Photo Credit: Hafiz Issadeen
I truly underestimated how much your skin can change as you get older. Every single day is a challenge for me. After writing my glowing review of Mother Dirt and how much they have helped me (Don’t get me wrong, the products are wonderful), I experienced a spell of super dry skin.
It got to a point where I was applying moisturizer every couple hours and used my favorite hydrating moisturizing mask every other day. And still, my skin was as dry as the Sahara Desert.
Then I remembered I had bought a jar of coconut oil for my hair, which I haven’t used for yet. In a state of panic and annoyance I opened it up and plastered my face with the oil. It felt weird applying something to my face that I had associated with cooking food, but I had seen article headlines touting the benefits of coconut oil for the skin, so I figured it was time for me to test out the theory for myself.
It’s been two weeks since I started using coconut oil for my face and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using a regular moisturizer again.
In researching coconut oil benefits, I came across a ton of research that demonstrate just how powerful this natural oil is. For the sake of this article, however, I want to focus on the skin and hair benefits.
Coconut oil as a face moisturizer – I highly recommend using organic coconut oil so you’re not exposing yourself to toxic ingredients. I’ve been using Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil that I bought at Smart & Final.
If you have extremely dry skin like I do, you could apply the oil directly to your face and let it work its magic. Although my skin does soak up the oil fairly quickly, it does leave my face slightly greasy depending on how much I put on my face. Other people do recommend gently washing your face after 20 minutes. You could also try mixing it with shea butter or cocoa butter and then use that as your moisturizer.
Coconut oil as hair conditioner – I have yet to try it on my hair, but I’ve read about how it can help soften and grow longer hair more effectively.
I came across this video by Lora on YouTube where she shows us how to get softer, shinier hair using coconut oil:
Coconut oil to heal skin – If you experience sunburn, cut, or a rash, it can help repair skin cells faster. In fact, there are stories like this one that show how a combination of coconut oil and baking soda could help cure skin cancer.
Did you know that you could also apply it to your skin after getting a tattoo? AuthorityTattoo put together this infographic that outlines all the skin benefits of coconut oil…
Have you used coconut oil on your skin or hair? I’d love to know how it has helped you. Leave a comment below!