Have you ever taken the time to look at your legs. I don’t mean while you are walking or running you might trip over something or someone. I mean in the comfort of your home while sitting down. Well now is the time to appreciate them and the work they do in your everyday lives. A quick wash in the shower and dry with a towel is all the care most get because they are not seen too much especially in the cold winter months when they spend most of their time in trousers, leggings or tights. What you need is a skin care routine for your legs.
Coconut oil for legs
Your legs are mostly made from bone, muscle and skin tissue. They are, some say the strongest part of your body, I recall from my manual handling tuition at work. “Don’t use your back to lift something, use your ” big engines “, to which they mean the legs. To give you a demonstration of what I mean, put a box on the floor. Now bend over and pick it up, it is possible right?. Now put the box back on the floor, this time keeping your back straight, squat down in front of the box, pick it up then stand up. That feels much easier doesn’t it? Pushing up with your legs like two strong hydraulic rams is better than trusting your spine to pull up at an angle.
Now that you have much more appreciation for your legs it is time to think of how to take care of them. There are many creams that you can use on your body to keep your skin healthy and soft, but why would you want to waste putting these creams on your legs. Your legs don’t get age lines or wrinkles, but the skin can get dry especially at the top in between your legs where your underwear elastic stretches. Your legs are covered in skin which is natural from nature so the best thing to smooth into your legs is a natural oil from nature. The most natural oil for skin care is coconut oil, and that includes yourlegs, because yes they are covered in skin, right ?
Shaved legs care from coconut oil
Many people nowadays shave their legs. If your legs are on display they must be smooth seems to be the fashion. The amount of shavers especially for legs is mind blowing, that is without mentioning creams, epilators, laser hair removal salons, it is quite an industry.
Whatever method of hair removal you use it is the after care that is of the utmost importance. Itchy legs can be embarrassing, especially when you are out and about, so it is important to put something on your legs after shaving them to protect the now exposed skin. Coconut oil is natural, full of vitamins and nutrients that not only protects the skin but also keeps it soft.
In many hot countries coconut oil is used all over the body to protect against sun damage to the skin. During the summer the legs are probably the last place people think to put sun cream so a routine of smoothing coconut oil all over your body in the morning before you go out during the hot season will help keep your skin protected.
Coconut oil for sore skin
Sore skin on your legs ? some of you may ask. Well speaking from experience, wearing tighter fitting jeans, especially with the seams in jeans can rub against your legs and make them sore. This can sometimes happen at the hip area or in between the legs. In the hot sweaty summer months this can become uncomfortable and ruin a great day out. Firstly wear jeans or trousers that are not so tight, but if tight fitting trousers or jeans are a must. Then a daily routine of smoothing coconut oil all over your body including all areas of your legs to help the skin to stay lubricated while you are wearing them. It will help stop the skin from drying out which causes the soreness.
Some of you may get sore at the top of your legs because they rub together. This will cause the skin to dry out and become sore. This mostly happens in the hotter time of the year but in some cases it can be a regular all year round problem. Applying natural coconut oil at the top of your legs can help lubricate the skin and help to keep it soft so that any skin to skin rubbing will not cause too much soreness.
Health benefits of using coconut oil on your legs
My legs, like I guess many of you have taken the brunt of many an adventure. When younger or even now I get bumps, bruises or even cuts to my legs. Because they are nearest to the ground they are more likely to be knocked around.
Most people come through their adventurous childhood years with a couple of scars on their legs, me included. Scars are the bodies way of sealing up an opening in the skin where it has been cut open. It is a natural process that all bodies have in order to survive. To help the skin to repair and the scar to heal as strong and as invisible as possible coconut oil can be applied to firstly help keep out infection but also help the skin to heal quicker and stronger.
Coconut oil is just coconut oil
There are many creams, lotions and oils that you can buy to apply to the outside of your body, but how many of these would be just as good for you if you were to eat them. Coconut oil is the pure oil from the coconut, nothing added and nothing taken away. It is as safe to use on the outside of your body as it is to eat and feed the inside of your body.
Take care of your body “big engines” (legs), and they will take care of you. A daily routine using natural coconut oil smoothed onto them should keep them looking and feeling healthy.
Tattoos! You can either love them or hate them. You can proud of them or embarrassed by them. The first tattoos that have been discovered go back some 5000 years. Don’t worry this not going to be a history lesson.
Tattoos come in all shapes sizes and colours, the design ideas are endless. You can have a tattoo anywhere on your body, depending on how daring you are and of course how much pain you can take especially in more delicate areas…….OUCH!
