Coconut Culture: Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Now it’s no surprise that coconut oil is known to be good for the skin, but what I do feel is worth sharing is what brands may be better. I can’t say that I’ve tried many but I have tried 2 different forms; liquid and cold pressed. I’ve mentioned in an earlier post about the liquid coconut oil I was using from The Body Shop, and how I really like the way it left my skin feeling, but I have to say I prefer using the cold pressed form now.

The lovely people at Coconut Culture recently sent me a jar of Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil to try out, I have been using it for a little while now and I have been loving the way my skin has been feeling the morning after. I keep the jar at my bedside and apply a small amount of the oil to my face before going to bed. I find that on cooler nights the oil is quite firm and I have to warm it up in my fingers to make it easier to apply, but if it’s been warmed up from the heater being on (all the time these days!) the consistency is perfect to apply. I really don’t like the feeling of oily skin but if you use a small amount it seeps into the skin in no time, which is a huge plus. What I also like about the cold pressed oil over the liquid is that there is no wastage through accidental spilling!

I don’t use this every night, as I’ve noticed with other products that if I use it all the time it stops working. After using this coconut oil, my skin feels so soft and so much more even. I think my skin also slightly glows in a more health way….if that makes any sense, it does in my head. The last thing I love about this coconut oil is that it is ethically produced in Sri Lanka. For those of you who don’t know, my background is Sri Lankan, so it’s always nice to see brands ethically supporting those in underprivileged countries!

Coconut Culture

Before Bed Products

IMG_4982

My nightime skincare routine in the past involved washing my face with either a cleanser or a scrub, I had never thought about nor tried using extra products such as oils or serums. During my school years I suffered heavily with acne, my skin was really bad, and I couldn’t help but break the pimples and squeeze my skin until it went numb (literally). Everyone would always tell me “don’t break your pimples, you’ll get scars”, but I just didn’t listen, and now I’m dealing with the consequences! For a long time I thought that the scars would go away in time, and I would just have to be patient and let them fade away but as of recent (from the beginning of this year) I decided to start using one extra product before bed to see if my skin would become smoother and the scars would go away. I must mention that each of these products were either sent to me to try out, in a gift bag or gifted from a friend, so I have been lucky to be able to try these out without having to break the bank, however they have got me hooked so I would definitely re-purchase some of them.

Starting with the oils, Kosmea’s organic rose hip oil and Body Shop’s coconut oil. The first before bed product I tried was the rose hip oil, I was so impressed by it at the beginning, when applying it, it just absorbs into the skin instantly and in the morning my skin felt so much softer. I found myself lathering it on before bed every night, however after a while, when I was getting near to the end of the bottle, I was noticing that it wasn’t as effective as it was when I first started using it. I’m not sure if this was because my skin was getting used to it so the effect wasn’t as great or maybe I was just used to seeing the improvement and was unable to notice anything beyond. I then started using Body Shop’s coconut oil. Again after applying the coconut oil I found that my skin felt softer, however this oil absorbs into the skin a lot slower than the rose hip oil, so I found that if there’s any pet fur on my bed/pillow it would get stuck to my face. After a while it is fine though, it absorbs and in the morning the skin feels softer. I found that these oils are good for making the skin feel soft, but they didn’t really help with removing scars or dark spots. Out of the two, I would choose the rose hip oil to re-purchase.

The cucumber and guava firming eye balm  from the Jojoba company is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness around the eyes. After applying this balm under my eyes I found that I couldn’t really see any difference, however I also applied this to my forehead where I have have fine frown lines, and I actually noticed a difference, nothing too drastic, but I do feel like there was a slight reduction in the fine lines.

The Clinique dark spot corrector is a little sample a friend gave me (Thanks Ava!). I didn’t start using this one till very recently but I’ve found it to be really good, now this is good for reducing dark spots and acne scarring! It has a very light consistency, glides on the easily and absorbs pretty much instantly. If I keep using it, hopefully my scars will disappear.

Last but not least the serums, Jurlique’s Nutri-define Superior Retexturising Serum and Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. These products I have found to be helpful in making the skin feel and look smoother. Again because I used the break my pimples and squeeze my skin, the texture of my skin became quite rough and uneven. I have found that the morning after applying either one of these products, my skin seems so much more smoother. Out of the two I can’t choose which one I would re-purchase just because they both have a very similar effect, if you are looking to buy one I would say just go for the one you find more reasonable in price.

Just on a side-note, I have found that changing the routine helps, because as I mentioned earlier, when I was just using the rose-hip oil, after a while I didn’t really notice a difference, so use one product for a couple of days and then use a different one, and so on.