Coconut Oil: Miracle Oil
by, 03-08-2014 at 08:38 AM (948 Views)
Wow! I love making soaps, customized lotions, etc therefore I do a decent amount of research on various oils. I have not, however, been savvy on trying all of these oils on my skin, as I am very oily/acne prone.
Kids change everything. My new adage again. My poor, sweet girl has the driest skin I have ever seen. Her legs and arms are scaly, her scalp peels, and I have to be very careful how often I bathe her, as it becomes painful and she turns bright red if bathed too often. She's three months old and has been to the pediatrician multiple times for various reasons. I ask her MD about her skin and the diagnosis is always the same: severely dry skin.
So, we have gone through lists upon lists of products to try. This poor baby has gone through more night creams than many of her middle aged Hollywood counterparts.
A friend, at the hospital I worked at, recommended I try coconut oil. Just plain old coconut oil. Naturally, organic and unrefined is recommended, but my budget does not allow for that right now. I happened to have some leftover from a soap recipe, but spent two weeks too scared to try it. Well, two days ago I did and am so glad!
The scales are essentially gone on her legs. They now just feel a little rough. Her scalp is barely peeling. I've used it on my own face (look of horror expected from those of you with oily/acne prone skin) and used it to remove water proof eye makeup. After 2 days, my skin is less oily (odd, I've always moisturized because not doing so just means your skin peels AND is still oily, but this is the most moisture/least oily I have ever achieved), so far no major skin blemishes (I had one popping up I thought, but it went away overnight), and my waterproof mascara and eyeliner came off yesterday more easily than with any commercial product I have EVER used! I am going to keep track of these specific uses and plan to share again later, but I am cautiously optimistic! The type I am using is just what you find in the cooking oil department. No, it's not organic or unrefined or anything special, but the fact I can eat it makes me already like it more than some of these commercial creams!