Coconut Oil
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Coconut Oil Benefits, Side Effects and Reviews

Dry Skin
Posted by Nanci (Niagara Falls, NY) on 02/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have used it all over & here's what I do - I keep some in a rubbermaid container (with the top on) that I toss into he tub while I shower. The heat makes it melty, so then I just pour it onto my palm afterwards & slather it everywhere. I also use it on my hair like a hot oil treatment before a shampoo.

For internal use: I soften it & pour it into those little candy molds & chill it, then eat them. My dog comes running when she hears me getting it out so she can have her VCO. (I saw a recipe here that mixes it with cocoa & honey) In the summer I use it before sun exposure - and gently tan without peeling.

You should only buy the Virgin Coconut Oils like Nutiva. If you're going to bother doing it, use the one that will give you the most benefits and have best quality.

http://nutiva.com/products/10_coconut.php find it on Amazon, Swanson, Vitacost etc.


Dry Skin
Posted by Lisa (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 05/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using coconut oil on my face and legs for about a month I also take a tablespoon daily along with oil pulling with sesame oil. The results are fantastic. Where I live is very dry and my skin has taken a beating for years. Dry patches on my cheeks and nose, legs so dry that I was embarrassed to wear shorts. But with the coconut oil I have glowing healthy looking skin.

Quick tip: If you have a problem taken coconut oil internally because of the taste or texture. Here is a great recipe:

Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 Tbspn of Cocoa Powder and sweeten with honey. It has a frosting type consistancy and is delicious.


Dry Skin
Posted by Kay (London, UK) on 05/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered with skin complaints for a long time, I often got those little red bumps on my arms.also red lumps under and around my nose and general teenager style spots on my face. I started using coconut oil on the surface of my skin only. The brand I use is _____which is made in the UK and contains no other ingredients other then natural 'pure' coconut oil (thats what it says on the label). I experimented with different ways of using the oil on my face and body. I found that the skin on my face and arms became softer and I now rarely get spots or skin irritation (except at that spot). The best method for my face is to use the oil on my skin as a cleanser to open pores, then remove the excess with a cotton pad. After that I cleanse with an astringent. I use pure distilled rose-water which smells beautiful, closes my pores nicely and also makes my skin wonderfully soft. To top it off I moisturise again with the coconut oil, leave it on the surface to sink in a little, and take the excess of with a cotton pad (usually in places like my forehead and chin which don't absorb as much). I can't stress enough how much healthier my skin is. My complexion is brighter and I have less to no problem zones anymore.


Dry Skin
Posted by Sondra (Rialto, California) on 12/25/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Coconut oil cured my dry skin irritation. last 10 years or so I have been developing some sort of scalely skin on the lower portion of my legs happening in the winter months more so. The Dr. had no idea what it was, I was using victoria secrets lotions and aveena body wash and lotions. store brand harsh soaps, changed all my products to a healthier soap and now I virgin coconut oil as my all over lotion, this is the first yr I have not seen any irritation. VCO IS MY FRIEND FOR LIFE


Dry Skin
Posted by Lucinda (Lisbon, Portugal) on 11/26/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using pure coconut oil in cooking and on my skin for 6 months now. I had no dry skin problems during the summer (portuguese summers are really dry) and have not had any adverse reactions on eating the oil. I love the oil. no more buying expensive face creams!!


Dry Skin
Posted by Rhonda (Gallatin, TN) on 02/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I read your Blogs about Coconut Oil.I was wondering if anyone has used the cheap brand LouAna Coconut Oil? Is it safe to use? It says 100%Pure All Natural on the bottle. I bought the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil online and have been using it.Just after 3 days we can see a difference in skin tone and blemishes. I think we've finally found something that works.


Dry Skin
Posted by Virginia (Clinton, NC) on 02/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using coconut oil for dry skin and it has helped tremendously. I have done away with all other creams and use nothing but that as well as cooking with it and mixing it in my food. I have had none of the diarrhea problems that I have heard of others having.


Dry Skin
Posted by Sujatha (Dubai, UAE) on 02/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi i am an Indian and coconut oil is widely used both as cooking oil and for topical application. Its great for skin, prevents dry, itchy and flaky skin and promotes hair growth too. In our country we don't drink this oil but use it for cooking and most of the doctors advice that it contains saturated fat which is a culprit in clogging arteries. My grandma had high cholesterol and the first thing the doc advised her was to change her cooking oil from coconut to sunflower oil. Please check with doctors before you start taking it internally. Best regards, sujatha


Dry Skin
Posted by Barbara (Callands, VA) on 01/31/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Coconut Oil has been in my kitchen for about two years. I use it for cooking anything that requires oil. I also use it daily on my skin and it is a wonder for the winter dryness. I use it as a replacement for butter on my toast and internal. It lubricates from the inside out and the outside in.


