21st century body care products are a whole lot like America’s food supply. They are full of chemicals we shouldn’t be putting on our skin but are marketed to us as though they are safe, most of us have no idea how bad for us they really are, and far superior products actually do exist.
I made the switch over to natural body care products (and household cleaning supplies) when I was pregnant with Evelyn. And of course, I never went back. Awareness is the key to positive change. Why would you deliberately choose to poison yourself with known carcinogens, chemicals known to cause birth defects, and hormone-altering substances absorbed through the skin?
But even natural beauty products can be deceiving. Just to give you an example, Burts Bees Naturally Ageless Night Cream lists a whole bunch of great ingredients like white birch and pomegranate but it also contains alcohol which dries out the skin (definitely not going to help with wrinkles) and at the end of the ingredients sits phenoxyethanol, an ingredient which has no information listed about concerns for cancer and reproductive toxicity but does raise moderate concerns about non-reproductive organ toxicity. And just by the look of the word itself, can that really be natural?
To avoid the many ingredients even natural products can get away with listing, I usually just mix up some oils at home and use that. But now I have an even better alternative.
Trina Felber, founder of Primal Life Organics, contacted me a couple of months ago to try out her products. She sent me the Infinity Collection – her anti-aging line (was she trying to tell me something?!). When it arrived I was amazed by the ingredients. This girl really knows what she is doing!
Her products really are 100% natural and by natural I mean that not only can you actually pronounce all of the ingredients in her products but you have likely heard of every single one of them.
I could have finished up this post about natural beauty products myself but I thought I would offer the stage to the expert instead. I sketched out a few questions and she really outdid herself with the answers. If you have wanted to learn about real natural beauty products, listen up because she is a wealth of knowledge.
What makes your products different from other natural beauty lines already out there?
I live paleo. I believe paleo. I understand paleo. Therefore, I make paleo products. Period. No artificial anything. Real, raw and organic.
I make all of my products (with exception of the shampoo bar) fresh when they are ordered. You will not find shelves of products in my inventory. My shelves are stocked with raw ingredients only. All products will begin to deteriorate with age. The longer a product sits on a shelf, the less it resembles its original state. Antioxidants are very delicate and can break down easily. I believe in providing the best quality products that are less than one week old when they reach my client.
2. No Water
I boycott water! Not drinking water (which I LOVE), but water in my products. If you look at other products, one of the first three ingredients is usually “water”, which means it is comprised mostly of water. Additionally, in order for the product ingredients to “mix” with water, an emulsifier must be used. Emulsifiers are used in creams and lotions to mix water with oils. Since water and oil do not mix but stay separated, an additional agent (emulsifier) is necessary to form a homogenous mixture keeping water and oil together.
Some emulsifiers include: Ceteareth-20, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate and lecithin. All of these are frequently used in lotions, creams, moisturizers, ointments, and balms. Lecithin is a frequently used natural skincare product, however, the lecithin in bodycare products is derived from soybeans and is definitely NOT PALEO. I do not water down my products; therefore, these chemical emulsifiers are not in my products.
Because I do not add water to the products, all of the products are very concentrated and only a very small amount is needed. All products are sized to last 1-2 months used twice a day.
3. No Alcohol
I never use alcohol in any of my ingredients… another staple of most natural products.
How do the botanicals in your products compare to the anti-aging ingredients found in other high end products
Other high end products contain chemicals and artificial ingredients that target aging skin. These chemicals can invade our bodies at the cellular level and cause harm. This may not happen right away, in fact, it is very difficult to associate problems one or two years down the road with the chemicals and toxins we are incorporating into our skincare regime today.
Many chemicals found in skincare disrupt the endocrine system. I recently blogged about how horrible these chemicals are and what damage they do to our bodies. These changes take place over time, so in one year when someone is wondering why they are eating healthy and exercising, but still unable to maintain a healthy weight, it is unlikely he/she will look associate these problems with the chemicals in their skincare. In two years, when trying to conceive, but unable, will she look at her skincare products as a possible cause? Probably not. In three years, will the diagnosis of cancer scare someone into looking at his or her skincare products? Maybe.
According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), more than one-third of all personal care products “contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer” and a British report estimates that,
“women who use makeup soak in nearly five pounds of cosmetic chemicals each year. The average American uses about 10 different personal care products a day, which can quickly add up to 100 different chemicals.”
The botanicals used in my products come exclusively from nature. They are not made in a lab. I have researched each ingredient and picked only the best for each product. Wrinkles develop in dehydrated, nutrient starved skin. Oils derived from plant sources are rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs in oils play an important role when applied topically to the skin. They are essential to maintain structure and flexibility of the cell membranes and they help to reduce moisture loss and enhance cellular repair. Nutrient rich skin appears healthy and hydrated.
Which ingredients target aging skin?
I LOVE this question! ALL of my ingredients target aging skin.
