I use this for everything. A body moisturizer, a face moisturizer, a hair treatment, I cook with it and eat it straight out the bottle.
The best results for internal and facial use is going to be cold-pressed Organic Virgin. Some of the el-cheapo ones are refined and have stuff in them from the factory which could lead to contaimentation. Just be careful what brand you buy. Nutiva is good but Spectrum is the best tasting if you want to ingest it. I take about 2 tablespoons a day to detox my body from chemicals, to help my migraines, my arthritis and stomach ulcers. My skin has significantly improved since using coconut oil.
I know that zerozits list it as comedogenic but I have used non-comedogenic products that made me break out, so I pretty much disrgard stuff on that site. I starting reading up on Blood Types and Supplements. It appears that my blood Type "O", loves coconut oil. After reading about this I realize there are certain things I should avoid. It's the whole "but it worked for me" but "It didn't work for me" debate when it comes to reviewing products.
Ok, so why is this stuff so great? It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, moisturizing and detoxifying. I encourage people to get a book called the Coconut Oil Miracle. It's $10 on Amazon. For those who ingest it, you start out slow, a few teaspoons a day until your body adjusts, you might even feel kind of bad and maybe nauseated. The coconut Oil is causing a kill off of bad bacteria in your body. You may breakout more, a little stomach issues might come up but get over that first week and you will start to see a difference. I have hormonal related acne, PCOS and jsut general skin issues. After a week of eating and using this on my face, thedifference is remarkable. Even my wrinkles on my forehead are diminshed and believe me only botox did that. After 2 weeks, my acne breakout from a tazorac IB was gone and my scars are starting to fade. I also use ACV as a toner and sugar as an exfoliator, so I'm not sure if it is the oil or the ACV doing that but the combo has worked great and it's natural. 90% of acne can be treated successfully if you treat your insides first, meaning acne is an infalmmatory response that tells you something is out of balance in your body. Candida being one of the number #1 reasons for Acne in adults. I took antibiotics for a long time and basically screwed up the flora in my body making my once small whitehead turn to cysts. By ingesting coconut oil, ACV, Zinc, Colloidial Silver Copper, Vit C and Vit D, I'm on the road to recovering from Candida. a lot of women who go on and off BC pills will find themselves with this problem. Most Dermatologists do not treat your internal system correctly. They just throw more pills at you. As far as I'm concerned Western Medicine practices, Genetically modified foods, chemical laden water are responsible for most of our skin and health issues. Go natural ladies, stick it out and you will be happier and healthier.
Research Coconut oil cures and stick it out for about 6 weeks and you will thank me!!
In response to someone who said it gets liquidy, that's ok if it does, once you goes back to room temp, it will solidify. Coconut oil also has a long shelf life, better than any other oil/fat. So it makes it economical.
It isn't for everyone. It didn't work out for me, anyway. A coworker recently started using this on her face and her skin is looking nice and feels wonderful, like glass, so smooth. I purchased the same kind she uses, extra virgin, cold pressed food grade. The first morning after using it my skin seemed just okay, not as wonderfully smooth and visibly hydrated as she said her skin felt after just one use. The second morning after using it the night before, my skin felt dry and irritated and even a tiny bit flaky. Olive oil does the same thing to me. I don't know why but so far jojoba seems to be the only oil for me, no irritation or flakiness when I use that.
PROS: For skin...I tried in shower mixed with brown sugar and with white sugar. Liked both. (Just use a gentle pressure.)
CONS: Not the cheapest oil in grocery store, but compared to specialty bath/shower oils, it's inexpensive. For hair...it can strip color (low lights or toner) a bit. I ended up getting a reaction to this, like I was allergic to it. Odd.
APPLICATION TIPS: Emulsifies right in your hands...no need to warm it up beforehand. Also, I personally would not use this with sugar on the face as the crystals are too large and can make big pores even bigger and/or irritate skin.
Coconut Oil was horrible for my face! I had the worst cystic breatkout of my entire life and then it tooks months for my face to go back to normal afterwards.
