A while back, I had mentioned that I was moisturizing with coconut oil and someone on instagram asked me if I was still using it and could I post about it. Well, I am not still using it, but I will post about it. :)
I use coconut oil most often in the winter months when I have super dry skin. In the meantime, I have found a couple other products that I really love.
1. Hemp oil. Instead of using coconut oil, I've been using hemp oil. On my face. Yep. It's got a 0 comedogenic rating, meaning that it will not clog your pores. Even coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 2, so if you've tried that before and you were breaking out, try hemp oil. I use it just like a regular cleanser. In the shower, I put a dime size amount in my hands, put it all over my face, and splash off. There will still be oil on your face, don't worry. When I get out, I pat my face lightly with a towel to get the excess oil off, and leave the rest as a moisturizer. I really, really like it so far - I've been using it for about 3 weeks and I've seen improved tone (it improves redness) and texture of skin (it feels softer). It also helps with inflammation, and is great for eczema and psoriasis. I linked to a good brand, but if you look for one in store just make sure it is in a dark glass bottle, and the oil is green in color. It has a nutty, earthy smell, but it's not at all overpowering or bothersome (to me, anyway).
2. & 3. Jojoba oil and lavender essential oil. I've posted about these two before, but I absolutely love them for body moisturizer. I put a quarter size amount of jojoba oil in my palm and two drops of lavender essential oil (careful! A little goes a long way!). It goes on so well and is so hydrating. Lavender is very calming on the skin so if you have any inflammation this is especially good.
4. Weleda wild rose creamy body wash. I bring a travel size bottle of this to the gym and it's fantastic. It doesn't dry your skin like a lot of other body washes tend to do, and it smells really refreshing and light.
5. Natural dry skin brush. Have you heard of dry skin brushing? Ok, this might seem totally out there, and I can't vouch for it yet because I just bought one yesterday, but really intrigued. Basically you run the dry brush gently on your dry skin, toward the heart in long sweeping motions (not circular and not scrubbing). It is supposed to stimulate the lymphatic system, helps eliminate toxins, open pores, promote cell renewal, tighter skin, blood flow, and aid in digestion and kidney function. I mean, a $9.00 brush is better than a million over the counter products to do the same things, so I'll follow up in a few weeks with how it's going. I'm curious- have you ever tried it?
What are your current favorites for the skin?