January 29, 2016

Save Your Skin this Winter with Coconut Oil

Yes. I jumped on the bandwagon! After A LOT of research and reading through many mixed experiences and reviews, I decided to take the plunge and discover just how beneficial coconut oil can be when it comes to skin care. I won't claim that it's the "perfect" skin care fix for everyone. We all have different needs and preferences. And as always, what works for one person may not work for another. However, if you've struggled with dry, irritated skin, especially during these colder months, coconut oil may offer some relief.

I've been using the SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at night on the dryer areas of my face, and using it daily on my cuticles, hands, and elbows. It also makes a great natural lip conditioner! Opinions differ on whether coconut oil should be used on acne-prone skin. I deal with breakouts regularly but have noticed improvement since using this product, which could be due to its antimicrobial, skin-calming properties. With sensitive skin, it's always best to test a small area first, even when using chemical-free products.

My skin is softer than ever since using coconut oil. It feels and looks healthier. Not only is it more hydrated, it's also smoother (fine lines are slightly less visible). One of the greatest and most surprising benefits, however, has been the gradual improvement of scarring from past breakouts. Anyone who's dealt with acne for an extended period of time knows how stubborn these scars can be. Apart from those dealing with excess oil and/or cystic acne, I would recommend natural coconut oil to those with the goal of a more even complexion (and relief from pigmentation issues or scarring) as the vitamin E and fatty acids it contains can help strengthen underlying tissue and regenerate the skin's surface.

Below average room temperature, natural coconut oil solidifies; however, it will melt on contact in the warmth of your hands. It provides a toxic-free way to moisturize and revitalize the hair/scalp, skin, and nails. SheaMoisture's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is fairly fast-absorbing. You'll want to use it sparingly, particularly when it comes to small areas or the sensitive skin of the face. No need to overdo it. A little definitely goes a long way! It's family-made in the USA (and cruelty-free!) with certified organic and natural ingredients. It contains NO sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance or color and retails for $13-$15.

Find more at SheaMoisture.com (They have lots of skin care goodies!)


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