How to Use Coconut Oil for Facial Skin?
People are becoming more and more conscious about the things we are putting into our bodies. When once it was but an issue of aesthetic, now people have become more aware of the chemicals that seem to be in everything from our sanitary products, cleaning solutions and even our food and beverages. For those who are trying to cut back on their exposure to unnecessary chemicals, or for those who are just trying to save a buck or two, using coconut oil has become a popular swap for chemical ridden beauty formulas. Below are just some of the ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.
Nothing is more important than removing all of the day’s dirt and makeup from your face. This, however, can be quite a challenge as most makeup products are oil-based and have to be vigorously rubbed off of your face or stripped off using harsh chemicals. A way to remove makeup without having to use harsh chemicals is actual to use all natural coconut oil. In chemistry, like attracts like, and the only way to remove oil based makeup is to dissolve it in, you guessed it, oil! To do this, take a cotton pad and add around 5 drops of coconut oil onto it (or as needed). For especially stubborn eye makeup, just lightly press the pad onto your eyes and lashes and keep it there for a minute or two. The makeup should slip right off afterward. For the rest of the face, you can use a cotton pad and coconut oil to wipe off dirt and makeup from the face.
Most facial cleansers will either be full of alcohol or lauryl sulfate a known carcinogen that helps soaps and cleansers to become bubbly. Do you want all of that stuff on your face? A great way to cleanse your face without using drying (and possibly harmful) ingredients is by simply cleansing your face with coconut oil. Most people cannot imagine using coconut oil as a facial cleanser. Won’t it just make your face oily? Not if you do it the right way. Oil cleansing is cleansing your face based on the idea that oil can naturally cleanse and absorb the oils and dirt from your skin. Like attracts like, remember? Based on this idea, coconut oil can dissolve deep-seated dirt that may be causing you to break out. Aside from that, coconut oil contains a powerful antibacterial compound called lauric acid. So not only are you addressing the dirt that could be clogging your pores, but you are also cleansing your face from P.acnes the bacteria that causes acne. If you hate the greasy feel, you can wash your face with warm water after oil cleansing.
One of the most popular ways to use coconut oil is simply as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins A and E, powerful anti-oxidants that can help renew the skin (vitamin A) and protect it from free radicals and, therefore, aging (vitamin E). As a moisturizer, coconut oil (and other plant oils for that matter) is an occlusive agent. Occlusive agents increase skin moisture levels by providing a physical barrier to epidermal water loss. Another way to maximize the benefits of coconut oil is to use a humectant (a type of moisturizer that ATTRACTS water to the skin) as the first layer of moisturizer and then to lock in all that moisture using coconut oil. Do this, and you will have the best skin of your life!
Using Coconut Oil to Shave
This can be applicable for both men and women. Shaving cream makes for a close shave because of the barrier it provides between the skin and razor. It lessens friction, making sure that the cut is as close as it can get without the razor touching the skin. It also prevents rashes because it serves as a barrier between the skin and the razor. You can replace shaving cream with coconut oil just by massaging the oil on your face in circular motions and then shaving. Pro tip: to get an even closer shave, exfoliate the area (face and legs) just before massaging the oil on so that your dead skin cells don’t get in the way of the razor. Just the fact that you can use coconut oil instead of shaving cream will cement the use of Coconut oil for daily beauty rituals.
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