Dry Skin
Posted by Jamie (Van Nuys, CA) on 01/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Dry skin be gone!! I love this site, and I love testimonials. i am a sucker for them, for better or worse, and have bought many a useless thing based on them. But I am SO SO SO happy to say that this time it actually came true for me! After reading all the great stuff on the site, I bought some Virgin coconut oil. I have fairly dry skin (and always issues with acne and hating my skin) and I have religiously applied a good, natural vitamin A and E lotion everyday after showers for a long time, etc. do all the "lock in moisture" tips... but I still had dry skin, also felt tight no matter what, never that dewy, glowing thing you hear about all the time from really expensive lotions and creams. oh my god thank god for coconut oil!! i am in love with it. I have used it maybe 3 or 4 days now, all over my body and any flakiness is GONE. gone!! yay! my hands are very dry because I work with them, but when I take the time to rub in the oil it keeps it from cracking at least. I know if I am more diligent I might actually feel like I don't' have man hands! ha. The best thing is when I used it for a stir fry! holy cow, in love all over again. I mean, I really do feel like I glow like an 'island beauty' when I put it on, it melts so nicely and thin and silky on body temperature, and I am a redhead so anything that helps me feeling smooth and less mottled is a godsend. honestly, i am silk, not grease. even when it goes on it's not like oil, it's bliss. I'm a little overwhelmed with how/if to take it internally, along with all the ACV, molasses, hydrogen peroxide stuff... i don't' want to bombard my body.. Any suggestions on how to prioritize which of these I ingest/get in a good steady routine? Or if it's harmful to be eating coconut oil AND all this other stuff? is it too much? regardless, for dry skin coconut oil is THE WAY TO GO. hands down. OH! also feels so so nice on my face. I was worried I'd break out but so far so good. I actually, finally (sob) feel RIGHT in my skin. hasn't been so for a long time. my face actually feels lubricated, I have been stunned the past night or two that I put it on my face to realize that it feels healthy from the inside, which is literally unreal and a blessing. my self image has improved from outside, inside out! Not too be too dramatic, but I really finally feel like I can say I'm a beautiful woman, because my skin FEELS fresh, healthy and also looks it. thank you!!!


Dry Skin
Posted by Charlene (Jamaica, NY) on 01/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My co-worker introduced me to Coconut Oil. I suffer from dry skin and Thyroid problems. I must admit it has made a major difference in my life! I take it orally every morning and I have noticed a healthy, glowing complexion on my face. I also use it on my skin and I cook with it as well. My overall feeling of using CO is very good because I believe that I've felt healthier since taking it!


Dry Skin
Posted by Krystal (Memphis, TN) on 01/11/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I began using coconut oil on my hair and body and it is awesome. My skin is so soft. After I take my ACV bath or spray my body down with ACV after a shower, I wait until I am completely dry and rub my body down with the coconut oil. It is so good to my skin I can't help but to rub my own face and body! I began putting it around my dry cuticles; letting the oil soak in and can you believe my cuticle look awesome. I put it on my lips and let the oils soak in to make my lips softer. I don't need chap stick. I have coconut oil. I use a little on my hair and oil my scalp with it. I am going to experiment with taking it internally. I have read the comments about taking to much so I am going to start off slow. Natural products are awesome. Why don't we use what God intended! Nature! Vegetation & herbs! I love nature!


Dry Skin
Posted by Lisa (Bangkok, Thailand) on 01/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I ingest pure virgin coconut oil twice per day. I used to have dry scaly skin. I tried the most expensive lotion brands: Loccitane, Origins, Bath & Body Works -- but nothing made my skin shiny and smooth. After two weeks of ingesting coconut oil and using externally my skin began to shine! My boyfriend couldn't stop touching me and everyone thought I was pregnant because my skin glowed. I am an African-American so we notoriously suffer from dry skin but now I have beautiful skin and because I live in Thailand I have access to some of the best oil around at good prices. The only mild reactions I had was gas which I took gas pills for.


Dry Skin
Posted by Lynn (Westmont, IL) on 11/17/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I used to have very dry skin, I'd have to put on lotion a couple times a day in the winter to feel "normal." I also used department store facial creams. I now use coconut oil for my body and face. I can't rave enough about the results. A person in Fruitful Yield gave the me the suggestion for my daughter and then told me that she uses it on her face as a cream. I thought it was worth a try.


Dry Skin
Posted by Suzan (Fair Oaks, CA) on 08/02/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I did not try to 'cure' anything.. I just wanted the benefits of the coconut... I have never had any 'bad' reaction. We've been eating coconut oil for about 5 years. I buy it online from "Tropical Traditions" by the gallon. I LOVE coconut cream concentrate... (ground coconut meat with the oil) Eat it straight several times a day... Put the oil on my face every morning and on my husband's legs as they tend to become too dry in the hot summer. Also cook/fry with just the Virgin coconut oil... and olive oil. NONE of any coconut oil will 'clog your arteries'.. Read "Know Your Fats" by Mary G. Enig... She is very knowledgeable and will answer all your questions. Thanks for asking.....Suzan



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