I began using coconut oil because I want to try eliminate as many chemicals from my beauty products if I can help it. So I decided to opt for a natural moisturiser for my feet, hands and body. I have been applying it directly after a shower, wearing cotton gloves and cotton socks, then going to sleep.
My hands and feet feel smooth, but there is still some visible scaling on my hands and fingers. I almost feel like it is not penetrating my skin!! I also read somewhere that coconut oil can be stripping- hence it is an ingredient in many types of soap. I really want this to work, so I will mix it with some extra virgin olive oil, wait out and continue using it for another couple of months or so and see if it makes an improvement to the dry, scaly nature of my hands this winter.
A MUST FOR EVERY WOMAN OUT THERE!!! If you struggle with dry skin, split ends, slow hair growth, crazy eye lashes or even dietary needs, then this is for you. Pure, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil (extra virgin) is considered an all natural moisturizer that is safe for your skin, hair, and tummy!
Miracle product. I'll be buying this forever.
I use this to cleanse my face, see more under the oil cleansing method!
But my new favorite is: hair mask/treatment. I experimented with coconut oil before, but I didn't like it, I couldn't wash it properly, my hair still looked oily afterwards.
But a few months back, after getting back from a work trip I jumped into the shower, and washed my hair. My hair felt really dry, so I decided to put on some coconut oil. It was really hot that day so I skipped blow drying, and for my surprise the oil sinked in very well. Sure I had to wash it again the next day, and after blow drying my hair felt sooo goood. Unusually good. Nice, full, shiny. It looked like I had $300 blow dryer (and I don't).
So I'm doing this now at night once a week: wet my hair, put on coconut oil (I use extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil btw) sleep, wake up, wash my hair and voila. No coconut oil residue, nor oily feeling jut good hair.
Sure sometimes I didn't have the time, but my hair still felt good. So now I'm a believer that this stuff moisturizes and conditions your hair deeply.
One more thing: thanks to coconut oil dandruff is gone!
What else? Get this miracle worker now maybe?
Coconut oil is so useful in so many ways. First off, I use it on my lips for supple, smooth, pink lips. It's also a very good face moisturizer(especially for my wrinkling forehead--at 16. Grr) though it takes a while to sink in so I make sure to use it at least a half hour before I go to bed.
My favourite use though, is this: when I plan to shower/wash my hair in the morning, I'll spray a leave-in product all over my hair(usually my regular conditioner+water), comb it through, and then seal it in with the coconut oil. Because the leave in is water-based, the oil prevents it from evaporating out of my hair when I sleep. Then I shower, making sure to shampoo my scalp twice but leave the oil in my ends. It makes my hair super soft and healthy, and has greatly contributed to the improvement of my hair's condition.
There are things I like Extra virgin coconut oil for, & things I don't. I originally bought this to use on my hair. I've been using it for a while (correctly as reccommended) & it leaves my hair shiny....but doesn't do much else. After a couple of uses, this also builds up in your hair like crazy. So, a good clarifying shampoo is VITAL or else your hair will be an oily greaseball until you clarify. As far as moisturizing goes, this honestly didn't really moisturize my hair...it just covered my hair in oil. Once the oil was washed out, no moisturizing effect was left behind. It actually (slightly) made my hair drier. From reading some of the other reviews, I am not the only person who had this same effect. I researched before buying this, & I bought the right type of coconut oil (suggested brand most people say to use), correctly applied it, & left it on for the correct amount of time.
This absoloutley has a strong ability to clog pores, so I would not reccommend people with sensitive skin/acne prone to use this on or near their face. If in question, do a small patch test prior. I DO like the way this tastes as a butter alternative, & I will use the rest of my jar for cooking purposes. As for hair & skin purposes go, I think I'll just stick to what I was previously doing for my whole life...it has always worked for me. I have used this to shave before, & it does do a good job at moisturizing skin...but the consistency is too thick for my razor. Regular lotion I use to shave with works just as well.
I love coconut oil. I use it on my hair, I use it on my body, i put it on cuts, I feed it to my dog and myself. I don't put it on my face since I feel it can clog my pores. It might not, but I rather not try.
I really love it on my hair. I put it in, leave it on for a few hours, wash it off. After a few uses, even my hubby noticed a difference. My hair got healthier, shinier and smoother. Now I use it about once a week.
