Christen is a forty-something mom, knitting instructor, skin care enthusiast, novelist, and freelance writer.
Coconut Oil Face Wash
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!
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.
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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 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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Christen Roberts
Nena Styles on May 30, 2017:
Wow, this is very useful information. I heard of using coconut oil for my face, but was too afraid to use it because I have combination skin. Then to top it off I have been dealing with adult acne (something I did not get during my teen years). This was a very interesting article and I will definitely put that coconut oil to use. Thanks much!
Ben on January 04, 2017:
Also just read an article stating that coconut oil should never be put on your skin? Kept talking about how your ancestors and where they came from have to do with the type of oil you should be using and coconut oil apparently is for more darker skinned individuals? Idk there's just so many random articles out there that make me go back and forth with this. I feel like if I've been using the facial mask for a week it would have already broken out in a rash or something if my skin had an issue with it.
Ben on January 04, 2017:
Doubt you even check this anymore, basically I just wanted to see if I should switch off of my moisturizer in the mornings and use coconut oil instead? I've been using coconut oil as a facial mask for about a week now, I mix it with honey and lemon juice. I feel like it's making my skin less red and a lot smoother when I use the mask before I go to bed. In the morning I take my shower and usually apply aveeno moisturizing lotion for acne, since I've been using the coconut oil I've noticed after I apply the aveeno in the mornings by like 10-11am my face is just super oily? I'm not sure if it's the aveeno doing this or what but I might just apply the coconut oil in the mornings instead, do you think this will help? Also have plenty of bumps all across my forehead, that's the main area I'm trying to clear up, I've always dealt with a very oily T-zone and I'm really not trying to deal with prescribed medicine for my acne issues.
Smoilie on December 22, 2016:
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Jess on April 09, 2014:
I love washing my face with coconut oil! I first rinse my face with hot water to soften my skin and open my pores, then apply coconut oil all over and get a hot wash cloth and rest it on my face til it turns room temperature, wipe excess coconut oil off and rinse my face again with cold water to close my pores! I just started using coconut oil 2 days ago and my face is already so much softer and my skin tone is almost even!
tay on March 30, 2014:
This article is great! I have been looking for step by step instructions for how to use coconut oil for a while. I have oily, congested olive skin and have been using expensive products and serums for years (dermatologica, aspect, cosmedix ect) I have been doing the coconut oil wash night and day and my skin has never been this clear, uncontested and non-oily! I'd highly recommend this to anyone with acne/blackhead prone skin
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 19, 2014:
I'm so happy to read about so many great results! One commenter above wanted to know if you had to wash the oil off your face. The short answer is no. I use about a pea- to dime-sized amount to moisturize my face every day. I leave it on, and get many compliments on my clear skin.
Juliette, the coconut oil will remove your make up for you. It truly is a face wash and moisturizer in one. :) Just don't wash the coconut oil off completely. If you rub too much off, your face will feel dry. The idea is to leave on a thin layer so your face is appropriately dewey. :)
Enjoy! And keep it coming! I love hearing about all these great results.
Juliette on March 14, 2014:
Do I need to remove my makeup before applying coconut oil? Thanks!
Amanda on March 06, 2014:
I'm 34 years old and while my acne used to be much worse as a teenager, it still rarely clears up 100%. I've been on quite a journey lately. I have started eating clean, I just tried no-poo today for the first time and I just started using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer. Funny, I experienced the "nasal drip" several other people have mentioned. I didn't even realize it was possibly related to the coconut oil treatments until reading the comments above. I have only been doing it for 5 days, but I also had the experience of flaky skin sloughing the first few days (detox ?). My skin felt like tissue paper with little dry flakes, but now day 5 that has resolved and my skin looks pretty good. I still have a few pimples but overall skin condition has improved. Also, I notice shortly after applying the coconut oil the redness of any blemishes I have lessens and the pimples draw out faster. I used to have pimples that would just sit there, angry red bumps, for days, and when I did try to pop them it was like my skin was thick and I couldn't get deep enough to get the stuff out, but now they seem to form a head close to the surface and heal much faster. I am committed to try the coconut oil for at least a month and see how it goes.
yanique on January 23, 2014:
hey! nice article. i use CO for my skin and hair but have feared using it on my face bc i read it clogs pores. yikes. however, im going to give it a shot and see what happens. i have thr dr bronners fresh pressed virgin whole kernel unrefined. i think i read somewhere that the COLD pressed wont clog your pores. i saw ur comment about using cold pressed as well. Is there any reason why cold pressed and not fresh pressed? i guess i should wait to get the cold then?
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 28, 2013:
I love your article and video and will try coconut oil on my face for sure. I made deodorant out of it several weeks ago let me tell you and I would not use anything else from now on. I got the recipe from the Hawaiian girl I did a "hug" hub on, can't rem her name I have done so many sorry but you really should try it, it is just fantastic and you will never have odor using it and it can be used also as a feminine deodorant, since natural just anywhere on the body.
