Aging, Dry Skin? ~My Secret Potion
Dry homes combined with wind and cold outdoor temperatures tend to wreak havoc on our skin. As we age, it is harder and harder to stay truly moisturized, no matter how well we hydrate. Our faces, lips, and hands show it the most.
Research has shown that women absorb high levels of chemicals every year just from the makeup and lotions they use. Even if we wear little or no make-up, the moisturizers we buy contain chemicals…and lots of them.
Our skin is our largest organ, and nearly everything you put on it is readily absorbed. We would be wise to approach topical skin care as you would your food, and only feed your skin the best ingredients.
I will be 62 this month, and virgin coconut oil is indispensable for my aging, dry skin. I use it on my face and body, and I consume significant amounts of it in my diet (minimum 1 TBSP/day). In a way, it is a magic potion…but only in the sense that God created it wonderfully for our bodies internally and topically.
Thanks to Amy Joy of Amy Joy’s Photography for taking this photo in 2013.
I believe one of the main reasons that we experience so many skin problems in the US today is the change in our dietary oil. Our forefathers consumed primarily saturated fats from uncontaminated sources, but most people today consume processed polyunsaturated fats and trans-fatty acids.
Unlike processed oils which produce free radicals that make us age faster inside and out, unrefined coconut oil is incredibly stable and is an antioxidant capable, many believe, of turning back the clock of aging. I believe that aging can be a slowed down and that dry skin needn’t be!
My Facial Moisturizer
When absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, coconut oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It helps keep your connective tissues supple and strong.
It is an exfoliant, removing the outer layer of dead skin cells and making your skin smoother. Exfoliated skin has a more youthful, healthy glow.
Coconut oil has potent antimicrobial activity. Almost 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is Lauric Acid that your body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, also has antimicrobial activity.
Coconut oil is perhaps one of the most useful ingredients you can keep in your house.
From now through Valentine’s Day (February 13th), Tropical Traditions is offering a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE sale for coconut oil pints.
What You Will Need To Make My Facial Moisturizing Potion:
~A small jar with lid
~enough Virgin Coconut Oil to fill the jar – allow 1/2″ head room
~approx 5-10 drops of your choice of Essential Oil(s) for every 1 TBSP of coconut oil
Count out how many TBSPs of coconut oil you need. Figure the number of drops of your oils. Blend the oils and coconut oil together well in a small bowl and fill your little jar. This is not an exact science – let your nose and senses guide you and have fun!
These beautiful blends are safe for facial tissue or use coconut oil all by itself:
I get all of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and have been very happy with the high quality, the price, and their effectiveness in actual medical situations in our home and elsewhere.
For the Face:
I can smooth a small daub from my fingers onto my face and around my eyes and in seconds it melts from my body heat and spreads evenly. It absorbs into my skin within minutes and DOES NOT feel greasy or slimy in the least if I haven’t used too much. Coconut oil a good friend to all types of skin.
For the Hands and Body:
Coconut oil melts at 78° F, so at normal room temperature it will be solid. Do a little test…when you get out of the shower or hot bath, scoop a daub of my potion into your hand and give it a second to melt. When your pores are open from the heat, it is a perfect time to deep moisturize and nourish your skin. Even the palms of your hands should not feel greasy after a few minutes, but you may wish to get any excess with a tissue before going on with your day.
Over the years, Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been a wonderful reference resource. I trust it for accuracy.
Once you have tried my moisturizing, anti-aging potion for your face and body, you will not want to keep it a secret. You will want to tell your friends, too!
Disclaimer: Please understand that this information is for educational purposes only. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and they are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. Don’t take my word for it…you should always engage conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional to determine potential drug interactions and safety of use.
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