Covering around 3,000 square inches of the average adult body, the skin is the largest human organ. So when you’re deciding how to keep it healthy, a natural skin moisturizer is the first thing you should consider.
The bath and body industry has gone nuts for coconuts. You can find everything from coconut shampoo to coconut moisturizers. But beware, just because something says it contains the incredible health benefits of coconut oil, doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin.
Not if those health benefits are being superseded by toxic chemicals commonly found in commercial skin care products, and even some that claim to be natural contain harmful ingredients.
The skin absorbs toxic chemicals into the blood stream so effectively that many medications now come in patch form. Which is why it’s so important to avoid the following chemicals commonly found in the bath and beauty isle:
- Propylene Glycol
- DMDM Hydrantoin (a petro-chemical)
- Sodium Laurel Sulfate
- Synthetic Colors
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Titanium, Zirconium
- Triethanolamine and Diethanolamine (TEA/DEA)
- Imidiazolidinyl Urea
- Behentrimonium Chloride
If it takes you more than about three seconds to read the label, you probably don’t want to put it onto your skin and get it into your blood stream, unless that lotion is worth the risk of cancer, eczema, asthma, headaches, or kidney failure… just to name a few of the potential side effects.
Benefits of Coconut Oil as a Natural Skin Moisturizer
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties. That means it will help wounds heal faster, chapped lips smooth out, and it will help keep germs at bay.
It is rich in Vitamin E, an essential nutrient for healthy skin repair and growth, keeping skin looking younger and more vibrant.
Coconut oil’s high saturated fat content will hold your skin’s natural moisture in, making your face, arms, legs, or any touchable part, feel soft and smooth.
Skin Care in the Pantry
You needn’t look any further for the best natural skin moisturizer than your own pantry. Coconut oil is what all the skin care lines are touting, so why not just use coconut oil and skip the additives?
Here’s a sugar scrub recipe good enough to eat, and perfect for keeping your body smooth and healthy- without lotion. Using these simple organic ingredients and a reused container, it’s also an eco-friendly alternative.
Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub for Your Body
In a large bowl, mix sugar into oil (NOT melted) with a large wooden spoon until all sugar has been equally incorporated.
Scoop mixture into a jar with a lid, and store in a cool dry place.
Directions for use: Scrub onto wet skin in the shower. The sugar will exfoliate the skin and then melt away with a warm rinse, leaving the oil to moisturize your body. You can use a larger grained sugar (like turbinado) for a rougher feel, or table sugar for a softer experience.
Coconut Moisturizer for Your Face
While this scrub works great as a body moisturizer, it might be a little rough on the face. In a previous article, I gave you a recipe for home made deodorant using coconut oil and baking soda. Skip the corn starch, and this recipe works wonders as a facial cleanser and moisturizer!
You may need to play with the recipe to suit your needs, especially when choosing an oil to mix in. Some people have very sensetive skin, and certain oils may irritate it. You don’t need to use any oils at all in this recipe, but some (like tea tree) may benefit particular skin conditions.
Directions for use: Moisten your face with warm water. Scoop out a small portion of the coconut oil and baking soda mixture. Rub gently over your face in soft circular motions. Rinse with warm water until all traces of baking soda are washed away. Pat dry. When rinsing, you can easily remove more of the oil or less to accommodate your skin type.
This natural facial cleanser and moisturizer, or just plain coconut oil, also works incredibly well for removing makeup. Just rub it on and wipe it off, and your mascara and foundation are gone without harmful chemicals.
Armed with these simple coconut oil recipes, using toxic skin moisturizers would just be plain nuts!
http://www.ewg.org/ Skin Deep Database