Tattoo artists, as they are quite rightly called because it is an art form, firstly discuss what design you want and where you want it. I had a tattoo done many years ago, a tiger on my upper arm. The tattoo artist found a drawing of a tiger, edged it with a charcoal pencil made some improvements to it placed it on my arm to get the main lines of the design. The outline is done first then the colour is applied to give it some body. Before you ask, yes it does hurt because you have a needle puncturing your skin at a very fast rate injecting colour to make the tattoo.
Once the tattoo is finished it is coated in a cooling gel and wrapped in cling film to protect it and your skin from infection. You will then get instruction on how to care for it over the coming days, weeks and months.
My tattoo healed well because I took the time to take care of it, so, What’s best for tattoo aftercare ?
Care for your tattoo naturally
Tattoos are created in your skin by using a machine a bit like a hand held sewing machine. Instead of sewing pieces of cloth together with cotton thread, the needle injects small droplets of colour into the dermis, which is the second layer of skin, about a millimeter deep. The tattoo remains more stable within this layer as it is covered by the upper layer of skin, and can last a lifetime maybe with a bit of fading if too much sun exposure.
Any break in the surface of the skin is classed as a wound and as such needs to be taken care of to avoid infection. The tattoo artist will apply a cooling gel and some cling film initially, but once you get home the care is then up to you.
As it is initially a wound your body will start to repair itself hence the warming up of that area. It is a natural process that all living things have when injury occurs.
As it is a natural process why not care for your tattoo naturally with natures natural oils to give your skin and the tattoo within the best chance to make a full a vibrant recovery. After all it is going to be with you a long time.
Tattoo aftercare with coconut oil
There are many oils and creams that are recommended for tattoo aftercare, but I prefer natural oils. They work in harmony with your skin rather than just covering it and numbing it to relieve pain.
Coconut oil helps reduce swelling, keeps the wound free from infection and helps new skin form with its many nutrients and minerals, all natural of course. The quicker and more natural the healing process, the less chance of scarring and a better looking tattoo. Using coconut oil I had very little discomfort and it healed up within a few weeks and has been no problem since then. Twenty or so years later and people still think I had it done recently.
Most of the time it sits under my t-shirt sleeve at the top of my arm so it does not get too much sun, but I use coconut oil on my skin everyday so it gets the best care, like the rest of me.
Is coconut oil good for bruises
My tattoo is on my arm, and as an active person who is always building or fixing something I have had my fair share of cuts and bruises. Arms are very helpful to each and every one of us from lifting the furniture when we move house to hugging the children. They are also highly vulnerable because if something were to fall or we were to slip, our arms are the first thing we use to protect ourselves or others from getting hurt.
Cuts or gashes, providing they are not too big can be covered with a plaster to protect them while the body clots the opening to stop blood leakage and then forms a hard scab while the skin underneath repairs itself.
Bruises don’t always come out immediately, but when they do the best way to reduce the appearance and help faster healing is to gently press out from the centre to allow the blood under the skin to gently be taken out naturally by the body. This may sound painful but apply some coconut oil to your fingers to help them glide across the skin as you apply pressure. The coconut oil also helps the lower layers of skin heal quicker reducing the risk of infection and any swelling that might occur.
Is coconut oil good for burns
Arms are in a vulnerable position as we use them for all sorts of activities from working to playing. If something splashes up at you the first line of protection are your arms. Just watch any you tube video where someone is splashed or something goes bang and the first thing people will do is put their arms across their face to protect themselves.
I know from personal experience how sore a burn on your arm can be. Hot oil from a chip pan, electrical burn while repairing a washing machine and hot water from a car radiator. Not all at the same time you understand but over many years in my younger life.
By applying natural coconut oil I kept out infections, which allowed the wounds to heal quickly reducing the chances of too much scarring. Any scars I got I have reduced over the years by applying coconut oil each time after I shower and before I go out in the sun.
Everyday care naturally with coconut oil
We all get cuts, bruises, burns, etc, sometime throughout our lives. It is part of the learning process, how to stay safe, how to stay alive. By keeping our bodies in as tip-top condition as possible we can take care of these injuries the natural way to encourage fast and safe healing. Coconut oil is not just good for keeping our skin healthy on the outside, but also on the inside because it is edible. One of the safest most durable of the natural oils. Take care of yourself every day with natural coconut oil.
When you go to someone’s house and they ask you to leave your shoes outside, that is quite a normal request, right? They might have new carpets or they worry you might have trodden in something, but it’s their house so you comply.
