Coconut oil as face wash + oil pulling.

Monday, December 8, 2014

As you well know, there are hundreds of uses for coconut oil. This isn't a post about 99% of them, but I wanted to tell you about two new uses for that weren't on my radar until recently. I've used coconut oil to cook for several years, but hadn't really ventured out much beyond that. I buy a big tub of extra virgin coconut oil from Costco (the same kind can be purchased here) and it typically lasts a few months.

Here are the new-to-me uses:
1. Coconut oil as face wash.
I ran out of my trusty Clean & Clear the other night right before bed, and I remembered hearing that some people wash their faces with coconut oil. My skin is naturally more oily so this never really appealed to me, but I didn't have any other good options to get my makeup off. So I gave it a go.

Here's what I did:
1. Wet your face.
2. Warm about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your hands and rub it onto your face. I focused on my eyes, hoping to get all of my mascara and eye makeup off.
3. With a very warm washrag, hold it on your face for 10 to 15 seconds. This felt so good!
4. Use the warm water and washrag to gently wipe off the coconut oil (eyes included). This will take off your makeup and your skin will feel softer than ever.

I was so skeptical at first - would it really take all of my makeup off? Would my face feel super greasy? - but I loved the results and haven't gone back. Amazingly, my skin doesn't feel greasy and it removed my mascara more gently and completely than any eye makeup remover I've tried. I even add a little bit of oil as a moisturizer at night and my skin feels amazingly smooth. Win!

2. Coconut oil for "oil pulling." 
Have you heard of oil pulling? Basically, you put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, let it melt, and swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes. (I'll be honest... the solid clump of coconut oil in my mouth took some getting used to.) Then you spit it into the garbage (don't swallow it!) and out with the oil comes toxins, bacteria, viruses, and plaque. Rinse your mouth with water and you're done. Some say it's best to do in the morning before anything else has entered your mouth, so I have been keeping a jar of coconut oil in the shower and swish while showering.

So why exactly would anyone do this? People cite lots of reasons, but mainly for oral health and detoxifying the body. In the couple of weeks that I've done this every other day, I've definitely noticed whiter, shinier teeth - and I haven't gotten sick. Who knows if the wellness part is even related, but in the thick of flu season, I'm willing to try. Here's more info on it, if you're interested.

Any favorite uses for coconut oil that I should try? I'd love to hear!


27 comments:

  1. i also like making a sugar scrub using sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils! sometimes i even add a little ground coffee for pizzazz :)

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    1. Such a good idea. I am getting some essential oils for Christmas and can't wait to finally try them out. I keep hearing of more and more uses for them!

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  2. I've used the coconut oil as a face wash for almost 2 years. My skin has never been clearer. And strangely enough a small mole that was on my lower cheek has fanished--supposedly a side effect of coconut oil usage.

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  3. I love coconut oil for nursing instead of lanolin. It just seemed like it would be a better alternative for both baby and I. I also love to mix it with my foundation in the morning. Makes it go on easier and doesn't leave me feeling greasy. Finally, it's a great diaper rash cream when mixed with lavender and melaluca. And it's cloth diaper safe!!

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    1. So good to know, especially as I start nursing again (soon!).

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  4. add a drop or 2 of grapefruit essential oil and your teeth will be even whiter!

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  5. i've been curious what a dentist says after pulling. i know a few people who have been doing it, but i wonder about after the dentist sees.
    i'm glad that you have given me the idea of putting a jar by my shower. genius!

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    1. Me too! I have never had a cavity but had the start of one (?) the last time I went, so I'll have to see what he says.

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  6. Ok, no one else said it so I will. I have a relative who swears by coconut oil as a personal lubricant. I won't go into any more details but there you go. Thanks for the rest of these ideas though! I've been meaning to buy some for a while.

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  7. As a whole body moisturizer! My skin has never been so soft!
    It takes some getting used to because it takes a bit longer for it to absorb into your skin, but it feels great!

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    1. YES. I've been doing that too on my hugely pregnant belly and it feels great.

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  8. I just started using is for face wash this week also, and I LOVE it.

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  9. I've started oil pulling too, and I've found that if I do it in the morning, it cleans out my mouth to the point that it almost feels as if I brushed. I've also heard it can heal cavities! Hopefully I'll never have to test that theory :) But my favorite use for coconut oil is on my hair. Keeps it silky and soft if I do a coconut oil mask once a week or so. This is essential for those of us with thick, curly hair!

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    1. Ok... gotta look into the coconut oil mask.

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  10. I just starting using it with Nella with a couple drops of essential oils (lavender, gentle baby, peace and calming). It works great! I will have to try it as a facewash because I'm skeptical too as my face gets a little bit more oily in the winter time.

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  11. I was skeptical about washing with oil, too - I've been doing it for a couple of months and am delighted with the results. I mix castor oil and grapeseed oil, but straight up coconut oil would be one less step! The hot cloth on your face is by far the best part of this regime, in my opinion! I live in a very dry winter climate (northern Alberta, Canada) and my skin reacts terribly in the winter time. This skin care regime has worked wonders in the winter! I use a tea tree oil stick to combat those pesky breakouts that I seem to get despite the fact I'm long past my teenage years. Economical and natural! What could be better?

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    1. Northern Alberta?? Oh my goodness... stay warm!

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  12. hmm this definitely something I need to try.. do you just take a spoonful of this?

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