Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Only Wash My Face With Coconut Oil.

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And let me tell you—I am obsessed.

I never, in a million years, imagined that I would be okay with throwing away every single face wash I owned. But I am. And I did.

My first experience with using an oil-based face wash was a couple years ago when my sister and I tried a sample-sized Ultrabland from Lush. I was so skeptical of this concept. How can oil wash my face? Isn’t that the point—to get rid of oil?

Because of my skepticism, I proceeded to wash my face with face wash first. Once my face looked [and felt] nice and clean, I applied the Ultrabland, wet a white washcloth with warm water, and started wiping away the oily cleanser. To my surprise, the washcloth was covered in foundation—everything that I thought I had already cleaned away. So you mean all of that gunk was still on my face? No wonder I keep breaking out. Gross.

I have to admit, though, that I never purchased a full size Ultrabland. Afterall, that stuff was $16.95 for just over an ounce. Does Lush think that this college degree scored me some fabulous paying job? So, I pushed the night of my mini-facial into the back of my mind and continued about my business, washing my face with Purpose or Neutrogena or Ponds every night.

Fast forward to present day.

I had been seeing beauty tips and blogs about coconut oil all over the place—especially Pinterest. I started seeking out additional information about washing my face with coconut oil after remembering that crucial night just a couple years prior. According to Prevention.com, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal and it’s also an excellent moisturizerFinally, I came across THIS post, which was kind of my breaking point (especially since I had seen this exact jar of coconut oil at Trader Joe’s just nights before).

So I stopped by Trader Joe's on my way home from work and bought it. I got home and almost immediately threw my hair in a ponytail and rubbed the coconut oil all over my face (just like you would any other face wash), soaked a wash cloth in warm water, let the wash cloth sit on my face for about 10 seconds and started wiping away the coconut oil—being careful not to apply too much pressure.

I was instantly hooked.

My makeup melted away effortlessly, my skin felt considerably more moisturized, and I smelled like a Girl Scout Cookie. Score! So I continued my new-found beauty routine and nearly a month later, I've seen an immense improvement in the elasticity of my skin. My face feels softer and smoother, and I have even noticed the diminishing of a couple fine lines. As you can see—just from the title of this post—I’m never going back to regular face wash again.

Try it!
  1. Wet face and rub a generous amount of coconut oil on your face. (Note: Coconut oil takes on a solid form when it's cold. You can use a spoon to get the oil out of the jar if your fingers aren't doing the job. Remember, though, that this stuff liquefies quickly in your hands.)
  2. Wet a washcloth with warm water and rest on face for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Begin to [gently] wipe away the coconut oil and watch your makeup dissolve.
  4. After wiping away excess oil, you face should have a little bit of a leftover sheen. That's fine, as the remaining coconut oil will absorb quickly.

Additional tips:
  • In the mornings, I add my favorite daytime moisturizer on top of the coconut oil, and apply my makeup; I haven’t once had an issue with breakouts or my makeup running.
  • At night, I sometimes add another dab of coconut oil after washing my face to give it a little added moisture.
  • I also add a little baking soda to my coconut oil 3-4 times a week to use as a gentle facial scrub.
  • And let's not forget, this stuff makes an amazing body moisturizer, too—especially straight out of the shower. 

Check out these interesting articles and blog posts about coconut oil:

Delicious Obsessions // 52 Uses For Coconut Oil
Delicious Obsessions // 70 More Uses for Coconut Oil


Have you ever tried using coconut oil as a face wash and/or moisturizer?
How did you like it? What else do you use coconut oil for?


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42 comments:

  1. I am going to have to TRY THIS! I'm a clean and clear fanatic and it's the only face wash I really enjoy, but I'm up for something that would trump it! And I think I'm sold on the fact that you cleaned your face first and then still had foundation coming off when you used the oil! And the fine lines and wrinkles thing, I'd love to work on those! Thanks for sharing, if I run into some of that, I'll snatch it up!

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  2. I just saw this bottle at trader joes the other day too and was so close to buying it. Now I'm definitely going to have to head back and get it!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE oil cleansing with coconut oil! My mentor and the woman who has written several books on the MANY uses of coconut oil, is doing a guest post for me! I have already gotten a chance to read it and it's really good! You'll want to check it out on Monday! :)

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  4. oh! Also, all you ladies might like to know that you can get a 54 fl. oz plastic jug of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for about the same price (if not a little bit less) than the price of those tiny jars sold at whole foods/kroger/trader joes/etc.

