Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Moisturize Naturally

Go find your lotion.  Face lotion, body lotion... whatever it is that you apply on a regular basis, take it out.  Turn it over.  Look at the ingredient list.  Count the number of ingredients you recognize.  How many words do you understand?  How many words can you pronounce?  How many of the listed items do you think came from nature?



How many do you want seeping into the largest organ of your body: your skin?

If you're cool with rubbing all that garbage into your body, that's your choice.  To each, his own.  Personally, I'd rather ditch the man-made chemicals for something nature made, something my skin might recognize as naturally moisturizing.  I also don't want something that will actually dry out my skin and make me become addicted to the lotion.  But, again, that's just me.  If you feel similarly or simply want to try another, more natural approach to moisturizing, read on!

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Today's dare: Swap your daily lotion for coconut oil.  

I was a little skeptical at first, but why not?  Most lotions on the shelves tend to tout that they're "made with" some kind of natural oil, be it coconut oil, jojoba, lavender... So I did it.  Result? It seems to work just as well!  My itchy legs and waist stopped itching, and my skin seemed to respond well.  It's been 2 months, and I'm still satisfied.

Step 1: Open coconut oil.
Step 2: Take a small amount into hand.
Step 3: Rub on body.

See? So simple! Just like your old lotion, but with one ingredient instead of 25.  It's a similar principle to that behind paleo nutrition, focusing on the whole ingredient from nature, rather than the man-made, disease-causing chemicals injected into the products that line our grocery and drugstore shelves.  So instead of buying a lotion that is "made with" (aka, a tiny fraction of it contains some) coconut oil, just use coconut oil!

Note: Liz Wolfe notes that some people may find their skin doesn't respond well to the coconut oil, so they may want to try jojoba oil.

Also, one time when I was traveling and didn't have coconut oil, I did have access to olive oil and used that instead. It was NICE.

So, my review of the transition experience?

Fact: It feels nice.
Fact: It does leave you, well, glistening for a while. Don't overuse it; you don't need that much. It spreads nicely, so just a small amount will go far.  I don't generally use it when I need to be out the door quickly, because I like (and need) to leave my skin time to absorb and dry. 
Fact: I now know what's going on and into my skin, and I like the idea of it being edible.  Is that weird?

In fact, I like the idea of anything I put on my body/face/teeth/hair being so natural that I could safely consume it.  This is a new trend I've been exploring, and I'll be getting back to you with the details.  Right now I've got some new products and homemade concoctions, and I'm beginning to confuse what goes in my kitchen and what goes in my bathroom. It's a process, and I'm getting there step by step.


Remember last year's spring cleaning quote?  "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"?  Well, right now, I'm in the "use it up" phase of my old personal care products and moving into the world of natural beauty and hygiene.  I'm actually pretty far on my way, and am really excited about the results I'm seeing!  I won't scare you away with the details yet, but it's been an interesting process.  If you're interested in learning more about natural skincare, check out The Skintervention Guide for the how-to on gorgeous, healthy skin, or Primal Life Organics to purchase natural personal care products.

But no need to jump into the deep end, yet!  It all began with swapping my lotion for coconut oil.  Interested in seeing how you like it?  Dare you to give it a try.




What's in YOUR body lotion?
Have you ever tried moisturizing with pure oil? Like or dislike?

27 comments:

  1. Wow, interesting! I use coconut oil to cook, but as a lotion.....I will def give it a try!

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    1. Yep! THat's how I started, too. But it does so much good OUT of the kitchen, too!

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  2. I LOOOOVE MINE IN ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.
    especially pulling.

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  3. i've never tried moisturizing with coconut oil but i'm def willing to give it a shot!

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  4. interesting....i might be willing to give it a try

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  5. Hmm I might need to try this! I'm bad at moisturising regularly at the best of times!

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    1. If your skin isn't drying out, maybe you don't need moisturizer at all! Since I've stopped using the conventional products, my skin doesn't seem to "need" the moisturizer every day anymore.

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  6. I think I'm going to give that a try today. My very dry legs are embarrassing, but shorts are necessary with how hot it suddenly got! We discovered that coconut oil magically cleared up our baby's diaper rash. It was awesome.

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    1. Oh thats cool to hear that it helped with diaper rash! That's proof right there. Good luck with using it on your legs--hope it works well! If not, you can try jojoba oil, or even a natural brand's lotions like Vintage Tradition -- makes a "Body Balm", too.

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  7. I've actually been thinking about this a lot since I have sensitive skin and eczema. I'm definitely going to give it a try. How long does it usually take for your skin to absorb the oil?

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    1. Yes the eczema on my hands is a big reason I've been trying to not use conventional products. It DOES take a while for the skin to absorb the coconut oil... Sometimes as long as 10-20 minutes before I'll feel like I can get dressed and move on with my day. I've learned to not use quite so much--just a drop here and there will go a long way.

      There are also many different natural products out there that combine different oils, and some (I've heard) are more of a lotion consistency and so are absorbed more quickly than plain old coconut oil. Try Vintage Tradition's "Body Balm" to start. I've heard wonderful things about it and will be getting my own soon.

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  8. I'm really big on natural bodycare, the skin absorbs over 60% of what we put on it, so like you said why would I put something on my body that I wouldn't consume! I am a huge coconut oil fan, it's brilliant for so many purposes, I like using it as a scalp treatment once a week.

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    1. Yes, EXACTLY. Scalp treatment -- interesting! I've used it as a hair serum but not for the scalp. Will definitely look into that, too. Thanks!

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  9. I just bought a big 54 oz container of coconut oil and have been wanting to try it on my face and hair.

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    1. That is AWESOME! Way to dive in to natural beauty. I've heard it works well as a hair serum, too. Miracle oil :)

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  10. Coconut oil is the best! I put it on my lips when they are chapped also

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    1. Ohh yes. It works well for that; I also use "Beauty Balm" from Green Pasture for lips and problem skin areas.

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  11. I only use this to moisturize. I got rid of all that junky drug store stuff a few years ago. If I want scent I use the brand '100% Pure'. They are marketed as 'kids soaps and lotions' but they are chemical free and smell delicious!

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    1. Ohhh thank you! I'm definitely going to look in to that!

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