Face oil is definitely having a moment. And now that the weather is cooling off (and heaters soon turn on) more people may turn to the natural emollient for their skin. But as someone who’s always steered clear of oil based products, the whole grease-on-my-face thing never appealed.
Until a facial I had back in September.
Coconut oil was the primary product of the service, and when finished my skin looked smooth and glow-y — not in the sweaty / shiny way, but rather in a wow, my complexion looks hydrated and healthy way.
I wanted more!
So I bought a bottle from my facialist, and went home to see what would happen after using it on a regular basis. (I bought an acne spot treatment as well, just in case!)
Here’s what happened after applying coconut oil to my face.
First off, I had no idea how to handle the product. I’m a little embarrassed to admit, we don’t cook with coconut oil (I know, I know — it’s super healthy — but we’re not there yet) so I had no idea how to use this butter-like goop, particularly on my face.
The facialist had advised to keep it in the fridge (which I did) because it melts at 76 degrees. So I found a baby spoon from 10 years ago (I know, I know – why do we still have these?) which turned out to be the perfect tool to get the thick substance out of the bottle. Once put on my palm, it started to soften, like a moisturizer, so I could pat it onto my face. I only used a teaspoon of product for my entire face and neck. (I also experimented with using it as a liquid and it’s way easier to use as the buttery goop). I rubbed the excess oil from my palms around the rest of my hands as a bonus treatment.
Afterwards, my face definitely felt a little slick, but not over saturated. Using a small amount is key.
It’s now been 4 weeks of using coconut oil on my face, and my skin still has that hydrated, healthy – dare I say plumper – look that I got after the facial.
I did get a big zit about a week after beginning this experiment. But the spot treatment I bought took care of that.
Buying coconut oil from my facialist felt right, for me. You could probably get something similar at Whole Foods, or any health food store, but just make sure you buy one that’s highly refined.
Here’s the one I bought.
I see they’re sold out. But you could use it as a starting point to know what to look for.