Rebecca from USA on November 21, 2013:
Sorry to bomb your hub here, but I love coconut oil! Loved this hub, very true and useful.
jaclyn on November 10, 2013:
so i have recently switched to using coconut oil to wash/moisturize my face. my face is very oily and also very very dry. i have been applying the oil then putting a warm towel on my face then gently wiping it off. and after a shower i apply some to moisturize. my face is oily for a few hours after and dry at the same time, its weird haha. and even after i moisuturize my face is still a little dry but not too bad. i love the smell of coconut oil but not after its been sitting on my face for a few hours. my boyfriend says my face smells like a crayon. ha. any tips, suggestions or anything on what/how i should be doing this? thanks!!
tarabattles on September 02, 2013:
Well I'm back and I think you were right, I was wiping too much oil off when using it to wash my face. I am so happy with how my face looks and feels! I'm washing with the coconut oil at night and using a tiny bit of Argan oil on the morning for moisturizer. Thanks for such and informative post. :)
madhu on September 02, 2013:
Hi my skin was verydry ..I tried allot of creams and facewashes bt nothing works..so coconut oil works on my skin ..I ve acne problem bt nw its gone due to coconut oil
Jess on August 29, 2013:
I've recently healed from scabies (got it from an inconsiderate co-worker) and it left some scars on my skin. I'm really devastated by this and looking for ways to help undo some of the damage it did to my body. I bought Spectrum's virgin coconut oil and wasn't sure if you leave it on your face/body or wash it off after an hour (like the jar says). After reading your experience with it and getting great results, I want to try it with the wash rag. But I'm wondering, is it okay to leave on your body and face for an hour, then wash it off? I'm only going by what the back of the jar says "Massage into skin or apply to hair for one hour." And when you do rinse/wipe off, is it supposed to be lightly so that some of oil stays on the skin?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on August 24, 2013:
Good luck!! I look forward to hearing about your results!
Stacy on July 16, 2013:
Is Nutiva organic Virgin ok? Or does it have to be extra Virgin?
Viktorija on July 11, 2013:
Iv´e read your article and all of the feedbacks and all your answers when looking around internet for information about coconut oil..i already experienced how nice it is for hair and as a daily body moisturizer.At my 20s i got this hormone acne problem and it has been very frustrating for 2 years now ,and im really against contraception pills and antibiotics and all the chemistry and believe that everything can be set right by natural products.For this problem my sister suggested me to try to take Evening Primrose oil capsules which help create balance in female hormones,ive been drinking for 3 months now and i have much lighter PMS and my hormonal acne seem to be getting better too.But over these 2 years my face have gotten full of dirt from deep within(like pimples deep waiting for something to cause them to come out..and it brings this feeling that im carrying a liter of dirt on my face).. and your article helped me to realize that i can use that same oil to detox my face,clear it from deep inside. Im gonna try it and later tell here what happened,im almost certain that gonna have some really bad break outs till my face gets cleared,but that's what ive been thinking of for months now, how to make that crap get out of me..so im gonna do this.Thanks and till next time!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 08, 2013:
If you're using the coconut oil to moisturize, what are you using to wash? I recommend washing with the coconut oil - which will also act as a moisturizer and require no other help. My guess is that, if you are washing with the coconut oil as described in my article, you are wiping off too much coconut oil and completely cleaning it off, leaving your skin craving moisture. However, if you are using something else as a face wash, I am going to guess that face wash is the culprit. Coconut oil is very moisturizing, even in small doses. Perhaps you just need to use more, or switch to using it as a wash and not just a moisturizer. Regarding argan oil: I have heard great things about it for the skin, but have not used it myself. I know virgin coconut oil is light, absorbs easily, is packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other good nutrients that not only your skin craves, but your body craves as well. Tell me how it goes! Good luck!
tarabattles on July 06, 2013:
I'm so glad I came across your post! I started using coconut oil a month ago as a moisturizer and immediately my face felt so soft. But now this week I'm going through a period where my skin is extremely dry and flaky and itchy. I'm wondering if I'm using too much or perhaps it is my skin getting all of the impurities out? I recently purchased some Argan oil and was thinking about using the coconut oil as my cleanser and the Argan oil as my moisturizer. Do you think this is oil overkill? Maybe if I use the coconut oil as my cleanser at night and then put the argan oil on my skin in the morning. What do you think?
Areli on July 04, 2013:
Thank you so much for your help, i will look for the oil asap :).
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 04, 2013:
Hi, Areli! Here are a few answers for you:
Yes, it is possible your monthly is contributing to your breakouts. However, when you first start cleaning with coconut oil, your skin will "detox" and probably break out in the first 2 weeks. That being said, I would suggest you find the virgin coconut oil. Spectrum is a great brand and Walmart sells their virgin coconut oil. The reason why is because the virgin oil is lighter. Also, it is all I use, so I can't stand behind a not-virgin oil without having tried it myself. Here is a link: http://mobile.walmart.com/m/phoenix;jsessionid=7B0.../15262208?adid=22222222228000000000&veh=sem&wl6=19880599990&wl5=pla&wl2=m&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl1=g&wl4=&wl3=21486607510&wl0=
The good news is that coconut oil has so many great functions. You can use the not-virgin oil for cooking, moisturizing feet, soothing legs after shaving, oil pulling, and moisturizing your hair. But for your face, I recommend finding the virgin oil as soon as you can. In the meantime, make sure you are leaving only a very very light layer of the not-virgin oil when you wash your face. I hope this helps!
Areli on July 02, 2013:
Hey I love your page, i just started using coconut oil like a week ago and im breaking out but idk if its because i started using exactly during my monthly period....also i bought the spectrum organic unrefined coconut oil BUT it doesn't say virgin at all, is that still ok?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on June 22, 2013:
Melanie, it is very unlikely it is the coconut oil clogging your drains. Coconut kk melts at room temperature, and most people wash their hands with water warmer than room temperature, which would melt any coconut oil build up and free it from drains. Also, in summer months, it would not build up. If you are in a cold climate, then run hot water - which you should be using when you wipe your face. The only coconut oil going form the drain should be what you are finding from your wash cloth, and that should hardly be any at all.