This stuff is amazing. As a hair treatment it leaves the hair soft, smooth, and moisturized. Just heat it up slightly in the microwave, (not so much that it burns the scalp), leave it on for at least an hour and shampoo out. Its amazing. I also use it in the shower, when I am done with my body wash. I just gather enough in my hand and rub it all over my skin. It leaves your skin glowing and soft. I use this as well as a number of other oils in my daily skin care routine and I could not go without it.
Make sure to get extra virgin and cold pressed, (i buy the nutiva brand, it is included in the pictures at the top).
wow, this stuff really is fantastic, isn't it? the only moisturizer that can seemingly get rid of retin-a dryness/itchiness OVERNIGHT. i use the nutiva brand pictured above in the white bottle with the yellow label. this is my first time really experimenting with food-grade coconut oil for my skin, but i was so pleased with the results. like others have said, you only need the TINIEST amount for moisturizing, same for using it on your hair (i also use coconut oil as a pre-wash and have fantastic results.)
i realized very quickly why vegans don't ever miss the taste of butter, by the way. this stuff smells and tastes absolutely divine, like a fresh macaroon or something.
a warning: it seems to be important to get good quality coconut oil. i think there are cheaper ones such as louana (sold @ wal-mart) and although the price is really tempting, i'm scared to buy it. you get what you pay for sometimes.
I love this stuff. I purchased the virgin kind from a vitamin shop. I am not using it as much now, because I've been using tamanu / cod liver oil, but I have a jar of it in the fridge and some in travel container from a recent trip.
It is a great moisturizer and you can tell that it makes your skin softer. This isn't one of those "I think it works.. how did my skin feel before?' products. This is great on your whole body... I used to take a shot of it everyday as well. Internally or topically this stuff truly moisterizes. I use it for my hair as well, but I do not suggest using it as a serum to flat iron your hair.
Apply heat first - then apply the coconut oil. It will get extremely hot! BTW: Do not keep this in warm environments. The melting temperature is very low.
Go out and buy some today. It's a must have in your home;)
I don't know what has taken me so long to get around to using this. I've always wanted to try it on my hair and finally bought a jar and it is amazing on hair and skin. I've been using it before washing my hair as sort of a CWC, as a leave-in after washing, on dry ends before bed, and as part of a deep moisture treatment for my hair and it is just fabulous. I started with just a touch and gradually increased the amount I use and found that my hair just loves it. It sinks right in and I haven't experienced any "greasies" from it. I love Burt's Bees Coconut foot cream and decided to try the main ingredient on its own and it was just as good and much cheaper. That went so well I tried it on my legs after shaving (excellent), then patted the bit left on my hands on my face. I was stunned by how pretty it made my skin look - it really seemed to be glowing. It caught me by surprise a couple of times when I caught a glance in the mirror. It even seemed to clean out the pores on the sides of my nose. Maybe because oil dissolves oil? IDK, but it looks great. I am on Retin-A and it takes away any redness or flakiness I experience and really makes my skin look nice, better than the $35 night cream I just bought, and my skin isn't an oil pit when I wake up. I've been using it as a light, all over moisturizer after showers and I've also found that it helps my perfume last longer. Perfume is always best applied to well moisturized skin and because the oil soaks in readily it does not seem to interfere with my SOTD . I'm really happy with this natural oil. The only downside is that it is in a glass jar which can be dangerous in the bathroom with slippery hands and tile floors, so it is a good idea to decant some into a plastic container. Highly recommended and if it doesn't work out on your skin or hair, you can make the most delicious brownies with it!
I saw a youtube video on ways to use coconut oil and decided to try it. My hair was dry and dull due to the fact that I have hard water and after using coconut oil for a week my hair has become so silky soft and shiny. I couldn't believe the results. I also started using it as a eye makeup remove and no longer have to rub and tug at my eyes anymore. Just gentle hold up a cotton disc and hold for a couple seconds to work in the oil and then gently rub away. Give it a try you won't regret it.
I wanted to love this BUT... it made me break out horribly. I tried it as a makeup remover (followed by my usual cleanser) and broke out. Then I decided to use it as a pre-wash hair treatment. Again, I ended up with cystic acne on my upper back/neck. Gross. Ont he plus side, the scent is divine :( Oh how I wish it agreed with my skin :(