Have you ever googled ways to use coconut oil that are not for cooking? It's awesome! Like... life changing awesome. I use it for cooking, obviously, but I use it as the base or an ingredient for all my beauty products that I have been replacing in my home. This stuff is magical!
One of the first things I wanted to try to "go natural" with was facial cream. I have spent so much money on this or that cream and nothing really did what I wanted: moisturize without being greasy, support in clearing my skin.
I'm not talking baby bum clear here, I'm a photographer, I use photoshop if I want that look. I'm talking clear, healthy, clean skin. I rarely, rarely wear a full face of makeup, usually I only do eyes and lips, and most days not even that, so having nice skin is pretty important.
Well, after starting using essential oils and reading a bit, I found an enormous amount of information on the wonders of coconut oil mixed with the amazingness of some essential oils for skin health. The essential oils and coconut oil work to kill bacteria, but also provide nutrients and hydration. My take on this wellness journey for beauty is to give it a try, why not? If it doesn't work, I've spent next to nothing (this is literally the cheapest and most chemical free thing I have ever put on my face), and I gave it a shot.
So for a while now, I've added this to my routine. Every day after my shower and every other time I wash my face, I take a tiny bit (think pea size) of this mix, soften it on my fingers, and spread on my face and neck. And I love it. My skin feels soft, smooth and I've noticed fewer breakouts.
Coconut oil is also an amazing makeup remover, it wipes away makeup (even eye makeup) gently and then a quick wash leaves no residue.
I love coconut oil.
Anyway, there are some recipes that add baking soda to this wash, I don't find it necessary, but it makes it creamier, so try both and see what you think. Remember a little goes a long way so start out by making a tablespoon mix of each, see what you think, and then make bigger batches of the combination you prefer.
I have started adding jojoba oil and vitamin E and I like the addition.
Coconut oil facial cream
2 T coconut oil
4 drops of essential oil* (I like frankincense and melrose)
1/4 t jojoba oil (optional)
3 drops vitamin E oil (optional)
1. If your coconut oil is solid, soften it (either in a double boiler or just by mixing vigorously with a small spoon)
2. Add other ingredients essential oils
3. Store in jar, use as needed
*Not all essential oil types and/or brands are skin safe or kid safe, please do your research before adding.