Wash Your Face Naturally and Organically with Coconut Oil - Get Calm, Beautiful, Glowing Skin
Maintaining healthy skin can be a struggle. There are thousands of options available to men and women, all claiming to be the best for our skin. But there is something better, right in your cupboard. After two months, I am convinced of the results and don't think I'll ever go back to trying every new face wash that comes on the market. Read more to learn how you can have smooth, clean, clear and calm skin with just one item from your grocery store.
The secret? Organic virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has been known amongst natural remedy enthusiasts to be extraordinarily good for you. Some claim just a teaspoon a day will cure what ails you. It can be used all over your body, benefiting each part. But on your skin? Your face? It's oil!
For years, I understood how face washes worked: if you had oily skin, you needed it to be dryer, so you dried it out with a facial cleanser that claimed to have no oil. What I also discovered, unfortunately this was only through experience, is that the drier my face was after a wash, the more oily it was a few hours later. Every new face regimen resulted in more monstrous bumps crawling beneath my skin just dying to escape. My chin was the worst. Every photograph showed red bumps even when I couldn't see them when I looked in the mirror. It was true: my zits were partying in the basement of my skin, and soon, they would crave daylight.
See that photo on the right? That's exactly what I mean. (I apologize for the quality). This license photo of Yours Truly was taken in 2004 when I was a young 27 years old. My mother, who was with me at the time, looked at the photo then looked at my face and said "Where did those red things come from? I don't see them on your face!"
I smartly replied, "Oh, you will."
Nowhere on my face did I have such havoc.
I tried it all: Cetaphil, Phisoderm, Noxzema (my first love), and plain old soap.
Enter the Internet
I had, at one point, taken to moisturizing my face. I learned all about what your skin goes through when you dry it out: it panics. Your skin longs for moisture. Without it, it dies. So it makes its own, in large, oceanic-like quantities. The fact of the matter is that your skin needs moisture. Put another way, the scary-truth way: your skin needs oil.
But wouldn't the oil just plug up my pores and make it all worse? you might ask. The answer is surprising: no. Some of you may already know (unlike myself) but oil actually dissolves oil. The coconut oil, therefore, will clean the "bad" oil out of your pores and put in a healthy, light (and great smelling) "good" oil, leaving your face comfortably moisturized, and refreshingly clean!
Using Coconut Oil
How To Do It
Here is my method (and one I suggest you try using right away):
- Fill a small jar with coconut oil and leave it by the bathroom sink. The rest I save for other skin care products I make myself (more on that later). I also use a small plastic spoon, one meant for babies, or a wooden spoon. Coconut oil is a hard oil unless the temperature is above 76 degrees. In winter and spring, I rely on the spoon to get my oil; otherwise, I have to use my nails.
- Put one to two teaspoons of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and gently rub the oil until it turns into a liquid. (As you use the oil more frequently, you'll get a good feel for how much is just right for your skin).
- Rub the oil all over face, just as you would a face wash. I make sure to get all parts of my face, paying particular attention to the most oily parts (that is, the areas that seem to over-produce oil the most).
- Place a hot (but not scalding) wet washcloth over your face and let it sit there until the cloth becomes room temperature. For me, this is usually 30 seconds to a minute.
- Rinse the washcloth and gently wipe your face with it, removing any excess coconut oil (don't rub too hard! Your face needs the oil, so be gentle).
The hot washcloth aids in opening your pores so the oil has a chance to dip inside and dissolve the "bad" oil that has collected. Wiping the excess off your face with the washcloth after applying heat adds a gentle exfoliation without irritating those perfectly rosy cheeks.
Before you ask, ladies, the answer is yes. This works marvelously with removing makeup. I remember years ago when I attended a Mary Kay party and the rep sold us on the magic of their eye makeup remover. Looking at the bottle, it was clear that part of the ingredient was oil, as it constantly separated itself from the other ingredients. However, when using coconut oil to remove makeup, I suggest using a cotton ball for the eyes. If you use the rubbing method described above for your eyes, the makeup will be removed, but some oil may cling to your eyelashes and cause blurry spots in your vision until it dissolves.
Don't fear the coconut oil! It is packed with great stuff for your body, like healthy omega 3s, something we all could use.
Coconut Oil: Discover the Magic
The results for me? My skin in less red - everywhere. I had a very noticeable red undertone. When I put on makeup, I had to use foundation everywhere if I wanted my face to match my forehead and temples. Since using coconut oil, however, I use a little around only my nose and high up on my cheek so my blush will be more pronounced. I'm saving bucks on makeup just by using coconut oil! I truly was shocked by the results. I have no dry flakes, as I once did, and if my face ever feels dry (most likely because I rubbed off too much oil with my washcloth), I rub my finger over the oil in my jar and apply it to the offending part of my face.
I learned how to wash my face using oil while investigating another use for the sweet smelling white goodness. I was shocked to find so many great uses, so if you fear that you won't like washing your face with it and wonder what to use it for (aside from cooking - yum!), look around! And check back here. I'll be sharing a lot more about it.
For those of you that may be allergic to coconut, you can also use extra-virgin olive oil, which is a very common face wash as well. The same method applies (it just doesn't smell as good, but you quickly get used to it and your skin will still love it).
And of course, I recommend only using organic: your skin absorbs 80% of what you put on it; treat it well.
See the video below. YouTube user sasto65 has been using it on her face and body as a moisturizer and discusses the results she's found with her viewers. I love her honesty, and think you would too.