People in Polynesian cultures have long used coconut oil to nourish the body and protect the skin from harsh tropical rays of the sun but it's only been in recent times that coconut oil is once again regaining attention from women in the United States as a great natural and cheap alternative to conventional moisturizers. Along with this interest comes a lot of general questions about how to use it to achieve the best results. This article will give a breakdown of some of the easiest and best ways to use coconut oil to create smooth, healthy, and moisturized skin.
Using coconut oil by itself on the skin will naturally help to clear away dead skin cells but it can also be combined with other exfoliation agents such as salts, sugars, grains, and other natural products to create a cheap body and face scrubs that leave the skin feeling smooth and supple.
Here is a basic recipe you can use to get started. Take 1 cup of organic cane sugar and mix it with 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil and you have a wonderful effective and affordable body exfoliant. You can add in small amounts of essential oils of your choice (please ensure that the ones you choose are appropriate for use on the skin) or even other ingredients such as ground coffee or cacao powder to create more exotic and nutritive scrubs.
Coconut oil can help restore moisture to the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly. Aside from the benefits of the nutrients contained in the oil which nourish and heal the skin, coconut oil is cheap and doesn't contain questionable chemicals and ingredients. It's easy to feel good about putting it on your skin knowing that it doesn't contain petrochemicals, preservatives, and other man-made chemicals.
Here are a few basic tips for using coconut oil as a moisturizer. First off don't overdue how much oil you apply to the skin. This is a huge mistake that many women make when trying out coconut oil on the skin. If you apply too much oil it won't absorb into the skin and you will end up being an oily mess and getting the oil on your clothes and any other items you touch. The secret is to apply a small layer to the skin and then to apply more later only as necessary. Over time you'll likely find that you won't need to keep reapply the oil or won't have the urge to reapply as often because you'll see it working to moisturize your skin when only applying small amounts.
Some women question whether or not the oil is good to use on the face. This really depends on your personal skin type, the environment you live in, what types of makeup you use, and so on. Some women claim that it causes their skin to breakout, while others swear by it's ability to clear breakouts and reverse the signs of aging. I personally use it on my face in addition to other natural moisturizers such as aloe vera and find that it works great. The trick to using it as a facial moisturizer is the same as using it as a body moisturizer, use only a little bit to ensure the oil is absorbed into the skin and only reapply when necessary.
You can also use coconut as a supplement to nourish your skin from the inside out. While I refer to coconut oil as a supplement here, please remember that it's not actually an isolated nutritional supplement like Vitamin D3 for example, but a food product. You can supplement with coconut oil in a number of ways. It can be taken by the spoonful, used in cooking, blended into smoothies, spread on breads, used in baking, and so on. The possibilities are really endless, just do what works best for you. I personally use coconut oil as a replacement for standard cooking oils such as soybean and other vegetable oils in my cooking and baking and also take a tablespoon of it by mouth daily to ensure I always get a dose in daily.
When starting to take coconut oil it's best to start slow and work yourself up to eating more over time. You can start by taking a tablespoon a day by the spoonful or by adding it to your foods through baking, cooking, or simply mixing it into foods you eat. While there is no standard amount that works best for everyone, using 2-4 tablespoons daily will be enough for you to really feel and see a difference in your body over time.
When buying coconut oil for all of the uses mentioned above look for the most unrefined version you can get, it will have more nutrients and be better for your skin. Look for raw coconut oil or cold pressed oil and get organic oil if you can. If you can only find more refined versions or non-organic versions, don't worry, they will still work great and help you get the results you are looking for.