I have been using coconut oil to cook with for some time, not for ever, but I did start to use it before it became as widely available as it is now. These days it’s as easy to source as ice cream by the seaside on a hot summer’s day as it has slipped into the river of mainstream and is sold in supermarkets.
I have a book called The Coconut Oil Miracle and I have read some of the avalanche of articles about coconut oil on the net so I was aware of its multitudinous uses. However up to recently I used it for culinary purposes only. Until I got itchy arms!
Now itchy are arms are not the most glamorous affliction and, yes, just my arms were itchy. I was anxious to get rid of the maddening itch so I googled itchy arms + natural cures. One of the results that Mr Google returned suggested rubbing coconut oil into the effected areas. This I did. It didn’t cure my itchy arms but it gave me temporary relief from the insanity inducing itch and after a week or so I noticed the skin on my arms looked healthier and had lost some of its dull dryness.
I then started using coconut oil on my face, slathering it on morning and night. There are no before and after pictures so it’s highly subjective to conclude my skin looks better. But I think it does. Much better.
I have used various unguents and potions on my face over the years and for the last decade or so my selection has veered mainly towards natural skin care products. The only problem is knowing which is the most natural. Much like the animals in George Orwell’s Animal Farm were all are equal but some were more equal than others I suspect that when it comes to natural beauty products some are definitely more natural than others. I am too lazy to do the research so one of the beauties, for me, of coconut oil (I use organic cold pressed virgin oil) as a moisturiser is that I know it’s totally natural.
Coconut oil is solid at 24°C which means it rarely liquefies in Ireland but once you dab some on your face it melts into your skin. My kitchen jar of coconut oil was a large one litre giant so for facial use I decanted some into the small blue glass jar you see in the image above.
I am not sure if coconut oil works for all skin types but it does for mine (dry).