It’s true. I wash my face every night with coconut oil. Your next question is probably how and why? Well, I will get to that, but first let me tell you what brought me to this decision. I have been a huge fan of coconut oil for years. I use it every night on my face and I have had great results doing this, but it’s oil not soap, therefore I never considered using it for anything other than a moisturizer.
A few years back I changed up my hair routine by taking out shampoo completely and only using conditioner to wash my hair (also known as co washing). The whole idea seemed odd at first. I kept thinking, “how will my hair get clean without the suds?” I was a skeptic, but people were raving about the co wash online and I am all for trying new things, so I went for it. I absolutely loved my results! My hair was softer and more manageable than ever, but how can this be. Why was I just now learning about this? I felt betrayed by the shampoo industry with their commercials about lathering and clean, shiny, bouncy hair. For years I had been lathering away all the natural oils in my hair, which created a dry, frizzy mess. It was official! I jumped off the shampoo bandwagon for good and became an avid co washer.
So, what does this have to do with washing my face with coconut oil? I first heard of this method through my doctor of all people. I had used some over the counter face product that gave me a rash all over and it was not going away. My face was red, itchy and burning. After confessing my latest attempt at a new skin care regimen my doctor politely told me to stop buying that over the counter stuff (I think he said crap) and wash my face with oils. This was his advice? No dermatology referral, no product recommendation, just natural oils. I was completely puzzled. So puzzled in fact that I didn’t say a word and went on my merry way. I also didn’t take his advice until almost a year later. I must mention by the way that I love my doctor. He is from India and has a great understanding of both eastern and western medicine. He knows that I am not to keen on pharmaceuticals unless they are absolutely necessary, so he always gives me great alternative health advice. But at the time, this advice was just a little to far fetched, even for me.
Fast-forward almost a year later and I still didn’t have a solid skin care regimen that I loved. I wanted something natural and organic that wouldn’t dry out my oily yet sensitive skin. I was getting pretty frustrated then low and behold the oil washing method popped up again. I saw mention of it in an article and decided to give it a try. I figured how different could it be than co washing. Seriously, what is the worst thing that could happen? So I tried it, and guess what, I loved it! I have only been oil washing for about two weeks now and I can already see a huge difference in my skin. My skin is softer and more balanced than ever before. I don’t get oily in my t-zones, my breakouts have reduced, and overall my skin feels and looks healthier. Just as those shampoos full of suds and lather were stripping my hair of natural oils, over the counter face products were doing the same. You honestly don’t need those soapy bubbles to get amazing skin!! I guess my doctor was right about this one!!
If you want to give the oil cleansing method a try, go for it!! You’ve got nothing to lose and you might just gain the beautiful glowing skin you’ve been dreaming of.
This is what you”ll need:
Organic unrefined coconut oil (I use this brand)
Your beautiful self
Step 1: Put about a teaspoon of coconut oil into the palm of your hand
Step 2: If your coconut oil is solid, warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth.
Step 3: Massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least 1 minute
Step 4: Rinse a washcloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for 30 seconds
Step 5: Gently wipe the oil from your face
Step 6: Repeat steps 3, 4 & 5 if necessary (I ususally need to if I had a heavy makeup day)
Step 7: Enjoy the glow of clean and moisturized skin
I hope you will consider giving the oil cleansing method a try. If you do, let me know your results!
Peace, Love & Wellness