Melanie on June 20, 2013:
Did anyone find the oil clogging the sink drains? I'm having that problem.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on May 31, 2013:
Thank you all for commenting! Sorry I haven't replied sooner - we moved into a new house and things get hectic. :D
To all concerning makeup: it will remove ALL makeup, including full coverage. It is especially awesome on eye makeup; just be sure to wipe carefully. I sometimes get floaties from the coconut oil that make sight a little blurry for a few minutes.
Regarding applying the coconut oil wash and then putting make up on: I wait. I will do my face wash after my shower, then go get dressed, do my hair, etc. I give the oil time to be absorbed, and then I apply. I also use mineral foundation in the winter and did not run into a problem WHEN I WAITED. I'd say 10 minutes, depending on how dewy you feel. If, however, you aren't able to do that, put your hair dryer on cool and put it on your face, then blot with a paper towel or dry wash cloth. But be mindful throughout the day that you are properly moisturized. If you remove too much of the oil, you remove the point of using this method.
In the shower: I don't recommend it, but we all do what we gotta do. I tried it, and the oil melts, slips off my hands and face, and then the bottom of the tub is dangerously slippy. If you decide to do it that way, find a way that prevents possible neck-breaking, please! To warm it, I just lift out about a half teaspoon or so, hold it in my palms and rub my palms together. The oil melts very quickly with your body temperature.
Rahul - YAY!
Feel free to write again if I missed anything, or you have more questions. I continue to wash with coconut oil, even in the summer, though when I don't wear makeup, I find water and a wash cloth work great - I just MOISTURIZE with the coconut oil, so I still use it EVERY SINGLE DAY and I love the benefits!
rAhul on May 29, 2013:
I VERY HAPPY when i see my face
Tricia Jo on May 27, 2013:
Also, I've been using Spectrum organic virgin coconut oil (unrefined) on my hair in replace of a conditioner, but it's solid. I have to heat it up and melt before I can use it, which is fine but if I use it as a face wash I'd like it to stay a little soft so it's easier and faster to apply, do you have any suggestions on how to do this or should I just plan on heating it a little before I shower?
Tricia Jo on May 27, 2013:
Can I do this in the shower? Like can I let the steam from the shower replace the washcloth?
Tamara Wright on May 22, 2013:
I recently started using coconut oil as a facial cleanser, I love it! So does my skin, so much that it chucked a tantrum and broke out when I had to resort to using a store brought cleanser because of time restrictions :( I'm back to using coconut oil now and it's slowly clearing up again.
FYI - I also use organic apple cider vinegar as a toner, and a small amount of coconut oil as a moisturizer again. I also use freshly picked Aloe Vera gel as a face mask, works wonders!
I do have one question, how do go with putting makeup on with coconut oil?
Thanks in advance!
MakeMeOver on May 22, 2013:
In regards to washing make up off, how does it work with full coverage? I wear foundation, shadow, liner, etc DAILY! And I need to know will coconut oil be good in completely removing my make up? If so do you use the same method?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on May 07, 2013:
(Excuse those typos; I responded on my phone). I wanted to add that I do use tea tree oil, but I use it separately, only if I have a pimple/breakout, and very very little before I moisturize or wash with coconut oil; however, I do NOT mix the two together and put it all over my face.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on April 30, 2013:
I do still use this method and it doesn't clog my pores. I don't mix it with tea tree oil, and I massage it in my akin, place a hot, wet cloth on my face until the cloth cools, then rinse the cloth and gently wipe my face to remove excess oil. I still love. it
Leah on April 30, 2013:
Hi there. Are you still using this method? How long has it been? I've been using coconut oil with a bit of tea tree oil mixed in as a face wash. I've seen a lot of people saying that it eventually starts to clog their pores. Have you had this experience?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 27, 2013:
Thank you, coconutlover. ;) - I'll be sure to edit my references to anything extra virgin. I've noticed the last few times I've ordered my oils that "extra-virgin" doesn't come up in searches, and now I know why. Lately, I've been using Dr. Bronner's unrefined, whole kernel virgin coconut oil. It's great, but when you get to the bottom, you can really feel - what I imagine to be - the kernels. Whatever the bumpy pearls are called, they still melt when rubbed in, and I still love using it. FYI: My skin is also combo - with oily chin being the biggest culprit, but coconut oil remains the only easy, all natural remedy that works for me (along with lots of water consumption and washing make up off before bed - with coconut oil).
coconutlover on March 27, 2013:
I am just starting down this path and reading many articles and what not about the oil cleaning methods. Mixed info on coconut, but it seems the common thread is the type/quality of coconut oil. While true about raw/organic virgin coconut oil versus refined, extra virgin coconut oil does not truly exist, it's a marketing term. Hoping this works for my combo skin (super oily forehead, blackheads, comedones and super red, dry flaky skin on my chin and below the nose, which is my biggest issue once a month). But all this is pretty mild so I'm just hoping to even things out. Been using a high quality cleansing routing for years from an aesthetician, but looking for a low cost and more natural option.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 20, 2013:
Hi, Leiona! I'm sorry it took over a day to write back to you.
First - good for you trying to go the way of chemical free! It's a smart move and despite all your symptoms, one that I still think is honorable and good to do.
Now - to the nitty gritty. I think your body is detoxing. I think it is detoxing HARD CORE. I have a feeling, in fact, that you're doing too much all at once. Typically when we change our diets, our skin will be the first thing to show detox effects (after all, our skin is our biggest organ). Whenever we start a new way of eating, we have hiccups all over the place. We are just learning to shop in different parts of the supermarket (you should be, at least. If you're shopping in the same aisles and not trying new and different foods, then you're missing out on vital nutrients that your body needs).
