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Coconut oil as moisturiser

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This is not a question but a recommendation. I thought I was doing my skin a favour slathering harsh chemicals all over it, it always looked dry and terrible. Then I discovered olive oil and I thought this was the greatest breakthrough ever

But now I use coconut oil, it's not messy like olive oil, it seems to absorb quickly and it makes my skin look awesome!

Some people say it gives them acne but I don't really see how, if you haven't already give it a try!

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on May 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Most of the time I add it right after showering and then I braid my hair for the day. Apple cider vinegar will wash it right out, but sometimes I use a tea tree oil shampoo for varying things. I leave the oil in for 24 hours, and it does look oily, but the outcome is well worth it! Occasionally, I just some to the ends of my hair.

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on May 13, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Sarah - how do you use it in your hair? Right after showering? Or a little tiny bit on palms when dry? I find it makes my hair noticeably more oily, and I really only use a tiny amount. Would love to know how you do it!

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Oh no! Don't be worried, it just creates a better environment for tanning. It helps prevent wrinkles, aids in the prevention of sunburn, and it helps fight infection! http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/coconut-tanning-oil.html The Hawai'ians and Polynesians have used it for centuries.

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I'm worried about it cooking my skin if i do that!

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on May 12, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I actually used it as a moisturizer before I cooked with it...I don't use it daily, just once and a while, but I love it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 12, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Agree. Different things work for different people.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Oh well, if one person tries it and likes it because of this thread then it's all good

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Cheers, I'll bare that in mind :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 12, 2012
at 02:49 PM

I tried using coconut oil and I did not really like it. 100% shea butter works wonders for me personally.

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on May 12, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Sorry HuntingBears but you're not fitting the format. If you want to chat about coconut oil as a moisturizer (which is great!) then you'll need to head over to the Caveman forum.

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on May 12, 2012
at 01:49 PM

There are many threads already addressing this on here.

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Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

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on May 12, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Coconut oil also has been shown to help fight off foot fungus! [http://blog.sethroberts.net/2012/04/15/coconut-oilfoot-fungus-update/]

I adore coconut oil and use it in my hair weekly. I have very curly hair and it's often very dry so the coconut oil really helps with that. I also use it when I lay out in the sun. Mmm.

0444ff73539a19d719744a323f88bc84

(40)

on May 13, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Sarah - how do you use it in your hair? Right after showering? Or a little tiny bit on palms when dry? I find it makes my hair noticeably more oily, and I really only use a tiny amount. Would love to know how you do it!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 12, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I'm worried about it cooking my skin if i do that!

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

(368)

on May 12, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Oh no! Don't be worried, it just creates a better environment for tanning. It helps prevent wrinkles, aids in the prevention of sunburn, and it helps fight infection! http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/coconut-tanning-oil.html The Hawai'ians and Polynesians have used it for centuries.

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

(368)

on May 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Most of the time I add it right after showering and then I braid my hair for the day. Apple cider vinegar will wash it right out, but sometimes I use a tea tree oil shampoo for varying things. I leave the oil in for 24 hours, and it does look oily, but the outcome is well worth it! Occasionally, I just some to the ends of my hair.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Just wanted to recommend 100% shea butter. THE BEST STUFF I have ever used on my lips, heels, face, hands, hair - anything. Does not smell, easily absorbed. Can be used as hair gel. TRY IT!!! Make sure there are NO ADDITIVES, because sometimes they add tocopherol, and it is made from wheat germ (they add it because it is cheap).

Good luck!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on May 12, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Cheers, I'll bare that in mind :)

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on May 13, 2012
at 09:54 AM

About a year ago I stopped using anything on my face except Simple bar soap and 302 drops (some fanciful avocado stuff) that recommended using it very sparingly and encouraged days where you use nothing. It worked great.

After a few months of using it, I decided to try using nothing except the soap to wash off mineral makeup. Skin is nice. If I want it to glow, I eat some fish oil pills before I sleep. I don't seem to need moisturizer, unless I forget to eat enough fat the day before.

I use coconut oil to brush my teeth though, just a couple of drops on my toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste - I minimized it to that after trying oil-pulling which had some initial benefits but then hit a plateu. Plus I figured I'd rather not spit a tablespoon of coconut oil down the toilet. Seemed wasteful.

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:38 AM

I can't get enough of it! I use it n my hair, all over my body, cook with it...heck I used it on my boots the other night to work out some scuffs. It's like a moisture miracle for me.

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on May 12, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I make goats milk soap and one of the 3 fats I use in it is coconut oil. Everyone loves my soap and says how soft it makes their skin feel!

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on May 12, 2012
at 04:24 PM

I used to make handmade soap in the past (not so much anymore simply for time constraints) and though I'm not allergic to coconut oil, it actually DRIES my skin out. And I'm talking about both handmade soap and hand-molded glycerin soap. I know others with similar experiences with coconut oil based soaps.

Coconut oil for ingesting? Good stuff. For skin? Not so much. There are much superior oils out there (like Shea and Emu oil).

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