That is ok unless you have smelly feet like I used to have when I was younger. I would go to school or go walking and when I got home and removed my shoes the smell would waft out into the room. I would wonder if it was my socks, so I bought socks that advertised as odorless. Was it my trainers, so I bought insoles that claimed to eat odours. None of this worked, the smell still wafted out when I took off my shoes at the end of the day. I even used to spray the insides of my shoes with deodorant hoping this would help, but to no avail.
Trying on new shoes in a shoe shop was always a worry. Dating was nightmare, instead of thinking about the movie we were watching I would be thinking what is a cure for smelly feet ?
A step in the right direction
My feet, like everyone else’s, is the furthest part of your body from your head. From your eyes, your nose and most probably from your thoughts, out of sight out of mind. They are no less important than any other part of your body, but they are probably the least cared for. Some people even hate the sight of their feet and in some cultures it is rude to show the soles of your feet in some circumstances.
You would miss them if they were not there as they help when walking or running, and when standing the heel, ball and toes are constantly adjusting to keep you balanced upright. Just watch a toddler when they first stand and see the movements in their feet as they learn to balance and then walk. I had to learn to walk three times in my life. When I was a toddler for the first time, then after I broke my leg, when I was laid up due being knocked down by a car, and the third time when I badly gashed my knee on glass and was unable to walk for three months. These were all in my school years, but even now I appreciate the fact that I can still stand and walk.
Showing your feet some love and care goes a long way to prevent some of the things that can make your feet uncomfortable. I know from the many walks I go on that blisters, corns, cracked heels and athletes foot can all make walking extremely uncomfortable.
As you get older your feet seem to get further and further out of reach. Whether your legs grow longer or your arms grow shorter I am not sure, but reaching them is more of an effort. The best way to avoid that is to take care of them now, when they are still in reach and avoid too many problems later. That has got to be a step in the right direction.
The sore, dry and smelly problems with feet
There are many problems that can make your feet feel uncomfortable to walk on and not that particularly attractive to look at. These can come from fungal infections from going barefoot in public areas like swimming baths or gyms. Poor fitting shoes that rub or squeeze the feet, or if you like walking like I do, over use causing irritation inside your shoes. The weather, yes I no we always blame the weather, but excessive heat can cause your feet to get very hot inside shoes or trainers and get sweaty or even get very dry.
Here I want to run, (excuse the pun, or not), through some of the problems that can make feet uncomfortable, most of these are from personal experience over the years.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that loves damp warm environments and is not limited to athletes, despite the name. It can usually be picked up in places where people go bare foot like swimming baths, gym changing rooms but it can also come from wearing sweaty damp shoes or socks. Usually you will get an itchy rash or flaky skin which is very tempting to scratch, but doing that can help it spread to other parts of the body. When I had athlete’s foot, I was doing a milk delivery job which involved a lot of walking, so my feet became hot and sweaty and I was walking in those socks and shoes all day long from early morning until late evening. My symptoms were the skin splitting between my toes from becoming sweaty then drying, and all that pressure from constant walking.
Blisters are fluid sacks just under the upper layers of skin that form to prevent damage to the more sensitive tissue deeper in your skin. They come from constant rubbing when walking or running when using ill-fitting or just the wrong type of shoe for the activity that you are doing. It pays to invest in a decent pair of shoes or boots to avoid these painful blisters that can spoil a day out. Speaking once again from experience I walked around the island that I was living on, a mere 70 miles of coastal path, and half-way I had to stop for the night due to a big blister on my heel. The shoes I was wearing were my work shoes, not for comfort while walking,, but to protect my feet in a work environment. I went to a pharmacy and bandaged up my foot the next day and uncomfortably completed the walk around. With the right shoes and without the blister it would have been more fun.
Corns are formed on the toes when wearing shoes that are too small. This causes pressure on the skin which hardens as it is compressed. After a while it gets thicker until it becomes large and painful and requires attention. As a child your feet grow quite quickly, so the need to replace your shoes often before they wear out becomes more necessary. As a child it was not always possible for me to have new shoes as my feet grew bigger. I would go to school with my feet squeezed into the shoes until the end of term time when we would go shopping for new bigger shoes. Then of course we needed to buy corn pads as I frequently had painful corns on my little toes. Thankfully now I can keep my shoes until they wear out as my feet no longer grow.
Cracked Heels are caused by the skin drying and shrinking slightly. When you then put the full weight of your body onto it as you walk, the heel expands as you press down and the skin cracks exposing the soft lower layers of skin which of course makes walking more painful. I have dry skin around my heel depending on how much walking I do but not to the extent that it cracks thankfully.
Coconut oil for your feet
Coconut oil is not a rub-it-on quick fix for your sore hard or cracked feet. It is like most things in nature, a gradual return to full health. Used regularly, it helps the skin to heal itself.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal germ that causes irritation to the skin. Coconut oil is anti fungal so it neutralizes the fungal germ so your feet can return to full health. Healthy skin, even on your feet, can feel and smell great.
When a blister develops they can be quite painful and sore. If left alone it will eventually heal but this can take some time and mean not walking or standing on your foot for a few days. This is not ideal for most of our busy lives so the best way would be to clean around the blister and lance it with a needle to drain the fluid. Coconut oil is an antibacterial, so applied to the now deflated blister area and wrap with a bandage. Care should be taken when walking or standing as the area needs to heal, coconut oil will protect and promote healthy skin tissue to regrow. Then get yourself a decent pair a good fitting shoes so it doesn’t happen again.
Hard dry skin especially on the heel of your foot can not only be painful to walk on, but can also look unsightly if you were to go barefoot or remove your shoes and socks to relax. Coconut oil can help soften the skin as it helps keep in the moisture that skin needs in order to look and feel healthy.
Toe nails can also benefit from a regular smoothing of coconut oil. It can help keep the fungal germs at bay that can cause decay in or on the toe nail. A yellowing of the toe nail or even painful cracking can be cleared by applying coconut oil regularly. The decay or deterioration of the toe nail is what can make your feet smell, so clear up the problem and be proud of your feet.
Foot care with coconut oil
At the end of a hard day at work the first thing we all want to do when we get home is kick off our shoes allowing fresh air to get to our feet. The bliss of cool fresh air flowing over the poor feet that have carried us around all day. Possibly they have been pushing pedals or just helping you keep balance in front of your computer. Whatever line of work you do your feet have been there supporting you all the way. Now you are home and resting it is a great time to say thank you to your feet by massaging your feet with coconut oil.
With your feet bare, you can bend down to your feet or bring them up to you, whichever is more comfortable. Scoop out some pure natural coconut oil and place in your hands then put your hands together. The warmth of your hands will turn the coconut to oil. Taking one foot at a time smooth over the top of the foot down to the toes then grip gently under the arch and back to the heel. Give the heel some strong pressure as you massage then work forwards along the bottom of the foot to your toes. Rub some oil between your toes and gently with thumb and fore finger smooth down each toe over the boney part down to the soft pad and around to the nail. Then put your feet up and relax letting the coconut oil absorb into the skin deep cleaning, softening and feeding with nutrients. It is as easy as that and done each day or maybe two or three times a week will help keep your feet free from infection and healthy.
Foot care – with love
In Thailand, where my wife comes from, foot massage is taught from generation to generation. If you have a headache or stomach ache, if you are feeling a bit sick, massaging the feet is the best way to help with problem. Coconut oil or tiger balm is used applied to the feet by way of massage. Pressing different areas of the feet connects to chakras in the body. The coconut oil helps the hands glide over the feet applying the pressure when needed. As you can see, feet are not only for walking, running or standing, they are connected to all parts of the body to help keep you healthy. Keeping your feet healthy with regular coconut oil massages will in turn keep you healthy and your feet will not smell of rotten cheese. Love your feet and they will in turn show their love in return.
The reason you are reading this now is that your hands are feeling and possibly looking a bit tired, and you want some way to revive them. Lucky hands, because many people just carry on not thinking about how much work their hands do for them every day.
Lets just take a minute to look at your hands. Hold your hands up in front of your face and really look. See the fingers with their joints allowing you to grip things like door handles, car keys and your morning coffee.
They also have the ability to let you stroke your face just behind your ear bringing a tingling up your spine.
Look at the palm of your hand and think of the many things you pick up every day with a grip as strong or as gentle as you want.
The backs of your hands are probably the part that you use the least but can be the part that looks aged the easiest if not looked after.
You can also feel how soft or rough a surface is just by smoothing the tip of your finger over it, you do this every day without really thinking about it, it is natural.
Welcome to your hands. You knew they were there but did you take the time to really look at them and appreciate them for what they are how much they contribute to your everyday lives.
Taking care of your hands should be as natural as you use them on a daily basis, so what better way than with naturalremedies such as natural oils from naturally grown sources.
Soft hands with coconut oil
Our hands are probably the most hardworking parts of our bodies. They are subject to hot conditions such as when washing up. They are subject to cold conditions such as when we play in the snow or scrape the ice off the car windows first thing in the morning before setting off for work. Hold, push, pull and all manner of things to help us get through the day.