My advice? Slow down. Seriously. You're doing a lot to your body all at once and your body is probably wigging-the-freak-out. Pick your poison. If you cut out all dairy and all meat at once, try having something of balance once or twice a day and slowly stop (like still have a scrambled egg for breakfast, or some cheese with your sandwich at lunch). If you're trying to eat more salad, add more protein - like garbanzo beans and almonds, slices of avocado, quinoa. Be absolutely sure you are not depriving your body of anything! Supplements and vitamins are great - I encourage them - but quality matters. If you're doing a complete diet overhaul, you have to really invest in some whole food vitamins that are providing nutrients from the source: whole food. (I use these: http://amzn.to/13dHt7D ... Another great brand is New Chapter [pricier but great]: http://amzn.to/ZeBoQ0)
Regarding your dry skin: are you using the coconut oil to moisturize? Don't wash it all off. If you find your skin is still too dry, try switching to extra virgin organic olive oil. It's a heavier oil but still good for your skin. See if that helps. And make sure you are drinking plenty of water!!
Your hair will be gross. It can be anywhere from 4 to 9 weeks. If you want to go chemical free and can't stand your hair, make a new at-home shampoo that will lather and feel great:
1/3 c water
1/3 c coconut milk
1 tsp vitamin e oil
1/4 c liquid castille soap
Choose quality ingredients (especially the coconut milk). You can buy vitamin e in a dropper bottle, or you can squeeze the oil from capsules. I buy Dr. Bronner's castille soap for my home at health food stores, Wegman's and at Vitamin Shoppe. Or you can get one here: http://amzn.to/YsC7xI
My skin detoxed fully after about 2 weeks. I did not do both the hair and the face at the same time, however. And diet was a gradual change. The chemical-free came after I changed my diet to mostly vegan.
In the end: take your time. If you feel you need to eat a bad awful burger - eat one. Diet is important, but it's far easier to start over with food than it is to start over detoxing your skin and hair from chemicals as that is always a long process. I went 5 or 7 weeks of no-poo, went to the salon and she washed my hair, and it took at least 2 months before it was back to the awesomeness it was before that hair appointment.
Stay healthy! Listen to your body! Good luck.
leiona on March 19, 2013:
hey there, im so glad i found your page! Ive gone totally natural and i have no one to talk to about it. My skin has always been extremely dry all over. The first thing i tried was honey wash on my face and coconut oil (now foods organic). i loved it so i tried it on my body, and i loved it there too. then a few days later i deleted soap and shampoo from the regimen, and that's where the trouble began. i don't get acne or breakouts, but i get bumps all over. i thought the chemicals in my soap and lotion were causing them. that is the reason i decided to quit using them. at the same time as all this i quit drinking and went on a heath food diet complete with vitamin supplements like flaxseed, multivitamin, and vit c and e. Its been two weeks without any chemicals on my skin and hair.
now for the fun part, my hair is a disgusting oily mess no matter whether i use a baking soda/acv wash or not. putting coconut oil in it makes it dry and frizzy..and my skin feels like its ripping apart on the inside. feels like fire ants are stinging me all over..i have a rash on my arms that wont go away, and my skin gets dryer every day.
the funny thing is that at first, like for a week, everything was getting better..the bumps were dissapearing from my arms and i felt almost normal..as opposed to lizard-like. but for the past week things have gone straight downhill and im about to cave and go back to the chemicals. please tell me how long it took before your hair became normal and how long before your skin detoxed fully. also, what supplement were you taking that you thought may have affected your skin? i am miserable with this mess but i will stick with it if i think ill pull through and get better.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 17, 2013:
Thank you, Green Art! If you give a try, tell us how much you love it! (Because you surely will.)
Laura Ross on March 14, 2013:
I just read your hub and watched your video and like how you explained how to apply the oil on your face and lips. Your skin looks great! I am planning to buy some coconut oil next time I go shopping. Voted up and useful:)
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 08, 2013:
Great tip with the ACV as a toner! I also will use Orange Essential Oil and/or Tea Tree Oil for breakouts. Sea buckthorn oil also helps. I have heard coconut water can be used as a good toner, but have never tried it.
Tracy on March 08, 2013:
I have been using coconut oil for different applications for awhile too and love it....For some of the people experiencing breakouts, it rarely happens for me but when it does I use apple cider vinegar as a "toner" and it usually clears up and gives you a rosy hue. It is a bit harsh if your skin is very sensitive so def use coconut oil to moisturize afterwards. I haven't made the move to cleansing with coconut oil but after my last bout with unsuccessful cleansers (even all-natural from Aubrey) I'm ready to make the jump---hopefully good results follow!
kellyanne828 on March 07, 2013:
I am a huge fan of coconut oil for my hair but I have never tried it on my face. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for the idea!
Liz on March 06, 2013:
Alright I'll wait for my skin to detox first and then I'll test the glycerin
Thank you for your suggestions!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 06, 2013:
I don't know much about finishing sprays, but my feeling is that since you are spraying it after applying makeup, it probably wouldn't be bad. I use a finishing mineral powder. Of should all still wash off with the oil. However, though makeup has its own long list of chemicals and it may seem strange to say this considering that, I don't recommend putting glycerin on your face first. I feel (just a feeling here) that it would really block your skin's ability to breathe. See how your skin feels and eliminate it if it isn't feeling great. Typos the fault of my phone. :)
Liz on March 04, 2013:
I was wondering if I could apply glycerin on my face too
I read that glycerin mixed with non alcoholic toner on purified water is the equivalent to a setting spray and I want my makeup to last throughout the day
But I was wondering do you think this is too much on the skin?
