I have experienced more acne in my adult life than I ever did as a teenager. Some of my most painful and embarrassing skin moments came after the age of 23. Over the course of the last 4 years I have been challenged with trying to understand how my skin works, and how to keep it clear. After trying so many products and medications, I now have a very strict skin care routine that when I stick to it, my skin flourishes.
One of the biggest contributors to my skin’s success is coconut oil. Now I already know what you are thinking. Coconut oil must be the holy grail of oils because it literally solves every issue. Sometimes I wish I could just pour coconut oil on my life, it would probably just make everything better. But in all seriousness coconut oil is a skin saver in so many ways. Not only does it keep my skin soft and supple, it’s a great makeup remover, and its antibacterial properties help zap pimples!
See acne is essentially just an infection of your pores, so I figure if I keep my skin clean and moisturized, and at the proper ph level I should remain acne free. The lauric acid found within coconut oil provides anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
So, you are probably wondering how do I use it in my routine. I have come to realize any real beauty evangelist who has discovered the wonderful use of coconut oil on their face, has had to figure out the best way and what step to add it in. For me personally I like to use coconut oil as pre-treatment for my nightly skincare routine. As I stated before coconut oil is great at removing makeup, especially on the sensitive areas such as your eyes. I first take a steamy face cloth and hold it over my skin to open up my pores and moisten my skin. Then, I love to take a dollop of the coconut oil and massage my face with it. I do this until I can see the dirt begin to break up and move. Then I proceed with my black soap followed up by a cool rinse and moisturizer. My skin feels so soft and rejuvenated each time, and if I stay on top of my diet as well as follow my skin routine I am acne free!
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