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    1. Hi Christine, you can find a tub at Costco for a lot less per ounce. I buy it there now and transfer it to smaller jars to keep in my bathroom.

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  5. So glad to hear how well it works! I also just checked out all the uses, and it's insane! Gonna have to try some.

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  6. Just started doing this about a week ago after I noticed the pro activ i was using was still causing crazy breakouts. I haven't had any new breakouts since using CO and I've noticed my scars are diminishing nicely too! I also take one or two tablespoons of OC daily. With so many benefits, how can you go wrong!

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  7. So you wash your face with the coconut oil morning and night?

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    1. Hi Jayme! Yes, I use this stuff morning and night and have thrown away all of my old face washes and makeup removers.

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  8. I have been using coconut oil on my skin and hair for a couple of years now. I threw away my conditioner and face washes over a year ago! The two things I do that are slightly different are:
    - Add a bit of coffee ground to a bit of oil to use as a face scrub (just like your baking soda, but I like the benefits of a little bit of caffeine on my skin.)

    - Rub the oil on my face generously, wait about five minutes, then use a wet wash cloth with just a few drops of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap to wash my face. I just can't get away from the thought that I need soap. :/ But Dr. Bronner's is gentle and has coconut oil, too. And then if need it I will add just a pea-sized amount of oil to my face again for moisturizing.

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  9. I don't wear makeup. Anybody else the same? Do you still let the CO remain on the face for a few minutes?

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  10. What do you do for your eye makeup? I'm wondering if you use that, or something else before.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Victoria! Coconut oil literally melts away eye makeup too. In my opinion, it works better than any eye makeup remover I have used in the past and it doesn't sting your eyes. Just rub it all over your face and then wipe away (wiping extra-gently around your eyes).

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    2. Okay, that's GREAT to know. I get a little nervous with oily products near my eyes due to the fact that I wear contacts. But I'll give it a try if you say it works well!

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    3. I wear contacts also, but haven't had any issues. I just make sure to wipe it all away from my eyes! :)

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  11. I'm obsessed with Coconut Oil as of the last few months! I cook with it, as a spread, I use it to wash my face, moisturize my face, as a cellulite reducer (this is still in the optimistic phase), I oil pull in the morning, I've used it for a deep conditioner for my hair, I use it to smooth my 'runner's feet' and heal blisters on my feet. I put it on my son's elbows for his Excema,I use it as a lip balm,I've even used it to smooth out streaks from an uneven spray tan and I take a spoonful a day, just because. I haven't given up my deodorant or my toothpaste for CO yet, but I do love the stuff! A tub of the Nutiva can be found in my desk drawer at work, in the cupboard in both bathrooms at home as well as the pantry. I purchase mine off of Amazon in a 2 pack as needed. I love this stuff! Great post!

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  12. In other parts of the world, (Asia for example) unrefined oil as coconut has been used to bathe with (in lieu of artificial soaps and chemically processed, animal fat laced bodywashes) for centuries. Age old common practice.
    Love love love CO for everything. Just make sure it is virgin and not heat treated. Organic is always best.
    Great post, thx for sharing!

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  13. I've been doing this for about a week, but I still have dry patches on my face. When I see them, I apply more coconut oil and leave it on, like moisturizer, but the dry patches come back in a couple of hours. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Kristal, do they respond to other moisturizers? if not, it's possible those patches could be mild eczema or psoriasis. See a derm!

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    2. Yep, Alison is right-- it sounds like something that should be checked out by a doctor. Those patches could even clear up with a prescribed topical antibiotic!

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  14. Hair Removing Creams - Keep your skin smoother for longer by applying Elmore Hair Removal Cream.

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  15. Hi, so other than the baking soda that you add a couple times a week you are ONLY cleaning your face with the Coconut oil? Just want to clarify because I have talked to a few people that are convinced that castor oil, avocado oil or some other type of product needs to be added in order for it to actually be an effective facial cleanser. So......just wanted to clarify.

    Thanks so much

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  16. I started washing my face with coconut oil a few months ago, and I was instantly hooked, too! I have SUPER dry skin, but since I started washing with CO it has barely been dry at all. (I also use an all-natural moisturizer.) I found that I didn't like using CO as an eye makeup remover - but then, I'm obsessed with my Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover! Twice a week, I use a "real" cleanser on my face, but the other 5 days its straight coconut oil!