How I plan to do it is start with my coconut oil cleanse/moisture at night then in the morning apply my makeup without doing anything to my skin and after I apply my makeup sprits the glycerin formula over everything to finish it off
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 04, 2013:
Hi, Liz! The virgin coconut oil will remove the makeup and whatever other bad oils are in your pores. You do not have to do it twice. I use this method to remove my makeup everyday and do no extra washing.
And yes, you can use it daily. It's great for the skin! If you use makeup everyday, this may not apply, but on the days I do not wear makeup, I just wash with water and moisturize with a little bit of coconut oil. I find that my face is well balanced and doesn't need a cleanser on the n0-makeup days. :)
Liz on March 03, 2013:
I wear makeup and I was wondering do I remove it first with the oil, wipe it off then put more oil and clean my face?
Or do I just oil my face and use the towl because I'm scared the makeup residue will go in my pores.
Also can I use this daily?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 25, 2013:
Hi, Fena! I do this every day, right after a shower, whether it's in the morning or at night. If I wear makeup during that day, I do it to remove my makeup. It is perfectly safe to do every day. When I wipe it off with a wash cloth (after the hot wash cloth has sat on my face for at least 30 seconds), I wipe lightly, removing excess. Your skin should have a dewy feel to it - not just damp, but smooth and soft. If it feels too oily, wait until it dries and then re-assess. The coconut oil (VIRGIN OR EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL) is very light, anti-viral, and contains great vitamins. It is perfect for the skin. Massage it into the skin and if it doesn't feel good, then wipe some more off. You have to go with how it feels to you. Typically, I accidentally take too much off and need to add a little to my fingertip (a little goes a long way!) and reapply on my forehead and around my nose, where I can feel a tingly itch. Your face shouldn't feel tight or itchy anywhere - it should feel moisturized and hydrated.
I hope that helps!
Fena on February 24, 2013:
Hi! How often should I do this?? Also just at night? And do I leave some after for it to stay soaking until my face absorbs it?
Teri Sanders on February 21, 2013:
Aaaah thanks! im gonna check those out on Amazon : D
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 20, 2013:
Hi, Teri! I really recommend using a different brand. That brand is not a virgin or extra virgin oil, so it will be heavier and not as clean or light. It has, in effect, been over refined and processed. I've never used it, so perhaps it would help to be specific about the brands I HAVE used. The one I use currently is Dr. Bronner's (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EADJO2/ref=as... -
When I started, I used the Spectrum Organic brand, which I also love: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AN36I0/ref=as...
Also, several commenters have said that they find good results with sunflower oil, canola oil, and honey. I have not tried these.
No matter what you try, go for organic whenever possible (I wouldn't use anything else, to be honest), unrefined, cold pressed, and always a virgin or extra virgin.
I also wanted to add that I do not put it on my face before bed and just leave it. I do when I moisturize after a shower, but it is a thin layer that feels good on my skin. It is not slathered on. And the above article is about washing your face, so you do need to wipe off excess. I only point this out in case there was a misunderstand. I do not recommend slathering on in a thick layer and going to bed with it. :)
I hope this helps!
Teri on February 20, 2013:
The coconut oil I have is louAna brand.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 20, 2013:
Teri, were you using coconut MILK? I'm just wondering how you put it in your coffee....?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 19, 2013:
I do not know. But coconut oil goes a long way. You only need a thin smear on your fingertips and massage in well. Of course, the method I suggest above is a wash and you wipe excess off with a washcloth.
Did you use organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil? There are many different varieties but that is the formula I choose. I've never heard of it making someone look older. I don't know about the teeth thing either, but I use it at least once a week to brush my teeth. Sometimes they can feel a little more sensitive, but I attribute it more to the anti-viral properties doing their magic and the fact that I usually had wine just before. ;)
Teri on February 19, 2013:
I saw that video a few weeks ago, so I put coconut oil all over my face before bed for 3 nights. I stopped because the 3rd morning, my face was extra old looking. I was shocked. I also was putting it in my coffee but it was hurting my teeth so badly. Do you know why it hurt my teeth and made me look 10 years older?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 14, 2013:
You can safely use the coconut washing method every day without a problem. Eventually (after about a month or two), you may notice that your skin is more naturally moisturized and balanced; at that point, you can wash in the shower with just water and then moisturize with a very thin amount of coconut oil to maintain that balance. That's what I do now, unless I have worn makeup. In that case, I wash the makeup off with the coconut oil. On days I don't wear makeup, I just use water and moisturize with the coconut oil (not wiping it off; just massaging it into my skin). It's really quite wonderful. Nothing like knowing you have healthy, great skin. The two weeks or so of breakouts/detox is totally worth it!
Karen on February 13, 2013:
Thanks so much for the reply! You reply so quickly! :) Uhhm one more question..how often should I use it on my face?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 12, 2013:
Hi, Karen! If you use it in your hair, and you have dry hair or scalp, start with just one time per week. Use a small amount (a little goes a long way with coconut oil!) and massage into your scalp and at the roots of your hair. Sleep overnight and wash it out in your next shower. Some women with curly hair use it daily as a leave-in conditioning treatment: use a small amount (very small!) and rub between your hands, then pat onto your curls/hair with spidey-like fingers.
As for your face: it's an amazing treatment! Yes, your skin will likely detox. The beauty of using too much coconut oil, however, is that it won't hurt you or your skin. Start with a little less next time, and don't forget to wipe off excess with a hot washcloth - but always leave some behind! The anti-viral properties of the coconut oil is what helps the detoxing, and you want all those nourishing vitamins to moisturize your skin and quench its thirst. Please let me know how it goes for you! I've been doing it over a year now and I still love it!
