Welcome to our Series, Clean Enough to Eat. Super simple natural beauty tricks with ingredients found in your own kitchen. This weeks post is about coconut oil. Specifically about using coconut oil to gently remove makeup and cleanse your face.
Coconut oil makes an excellent substitute for the oils in the oil cleansing method of facial care. Have you heard of oil cleansing? If not, check out this excellent primer on the subject.
Oil cleansing requires using a mix of various oils, either pre-blended or home-mixed. The combinations often include olive, almond or avocado oils and use either caster oil or hazelnut oil for more astringency.
Coconut oil may be better suited for skin care than many of the other seed oils. This article indicates that coconut oil has benefits over olive oil for skin moisturizing and general skin health.
Besides, simpler is better.
Rather than bothering with the effort of mixing various oils for the skin, coconut oil, straight from the jar is my go-to.
Here is what to do:
- Tie up your hair as you normally would for washing your face, then warm a penny sized dollop of extra virgin coconut oil in your hands, before smearing it onto your skin, taking care to rub into the area around your eyes, particularly if you wear eye makeup. This shouldn't sting your eyes. I have very sensitive skin and eyes and this is no problem for me, unlike olive or caster oils. Let the oil sit on your face for 1-5 minutes.
- Wet a face cloth with the hottest water you can stand, wring out the excess water and lay the cloth over your face. Gently hold the cloth in place for 1-2 minutes until the cloth loses its heat and feels cool on your skin.
- Then, gently exfoliate with the cloth, to wipe away any residual makeup or oils.
That's it. It is that easy.
Rarely do I ever need any additional moisturiser after this, but if I have dry spots occasionally, I will add a tiny bit more of the coconut oil. Alternatively, you can follow up with whatever serums or other skincare finishing regimen you prefer.
Give it a try, and come back and let me know whether it works for you.
What about you? Have you used the oil cleansing method? What do you think?
P.S. Don't forget our first post in the series, this quick and easy two-ingredient dry shampoo powder.