All this work dries out our hands making them rough, sore and sometimes blisters if, like me you like to use spanners and screwdrivers.
Caring for your hands usually can mean a quick wash with some soap and put on some synthetic type cream. These can initially make your hands feel soft and smell nice but do not feed the skin naturally. Your hands are natural skin, created naturally, so why not put something natural on them that will harmonize with them and provide deep feeding and smoothing nutrition. Yes I said nutrition, the skin on your hands is part of you and is alive as much as you are. To stay healthy you eat healthy natural food so why not do the same for your hardworking hands, with natural oil from coconuts, healthy food for hands.
One of the most natural body friendly oils is coconut oil. It is healthy for your body both internally and externally. It feeds the skin leaving it smooth on the outside and helps keep the skin strong and healthy deeper down.
Younger looking hands naturally
Age can show more in some body areas than others. The face, of course, the neck and the back of your hands. You can put oil on your face and neck and just leave it to settle into the skin, but your hands are always doing something. They can be cooking, cleaning or even just operating the remote control.
So it is more important that you take care of them as often as possible with a regular covering of pure natural coconut oil.Take care of your hands so that they can better take care of you.
How to use coconut oil as a moisturizer
When I think about moisturizers, I tend to think of the many rows of pots of cream with many sometimes long unpronounceable ingredients that you see in large pharmacy shops or the skin care department of supermarkets.
Moisturizing is actually making something less dry, in this case your hands. You could try water but as your skin is waterproof, it would just stay on the skin surface and evaporate due to your body heat.
An oil such as natural coconut oil does not evaporate and will be absorbed into your hands and re-energise the skin cells to repair themselves and create new stronger cells. This will help keep your hands healthier and they will look and feel fresher and possibly more youthful.
Make it easy on your hands
Make a fist with your hand and feel the skin on the back, it will back stretched and strong. Relax your hand and now feel the skin on the back of your hand, it is more loose yes?
If you have some rigger gloves like they use on a building site or even a pair of leather gloves. Put those on and make a fist again, feel how strong you have to pull your fingers back against the strong glove material. Do that a few times again your fingers and hands will begin to ache.
Dry skin on your hands can be a bit like the leather gloves, not so easy to stretch and hard work for your muscles and bone joints in your hands. Over a period of time this can lead to constantly aching fingers and limited movements of both the fingers and hands, as in making a fist or gripping a pen.
Keeping the skin moisturized with natural coconut oil will keep the skin more pliable and not make your joints and muscles in your hands work so hard to move. It is like wearing a leather glove compared to a silk glove, the freedom of movement is so much easier with the silk glove.
Take care of your hands and they will take care of you
Your hands are used in every aspect of your life from switching off the alarm clock in the morning to pulling the duvet over you as settle down to sleep in the evening. Just think for a minute how many times you use your hands throughout a normal day.
The elasticity of your skin on your hands plays a big part in keeping down the amount of strain on your bones and muscles to perform everyday tasks. Remember the leather glove compared to the silk glove comparison.
Taking care of your hands with some natural coconut oil every day will keep help keep your skin supple and make it easier to perform your daily tasks. Natural oils are more in harmony with your natural body and so are easier for the body to absorb and can relate better to the cells that make up your hands.
Taking care of your skin means less wear on your hands and a better and healthier you.
Take care of your hands so they are in better shape to take of you.
Your face is the most prominent feature of your body. When you wrap up against the cold it is the part of your body that you keep uncovered so that you can see and you can breathe. It is the part of you that most people see when they meet you either face to face or even online. It is on your passport, your driving licence and any other identity documents that you may need for work or in your daily lives.
For this reason it is vital that you take care of it. I know you can put on make up and many types and brands of creams,serums and lotions, but, are these good for your skin. Maybe they look good for a while until you wash them off at the end of the day.
Your face is a natural thing, created of skin and bone and is best taken care of in a natural way with a natural product. There is nothing more natural than pure coconut oil for the face. Not only is it smooth and comforting to put on but it also feeds your face skin, helping keep moisture in and helping top up collagen levels which start to deplete as you get older. If you wear make-up did you know that you can also use coconut oil to remove it safely and naturally?. It softens the eye shadow and the concealers and you can gently wipe them away without too much harsh rubbing, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and smells so nice and tropical too.
How to look more beautiful – naturally
I watch my wife, when I suggest going out for a meal or drink somewhere, sitting in front of the mirror on her dressing table with her rows of lipsticks, concealers and eye shadows. She just wants to look perfect and beautiful for me. To me she has a natural beauty that no amount of make-up could improve on.