Karen on February 12, 2013:
Hey! Thank you oh so much for posting this article! You motivated me to use the coconut oil in our bathroom that we got a couple weeks ago! I am glad I know that you will probably break out at first because if I didn't, I would probably stop using it right away! I hope it works..tonight was the first night I did it! I am afraid I might've put too much though! I am so sick of my red, pimple-filled face and if this works, it will definitely be a huge self-esteem booster! Yay, I am excited!! If you use it in your hair, how often should you use it and how much? Thanks! c:
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 07, 2013:
shirley - me too! when i feel my throat getting itchy, I take a tablespoon instead of honey. Though honey is good also. I should take it everyday, for maintenance. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!
shirley samford on February 07, 2013:
coconut oil is wonderful for everything. I take a tablespoon a day. I use it on my whole body. My wrinkles have smoothed out I just love it.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 05, 2013:
Teresa, I am sure that you will love it!
Teresa Becker from Indianapolis on February 04, 2013:
Great post - I've recently heard so much about coconut oil. Not only for face wash alone, but for many uses in beauty - I will be trying this week!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 04, 2013:
I do occasionally use coconut oil on my hair, and I do the baking soda no-poo method. The baking soda/water/tea tree oil wash that I use does a good job of removing any excess coconut oil. I love going no-poo and have been doing it for a year and a half month. It is definitely worth doing; even my hair stylist told me I shouldn't change a thing - she loves my hair.
Kerri on February 02, 2013:
I just got in to coconut oil and have been looking into the no-poo as well. Do you ever do a cleanse with coconut oil in your hair? I have been reading that it is very beneficial. I am not sure if you can do the no-poo as well as a coconut rinse. Great post, thank you!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 01, 2013:
Yay, Jackie! That's such great news! There was a moment when I thought I grew an allergy to coconut oil and I was DISTRAUGHT. So after ky one reaction, I tested it again while with my sister (a doctor). I ate it, rubbed it everywhere, put it in food and swished it, everything. Thankfully, no allergy. The reaction must have been from a supplement I took at the same time. I don't know what I would do without coconut oil. It is amazing, and I love it so. Keep it up!
Jackie on February 01, 2013:
So my skin has a long story and I'm only 22. Currently having a breakout and don't know why. Started using this method and it got worse like you said but I realize its a good thing! All the little bumps that were there and wouldn't go away are now turning into active acne and then healing all thanks to the coconut oil! I think a couple more weeks of this and my skin will be clear! The rest of my skin has never looked so healthy! As a bonus I notice my eyelashes are growing longer and thicker and I'm pretty sure it's the coconut oil when I remove my eye makeup. Thank you so much for this suggestion!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on January 14, 2013:
vickyjenkins - I would recommend giving organic virgin coconut oil a fair shot before using other things on your face. If you can stand it, try it for 3 weeks without the other treatments. I say this because in the first few weeks, the coconut oil is detoxing your skin. That detox includes ridding your skin of chemicals upon which it has become dependent. Once your skin does the detox, it starts to rebalance, learning to take care of itself. If you can't stand it, I suggest dabbing the spots with tea tree essential oil, or vitamin e (pop a capsule or buy the liquid dropper kind). These suggestions are natural, free of chemicals, and stay true to skin that is trying to detox. Please keep me posted!
KellyP on December 15, 2012:
I'm definitely going to try this first thing in the morning! I'm a 20y/o female who's suffered from acne since middle school. I've tried every brand out there, we have a cupboard FULL of old half used face products that just didn't work. But I have a jar of pure coconut oil that i've been using as a hair mask for a while now and in smoothies (major yum).
really excited to try this and really hope it works for me!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on December 08, 2012:
I'm so happy to hear about your great results, Heather! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell us your experience. Detoxing the body is important, especially with new chemicals coming at us from all angles: air, drink, food and especially cosmetics. Spread the word! :D
angelbeez on December 01, 2012:
Omg i am IN LOVE with coconut oil!! Its amazing. I started using about 10 days ago. I just got it to try with cooking & baking. The more i looked into it, the more uses i found for it. Then i started using it to wash my face in.
I have acne. Not bad but bad enough. I've been to the Dr and have gone so far as to use Accutane for 6 months. Well 6 yrs later and my face is back to protesting and anarchy has ensued. Ive tried EVERY face wash and maintenance product out there. Its gotten worse. Dry, burned, sore and yes, more bumps. Im 33!! I shouldn't have "bumps" i was so tired of the nasty yuck dry, red patches and figured lets try the coconut oil.
my face has never been softer or smoother. All i use is the coconut., i wash with it and moisturize with it. I got a small break out period but nothing major. I feel great. My make up glides on with zero effort. I actually use a 1/4 of what i used to. My face glows and has that perfect "dewy" finish. I will never use anything but extra virgin coconut oil every again. I am getting compliments on how my face looks and the difference is night and day.
This article is what made me try it. Thank you so so very much. It's a wonderful write up and the results are by far amazing. I would definitely recommend that everyone give this a try. But you have to give it a minimum of 10 days to 2 wks so your skin adjusts to the years of abuse rendered from awful harsh n stripping products. Ive since thrown out everything else i had.
