur – a great nutrient for the skin.

4. Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast – full of great nutrients for the body and skin I ordered mine through Vitamin Grocer Australia.

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Brewer’s yeast – I take it in a cup of bone broth

In addition to this I have also been taking Evening Primrose Oil tablets, which are great for women in general, which reduces PMS symptoms etc. I have also been drinking Dandelion tea as most of my breakouts occur in the chin area which correlates to hormonal issues. For hormonally driven acne it is best to support liver function so Dandelion tea is the perfect tonic for this.

As for a skin care itself I have taken Liz’s advice and gone back to basics. Gone are my expensive store bought cleansers, toners, masks and moisturisers. My skin care regime now includes cleansing with coconut oil using a basic oil cleansing method (OCM), toning with witchazel, or sometimes a mix of water and apple cider vinegar if I have exfoliated using bi carbonate of soda, and finishing up by moisturising with rosehip oil. Total outlay for these products 40-50! And they are working fantastically!

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My skin care essentials Coconut Oil ($19.95), Witchazel toner (approx $5) and Organic Rosehip Oil from Endota Spa ($23)

So all in all I am super pleased with my progress so far. I can’t wait to see how good my skin will look by the end of the month. I will keep posting weekly updates along with my menu plan for each week.

Cheers,

Linda

Bonus….Bone Broth Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • Bones – depending on what kind of broth you would like to make you can choose from beef bones, a chicken cage, etc
  • a carrot cut into pieces,
  • 1-2 sticks of celery cut into pieces,
  • an onion cut in quarters,
  • a bay leaf,
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it is one that contains the ‘mother’ of vinegar – the stringy cloudy bit in the bottom of the bottle) – this helps to leach the minerals from the bones more effectively.
  • optional – a few cloves of garlic or ginger
  • water

Place ingredients in to slow cooker dish and cover with water – cook on low for 24 hours (minimum) – you may cook for longer if you like!

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Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge

Well today is day one of my Purely Paleo Skincare Challenge and I can’t wait to see the results.
I have really been struggling with my skin for the past 5 years. I have had constant blind pimples on my chin which no skin care regime has seemed to cure. I have tried Proactiv, Dermalogica, and numerous organic facial cleansing systems. I reacted badly to Proactiv – resulting in burnt skin. I have parted with serious $$$$ in the quest for clear skin and sadly nothing has worked. I have also gone down the medication route being put on a number of drugs and creams which worked for a short time only to see the problem recur after ceasing the course of antibiotics.

Quite frankly I am over spending my hard earned dollars and still being embarrassed of my skin.

When I started the Paleo Diet last year one of the first things I noticed was an improvement in my skin so immediately I realised that what I put into my body affected my skin. Luckily for me a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the Skintervention Guide by the fabulous Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats  which takes the principles of Paleo eating and couples them with back to basics skin care. When I say back to basics I am talking my favourite things coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and bi carbonate of soda, just to name a few. The Skintervention Guide is a downloadable e-book, which I love, as I had access to it straight away, no waiting on snail mail to deliver it to me, especially as I am in Australia and most Paleo resources come from the States and seem to take forever!

The Skintervention Guide – Purely Paleo Skincare – ebook

So for the month of February I will be following Liz’s guide to beautiful, healthy skin and as we travel along I will share some of the principles along the way – resources and super foods for your skin.

So here are some  photos I had taken yesterday to track my progress for the month….no  makeup – à la natural

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So, here’s looking forward to much better skin at the end of February 😀

Linda