For many months I used coconut oil on every part of my body. Through the winter especially. Every single night. The result? Constantly peeling, dry lips. Flaking T-zone. Very dry skin everywhere. I'd wake up in the middle of the night with itchy dry-feeling feet.
A good way to moisturize is to wash, then apply moisturizer with real, natural ingredients like avocado oil, then apply a silicone/petrolatum ingredient over it after a minute to seal in the moisture. Petrolatum/silicones act as a barrier, helping prevent water from escaping, which is why you need to put it on skin/hair that is damp.
I super did not like this on my face. It was gross and heavy, didn't soak in, and made me feel like an oil slick even after washing it away with soap and water. Lesson learned: don't shop around for better face oils when grapeseed is already perfect for me. So what to do with the giant tub of leftovers? Hair masks? Nah, too messy. Baking? No way. So I decided to test it out on my body.
Turns out this stuff is an excellent body butter! I am smoother than the butt of the most pampered baby in the world after treating myself to this. "Moisturized" isn't even the word, it's like I've been silkified or something. I don't bother doing it too often because you have to stand around naked FOREVER waiting for the oil to soak in lest you leave butt-shaped oil stains all over your surfaces and clothing, but if you have the time and the inclination it's SO worth it. I'm taking an additional star off because in the hellish heat of the Sonoran desert, this stuff is a liquid, not a solid, and it is messier than you could imagine trying to wrangle the coconut oil out of its jar and onto my skin.
I have naturally really dry hair and it doesn't help that I colour it and used heat constantly for years (I don't do it anymore)
I found on youtube a video, that showed how you can use this on your hair. I went out (to 3 grocery stores) looking after this and suddenly I found a jar. It was pretty expensive, but you really don't need much of this.
You apply some to the ends of the hair, before showering! Then you shampoo and condition as normal, and it should help your hair gets more moistruized and soft.
- i love this stuff. <3
Coconut oil is one of the best (and most overlooked) beauty products available. And it's SO cheap! A jar of this baby can easily replace body lotion, deep conditioner, cuticle oil, eye makeup remover, stretch-mark cream, massage oil, hair serum, chap stick, after-shave lotion, dandruff treatment, tanning oil, exfoliator (when mixed with sugar), eye cream, hand cream, baby lotion, anti-aging facial moisturizer, shaving cream, and God only knows what else! I feel like no household is complete without a jar of coconut oil in the cupboard.
My personal favorite way to use this is as an intensive hair mask. After shampooing and conditioning as usual, I apply this from roots to tips (focusing on my brittle ends). After that I put my hair into a plastic shower cap and blow dry it through the cap for about ten minutes. Then I leave it to sit for two hours. After rinsing the oil out, my hair is RIDICULOUSLY soft and manageable. I have heard many people say that leaving it in overnight works even better, so I will try that and update with my results. No commercially available deep conditioner will repair your hair like coconut oil. The reason it is so effective is because it is one of the few oils that has been proven to penetrate the hair shaft and truly soften and repair damage. Just be warned, you have to rinse this out VERY good if you don`t want greasy hair after doing a treatment. If you plan to use this as a hydrating anti-frizz serum, use the TINIEST amount and focus on ends (I`d probably avoid roots all together). A little goes a LONG WAY!
I also love using this as a night cream after washing my face. A lot of people think that oils will break you out, but this does not (and I have oily, acne-prone skin). Massage it into your face at night, and you will wake up with smooth, GLOWING skin. I don`t suggest using this under makeup, since it IS an oil after all, and it will look greasy. It needs ample time to sink in. Now, this may just be my imagination, but I feel like my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring has been fading since I've started using coconut oil on my face. This makes sense since I did read somewhere that coconut oil is great for fading age spots and other blemishes.
This is also one of the best body moisturizers going. Apply it to even the driest skin, and it will instantly soften up. If you have dry hands, thickly apply coconut oil to them, then put on a pair of gloves for a few hours. When you remove them, you will have baby soft hands. The same goes for scaly elbows and knees. Heavily apply coconut oil, then cut the end off of an old pair of socks and put them on your elbows/knees. MAGIC. This is also great for helping to prevent stretch marks for pregnant women. Probably works better than any expensive cream on the market.
