Coconut Oil

Let me tell you a story about coconut oil. It’s pretty gross… It is also a pretty good way to moisturize. It’s clumpy, greasy, and annoying to get out of the jar. You also need a spoon. Soap never feels like it quite washes the coconut oil off, but somehow that seems reassuring because you’ve managed to finally lock in the moisture.

For the last week I’ve been using coconut oil each morning to moisturize my skin after the shower. To say that my skin is soft seems like an understatement. But, there aren’t so many words for extreme softness so I’ve chosen baby soft. My skin feels baby soft.

But, here is the honest truth. It’s a mess and takes a long time to soak in (if ever.) Often, I am in a huge hurry in the morning. I can’t sit around and wait for the moisture to soak into my skin before putting on my dark, almost black, jeans that I put on most days. The problem with black jeans and moisturizer that isn’t soaked in all the way is the dye rubs off onto your legs making the possibility of wearing a skirt later, no matter how nice the day is, zero without taking another shower.

I have enjoyed my baby soft skin this week. But, unfortunately, I don’t have time for baby soft skin. I understand why it is called baby soft skin now… Because, babies don’t do anything and therefore have all the time in the world to let the moisture soak in = “Baby soft skin” (badum-cha!)

However, if you do have some time on your hands and are interested in having baby soft skin then this is how to do it.

1. Apply coconut oil after you’ve taken a bath or shower. The coconut oil will absorbed better when your skin is supple and warm from the shower.

2. Use a spoonful (about a tablespoon) of coconut oil to moisturize your arms. Don’t let yourself go crazy. A little coconut oil goes a long way. Smooth it on evenly and keep rubbing until it’s all gone.

3. Use another couple tablespoons of coconut oil to moisturize your legs, torso, and the rest of your body.

4. Let the coconut oil get absorbed. In my experience this takes about 15 minutes. If you can do some other things like dry your hair or apply makeup, that is a time saver. The important thing is to hang out in your bathroom or put on a bathrobe so you don’t get oil on your nice clothes or furniture.

***beauty always comes from within, photo by Amanda Teague,xoxo behind the mirror***
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