I’m standing next to a couple of girls in their 20s who are talking about how they use coconut oil for everything – to moisturise their faces, as a mask for their hair, to moisturise their lips. They love how it’s cheap and easy to get and it’s awesome in every way.
And I smile and nod.
Then, in the same week three more people ask me if it’s ok to use coconut or rosehip oil as their total skincare routine.
And of course it is, but there’s more to the story than that. You can do better.
More is More
This is one situation when more is definitely more.
Single ingredient skincare is convenient because you only have to apply one product, and it’s usually cheaper then more complicated skincare formulas... but you are missing out!
If the 20-somethings had asked my opinion this is what I would have said: When you buy skincare products such as moisturiser or cleanser there have usually been hundreds if not thousands of hours devoted to developing the best product for the job.
Now, some companies are happy to use petroleum derived, chemically souped up wonder products because the immediate results are noticeable and the cost of the ingredients are low.
Others, like Naturalmente, prefer to use plant based ingredients that have been sourced from biodynamic or organic farms. Either way they have invested a lot in developing products that that work, and use a longer list of ingredients than just one single oil.
When Coconut oil does more harm than good
Extra Virgin Coconut oil is one of today’s super foods. With essential fatty acids, vitamins, moisture-giving oil and limited processing the white, solid coconut oil you buy at the health food shop or supermarket is as close to the the natural stuff as you'll probably get. But certain skin types will have problems with this type of oil.
If you have oily skin you still need moisture, and there's often a very fine balance between your skin being too oily and and being dehydrated. Oily skin still needs its own moisturiser to maintain a good balance, and a carefully crafted product will avoid the causes of excess oil production.
Solid coconut oil can also be too heavy for oily skin, causing the pores to block which might lead to acne or blackhead breakouts.
And even if you don’t have oily skin, there are plenty reasons to use a moisturiser that's suited to your skin type.
Extra benefits for zero extra effort
If you’re going to put something on your skin, why not take the opportunity to add nutrients and goodness? It takes no long than putting a basic oil on.
Let’s look at Breathe Skin Therapy’s Purifying Cream. This moisturising cream has been specially developed for anyone with oily or combination skin. (It’s light aniseed and citron scent is not too girly either, so it’s great for the guys too.)
Argan Oil is one of the base ingredients but there’s also Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil. So, you’re already getting the benefits of five different oils in one application, and it doesn’t stop there.
You may have heard recently about hyaluronate being a new wonder ingredient. Well, that’s in there as well – in its more bioavailable form of Sodium hyaluronate.
Honey, Squalene (an extract from olives, wheatgerm or rice bran that helps to firm and protect the skin), Dandelion Root Extract, Fennel Seed Extract, Echinacea Extract, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Yellow Sweet Clover Extract and Citron Peel Extract are all included in this little bottle of goodness too.
So you can add all that to your skincare routine in the same amount of time that it takes to just apply good old coconut oil.
Try for yourself and see the difference
Ok, so if you’re in your 20s and have great skin, using a bit of coconut oil to trap the moisture that’s already in there might be all it takes to make you feel good. But if you’re any older or have problem skin, you might need to rethink your skincare options.
By choosing a product that uses botanical and therapeutic ingredients you can build a skincare routine that includes some amazing benefits for your skin and health, without any extra steps. Once you notice the benefits of using one amazing product you might find you want to add an extra step or two.
Before you know it you’ll even be using a serum!
I challenge you to try upgrading your skincare products for a month and see the benefits to your skin.