These days I’m crazy for coconuts! Yes, I sometimes use coconut oil in my baking, or coconut milk in my desserts, but I’m talking about something totally different all together. I am crazy for using coconut oil on my face!
I have suffered with eczema my whole life. Not every day, but bouts from time to time, that are so itchy, uncomfortable, and miserable to deal with. And they usually happen on my face. A change of weather can trigger it, traveling, stress, cold, dry weather… You name it. I first noticed a big difference when I stopped eating dairy. It really reduced the number of bouts, as well as expensive prescription creams that I needed. But still, every now and then, it would happen again.
Then, last month, late one night when I became totally desperate to clear up my face, I decided to grab a jar of coconut oil from my pantry. I took a little dab and rubbed it between my hands to melt it. The I gently patted it on my freshly washed faced. I figured that the worst case scenario was a breakout. I was desperate though, so even that didn’t keep me from doing it. I needed some relief.
So, fast forward to the next morning, and my skin looked GREAT! And it felt soothed, which was the best of all. So I decided to try a little bit more, and see what would happen if I did it twice a day. Amazing! This was what I had been looking for all along. Some relief, along with something to moisturize my skin and hopefully prevent a few wrinkles too. Come on, it doesn’t hurt for a girl to dream; )
So I am now hooked on coconut oil. My skin has never looked better. I do it in the morning and in the evening before bed. If, during the day, my skin looks or feel dry, I’ll do another tiny drop. I even travelled last week to San Francisco, and brought the oil, and didn’t have any flare-ups. This was amazing, because travelling on an airplane or to a different city can often trigger it for me. Nothing!
We are heading into Fall now in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m so curious to see how my skin fairs with the colder, dry air, now that I’m using the coconut oil. I am hopeful though. I feel like I have found my golden ticket. And maybe even saved thousands of dollars in the process (hello dermatologist’s bills and expensive skin care products for sensitive skin).
I do need to mention though that I am not a doctor, nor am I giving any medical advice. I am just an ordinary person, looking for some relief from itchy, dry skin.
I also want to add, though I’m not sure that it necessarily makes a difference, that I used organic coconut oil that was not deodorized. I used the one in the picture, Nutiva brand, which has a wonderful aroma, and a very light texture. I believe that Costco now carries it too, for a very good price.
So, is any one else using coconut oil on their face? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear.