Firstly, can I just say thank you for the really kind comments you guys left on my last post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them. You are a truly lovely bunch.
Now, I know I said that you couldn’t possibly be interested in hearing about me showering with coconut oil but I promise this is a just once thing for the blog, rather than a forever thing. I thought you might be interested to hear about how someone even washes with coconut oil.
Interestingly, it turns out that I now wash my body in exactly the same way I wash my face when using an oil-based cleanser. First off, I slather on a very generous layer of a base oil. Sometimes I use coconut oil, because it’s the one that works best for my skin, but often I opt for an oil that’s liquid at room temperature for speed, such as cold-pressed sunflower, sweet almond or jojoba oil.
Once it’s everywhere (skin, bathroom, taps, you name it…), I jump in the shower with a flannel and gently buff it all off again.
And that’s really all there is to it.
I find that on getting out of the shower, there’s still a thin film of moisture on my skin and I tend to then top it up with a bit more coconut oil because I find that sinks in the best and seems to calm my skin down in a way most other oils don’t. Then I apply a layer of the prescription cream I’m also using.
And my initial thoughts after 3+ weeks?
The skin that isn’t usually affected or inflamed (i.e. the normal bits) is in the best condition EVER. My lower legs are like silk and normally at this time of year, they’re like lizards. I’m actually so converted to the benefits of washing this way that I’d happily keep it up despite the extra time. The troublesome bits of skin are definitely improved too. They’re not cured or anything miraculous and they still cause me grief, but I’ve certainly noticed that they feel calmer, periods when I’m plagued by itching are reduced and – if this makes sense – the skin underneath and immediately around the flare-up is improved, which makes the bad bits seem better.
For anyone who is experiencing dry, itchy, scaly or that horrible transitional skin you can get at this time of year, do try washing without soap or detergent. Even the gentler kinds. I was sceptical when my GP suggested it, but he was right. Skin like mine really doesn’t like foaming stuff and I’m keen to see the results once another few weeks have passed.
On the flip side, I smell coconut EVERYWHERE. Good thing it’s a lovely smell. Because it’s become my new signature scent…