I'm a cook and work in moderate heat; often blasted by oven heat, standing over fryers ect. One of my goals in life is to look like i'm 25 when I'm actually 40...this could be difficult with my face taking loads of dry heat everyday.
I've recently been using coconut oil as a protective shield during my shifts. Do you think this will help? or at least cancel out the harmful effects?
what else could i do?
asked byAndrew_13 (2349)
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on August 22, 2012
at 07:24 PM
As long as you only apply a small amount of coconut oil. I find that 100% pure shea butter works even better as a skin protectant and to keep moisture in. Just make sure to not apply too much. I totally understand that you want to protect your skin from your work environment.
Like I said, avoid applying too much oils. I read a study that showed that applying oils (even natural ones, like coconut oil), cause your skin to produce less of it's own oil. (And in my own experience, I found that applying too much oils like coconut and jojoba makes my skin drier over time, and I have to keep applying it. But I think the problem was that I just used too much of it.)
I also read a study that found that applying avocado oil is anti-aging...it boosts collagen production. So a light sweep of extra virgin avocado oil is an excellent skin serum.
Overall, to prevent premature skin aging, it's best to mostly leave your skin alone, to retain it's natural oils (don't wash, exfoliate, pick at, or apply too much junk), and #1: eat unprocessed paleo food including LOTS of fruits and veggies. But you have the right idea...you want to keep your skin hydrated at all times too.
on August 22, 2012
at 07:03 PM
Use a mix of olive oil and castor oil instead of water and soap to clean your face. I use a mix of half and half, but you can fool around with the ratios. Rub into your dry skin, massaging it thouroughly, then place a hot cloth (hot, but don't burn yourself) over your face, and let the steam open your pores. After a few minutes, use the cloth to wipe your face. Moisturise after.
I also eat collagen, ligaments and cartilidge, and drink a lot of water.