Every hour of every day people look into their mirrors, not to see how beautiful or handsome they are but to look for flaws that they think other people will notice. I tell my wife everyday how beautiful she is because to me she is. Other people may not agree because everyone has different views on what makes a person attractive. My wife says I am handsome, I don’t see handsome when I look in the mirror, passable but not handsome, but as she is my wife and she loves me I trust her judgement on that. After all what does it matter what anybody else thinks, as long as I am healthy.
How to be more beautiful seems to be most people’s goal, but I believe beauty starts way down in your soul. You do not need make up to be beautiful, just a smile from your heart that is all.
When you smile, it not only makes you more beautiful, but also brightens your soul and all those around you that see it.
How everyday living can affect your face skin
A smile can make you more beautiful, but it will not protect you from the elements in the air around you.Your face has natural oil, as does the rest of your body, but as it is the part of your body that you are least likely to cover I think a little help might be necessary.
In the summer you have the hot Ultra Violet rays from the sun that can dry out your skin and in winter you have the cold icy wind that can also dry out your skin, but in a more abrasive way. You also have air pollution from vehicles particularly if you live or work in a city or busy town area. Air conditioners which although keep you cool in summer and warm in winter can dry out your skin, try sleeping in a room near an air conditioner that is switched on, and in the morning your throat will feel dry and sore because the air has dried it out. I know first hand how that feels, so what does it do to your face.
I am sure now if you think of your world around you both at work and at home you can see how modern ways of living, working and travelling around can damage your skin, particularly your uncovered face.
Coconut oil for the face – easily forgotten in our time critical lives
As you know children will always copy their parents in many aspects of their lives. I remember watching my wife’s young nephews and nieces watching her put coconut oil her face in the morning to protect her from the sun when we were staying at the family home in rural Thailand. She put some oil on each of their hands and showed them how to put it all over the faces. Watching them try to copy her was always fun as they smeared it over their foreheads down the bridges of their noses over their cheeks and a quick rub across the chin before they got bored with this and run off to play.
I will add that children tend to put anything in their mouths, and as coconut oil is as good for the body internally as externally we had no worries with them putting their fingers into their mouths after putting on the coconut oil. That is not something I would allow children to do with most other oils and creams.
I guess in our time critical world we rush to get ready for work, half drinking our coffee because it is too hot to take time to drink properly. One arm in the coat and the other clutching a piece of toast which is supposed to be our breakfast. The last thing we would worry about is putting oil or protective cream onto our faces properly, as we would be thinking about what we need to do at work or about getting the train or bus on time or the route in our cars to beat the rush hour traffic. A bit like the children who quickly smear the oil on their faces so that they can go and play, I guess you would quickly smear the oil over your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin so that your face is protected before you head out into the world.
Coconut oil for the face – don’t forget behind your ears
That is better than nothing, but I just want to outline the importance of the little areas you miss and what long term results of missing these areas could have on your face.
1. We will start at the top with your forehead. They come in different sizes depending on where your forehead stops and your fringe starts or used to start as in my case. Foreheads take the brunt of wind and sun damage because when you put your face down to shelter it your forehead is still exposed unless of course you wear a hat, but the sun can still heat up the air under your hat causing the skin to dry. Coconut oil is the most natural oil to use to protect this area as it protects not just the surface of the skin with its natural UV protection but also feeds down into it holding in moisture and collagen. In hot countries coconut oil is put over the head and face to protect them from the heat as many people do not have a local pharmacy or supermarket where they can buy sunscreen.
When you apply the coconut oil rub across the forehead from the hair line to the eyebrows and around to hair at the sides of your head, be it sideburns or just the natural line of your hair. It doesn’t matter if it gets into your hair because it is good for your hair too.
2. Most people tend not to be happy with their nose. It is too big, too small, curves out too much or not enough. My wife has a pretty little nose that has a ski slope curve and a cute bud on the end, but she is not happy. She said the end of her nose is wide, she would like a nose like mine. Almost straight down, red thread veins on the end and a slight swerve to the right where I broke it many years back, but to her it is perfect. The main thing is I can breath through it and smell through it, and it also is a great resting place for my glasses. The nose is a part of your body that usually does not show too much ageing but I know from experience how uncomfortable it can become wearing glasses on sore dry skin nose.
To take care of your nose which is a relatively exposed part of your face rub the coconut oil down the bridge of your nose and then down either side and then finish up around the bud around and just into the each nostril. The nostril is a busy high traffic area with breathing air in and out, maybe cold polluted air in and used air back out. You don’t need to go too far into the nostril, but just the area you can see in the mirror.
