I guess I’m a little late with the first blog post of 2013, but here it is. And you know what, I’m not even going to talk about plastic surgery today. I’m going to talk about one of my favorite new moisturizers instead. I know I’ve gone on and on about how important it is to moisturize your skin- not only is dry skin itchy and uncomfortable, but dry skin can crack, letting bacteria that start an infection brewing.
So what is my favorite new moisturizer? Well, it smells great, you can use it on your skin and hair, and even eat it. Did you guess already? Yep- its coconut oil! Coconut oil has been in the popular press quite a bit lately for all of these uses. I have used in in some recipes to replace butter (it’s great in granola, for example). And since winter started, I’ve also been using as lotion. It absorbs fast and smells great.
Coconut oil also works well as a hair moisturizer- just rub some on your hands, then rub into your hair. Let is set for 5 or 10 minutes, then shower as usual. Now want to hear something a little strange? I’ve actually been using coconut oil on my dog. Yeah, I realize that’s um…. thinking outside the box. But she’s a Maltipoo, and she’s got some long, curly hair. She also doesn’t shed, which is a set-up for matting. I don’t like to give her baths in the winter, because she gets cold so quickly, so I tried rubbing a little coconut oil in her fur. (She smells great, by the way- we call her the coco-mutt.) I’ve just been rubbing it on my hands, then through her fur, and as long as I don’t use more than a teaspoon, she doesn’t get anything oily when she lays down (e.g. the couch, our bed…) And she is not only much easier to comb out, but her skin isn’t nearly as dry. And her hair isn’t full of static when I brush her, which we both appreciate. Oh, and since it’s totally edible, I don’t worry when she promptly licks it off her fur!
You can see her crazy, curly fur in the pics below.
Thanks for stopping by over the past few months. If there are any topics you’d like to hear about over the next year, I would love to hear about them!