Finally, this is one of the best eye makeup removers available. I gently rub it onto my eyes, and even the toughest, most waterproof eye makeup vanishes. Plus, it also acts as an eye cream!
I could literally spend all day talking about the benefits (both beauty and health-wise) of coconut oil, but it's better if you just get a jar and try it! A large jar generally costs under $10 and lasts for quite a while. You can't go wrong!
10 out of 5!
BTW- If you have a Costco memebership, check there for coconut oil. They tend to sell it in larger quantities than you can buy at a grocery store, and for cheaper. I once saw it at $16 for 54 ounces!
Since there are three coconut oil review boards, I'll start with this: all the coconut oil I use is cold pressed, unrefined, extra virgin organic coconut oil. And I use it for my hair! My fine, easily damaged hair... and let me say, coconut oil works wonders for hair. I coat my hair in it every night, root to tip, and it feels so much softer and looks healthy/shiny when I wash it all out. You won't find a better deep conditioner than this, and it's unquestionably good for your hair. Coconut oil is one of the only oils proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft. When I use it, I coat my hands in oil and make sure to cover my hair with it- starting at the ends, and concentrating most of it there. Once I'm sure every strand is covered, I lay a small towel/sheet over my pillow and keep the oil on overnight (if you have longer hair, you may want to braid it). I don't only use it at night, though- I've also used it to protect my hair during swim practices, at the waterpark, on vacation (lots of UV ray exposure), and even at school... Although many people will attest to coconut oil's benefits for skin and acne, I actually find that it always causes acne at the hairline on my forehead, temples, etc. I don't mind much because acne at the hairline is hardly visible, but it is annoying and can be painful.
Ok I admit that I have been such a fool. I lived in a tropical country in Asia where coconuts are a plenty. We used coconut milk for making curries and drink coconut water when the weather is scorching hot to dispel the heartiness in our bodies. I have always known the Indians love using coconut oil for their hair and they do have thick and lustrous hair. I am not going into giving reviews on the hair but my skin. I have tried using coconut oil for my face but it does not seem to be as effective as emu oil. However, for my whole body I slather a generous amount of coconut oil on my body twice a day and I have noticed after 2 weeks of application my skin seem to be smoother,brighter and even tone. But the best of all, my age spots are lightened as well. What a fool I have been...
I can't believe myself just find this gold mine (organic virgin coconut oil) now, what have I been missing out in the past 12 years? (I started buying expansive cosmetics since 18 now I'm 30) Honestly, 12 years of purchasing skin care from countless brands (high end to drug store) and spending lots of $$$, there hasn't been even one product that impressed me so much that I would keep repurchasing. I use it to replace my makeup remover, facial deep cleanser, eye cream, face, neck and body moisturiser, face and body scrub (with organic sugar), facial mask, hair mask, anti-frizze & anti split hair oil, hand and foot lotion, cuticle care, lip balm, eyelash serum, and honestly, it does a much better job comparing with each of the commercial product that I used. Just as a moisturiser for example, I wake up with the most glowing baby soft skin ever every morning since I started using it. It helps cleared out all the white heads (tiny little hard bumps) on my forehead (I also started using natural soap to wash my face), also the fine lines around my eyes and mouth, the scars from acne, the dry, flaky patches between my brows, around my nose and cheek bones, and the uneven skin tone from lack of sleep. I don't even have to say more to use it as all other things since it has been mentioned a million times on MUA lol. For 10 bucks I'm glowing head to toe, no kidding! If you haven't try this stuff, go try it now, If you have tried it and find it doesn't work for you, keep trying until it works! Your skin will never prefer those cancer causing chemicals over pure natural nutrients. Make sure you always use COLD PRESSED virgin coconut oil on your skin to get the most nutrients from it, and always apply immediately after washing your face or body for skin to fully absorb it, best to apply when the skin is still a little bit wet and always use a very small amount on your face (i.e. as long as your skin doesn't feel dry, that should be enough, if it feels greasy then it's way too much).
