Even before I started blogging, I’d tried a hoard of products. I was basically a marketer’s dream. Growing up, while my friends would be rifling through clothes rails, I loved nothing more than pouring over the skincare aisles, reading the back of the lotions and potions to see what they promised and wanting to believe every word.
I still have the same love for skincare, but I look at things in a more methodical fashion. Having access to more products than you can shake a stick at, I can quickly establish whether something is good, how it compares to others, AND whether it lives up to its promise.
Seeing so much available has also made me realise that sometimes the simplest things have the best effect. Even looking at my own mum – she never used a wrinkle-cream, serum, toner or exfoliator in her life – yet she still has great, smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
Her secret? She uses oil on her body a simple face lotion, like Nivea or Johnsons. The former is what I’m raving about. Oil is fantastic on the skin. And in my opinion, no oil works from better from head-to-toe than coconut oil.
I’ve raved about coconut oil before (see my blog post here
). It does such a fantastic job of nourishing
the hair and scalp when simply massaged in overnight and washed the next day. It makes you hair smooth and shiny, and has better long term benefits than any hair conditioner I’ve come across.
The only downfall is that it’s not as quick and easy as a conditioner. It needs to seep into the scalp, and it takes a lot of shampoo to wash out. Therefore, you couldn’t do this every time you washed your hair. Plus, you simply cannot leave the house with coconut oil in your hair, it’s practically offensive. But that’s where a ‘shop-bought’ conditioner comes in to use the rest of the time. In addition to this, if you can tolerate having coconut oil in your hair for a couple of hours (or ideally overnight) at least once every two weeks, your hair will thank you for it.
Coconut oil isn’t just great for the hair, it also works wonders for the skin. Out of necessity, I once used it as a body mosituriser after showering. I kid you not, mi skin had never been softer. Coconut oil works WAY better than any cream or lotion I’ve come across. As it doesn’t absorb as easily and quickly as body creams, I use it at night and also on weekends when I’m not in such a rush to get out.
It has an amazing moisturising effect on the skin, even better than other oils such as olive oil, or baby oil, which spreads thinly and doesn’t offer the same intense nourishment. I honestly would say try coconut oil on your skin just once, and you will notice a difference.
Finally, I have to thank my little sister for this last revelation – coconut oil is a great face and eye makeup remover. Let’s be honest, while you can just about scrub away your foundation, blusher and powder with your regular cleanser, removing eye makeup is a pain and requires special attention. This is why makeup and skincare companies make a fortune coming up with potions to do this.
But as I saw my sister dabbing cotton wool in the solid coconut oil and then wiping her eyes with it, I was impressed to see that it does the same job as any other, more expensive offering. Also, as it’s totally natural, there’s no danger of skin irritation or flare-ups.
And do you want to know the best thing of all? You can get a tub from your Asian grocers, or even a supermarket, for under £2.
So I would thoroughly recommend getting yourself a tub or jar of the humble coconut oil, it’s a worthy investment.