Simple Skin Care

Achieving smooth, radiant, healthy skin without using toxic commercial products

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By Karl Lawrence on Sunday, February 21, 2016
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In this week’s episode of Your Best Life, Karl interviews Adina Grigore, who is the founder of the all-natural, sustainable skincare line SW Basics. Adina is the author of Skin Cleanse and began her journey as a Wellness Practitioner in 2007. As a private holistic nutritionist, personal trainer, and raw food consultant, Adina recognized the crucial role our skin plays in overall health and started SW Basics, which is a natural line of skin products. Her approach is through minimalist formulas and whole, high-potency ingredients. During the show, Karl and Adina discuss skin maintenance, product labeling, finding the problem, acne advice for teens, hydration, and the importance of diet in skin care.

Main Questions Asked:

  • Why is skincare so important?
  • What challenges did you face that prompted you to look for solutions?
  • What kind of maintenance does our skin need at a foundational level?
  • What are some of the products people need to watch out for in skin care?
  • Can providing some form of topical nutritional support be beneficial?
  • Where do you start with someone who comes to you with psoriasis?
  • Are there types of food that is more reactive on the skin?
  • What advice can you share for teens suffering from acne?

Key Lessons Learned:

Skin Maintenance

  • The big issue is that your skin requires little to no maintenance.
  • The beauty industry leads us to believe that there is a lot we have to do for our skin.
  • Skin hydrates, cleanses, and nourishes itself.
  • When it comes to skin, the main thing is to think about what you’re eating.


  • Beauty labeling is difficult to understand, as it is in global chemical terminology.
  • Avoid products with formaldehyde, plastic and plasticizers, petroleum, and lead.
  • Look into each term and find out the other names these ingredients are identified as.
  • Phthalates is a form of plasticizer that is put in to give products a certain consistency.
  • A lot of vitamins listed on products are actually synthetic such as vitamin E.

Eye Creams

  • No eye cream is ‘anti-aging,’ as that is impossible, but a lot of eye creams will actually hurt your eyes and skin.
  • There is little evidence that hyper-concentrated nutrition is different or better than nutrients.

Finding the Problem

  • How many products are you using, and how many can you take a break from?
  • The quickest way to relief is often to stop using a product.
  • Products can trick you into thinking that they are working when they aren’t.
  • What are you eating every day, and what have you changed in your diet?
  • What ingredients can we add to your routine to sooth the symptoms? (This is often a single food ingredient.)
  • Laughter


  • Processed foods, sugar, synthetic sweeteners, and products that don’t exist naturally have a big effect on your skin.
  • What is a problem for one person is fine for another person such as dairy.
  • Across the board, the main issues are dairy, white sugar, and white refined carbohydrates.

Acne Advice for Teens

  • Oral hydration plays a huge role, and alkaline water is a good option.
  • The solution may not be what to put on your skin but rather what to take out of your diet.
  • It's less about food deprivation and more about integration.
  • Adina also suggests for teens to source packaged solutions that work.


  • It takes 21 days to make a habit.
  • If you change nothing else and just change the amount of water you consume, you will feel better.

Thank you for listening!

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Links to Resources Mentioned

SW Basics
Skin Cleanse (book)

2 click to tweet links! (Thanks for helping spread the word!)

Tweet: What kind of maintenance does our skin really need? Find out w/ @adinagrigore @wellnessgroup

Tweet: What is the best way to figure out the cause of skin care issues? Find out w/ @adinagrigore @wellnessgroup

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