Audrey from Arizona on November 29, 2012:
I have heard of the benefits and tried it in the past. It's great when we can find healthy products in our kitchen to use rather than using products filled with chemicals. It looks like you have several great home remedies in your collection!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on November 27, 2012:
Thank you for the tips! My most oft-used use for baking soda is as a deodorant. I used to mix with cornstarch, coconut oil & essential oils then apply the paste to my underarms, but after six months of use, I started using just baking soda. I keep a small jar of it in the bathroom with a baby spoon. I put about a half-teaspoon in the palm of my hand and pat all over my armpits (leaning over the sink). It works amazingly well! I also do no-poo and have for almost a year (January 19 will be my one year anniversary). I really love it and my stylist does too; she told me not to change a thing! If you ever want to change it up, I added 1/3 cup coconut milk (organic), a half teaspoon vitamin e oil, and another teaspoon of baking soda to my mix. I find I need less vinegar rinse and I still don't need to wash every day. In fact, I can now go five showers without using a wash. Pretty fantastic. I am thrilled to see so many others out there going the natural-products route!!
Marlene on November 26, 2012:
Thanks for this article. I just received a gallon of very pure (hand extracted!) coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (I'm just a customer, not compensated by them in any way) and I'm going to try this. I've gone no shampoo and soap for the last month (I use baking soda and vinegar on my hair) and am looking for alternatives to bathing with baking soda, which works great on my body parts but not so great on my face. For those who've broken out after trying this face treatment, I found these Tips and Warnings elsewhere:
• Coconut oil is antiviral and antifungal, so it can draw out toxins with the initial use. This may cause a pimple or two to appear. Stick with the treatment and you will see results.
• If you experience severe swelling, redness or itch when using either coconut oil treatment, discontinue use. [You may have an allergy, it's recommended to spot test prior to full use.]
Hope this helps!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on November 21, 2012:
You can use other oils if you wish; everybody's skin will react differently to different oils. Coconut oil works best for me. It is easy to find in an unrefined condition, expeller cold-pressed, and organic - all processes which can destroy the make-up of the oil and change its composition. When you get the extra virgin organic expeller cold-pressed coconut oil, you are getting a light oil loaded with vitamin e, amino acids, and anti-microbial and -viral properties that are a part of its natural state. I'd rather the ease of coconut oil with minimal change by processing - and easy to find - than an oil that has been more highly refined or processed. Plus: no other oil smells as good. From the comments others have left, good results can be seen with castor oil, honey and sunflower oil as well.
Kristina Sackett from Junction City, Oregon on November 18, 2012:
New to all this, but coconut oil has a 4/5 rating on the comedogenic scale but is also considered t be acnegenic as well. With all the other lovely oils out there and ones that are more natural to our skins make up? why not choose those?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on October 19, 2012:
Kristin, thank you so much for leaving a comment. I am sorry it has taken so long to reply - I was visiting family and there is no internet service in those hills! For your chin (I have the same problem!) I have 2 suggestions. First, try a baking soda paste before the oil wash. Using a little bit of water and baking soda, create a paste and apply to the breakout. Let it dry (this may be good to do before bed). After it dries, rinse and pat dry (pat, do not rub). Then, apply a very light amount of coconut oil to moisturize. Wash the rest of the face with the oil cleanse method, avoiding the chin, but don't let your chin feel dry. You should still moisturize with the oil, just a lighter amount than the rest of the face. Second, as an added measure, do the above but between the baking soda paste and the coconut oil, apply tea tree oil to the breakout, allow to dry, then apply the coconut oil. Be very light with the oil, and as I said, do not leave it too dry. No part of your face should feel dry. The dryness will only force greater oil production and thus more breakouts.
It is possible that your face is detoxing and that's why you are having breakouts, but a baking soda paste should speed that up. You may also have gotten to a point where you only need to wash with water and moisturize lightly with coconut oil. That's where I am now. Please let me know how things work out!
Jenn - Thank you so much! Someone else has mentioned castor oil and I am so intrigued. I still haven't tried it but will soon!
Sorry about typos. Phone!
Jenn on October 17, 2012:
Another good oil for cleansing your face is combining sunflower oil and castor oil. The proportion depends on if you have oily or dry skin.
Kristin on October 10, 2012:
I was inspired by your post and got some coconut oil for myself! (Nature's Way EfaGold) I've been dealing with break outs on my chin which I have been so fed up with. My skin tends to be more on the dry side, with slight oil build up once in a while.
I've been using the coconut oil pretty regularly for about 2 weeks now, and I love how soft my skin feels. But I have been continuing to break out along my chin. I'm not sure if this is because my skin is getting used to the oil or if it is clogging my pores. I'm trying not to pick/pop. I really like the way the coconut oil feels on my skin, so I don't want to give up on it yet. Just wondering if you have any other tips for clearing up your skin. Thanks!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on September 20, 2012:
Are you using extra virgin coconut oil? Also, as a moisturizer (and not to wash) you only need the tiniest bit - and I mean tiny. Just get about two fingertips moist with the oil (do not use a glob or let it drip off your fingers) and massage all around.
If you are just starting with all natural, organic products (food grade) to wash and moisturize your face, your skin can go through a "detox" phase. Your skin has built up barriers to chemicals and harsh soaps. We can get a "detox" where your skin lets out all the things in it that it grew used to having - but still fought against. Make sense?
It's excellent to make the switch, and you won't regret it - but make sure you aren't overdoing how much you are using. I don't know about washing face with honey because I've never tried it (but I hear great things). So I can't say if it's the honey, the coconut oil, or the switch from a store-bought cleanser to natural products. I did not have break out problems when I switched to washing with coconut oil - but the wipe-off excess oil step probably helped with that.