I do not add any drying agents, chemicals, toxins, water, or emulsifiers. I only use ingredients which add moisture to the skin. Most of the problems associated with aging skin (lines and wrinkles, dull tone, age spots) occur due to loss of moisture within the skin. The effects of aging on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer thin, but less collagen is also produced, and the elastin fibers that provide elasticity wear out. These changes in the scaffolding of the skin cause the skin to wrinkle and sag. Sebaceous glands get bigger but produce less sebum, and the number of sweat glands decreases. Both of these changes lead to skin dryness. Aging skin also becomes more fragile and a decreased amount of nutrients are available to the epidermis, which interferes with the skin’s normal repair process.
All of my products add moisture, antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, proteins and EFAs, including omegas 3 and 6. The oils I use do not clog the pores and are readily absorbed by the skin. I developed the Infiniti Primal Face line using premium oils that specifically target those problems associated with aging skin. The oils that comprise this package include: tamanu, emu, pumpkin seed, borage seed, comfrey, sea buckthorn, blue yarrow, rose, frankincense, myrrh, and many more.
This potent group of oils help:
- Heal damaged and scarred skin. They also have regenerative properties.
- Combat fine lines, superficial dryness, and prevent moisture loss.
- Regenerate healthy new skin cells and provide faster rejuvenation, anti-aging, and wrinkle prevention.
- Reduce scars and wrinkles, prevent the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and restore natural color and tone to the skin.
- Promote cell-regeneration.
- Improve symptoms of malnourished or prematurely aging skin, as well as nourish, revitalize, and restore aging skin.
- Fade scars, regenerate new cells, and improve the health of those already present.
I have a client that has used the Infiniti line for almost one year and recently had a skin analysis done at a local plastic surgeons office by a “high-end” skincare company that caters to plastic surgery clientele. The clinician was amazed at the superior condition of her skin stating that she “never sees skin in such good condition” and inquired about which products she uses. This client is a 50-year-old female and is my best referring customer because her skin has noticeably gone from dull and aging to amazing with excellent tone and color in a matter of months.
Peggy here. I just wanted to attest to the positive anti-aging effects that Trina’s client reports. I have been using her products exclusively for two months and have seen better results than with any other products I have used before. I have some fine lines and dryness from years and years of abuse both nutritionally and topically, and my face is now glowing with moisture. It is truly baffling that with so many superior, safe, and natural ingredients available, that there are not other lines of this type on the market.
How do your products improve acne and acne scarring?
Most people that suffer from acne also have oily skin. Most products designated for oily skin contain ingredients that dry the skin out (alcohol, benzyl peroxide). These ingredients actually cause an increase in sebum production to compensate for the “over-drying” that occurs. This aggravates the problem and leaves the client with increased oil and acne, which can lead to scarring. I know this first hand because until I developed my own products, I suffered from oily skin/ acne. Once I started using my products, I have discovered my skin is actually dry and my acne is a thing of the past.
For oily skin, I recommend starting with the Carrot Seed Primal Face Package. This package contains oils specifically for oily skin that will help to balance out and restore your natural sebum production. Once this occurs, any Primal Face Package can be used. The Infiniti Primal Face Package contains some excellent oils and essential oils that diminish scars from acne and other skin conditions. The oils that diminish acne scarring in this package include: borage seed, frankinsence, myrrh, neroli, rose and tamanu oils.
How does apple cider vinegar work with the skin?
Organic unfiltered apple cider contains alpha-hydroxy and amino acids that help stimulate blood circulation and dissolve dead skin cells that restore the skin’s natural pH. It evens out skin tone, smoothes out the texture of the skin, minimizes the size and appearance of pores, reduces redness and helps regulate oil production. The acetic acid stimulates the capillaries leaving you with a soft radiant glow.
You don’t use fragrances in your products. What gives them their unique scents?
The products retain the natural scent of the oils and essential oils contained in the products. They are defined by their innate and natural scent.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to create paleo skincare products.
I am Trina Felber. Founder and Creator of Primal Life Organics. I am a true 21st Century Cavegirl. My life roles include: wife, mother of three, nurse, cross fitter, paleo advocate, and educator. By nature, I love creating products that heal, soothe, mend, and repair the body and soul.
I have been creating, using, and providing organic, paleo skincare for family and friends for the past three years. I have been doing CrossFit for two years and I have been eating paleo for almost two years. I have decided to combine the three aspects that have changed my life forever by providing organic, paleo skincare options for those looking to detoxify their skincare cabinet.
I am not an extreme CrossFitter, but my husband is. He is co-owner of CrossFit Akron and he introduced me to this lifestyle over three years ago. We now raise our three young children doing CrossFit and eating paleo.
I wonder how many people realize they can sabotage a healthy eating plan with the skincare products they are using. Why add chemicals, toxins, soy, and wheat into your body via the skin, hair, and body products you are using? I believe in providing healthy, clean skincare products that will not sabotage the healthy lifestyle you work so hard for. I am a true 21st century Cavegirl who has decided to venture out into the wilderness in search of other Cavegirls and Caveboys looking to detoxify their skincare regime. Welcome to Primal Life Organics! My products will not sabotage your hard work!!