Coconut Oil For Skin Care

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coconut oil for skin

As high-end skin care products grow in popularity incorporating therapeutic oils such as pomegranate seed oil or marula oil, coconut oil continues to be used as a base in many products because it is both highly moisturizing and also sinks into the skin very quickly. You can certainly spend your money on a cream or lotion with a coconut oil base, but do not overlook the obvious: You can buy coconut oil itself to use as a cosmetic.

Coconut Oil As A Moisturizer

Coconut oil can readily replace your lotions and other moisturizers. After a shower or bath, rub coconut oil into your dry skin and let it soak in. Massage it into extra dry areas, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe off the excess if you have applied too much. You will likely find it to be more effective than lotion itself and after several days of applying it, you may find that you do not need to apply it as often as you did a moisturizing lotion.

Coconut Oil For Scalp Care

As with the rest of your skin, coconut oil is an excellent scalp moisturizer. If you suffer from dry areas on your scalp or any sort of dermatitis, apply to coconut oil to problem areas and rub it in. You can do this at the beginning of your bathing routine and wash it off at the end, but it would be more effective still to rub it in some hours before bathing allowing it to sit on the scalp for as long as possible. In fact, consider rubbing it in multiple times in those hours for best results.

Coconut Oil For Facial Cleansing

A more surprising use for coconut oil is for skin cleansing. Rather than using a facial cleanser, you can actually use coconut oil. Here is the simple system to use in a shower or bath:

  1. Moisten your face and neck with water at the beginning of your shower or bath.

  2. Rub in coconut oil, always rubbing in an upward direction.
  3. Massage the oil into your face and neck for as long as your bathing schedule allows, always rubbing upwards.
  4. Continue with the rest of your bathing routine.
  5. At the end of your shower or bath, moisten a clean washcloth and wipe off any excess oil, again rubbing upwards.

This oil cleansing system is highly moisturizing and you may find more effective than your actual skin cleansing system for removing makeup and other debris. It is certainly a simple and inexpensive method to try.

Coconut oil is versatile — it is great in baking and saute but is a great complement to your bathroom toiletry cabinet as well. We keep a jar in the kitchen and one in the bathroom to take advantage of this versatility.