I prefer to be an all-natural gal. I don't like my foods or my beauty products to have a long list of ingredients that I can't pronounce. Recently I have come across one of the best beauty secrets - coconut oil. Guess what's in coconut oil? Coconut oil. Yep, that's it. ONE ingredient!
Coconut oil works wonders for the body. Not only internally but externally as well. Here are some tips on how to include coconut oil in your daily beauty routine.
Six great beauty tips for coconut oil.
- Cleanse away the day’s build-up of dirt and pollution by massaging coconut oil into your skin and gently removing the oil that has lifted the dirt away with a splash of warm water. Coconut is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, so it is perfect for protecting and enhancing the skin’s natural flora.
- Take an 30 minutes and pamper yourself. Run a warm bath with a tablespoon of coconut oil in the bath water. Massage coconut oil into damp hair to help strengthen your locks and add luster. Wrap a warm wet towel around it. Leave for twenty minutes and shampoo as normal.
- Pop your feet into a warm footbath laced with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Add some mixed spice and coconut milk to enrich this rejuvenating foot soak. The lauric acid in coconut oil may assist with fighting fungal infections, and bring balance to your hard working feet.
- My personal favorite: Rich in moisturizing fatty acids, coconut oil makes a superb moisturizer, plus you’ll smell delicious too. Massage it into your whole body and don’t forget your décolletage for a balmy evening out – to add a gorgeous glisten to your skin. To enhance the glow add some sparkling mica to your oil mix.
- Babies love to be massaged with coconut oil. Highly moisturizing with both anti-bacterial and protective properties, take some precious time out with your little one and coat them in this nourishing oil.
- Is your skin feeling a little parched and flaky? Add some sea salt or sugar to your coconut oil and use it as a scrub for the body. Your skin will feel rejuvenated, soft and glowing within minutes.
I was diagnosed last year with Perioral Dermatitis (P.O.).
Here's how I found out what in the hell was going on with my ugly, bumpy ass, 30-something year old skin:
My skin was breaking out around my mouth and nose and I was cursing the Gods for giving me adult acne. However, I noticed there were other symptoms that weren't acne related. The breakouts were very itchy and it would burn. At the risk of sounding shallow, they were also very ugly. As in, red, pustule, yellow bumps. There were days I wouldn't even leave the house because it was so bad. In public I would hold my hand up around my mouth area in an effort to cover it up so it wasn't so obvious. It was depressing. I was depressed. In a large part I was depressed because I felt very shallow. I wasn't going to die. I didn't have a serious life debilitating disease. I'm sure that whatever it was was completely treatable.
My dear mama suggested I put cortisone cream on it. My mom swears by this stuff. Growing up if we had a scratch, wound, bug bite, itches, you name it she had the cortisone cream at the ready. Even today, there's a tube of it in her car, in her bathroom drawer, her kitchen drawer, on her nightstand, her end-table by her chair. I'll bet she has a tube of it in her pocket right now. Why not. Let's give it a shot and see what happens. A few days later... My skin is clearing up! Hallelujah! This stuff is the miracle cream. A few days later.... Uh oh! It's breaking out again and it's worse! Time to call the dermatologist.
The dermatologist immediately knew what it was that I was suffering from and prescribed a topical and antibiotic. That was it. She diagnosed me, gave me my prescription and sent me out the door. No hello, goodbye. In and out and that was that.
Hmmm, what in the hell is P.O.? Guess I will have to research this on my own.
So, note to self. Use antibiotics and the topical cream until they are gone, rinse face with warm water - no soap, stay away from makeup and especially stay away from cortisone cream. Within about a month or two it was pretty well cleared up and I felt normal again.
I went to Whole Foods and bought some all natural cleansers for my face and I assumed that was the end of that and I could go about my normal routine. Spring 2012 arrived and my all-natural cleansers were all used up and I decided to go ahead and be frugal and use up my old cleansers rather than tossing them in the trash. Also, being as I am 37, I thought it was time I start using a moisturizer on a daily basis. As you have probably guessed my skin didn't quite agree with me and here we go with round two of another breakout of P.O.. Oh joy!
Let's do some more research.
I found information about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) being the culprit for P.O. outbreaks. Let's take a look at my shampoo bottle. Oh look, SLS. My conditioner - SLS. My body soap - SLS. My toothpaste - SLS and fluoride. My facial soap - SLS.
Time to hit my local Nutrition Stop up and stock up on my all-natural beauty products that do not contain the awful SLS.
What are some natural treatments for P.O.?
Unrefined Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil for treatment of P.O. and bonus, acne. Coconut Oil is the source of two of the most powerful anti microbial agents found in any food substances. These are Capric Acid and Lauric Acid. They are the same acids that are found in mother’s milk and keep the baby protected from infections. When these are applied on skin, some microbes (good ones) present on skin convert these acids into Monocaprin and Monolaurin respectively, thereby replacing the protective acid layer on the skin. So, no microbial infection and no Acne! Not only external application, but internal consumption of coconut oil will give you the same protection, this time internally. Finally, Coconut Oil is soothing on skin and highly penetrating. So, when applied on skin, it is absorbed readily and cuts down inflammation due to Acne to a great extent. It also helps heal any sort of wound on skin due to aggravated cases of Acne. And above all, Coconut Oil improves the rate of metabolism. This also indirectly affects proper secretion and balance of hormones and thus curbs out chances of Acne.
Looks like mom's cortisone cream has some competition!!