I also add a tea spoon to the milk with my cereal every morning, also my coffee and tea. It adds a heavenly delicious coconut scent, and it's extremely healthy. I also read online that it can help with weight lose by adding it to your daily diet. I'm now healthy inside, glowing head to toe out side that I keep get compliments on my skin, and have lots of money going to be saved up in my bank account from stop buying all kinds of cosmetics. Good bye all the expansive cancer causing chemicals, I will keep repurchasing this stuff for ever and ever and ever...
Not a good idea if you're acne-prone. I did use it a lot back in my tanning days, but it never failed to break me out. My undereye concealer, highlighter, and one blush has this in it, but I haven't seen anything yet. I still would never put this on my skin as beautiful of a glow as it gives on people without acne-prone skin. I also don't care for soaps with this as a base because they disintegrate quickly and lather poorly.
I'm in love with coconut oil. I use it for everything.
One of my favorite uses is as a deep moisturizing treatment for my hair. I use it twice a week: the one day I do all hair including roots, the next time I just do middle/ends. I leave it over night and wash it off the next day. I use it with the DermOrganic products; shampoo, mascara and leave in treatment. It leaves my hair glowing and not in a bad way.
I also like to use it after waxing. When I'm done, I wash my hands and apply a bit of oil to my legs or wherever I just waxed. I get no red bumps and it also helps getting rid of tiny pieces of wax left behind. (I use Nair microwave wax without strips)
If I have no time to wax, and I have to shave, I rub the oil on my legs and jump in the shower. By using it before and after shaving I feel like my skin is "protected". (I hope this made sense to you). I get little razor bumps if I do it. It doesn't help with ingrowns, but it leaves you moisturized.
I also like to use it as a facial moisturizer. I usually put a bit on my face and under eyes and go to sleep. My skin looks really nice the next morning. (Or even use it under makeup during the winter).
I keep a tiny jar of coconut oil on the fridge, and another in the bathroom, as sometimes I cook with it (aka. coconut macaroons, granola bars...) and I don't want it all mixed.
I used to buy some of those expensive virgin coconut oil jars, but as I have to buy it often, I ended up trying the coconut oil that they sell in bulk at the Bulk Barn (they call it Organic Pure Virgin Coconut Oil). It works just as well and is cheaper.
Although I have always loved the smell of coconuts, and still do, the oil just doesn't do it for me. I am a fan of using various oils, and many of them do wonders for me. Unfortunately, coconut oil isn't one of them.
I bought Organic Virgin expeller pressed unrefined USDA Coconut Oil that was in a large mouthed jar marked for use for the body, so I knew it would be okay to use for my skin. I tried it on my hair, on my face and on my body.
On my hair, I couldn't find any discernible difference the next day. I would coat strands of hair, comb it through and go to sleep, and wash it the next day. I wouldn't see any difference at all.
I've used this as a makeup remover for my face. Yes, it does remove eye makeup well but I found I couldn't use it after two days in a row or my skin would begin to develop little pimples or milia.
I put very tiny amounts in my home-made body butter and facial moisturizer combinations to no detriment. So using it in very little amounts with other oils is ok for me.
Using it plainly on my body as a moisturizer I found it not to be beneficial either. It didn't keep my skin moisturized for a longer time as I find other oils do.
It's inexpensive if it works for you and I'd suggest using a scoop to take out the amounts you use to keep the container fresh. It's not something I plan on repurchasing, as it doesn't have any long-lasting effects or beneficial effects for me. It seems as soon as I washed it off, the softness would disappear.
I wish it did work, because I'm a fan of coconut fragrance and I really would have loved it. After going through half a jar (the jar was 14 oz.) I'm down to 7 oz now and just trying to use it up now. But it's not something I would recommend because I feel there are much better oils on the market for my skin.