Dry skin and eczema arenot the best two things to have as a combined skin condition - most products solve the problem for one but irritates the other. It's something I've battled for years.
So when given the chance to try Coconut & Company's Virgin Coconut Oil For Beauty, I wondered which issue will it help and which will it hinder?
The first thing I noticed when opening was the smell of the coconut oil.
Now, since I don't eat coconut I asked my husband if it smelled the same, and he said he does. I also recalled that I have seen coconut oil in the oil section at the grocery store, so I brought some and it actually smells the same.
I'm not sure if that would be a plus for anyone, considering that you could pretty much smell like the same cooking oil. (My aversion may be the result of my sensitive pregnancy nose.)
As I do have dry skin, I did a test area first to make sure it didn't make me itchy. One day later no itch and I needed lotion everywhere else that I didn't place the test area. It was still soft and hydrated.
Factors to Consider
The next thing I noticed after using it for the first time after that initial test was that a little goes a VERY LONG way.
This product makes your skin soft, and after a few hours you can still have that soft feeling without looking like a grease ball.
That is the biggest downside for me - for a good long while, it really does feel greasy before soaking into your skin. Now, that could be due to me applying a lot, but even when I used on my son who also has eczema, he was very shiny for a long time, which some people would find OK, but not me. If you use this, you'll want to try as little as possible and see what amount will work without undue greasiness.
Also, I want to note that I did not use this product every day due to just not wanting to smell like coconut oil everyday. Unlike using coconut butter, the smell it not something I find to be an everyday scent. The good news is, the results are so long lasting, that there is little need to apply daily.
Ways to Use Coconut & Co
As far as making my skin soft, not making me itchy and lasting throughout the day, Coconut & Co. works perfectly!
I wanted to see how else I could use this product, so I started to research other things that I could do with it.
As a women with natural hair that seems to always to be dry, I remembered that I actually have products that I use for my hair that have coconut oil as one of the ingredients. After asking around, I found that some women use a small amount of coconut oil and water to detangle their hair.
When I tried that with this product, not only did it help with detangling but also with shedding. When I continued my hair regiment after adding Coconut & Co Coconut Oil to my routine, I noticed that was I was having less and less shedding. By using COCONUT OIL!! Why did I not know about this sooner?
Another way was to use coconut oil right out of the shower is to apply it to damp skin without drying first, and then lightly towel dry or air dry. This provides very soothing and hydrating coverage to your skin.
Now as someone that is pregnant my skin gets even dryer, and after the first time I tried it, I was sold and now I use it every single day! Remember how I said above that I was avoiding using it daily, due to the scent? Well, I noticed that I don't smell like coconut oil as much as the day goes on when I apply it to wet skin just out of the shower - so that was a huge plus. I think this must be because the pores are opened from the warm moist shower, and the coconut oil is absorbed faster than when it is applied to dry skin.
Nighttime Hair Moisturizing Spray / Detangler Spray
Coconut Oil has a very low melting point - at 76F, it goes from a solid to a liquid. Since that's the case, I started to place 1 tablespoon and some warm/hot water in a spray bottle, and that would be my dry late night hair spray before wrapping my hair up for the night. It works well as a detangler before combing through damp hair, as well.
So hydrated soft curly hair, hydrated soft skin throughout the day and a great moisturizer for both! WINNING!
If you want something that can make your skin softer and in my opinion healthier, as well as your hair, I would definitely give this product a try!
Coconut & Co. is available in several sizes, from a 2 oz. container for $9.00 up to a 32 oz tub for $45, and can be purchased world wide.
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