Another thought is to check the ingredients on the oil to be sure it is just extra virgin coconut oil and there are no fillers. Same with your honey. What honey are you using? Regular golden honey is often manufactured in China and though distributors are banned from buying China honey, they have found roundabout ways of doing it (a Google search will give you info on this). If you can, find local honey made by an apiary in your area; it's the safest bet. Or, try the method above and use the coconut oil as a wash - it washes and moisturizes in one step. Doing too much close together might aggravate your skin.
Write back with you method, what you've been doing, or if it changes over the course of the next few days.
Hope this helps!
BROKEN OUT on September 19, 2012:
i just stated using this coconut oil to moisturize with and my face is so broken out. Three days later and my face is horrible. Is this normal? am i to continue using this moisturizer. I wash with honey and moisturize with the organic coconut oil.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on September 17, 2012:
If you are able, give your skin time to absorb the coconut oil (if you do this after a shower, wait to put on spf after you've dressed). If your spf includes a moisturizer, you want to be extra light with the coconut oil. However, do some research: coconut oil and especially cod liver oil (taken as a supplement) works as a natural sun protectant. Pretty amazing. If you find your skin breaks out, try changing your spf - if could be the moisturizers. Better yet, make your own: mix with your coconut oil or favorite organic, natural moisturizer, some powdered zinc oxide (available on amazon). The more zinc oxide you add, the higher the spf! Research first! The info is out there.
EnoSohl on September 15, 2012:
What about sunscreen during the day? Does this make your face oily when you apply the oil then a Spf?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on September 04, 2012:
Wow. That does sound delicious. It combines other suggestions made above. A great idea to combine them all! That's a new Calgon!
Kim on September 03, 2012:
I've been using Coconut oil for many different things over the past few months & love it as a face & skin moisturizer, but have a tip you might like to try.. Take your Coconut oil, some brown sugar & honey. Mix to a creamy (but not runny) paste & use it from head to toe while taking a bath... It's an AMAZING exfoliating scrub that you'll love... All natural & simply yummy... :-)
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on August 31, 2012:
You're very welcome! Please come back and let me know how it worked for you!
Erika on August 30, 2012:
I'm so excited to try this!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, sweetheart!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on August 05, 2012:
I have never tried coconut water as a toner! I love the idea... (don't particularly like the taste, but I WANT to).
Thank you for commenting! I'm going to try it!
Snigdha Shahi from India,mumbai on August 05, 2012:
Interesting Hub. Coconut Oil is excellent as a moisturizer .I used it more for my hands and feet. Great tip you gave to use hot and wet washcloth after massaging coconut oil on your face. I never tried using coconut oil as I find it very sticky. I preferred using coconut water as it is a light moisturizer,also acts as a toner removing blemishes and scars. Voted up.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 31, 2012:
How long did you try it for? And what was your method before? Your skin will go through a detox period, which can result in a breakout. Also to consider is if you washed off enough with a wash cloth.
I'm afraid I can't comment further without knowing how you did it, for how long, with what type of coconut oil, etc.
I am sorry it didn't work for you, however. I have had nothing but good results, as well as the many others who have tried it - here and on other sites. Perhaps you had an allergic reaction to the coconut oil?
Again, sorry! Hope you find something else.
Notimpressed on July 31, 2012:
worst acne ever as a result of following your advice/recommendations. To each their own, I guess.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 30, 2012:
Nothing after. The coconut oil works as both the cleanser AND the moisturizer. :) Just be sure to wash over lightly with a washcloth to remove any excess oil but not so much your face feels dry. Your skin will absorb the thin layer you leave behind very nicely. If it feels oily, you've left on too much; rather, it should feel as if you just moisturized - light and balanced.
lousywit on July 29, 2012:
I've moisturized my face and body with coconut oil, but I didn't know that you could clean your face with it too! So do you put anything on your face after cleaning it with coconut oil?
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 29, 2012:
Thank you, cdjacobus!!!
cdjacobus on July 28, 2012:
I'd assume that they would use the sugar with the honey for the same exfoliating affects as the corn meal. Sounds intriguing! I would have been apprehensive to the concept of honey being a sticky mess on my skin too if I hadn't had my sister-in-law show me on herself first. I get a damp washcloth warm on my face first to open my pores & the dampness also helps to smooth the honey around; it smells wonderful and is surprisingly un-sticky! It comes of with plain water but I like using my warm washcloth again before oiling my face. I tried the coconut oil face wash as you suggested & LOVED it! I mixed a little tea tree oil in with the coconut oil too! As a body moisturizer or hair conditioner coconut oil is nice with eucalyptus oil or honeysuckle oil (my favorite!). There are plenty of healthy helpful oils out there you can toy around with mixing. Tea tree oil is wonderful! If you can, I would suggest doing a little research on it as well. I'm glad to hear that you are familiar with the plethora of benefits that honey offers! For more coconut oil home remedies, check out https://hubpages.com/health/10-Ways-to-Use-Coconut... . I also have found that coconut oil also makes a nice lubricant for "down there" too! Lol!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 27, 2012:
Thank you, Dancing Water! Yes. I use coconut oil on my feet too. :D Delicious...
Dancing Water on July 27, 2012:
Wonderful idea! Thank you! Now on to coconut oiling my skin,,,
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on July 26, 2012:
You are very welcome!! I have found several raw honey recipes online for cleaning the face, from using the honey by itself to - what seems most popular - mixing it with sugar. I admit I haven't tried it because all I can think is "sticky!" I imagine it would take a while to wash off. Am I wrong in that? Does the consistency change as you apply it? I am a big honey believer, which I know also has many antimicrobial properties. There are entire books written about the health benefits of honey.
Using cornmeal - fascinating!! I love the idea.