Coconut oil: you’ll be (coco)nuts not to use it!
If you want to take your skincare to another level then coconut oil is the way to go. I happened to stumble across it by chance about five years ago in my local health food shop and using coconut oil has literally transformed my complexion. My skin looks fresh, dewy and nourished. Initially I was very hesitant about putting a product with an oily consistency on my skin as my skin is oily enough! “It will give me spots!” I hear you cry. Personally I haven’t found this to be the case as this is an altogether different kind of oil. However, if you do apply too much then simply use a paper towel to ‘mop’ up the excess.
Coconut oil hydrates and nourishes your skin (lips, hair, feet etc) and has anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties (i.e reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines). Our faces are a bit like a wooden dining table: from time to time it needs ‘oiling’ to keep it looking its’ best. It’s like putting oil in your car to keep the engine lubricated. The coconut oil I buy costs anywhere from £5-12 and lasts ages as a small amount goes a really long way.
As I mentioned earlier coconut oil is a fairly recent discovery for me and I absolutely love it! It really is the eighth wonder of the world and has more uses than Mr Very Useful from Usefulville:
1. You can cook with it
2. You can use it as a butter/margarine substitute for bread//crackers etc
3. Most exciting of all it can be used on your face and body as it contains vitamin E
It may initially feel a bit strange that one minute you’re spreading it on your toast and the next moment putting it on your face but trust me once you get over the initial shock you’ll be a life-long fan! Also it has a pleasant, subtle coconut scent and is solid in its’ natural state.
Why cook with coconut oil?
Coconut oil has a unique composition of fatty acids and is rich in health boosting lauric acid. It is also resistant to high heat and is a far better cooking oil than olive oil.
Coconut oil will turn into liquid form if the temperature rises 24 degrees centigrade so be warned: it can change consistency. If you prefer not to use it in melted form (as I do) simply stick it the fridge for a few minutes until it sets. I think it works better solid as it is more economical and it’s easier to use.
For use on the face and body
This wonder product normally comes in a glass jar so for practical purposes I would suggest scooping four heaped tablespoons into a plastic container with a watertight lid so if your coconut oil does melt than it won’t spill everywhere. If possible, try to keep it flat.
How to use
You only need a TINY amount to achieve a great result. Using a mirror dab some coconut oil onto your index finger (hopefully this encourages you not to use too much!) apply to your face in gentle strokes. Remember: always wash your face first using a gentle foaming face-wash. Coconut oil for is particularly effective for the under-eye area, dry patches and the for guys on the neck area after you’ve shaved. Spend a couple of minutes gently massaging it in before you apply your moisturiser. It’s great on dry hands too.
Money saving: You will find that because you’ve applied coconut oil you’ll need less moisturiser therefore saving money!
I love using coconut oil on my whole body once week or more if your skin is dry or during the winter. Again you don’t need very much. Use a small amount and apply to dry areas, especially knees and elbows and anywhere else that takes your fancy! Your skin will glow with health and you’ll smell gorgeous too.
We are all more aware these days about some of the harsh and potentially harmful ingredients contained in many of the beauty products we use everyday. From shampoo to toothpaste to what you select to put in your hair, under your armpits and spread over your face and body can sometimes be more like chemical warfare than pampering. However, because coconut oil is completely natural you can relax, safe in the knowledge that there are no nasty side-effects. If it’s ok to eat then it’s fine to treat (your face and body!).