Talk about one heck of a wordy title- HA! If you’re even remotely interested in healthy living, chances are you’ve heard about the Holy Grail known as coconut oil. Although once demonised for being high in saturated fat, millions of people have started to embrace it as a cure for anything. From oil pulling to using it as a deodorant, natural conditioner, body moisturiser, skin product, make up remover, baking staple and so much more, coconut oil seems to be the answer to just about everything.
A while ago I blogged about making the shift to a more natural skincare routine (you can read that post here). Given I am quite weary about the foods I put in my body, it’s only natural (pun intended obvs 😉) that I’ve gotten more cautious about the products I put on my body. After reading & hearing about other people’s success with applying coconut oil on their face, I decided to experiment myself for a month. If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I am all for experimentation especially with my diet. It should be noted that best results are often seen with organic & cold-pressed coconut oil, not the refined variety. I usually cook with coconut oil so I was already stocked up and good to go.
My approach to this month-long experiment was simple: Instead of night cream I’d apply coconut oil on my face twice a week & leave it overnight. As soon as I woke up the next morning, I washed my face with water & face wash. Obviously I didn’t expect miracles but I hoped to see some kind of positive change in the state of my skin. Especially as the climate in London had somewhat of a drying effect on my skin, I expected the coconut oil to help tackle that. In this same month, I didn’t make any other changes to my skincare routine nor did I alter my diet or start/stop any medication.
As much as I loved the idea of moisturizing my face with something so natural and pure, my skin begged to differ. In those same 3 weeks, my skin went CRAZY. I experienced awful breakouts especially in the form of tiny flesh-coloured bumps across my jawline and chin along with highly inflamed & unpleasant red spots. After much research, it seems like those bumps were a result of the oil build-up underneath my pores. Some articles suggested that the breakouts were a sign that toxins & impurities were being released & eventually my skin would normalise and clear up totally. As I’ve never faced an acne problem, I couldn’t risk further distress due to the state of my skin and so I stopped this experiment a week earlier than planned. About ten days after I stopped applying coconut oil to my face completely, fortunately my face started to calm down and clear up.
Although my results with applying coconut oil on my face were pretty terrible, this experiment sure helped to kill my curiosity. If anything, it just reminded me that what works for one person may not work for me and vice versa. Each made up of billions of cells, we are all so individual and need to respect those differences. Whether it’s with your skincare routine or diet, nothing is set in stone and I personally recommend experimentation until you find something that works for you. And once you do, STICK TO IT! As for now, I’m keeping my skincare routine as basic as possible to give my skin a chance to breathe and let it do its thang. This involves:
- Aloe vera gel as a moisturizer twice a day–> I can’t recommend this enough. Within 2 days, I noticed a huge improvement in my skin clearing up.
- Eating a diet that’s largely based on whole foods
- Due to the hormones in dairy, I am also avoiding all dairy products for the next 2 weeks to see if helps further.
- Loading up on water daily (about 3-4 litres)
- Sleeping 7-8 hours daily
- Keeping stress levels to a minimum
Once the weather in Bombay cools down and my skin needs the extra moisturizing, I will re-introduce the following products which I know work for me:
- Dr. Organic Rose Otto Face Mask once a week
As for coconut oil, I will continue to use it as my preferred oil of choice for both cooking & full body massages. But it better stay the heck away from my face!
Have you tried coconut oil on your face? If so I’d love to hear your results!
What are your go-to skin products?