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  17. I have been washing with oils for years now but never thought to try coconut oil (probably because of the solid form). I use a combination of olive oil, caster oil, and others such as avocado oil, palmora oil, etc. It's called the oil cleansing method and its fantastic. I also make my own homemade creams and they definitely include coconut oil....

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  18. I have been washing my face with oils for years now and love it. I have never used coconut oil though probably because of the solid form. I use a combination of olive and castor oil and then add some others such as avocado oil (anti-aging) and palmora oil - fantastic healing essential oil. If your skin is oily, adding the castor oil is key because it is more drying. I do use coconut oil when making my own face cream and my sister swears by coconut oil for everything!

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  19. i have been doing it with almond oil, and so far so great, but did you experience purging [where your skin becomes worse before getting better (acne-wise)]. Also, if i do it in the morning, will the oil tan my face if i use a sunscreen on top?

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  20. hi, i've been using the oil cleansing method with almond oil and so far so great, but did you experience purging? And will the oil cleansing method tan my face if i use it in the morning followed by sunscreen? thnx

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  21. I just stopped and got my first jar of coconut oil! I've been an avid user of harsh cleansers my entire life because of my acne and I think my poor skin needs a break! Hopefully this works out!

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  22. Use coconut oil and raw sugar as an amazing scrub! Deep moisturizing hair treatment,oil pulling (toxin removal, oral benifits, and more), massages (with essiential oils), homemade pita chips, and sooooo much more!!

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  23. ashleigh k...have you noticed any difference? i've been using hardcore cleansers my whole life too until recently, but still have combo skin and bad break outs at times. have you broken out from the coconut oil cleanse, had any improvements, or is your skin about the same?

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  24. I just used Trader Joe's coconut oil as a cleanser for the first time this evening! Steamed my face first, then applied the CO, let it sit on my skin for a few minutes with more steam and then wiped it away. I am amazed at how my makeup just melted away and how much of an improvement I can see and feel ALREADY! I have suffered from acne and rough, oily skin my whole adult life. For the first time; its so smooth and for once, to my surprise, its not oily!!! I can't believe the $100's I have spent of Proactive, murads, retin-A and all that jazz. My skin have never felt like this. So happy!!! :)

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  25. I use Jarrow Organic Unrefined Coconut oil and my skin is FAB ... I was skeptical at first but I will never use any other face wash again. Good Luck everyone!

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  26. Ok people, here is the other awesome way to use coconut oil..... AS A MOUTHWASH!!! Honestly, look up "oil pulling" I have started doing it only a few days ago and I am AMAZED with the results already! My mouth has always been dry ( a lot of people suffer from this especially if you are taking medications of any kind) my mouth has not been dry since the 1st time I have used it. It is killing the bacteria that is in your mouth, bacteria you didn't even know was there.

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  27. This is awesome! I have used coconut oil for many things in the past (LOVE it!) but never this. Gonna have to give it a try. Thanks!

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  28. I use cloth diapers with my baby & coconut oil is one of my favorite rash preventers/treatments. (For teething rashes, I need something stronger, but coconut oil takes care of other little diaper rashes.) I also use baking soda/apple cider vinegar to wash my hair in lieu of commercial shampoos and conditioners, and sometimes an overnight treatment of coconut oil before I wash my hair to help ease dryness. My friend was telling me she uses oil (olive, I think) instead of face washes and I started thinking it would be awesome if coconut oil worked for that. I decided to use up the face washes I had in my closet first (Body Shop & Mary Kay stuff), but that's almost gone now, so I thought I'd better start looking up how people use oil to clean their faces. Started here--thanks for this!

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  29. Is it still working? How about your adult acne? Is it gone?

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  30. I have coconut oil on subscribe and save from amazon because I use it for so much. Oil pulling, cooking, hair moisturizer, body moisturizer. It's amazing.

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  31. How do you wash the washcloths, then? I'm a little worried about all that oil going down the drain and also the oil spreading throughout the wash. Thanks!

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  32. Tried this and my skin has never felt better. My boy friend can't believe how soft my skin is. I feel like some fine lines have gone too and the breakouts on my chin have totally gone. I used to have at least one spot on my chin area pretty much all the time. Because this worked so well, I have also started using just coconut oil to wash my body too. I use a flannel (washcloth) to make sure there is still a little bit of exfoliation but it works wonders. I don't use commercial deodorant anyway but if there is any smell in the morning after a nights sleep, the oil and flannel combination get rid of it straight away. It's also good for shaving. No turning back now. coconut oil all the way :) Thank you for the post....

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