Women in the U.S. apply an average of 168 chemicals to their skin daily, according to new research done by the Environmental Working Group. Several of these chemicals are in many of the lotions and moisturizers available on the market, so you have to be extra wary of ingredients when buying something that you are going to be applying all over your largest organ.
But wait, silky smooth skin with only one ingredient? Yes, it's possible.
It's pretty common knowledge these days that Virgin Coconut Oil possesses many benefits for the body, inside and out. Google "coconut oil benefits" and it will instantly pull up thousands of articles touting the benefits, ranging from hair treatment, to shaving oil, to eczema relief, to stretch mark improvement, to Alzheimer's cure and beyond. Some have science backed claims and some are simply testimonials, based on the users own experience. But most of them have one consistent message and that is, coconut oil is AMAZING. I absolutely agree, I love the stuff, but have any of you ever applied straight coconut oil to your dry skin? It's nice for a second until you realize that you are greasy enough to bake cookies on, and anything that you touch or sit on will be coated in the oil residue of this miracle nut. Which is fine if you are on the beach or by a lake, it actually has a small amount of natural SPF, so the more the better. But most days I'm not where I want to be, so I try to do things that make me want to be where I am. Such as having dewy, soft skin that smells like coconuts and makes me feel like I just came back from a tropical vacation, where my only obligation was moisturizing myself daily and laying on the beach eating fresh fruit.
My point is, I love having soft skin just as much as the next person, but for some reason it has always been hard to incorporate full body moisturizing into my routine.
It feels like it takes so much extra time (probably in my impatient head)to rub it in everywhere thoroughly, and frankly, sometimes I'm just lazy. I'm also very busy, so I'm constantly multitasking my beauty routines anyways, face masks while I clean my apartment, standing leg kickbacks while I wash dishes, etc. So when I found a way to multitask my moisturizing routine, I wanted to share it with anyone who might be short on beauty time like myself. One day I decided to try the coconut oil shaving trick, I put a couple tablespoons in a little jar, a little goes a long way, and took it in the shower with me. It left my legs so soft, minus the greasy residue and I thought, why not put this on my whole body before I get out of the shower? So I did. I applied it all over my body, it goes on so easily, and I let it sink into my open pores for a minute, then I rinsed it off. It was amazing. And my body has never felt so soft and dewy and healthy. Plus, I smelled delicious. Another plus, coconut oil contains high amounts of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, which has amazing antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. There is research that has shown it to inactivate microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, fungi and enveloped viruses, both internally and externally. So many things to feel good about when using Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
Back to the method. I made my sisters try it and they can't stop raving about it. I'm not suggesting that you throw out all your lotions, I still use some on days I don’t do this, I'm just suggesting that you try and see how you like. You might just become addicted.
A great coconut oil sugar scrub works wonders as well, but I don't always have that on hand the way I always have this.
Warning - This may make your tub floor slippery so be careful - no dancing or exercising while doing this in the shower. I've tried before.. It involved slipping, shampoo bottles flying, and some not so sexy shrieking noises.
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When I use this regularly, it tends to clog my drain faster. Thankfully I found a super easy diy recipe for de clogging your drain that I will just leave right here.