Coconut oil skin care routine
So I have told enough people about this neat skin care trick that I thought I should share it with the blog world.
A couple of months ago, Kristal mentioned she uses an oil cleansing method to wash her face. Say what? I was intrigued. And more than a bit skeptical. I have an oily t-zone, and even in my 30's my face still looks like a teenager's a lot of times. Pregnancy and then post-partum hormones only made it worse, and it was getting embarrassing and often painful. I've tried a lot of acne products out there, and nothing has ever made it go away completely. My go-to face wash is St Ives Apricot Scrub (which I couldn't use during pregnancy due to the salicylic acid) and I've always tried to use products that dry up the oil, so adding oil just seemed completely backwards to me.
Not long before reading Kristal's post, I had used castor oil to successfully unclog a blocked milk duct (one of the hazards of pumping and extremely painful for anyone who hasn't experienced this). And we often use coconut oil on B's skin- it's great for mild cradle cap as well as diaper rashes. So I thought to myself- what's the harm in trying oil on my own skin?
Everything I read said to give it at least two weeks- your skin needs time to re-adjust. And you know what? In two weeks, my skin WAS clearer. Not 100% better, but there was a definite improvement. So I kept up the routine. I've been using oil on my face for almost three months now and I rarely have a break out. I used to get at least one a week and they would be painful and last for at least a week (so I was never break out free). My last break out was three weeks ago and they were very mild and gone within a couple of days.