Moisturizing the Sahara Desert!


<gasp>  Can a girl get some Poland Springs when she needs it?!

I don’t know about you, but Autumn has not fully arrived until my skin and hair feels like all moisture has been sucked out of it! I have tried fancy (and expensive!) moisturizers, cleansers, conditioners and whatnot but I always feel my skin and hair is back to dry, flaky and dull within a couple of hours. This has plagued me since I was a kid and I remember being told that as a teenager it was great since I never broke out but as an adult I would wrinkle up like a prune at a young age.


Like I said, I have tried many products but ultimately only two things worked.

Wait for it…

Coconut Oil and water…water, water, water!

The water thing seems obvious but admittedly, I have to force myself. I easily get distracted and hours will go by before I’ll take a swig of my water bottle. And the truth is, the dry weather combined with the seasonal comfort food tend to create an odd combination of puffiness AND driness on my face. It’s like my face is saying “Hey, she’s got dry wrinkly skin and we’re going to highlight it by making her good and puffy without smoothing it out.”

<shaking fist in the air> Curse you, dehydrated skin!!!!

English: Coconut oil in solid state.

English: Coconut oil in solid state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So aside from drinking tons of water (duh!) I have discovered that coconut oil has done more things for my skin than any expensive moisturizer. Originally, I was just using it as a way to repair my dry cracked hand by applying a thin coat on my hands overnight.  It worked like a charm! However my face was getting worse and worse. The fine lines were becoming deeper and deeper and the flakiness was putting a crimp in my morning make up routine.  So on impulse, I put a thin coating of coconut oil on my face before bed, praying that I wouldn’t wake up with a face full of blemishes.


My skin was smooth and quite lovely! I started by using it once a week but as the cold weather continues, I’m using it with more and more frequency. Even when I first come out of the shower! Just take a pea sized amount of the creamy solidified oil then rub it between your hands to liquify it, then spread it on, concentrating on the driest parts of your face.

Now, would I recommend this to EVERY skin type? I dunno. If you suffer from dry cold weather skin, then it should be great. If you tend to have oily skin then obviously this isnt for you.

Give it a try and leave a comment on how it worked for you!