I’ve been using coconut oil as a hair mask for a couple of years now and it has been a godsend through the good times and the bad (see My Hair History post)! I had heard many good things about using it as a cleanser but was slightly reluctant as I was really happy with the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser I had been using for the past few months. However, when I started breaking out more than usual I wanted to try something with more natural ingredients so out came the coconut oil, and boy am I happy with the results…
Not only does it effortlessly remove every last scrap of eye and face makeup, it leaves my skin feeling fresh, pampered and soft too. Oh and the break outs? Gone. Apparently this stuff is antibacterial and anti-fungal so whilst you may think covering your face with oil would produce spots, it actually helps to prevent them!
Coconut oil is solid but melts at body temperature so to use it I scoop out about a teaspoon amount and rub together in my hands before applying it to face/hair/body.
I use this oil exactly how I use hot cloth cleansers – to remove makeup apply it to a dry face and over the eyes. Run a muslin cloth under comfortably warm water. Ring it out and lay the warm damp cloth flat over your face allowing it to open your pores. After a few seconds wipe the oil off your face with the cloth until all makeup and oil has disappeared. Splash face with cold water to close pores and then pat dry. I then repeat these steps again to cleanse the skin.
Another good point about this gorgeous stuff is that it’s cheap as chips and can be found in health food stores, supermarkets and online. I purchased mine from eBay for about £4 for 200ml. Just make sure the pot says the words ‘raw, virgin and unrefined’ to make sure you’re getting the purest version of it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and uses for coconut oil!
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