Coconut Oil: A Soothing Relief for Sensitive Skin

 
 

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Struggling with sensitive skin? I’ve been there! Dealing with skin prone to rashes and bumps, that feels itchy,  breaks out easily, shows broken capillaries, and has dry patches can be a nightmare.  Either because you are having an inappropriate skincare routine or using products which contain irritants, sensitive skin will make you experience a level of discomfort, redness, and/or sting.  If you have been in my shoes, you may understand the frustration of buying face creams or even makeup you love, that later on, you are not able to continue using.   It wasn’t until last year when I found out this inexpensive but effective remedy: Coconut Oil for skincare. 

Despite the controversy about coconut oil uses for cooking, in this post I will share with you:

  • The main reason why you should carefully consider the products you apply over your skin
  • The benefits you can expect from the topical use of coconut oil
  • The step-by-step process to start using it on your skincare routine

 
 

Why should you rather use natural organic skin products?

Let me start by saying I am not a skin expert, but a person with enough experience looking for alternatives while dealing with her own sensitive skin issues.  In my case, the decision to adventure using natural skin products become serious after receiving a skin cancer diagnosis (Basal Cell Carcinoma) in 2018. I had surgery to have a mole removed from my back, and many things started to change for me since then.

One of the aspects I have been challenged in is trying to avoid toxic ingredients – as much as possible -, in the products I apply over my skin.

All of us have heard that many of the synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and are carcinogenic.

But who cares about the presence of these dangerous ingredients when everything is going well with our health? For me, the skin cancer diagnosis was a red light. A timely alarm which woke me up and made me aware of the importance of my decisions when selecting the skin products I use regularly.

My purpose is not to create panic, but to raise awareness.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the number of toxins your body is exposed to. Here s a list of the most common dangerous toxins you should keep an eye on:

10 TOXIC BEAUTY INGREDIENTS TO AVOID (2)

Check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.


BOTTOM LINE:  Educate yourself and do your research before to decide what beauty products to buy. The skin products you are endorsing today may become an invoice to pay in sickness tomorrow.


 
 

How does coconut oil work for sensitive skin?

Coconut oil has been one of the first add-ons I made in my daily skincare routine.  One of my firsts experiments I do not regret at all!  Since then, we are inseparable.  I really like the idea that I can have my jar refilled only taking a quick trip to my kitchen pantry. 😀

You don’t have to worry about what is in it because coconut oil is extracted from the meat of fresh coconuts and considered to be a safe topical skin treatment for most people.

PRECAUTIONS: 
  • If you’re allergic to coconuts, avoid using it.  Some people with walnut and hazelnut allergies have reactions to coconut oil.  Keep that in mind before you make a full application of coconut oil on your face.
  • If you have skin that’s prone to blackheads, you should stay away from it. Coconut oil iS fairly comedogenic, meaning that it builds up and clogs pores if your skin doesn’t fully absorb it.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you use cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil to ensure there are fewer chemicals and additives in your product. This is the kind of coconut oil that most clinical trials use when they study its properties.

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BOTTOM LINE:  You can only verify what has been said by giving coconut oil a try.  Not every skin responds the same way.  The relief you have been looking for the issues caused by sensitive skin might be stored in your kitchen pantry without you knowing it.


 
 

How to use coconut oil in your sensitive skincare routine?

There are many options for coconut oil to be used topically over your skin. These are the basic four steps I most commonly follow in my skincare routine.  I love using coconut oil as a substitute for my store brand: Face wash, makeup remover, night cream, and exfoliator. Let me explain how you can do it:

 
 

Exfoliating CleanseSimply combine a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. (2 tsp. of coconut oil + 1 tsp. of baking soda). It is a good exfoliator as it has tiny granules which deep cleanse the hair follicle and removes the dirt and dead skin cells.  Massage it gently on your skin in a circular motion. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Apply 2 times a week.
Night CreamMake sure your face is clean before you apply coconut oil. Collect a dime-size amount of the cream. Dab it onto your face. Follow an upward, circular direction to massage the cream on to your skin.

Skin CleanserTake 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and emulsify with your fingers. Massage it gently on your skin in a circular motion. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Waterproof Makeup RemoverFor waterproof eye makeup, coat your eyelids and eyelashes with coconut oil. Be careful so that the oil won't get into your eyes. Gently massage the oil into your skin to loosen makeup. Wipe off with a cotton pad and wash off with warm water.

 
 

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BOTTOM LINE:  For your personal use, keep a portion of the coconut oil in a small glass container with a lid. Always use a spatula to apply it over your skin.  Store the coconut oil in a cool dry place.  Cover the container with the lid after each use.


 
 


 
 

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