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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 / Nottingham, UK

How Using Natural Oils Cured My Skin Conditions

how coconut oil cured my skin conditions

Being someone who has struggled for a long time with ongoing skin conditions like Acne and Eczema, I felt like I would never find anything to treat them. This was until I came across using natural oils in my beauty regime and I can honestly use the old cliché 'it has changed my life'...

I was lucky in my early teens. I had clear skin and only really suffered from the occasional bout of very mild eczema on my arms and legs! It was when I hit aged 17 that my skin erupted into painful acne around my chin area. My skin conditions are nearly always triggered by stress and unfortunately it is a downward cycle because with (what I thought was) unsightly acne comes more stress which stems from being so self-conscious. My struggle with acne was a long one and unfortunately, at times of high stress, I still suffer from the occasional breakout

1. Coconut oil as a moisturiser/body scrub.


Being someone who struggles with their skin, I am willing to try anything to make it better! I stumbled across coconut oil when my dad started using it to cook with and I am so happy I did. It was the product that led me to look into natural oils. So, I decided to slap the stuff all over my face one night after reading that people use it for their skin and the first thing I noticed was how soft my face was.


After going on a lovely holiday to the South of France to visit my grandparents, I came back very tanned but my skin was so dry! I had been putting off exfoliating in case I rubbed my tan off so turned to my reliable coconut oil. I found a recipe for a body scrub on Pinterest, it was basically coconut oil mixed with sugar to create a paste, and used it to exfoliate my skin. It worked wonders! It didn't get rid of my tan (yay) but peeled away the dead skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth.


2. Coconut oil to shave with.


This is a way to use coconut oil that I have only recently discovered and it is brilliant! I found shaving foam so drying once I'd used it but with coconut oil it's the opposite. My legs feel so smooth and in the long run, it is much more cost-effective because you need a minimal amount!


3. Rosehip oil to fade acne scars.

I stumbled across Rosehip oil after hearing good things about it and completely fell in love. The first thing I really liked about it was the smell (I don't know why)! I initially bought it just for a moisture surge for my skin but, after reading into the benefits, realised it could help with fading my acne scars! It worked wonders! I bought mine in TK Maxx from the range RosehipPLUS and I have continued to use it ever since!


4. My weirdest and most loved secret...

Last but definitely not least is my most cherished discovery for using natural oils. It was my third year of University when my Eczema got really bad. I was particularly stressed with my dissertation and being a third-year student in general and my skin really did represent my inner worries. My arms were covered in small patches of dry Eczema which resulted in me covering them at all times. I had just met my boyfriend, Tom, and I was so conscious that he would think that my body had always been and would always be covered in Eczema. Luckily for me, it didn't bother him which did calm it down!

The worst part about it was it was creeping onto my face for the first time in my life. It wasn't just embarrassing having dry, scaly skin on my face but it hurt. I was left in tears most nights when taking my makeup off because the so-called 'natural' cleansers I had wasted hundreds of pounds on felt as if it was burning my face off.

After struggling with this for around 8 months I was ready to try anything. Searching Pinterest (it is my go-to for everything) I came across a link to a video with one of my favourite YouTuber's 'Pixiwoo' and I tried one of the natural beauty regimes with life changing results.
I use Olive Oil.

I use Olive Oil to cleanse in the morning and take my makeup off at night. Literally, within two nights of using it, my skin was soothed and back to normal. I had finally found my beauty saviour!
Unfortunately, I had to waste tonnes of money to get to the point where I realised that all my skin needed was natural products.

A common misconception about using natural oils is that it will make your skin feel oily but it really doesn't. All it does is nourish and fully moisturise your skin and from someone who has suffered from Acne, it doesn't cause breakouts either.

My skin has never been better!

Please don't hesitate to comment with any questions or your own experiences. When you're suffering from skin problems, it's nice to know you're not the only one and I would love to go into more detail with my experiences with anyone that needs it!
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