As we approach what should be the warmest time of the year, yet still battle the occasional bitterly cold chill, it is important to look after our skin through warmer and chillier weather alike. However with some skin care products costing upwards of £50, paired with concerns about environment-damaging micro beads in cleansers and often harsh chemicals and parabens in budget moisturisers, it’s easy to feel completely baffled about how best to care for your skin.
Fortunately, there is an alternative that could well be a perfect balance between using all natural products, and not having to break the bank. You may have heard of coconut oil as a delicious, healthy essential for the kitchen, but that’s really only the start of its benefits to you and your body. It can also be used as a face and body moisturiser, leaving your skin feeling nourished and gorgeously scented at the same time.
Alternatively, coconut oil can be used as part of an oil cleansing method for oily and dry skin alike, to offer a deep cleanse paired with gentle nourishment. Maintaining its state as a solid until its temperature reaches 25C, the oil can be stored mess-free and then turned into a silky skin treat by simply rubbing a small amount between your palms.
Besides, that really is only the start of its uses! People have reported success when using coconut oil as a treatment for dry and damaged hair, a conditioning shaving cream, and even as a makeup remover with all of the effectiveness but none of the harsh chemicals.
A wonderfully scented, gentle skin care product which could even be doubled up as a cooking oil really does sound like the perfect all round purchase! Additionally, with organic, virgin coconut oil being available in most supermarkets for as little as £4, there really is no reason not to give it a whirl. You never know – you may find it replacing half of the beauty products you currently buy!
Laura is a soon-to-be psychology student who loves animals, wildlife and natural beauty. Based in Manchester, she is currently taking a GAP year to explore the world before studying.