3. Eyes are very important too us, not only do we see with them but they can convey words or emotions without actually saying anything. Raised eyebrows, eyes widened, eyes narrowed can all give us a message of how a person is feeling. Eyes do change with ageing but there are no oils or creams that can prevent this, apart from glasses or contact lenses, or even an eye wash if your eyes feel sore and dry. What I want to focus on is the area around the eyes. The sensitive eyelids which can become dry and aged with eye shadows and other make-ups, and also wind and sun. The areas around the sides of the eyes which can dry out and crease into what is known as crows feet, due to the shape of the lines. Not forgetting under the eyes which can dry out and result in eye bags.
To take care of the areas around the eyes, it is a gentle procedure with light rubbing when you apply the coconut oil, as the skin is thin and delicate and can be easily damaged. Once you have applied the coconut oil to your nose smear a small amount over each eyelid making sure you get into the corners, but gently. Slide your fingers down your nose a little way and sweep under each eye to the far side and over the crows feet area sweeping back towards your ears. Take a little time to do that everyday and you will preserve the skin area around your eyes keeping you looking younger and healthier.
4. Your cheeks are another part of your face that is open to sun and wind damage. Fortunately your skin contains a lot of fatty tissue which can keep your skin moisturized and free from ageing lines. These occur further down near the sides of your mouth. My cheeks can burn and go red in direct sun and also in a cold abrasive wind but they are pretty easy to smooth oil into so are easily taken care of.
To take care of your cheeks apply oil by massaging the cheeks upwards over the cheek bones then fan around and down just grazing your ears. This should help prevent cheeks from sagging too much creating jowls. The cheeks pretty much stop where the jaw bone is, from then on it is your neck
5. You might be surprised that I am mentioning your mouth to take care of with coconut oil. This area includes the upper lip to the bottom of your nose. The smile lines that run from the bottom corners of your nose to the sides of your mouth, and from your bottom lip to your jaw line.
The upper lip area is not normally a dry area and sometimes even sports a moustache that will protect it. When I get a cold and my nose runs, I am constantly rubbing it to clear the dripping. This can cause dryness and soreness. Moustache hair will also benefit from a bit of care, keeping it strong and smooth. The lines at the sides of the mouth that become more prominent when you smile can be difficult to avoid as you age but you can reduce the effect with moisturising and nourishing the skin there. The area under your bottom lip is again not a big problem but can be subject to spots if not taken care of. This area may also be covered with a beard which can be taken care of to make the beard hair strong and smooth. The lips, yes the lips can get dry and can crack sometimes from the affects of sun and cold harsh wind. When I was younger I used to do a milk round, so I was out at the crack of dawn in all weathers. When it was very cold my lips would dry, and when I smile they would crack and be sore when I drunk a hot tea or ate something. If only I knew then what I know now.
To take care of the mouth area first put some oil on each index finger, that’s the one you point with. Then smooth it on at the bottom of your nose, across to your smile lines or that area. Curve down to the sides of your mouth then bring your fingers together under your bottom lip smoothing on the coconut oil as you go. You can use whichever hand to smooth into the rest of your chin and into your beard if you have one. For your lips, just smooth along them using your finger as you would a lip balm, only this lip balm is a natural oil that tastes nice too. Soft smooth tasty lips for kissing, you are on to a winner.
6. Your neck is a soft sensitive area that can be covered in the winter so is not subject to abrasive biting cold winds but can be exposed in the summer to UV rays. If not taken care of it can also be one of the first things to give away your age. Due to the amount of movement a neck has to undertake it can get dry and start showing lines and wrinkles quite easily. Wearing a collar and tie, or even a scarf can cause irritation,dryness and soreness. All this can add to the lines and wrinkles eventually becoming prominent.
To take care of your neck put some oil onto one hand, tilt your head back and from your collar bone smooth the oil into your neck. Make sure you have oil on both hands now and smooth the oil from the front of your neck around to the back making sure you cover all the way around your neck until your fingers touch at the back. With the oil on your neck do the same movements again giving your neck a massage showing it some love for the work it does keeping your head moving day after day.
7. Finally we come to your ears, sometimes they can be forgotten about tucked away around the side of your head away from the other parts of your face. They are of course equally important as they help us to understand when people are talking to us and to avoid danger. Another use they have is to help us keep our balance when we are standing, walking or running.
I used to have problems with wax build up in my ears and would regularly have to get them cleaned out. At first I didn’t notice my hearing getting less until noises became muffles. After having the wax removed, or in later years removing the wax myself, I would have to sit down as my ears had become unbalanced with sound due to compensating for the wax build up. I then understood how important my ears are.
Ears can be scorched by direct sun or can get sore in an abrasive cold harsh wind, but they do tend to heal fairly quickly. Your ears don’t tend to get wrinkles or lines other than the curves they already have so they don’t take a lot of maintenance. When I was younger I had long hair that reached my collar and so covered my ears. It was the fashion back then, but my ears were protected from the sun and the cold wind. Nowadays I am lucky now if my hair even touches the very tip of my ear, so I have to take more care whe I go out.
To take care of your ears just put some coconut oil on your thumb and index finger and smooth all around the outside of your ear and also make sure you smooth some into the skin immediately behind your ear up to your hair line. This is particularly important if you wear glasses as this can be a sore point especially in hot climates where you can get a bit sweaty.
Coconut oil is a natural anti-biotic so it is great at clearing infections so is safe and helpful if you have a sometimes uncomfortable inner ear infection. Make sure the oil is in fluid form by warming it a little but not too hot, about body temperature is ideal. It is better if someone can help you with this, tilt the head to one side and put 2 or 3 drops into the ear then turn the head the other way to keep the oil in. Allow time for the oil to soothe into the ear, as long as possible then drain out any excess to avoid getting onto clothes or your pillow. Do this 2 times a day for about a week and the infection should be clear. If not you will maybe need to see a doctor.
Benefits of coconut oil on the face
It is natural and it is safe, no additives, just pure oil created inside the coconut as it has been for thousands of years. The methods of extracting the oil have been modified and improved to keep up with modern day living, but the oil is as pure as it was way back then.
No additives means no foreign substances for the body to have to break down and dispose of and is just as safe inside as outside the body.
Using coconut oil on your face as protection from the sun and wind, as a make up remover, as a treat for skin to keep it hydrated and topped up with minerals and also as a natural anti-biotic oil to help clear infections naturally, can only benefit your body with daily use before or after work or play. It doesn’t take long to apply, but the benefits can last a lifetime.
Coconut oil, one oil with a multitude of uses for your face and beyond.
Take care of your skin and your skin will take care of you.
I know the title is a bit of a cliche but it is true, hair will thin out with age both in men and women. This will happen due to the gradual natural decline in nutrients that feed the follicles that create hair growth. It is happening to me and it will probably happen to you. It is part of the aging process which we can just accept or try to slow down.
I became aware of the coconut oil benefits for hair when my wife suggested I put coconut oil on my scalp where my hair is thinnest, namely the crown After a few months she said my hair looked thicker and stronger than the few wisps I had before.
I don’t think it will give me the full head of hair I wish for but it will make the most out of what I have at this stage in my life. And what’s more my wife is happy, now, you can not put a price on that can you ?
Who influences your hair style ?
When I was knee-high to a grasshopper my hair style was influenced by pop stars of that era. I had a light mousy coloured hair that was parted along the top of my head and hung down over my ears to my collar and down the back of my head to my collar. If it didn’t touch my collar it wasn’t cool. I hated having my hair cut to a short back and sides during the school holidays, but that was the easiest and cheapest hair cut back then. The sound of that electric hair cutter and the site of my hair cascading to the floor and swept up into the dust pan, never to be seen again gave me many a nightmare.
My hair style was influenced by a singer called Cliff Richard, he also had more hair back then. The girls at school were all sporting the big hair like Farrah Fawcett Majors or Sandy from Grease also known as Olivia Newton John. I also at one stage wanted to dye my hair black like Danny on Grease but that was a whole different era of my growing up. Nowadays whether I like it or not I sport a hair style more like Phil Collins, but I do save a fortune on shampoo.
How to the get the “perfect” ? hair
Hair styles are influenced mostly by people we see on television, in magazines, in movies, and now more than ever on the internet. These people spend alot of money and many hours in the stylists chairs to look just right for the cameras because their face and hair are their brand. That is how they earn a living.
Just as people are not all the same body shape, size or colour, it is the same for hair. Each strand of hair comes from a follicle in your scalp and dependent on your parents and how much eumelanin, pheumelanin, proteins and minerals you have in each strand, dictates on your hair colour and style. You could have thin, thick, dry, oily, curly, straight, frizzy or anymore that I might have missed, but I think you pretty much get the picture.
Many people are not happy with their hair. It is either too long or too short, too curly or too straight, or even not a colour that they are content with. There are many salons that can make your hair just the way you want it, and also there are many lotions and potions that you can buy over the counter and try at home. