Skin Cleanse

Skin Cleanse

The Simple, All-natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin

Book - 2015
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From skincare expert and founder of the thriving organic skincare line SW Basics comes a comprehensive yet simple guide to switching to an all-natural skincare regime. As savvy consumers, we've become all too aware that products labelled as "healthy" and "all-natural" are actually full of processed ingredients. But what about the "natural" face wash or "organic moisturizer" we use on our skin every day? Like pre-packaged food, many beauty products don't deliver the benefits they promise, and that eye-catching packaging camouflages a host of unhealthy ingredients. In Skin Cleanse, skincare expert Adina Grigore teaches us how to move to a true natural regimen, because when you detox from your skincare regimen, your body reaps the rewards. Skin Cleanse helps readers diagnose and understand the underlying causes of their individual skin problems and offers all-natural recipes--using inexpensive ingredients that can be found at the grocery store to treat them effectively. From learning about how diet and lifestyle factors affect the quality of your skin to examining what is in the dozens of products we use every day, Grigore helps you take control over what goes on your skin and shows you step-by-step how to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Publisher: New York, NY, Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062332554
Characteristics: xv, 237 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm.


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Feb 02, 2018

I first picked this up because I was curious about some of the recipes, but I ended up enjoying the book because of her philosophy.

Grigore is not promising that you will be gorgeous and perfect if you follow her instructions. What she's offering is that you're likely to feel better if you use fewer products that you're using now. Her story is that even after she'd made dietary changes in line with her study of nutrition, her skin was still a mess even though the rest of her health had greatly improved. After trying many products, she stopped using everything in frustration--and then her problems cleared up. Her primary recommendation is to follow the same advice for a few days and see what it does for you.

Grigore talks a lot more about nutrition and lifestyle than she does skincare routines. We are what we eat, and our skin will let us know if what we ate wasn't good for us. Because we eat so many different things, she advises doing an elimination diet for three days to help find out what foods are triggers for skin (and other health) ailments. She's been unfairly criticized for being anti-vegan, pro-vegan, or Paleo. What she writes instead is that every body is going to have different needs, and your skin is going to look best if you respect that. She also, however, understands that some people are going to go with their conscience and that's fine, just be aware of the compromises. And while she doesn't advise eating as your paleolithic ancestors did, she does advise that you look back at what your great-grandparents ate, because that's probably what's going to make you feel best. (Maybe--you might have to hop around to find the right great-grandparent, especially if you're of mixed ethnicity.) However, the majority of her recommendations don't limit any cultures: she advises that we eat more greens, fruit, fermented foods, good fats in balance (and that can include butter), and in general foods with fewer pesticides. Oh, and more water.

She believes, as do many environmental scientists and dermatologists, that what we put on our skin not only affects what our skin looks like but also our overall health. While small amounts of certain things may not be harmful, she makes the point that there's no reason to take a bath in such things (or use them regularly). This is why her orientation is toward products with recognizable ingredients that you can, ideally, create in your own home.

In the last two months I've eliminated a lot of foods that triggered digestion issues for me, and not only have I felt better, my skin has looked better. Although I had a minimal routine--wash hair and face, use sunscreen and conditioner--I followed her experiment for three days and was surprised by the results. I can wash my hair every other day and not need conditioner, and all I need to do for my face is splash it with water. My already short showers take even less time now.

I did find that my skin is a little on the dry side, so I made the recipe she includes for the super-rich moisturizing cream of shea butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil. Total cost of ingredients for the amount of cream I made was about $8, and it would cost a lot more if I'd bought it in a store. Most importantly, it feels amazing on my skin. I'd like to try her recipe for shampoo, but since it's a little more involved, I might wait a bit.

I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to take control of this aspect of their personal health.

Apr 17, 2017

This is a really great book. While the idea of "you are what you eat" and that nutrition lends itself to good skin isn't revolutionary, Adina Grigrore lays every thought out in such an accessible way. This book is a quick read, but one that you'll keep almost like a manual. Something you'll return to over and over again, especially for the recipes. They are also very simply laid out and use pretty easy to access ingredients. Consider me a convert, because I stopped using cleanser and can't wait to try some of her masks for fun!

Jan 03, 2017

I was very impressed by Grigore's forward thinking about nutrition and the connection to our skin health. I completely agree that the chemicals in our beauty products are unregulated and need some serious consumer protest. I can't wait to try some of her easy DIY recipes and hopefully see things improve!

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