I used to have flawless skin… and then I started modeling. Somewhere between turning 18 and rushed backstage touch-ups at fashion shows, I developed (what I thought of as) horrible skin.
Now, granted, it was not as bad as some. However, when a person goes from flawless skin to acne-prone-incredibly-dry-but-terribly-oily-red-and-very-irritated skin, things get a bit emotional.
It took me an entire year to figure out how to nurture my skin back to its “flawless” state. With that said, I think I may be able to say with confidence that I – myself – have research, tried, and seen results with a natural cure for acne:
When I first heard I should put coconut oil on my naturally oily skin I thought, “These people must be insane.” But I did it anyways.
Apparently fighting oil with oil is a proven method to get rid of your skin’s overproduction of oil. Through research I’ve found that skin naturally produces oil when it’s too dry, which causes oily skin and acne. When you moisturize with oil, it actually nourishes your skin and helps to restore its natural oils, thus making it less oily, extremely moisturized with a natural glow, and less prone to breakouts.
It works! Not only did it immediately cure some of my current breakouts (coconut oil is a natural antibacterial), it also made my skin glow! I woke up the next morning with milky white skin and exponentially less breakouts.
Here’s my method for using coconut oil on my face:
Because I had so much success with my skin, I began putting the coconut oil in my hair at night and washing it out in the morning. I massage it into my scalp for about four minutes, and then pull it through to the ends to make sure my split ends are coated. Then I put my hair into a bun and go to sleep.
In the morning, I wash my hair with shampoo (if you’re worried about the oil leaving a residue, shampoo it twice) and finish with conditioner. I notice my hair has so much body when I do this!
Within the first week of trying this, I had multiple people ask me if I had extensions in my hair and comment on how healthy and shiny it was. The oil and scalp massage will stimulate hair growth, and putting oil on your ends will help seal up some of the split ends and protect your hair a bit more than leaving it “natural.”
The uses for coconut oil are endless. Here are a few more I either use personally or highly recommend:
So, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy a jar right now.