I'm a highly clog prone person, but I decided to experiment with coconut oil, out of curiousity. I put it on one 1/2 of my nose, for 4 days. At day 4, a new cyst was forming in the crease in my nose, and roughly 80% of my pores were clogged. The other half of my nose was normal. So, yes, this really is comedogenic. I found that I reacted to this significantly faster than my average reaction to moisturizers, which usually takes @2 wks.
Edit: Now it's 2 months out. I was looking at the clogs in my nose and realized that they were 10x worse on one side. Hmmm. I wonder why...OH WAIT. That's the side I tried the Coconut oil on! SO, I am 2 months out and that side of my nose is still feeling the negative effects of only a few days of coconut oil. Wowza.
I might add, this also gave me acne on my body. Ever had clogged pores on your legs? Not good.
This stuff is just amazing. There's use for it in almost everything. Here are what I use it as:
-Natural tanning oil
-Butter alternative in stir-fries
-Bi-weekly facial moisturizer (if I use it to often I break out ): )
-Consume orally daily for healthier hair, skin, and energy
-Cuts to speed up healing
-In DIY hand washing soap (Dr. Bronner's castille soap, coconut oil and tea tree oil)
-Eye makeup remover
and my favorite....
In recipes! Here's my favorite one, It's absolutely AMAZING and surprising very healthy!
CHOCOLATE COCONUT CLUSTERS
2/3 cup shredded/flaked coconut (unsweetened)
2/3 cup melted coconut oil + 1 TBSP (the TBS is used later in the recipe)
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark chocolate chips work too)
1. Mix almond butter, coconut flakes, 2/3 cup of coconut oil and vanilla in medium bowl, place in freezer for a few minutes, and stir consistently until made a less liquid texture. This will be used to form the little clusters.
2. Use hands or spoon to form little balls (they won't be perfectly shaped) and place each ball on wax paper on a large plate, then place in freezer for 5-10 minutes to freeze solid.
3. When clusters have hardened, melt the chocolate chips + 1 TBS of coconut oil in double boiler, or just heat in microwave on half power, for a minute OR 30 seconds each time, and stir consistently until melted.
4. Dip each cluster in chocolate and put back on plate with wax paper. Once all are done, drizzle the leftover chocolate on each one to coat it a little better. Place in freezer, and eat in 10-15 minutes when completely solidified!
If you like the taste of coconut and chocolate, you will fall in LOVE with this recipe. (:
I use this for a lot of beauty things, but mostly for hair. My favorite use is as an overnight hair mask. Before bed, Ill generously apply it all over my head, from root to tip. Then put a shower cap on, followed by a turbie twist. Wake up in the morning, wash it out, and voila! It literally makes my hair feel brand new. Like someone shaved my head and replaced it with brand new hair. I have wavy, somewhat coarse hair that I blow dry straight. Using coconut oil has made my hair more strong, healthy and manageable. Its so much cheaper than other expensive products that claim to do the same.
I was recently introduced to coconut oil when I started looking into the Primal Blueprint diet. Adding a bit of this to protein shakes gives them a faint yummy coconut taste, and is a healthful way to get good fats into your diet.
I then starting rubbing it into my skin and using it as a facial moisturizer. Heaven!! It has been scientifically proven to penetrate the cuticle of hair and to protect it from heat, UV rays and mechanical stresses.
My whole family uses it now after showering, and the results have been spectacular. I have particularly noticed a SIGNIFICANT softening of the keratosis pilaris on my daughter's arms after smoothing coconut oil on after baths. Nothing else I have tried has had this effect. I think because it penetrates the skin, it is able to really soften. I also put it on her hair before baths and also before she gets in the pool. She tends to get dry brittle sun and chlorine damaged hair in the summer, and this has significantly softened it. My whole family uses it as a sunscreen - in affords approximately 4 to 8 SPF and also protects against sun damage with it's anti inflammatory properties. I also put this in my hair and then braid it if I am going to be out in the sun, or swimming. I have not had an issue with using it on my face, but I notice that some people do, so proceed with caution.
And oh yes - massaged into my flaky itchy scalp before shampooing is a wonderful way to treat my cradle cap type dandruff. It may be it's antifungal properties that are helping here, as this type of dandruff is usually very responsive to antifungal shampoos. However, those shampoos are hard to come by, and don't work very well on my hair, so I prefer the coconut oil.
All this, and I HATE coconut. Those shredded coconut ice creams and candy's make my teeth crawl. But I love the results of this oil so much, that I am now liking the smell. :)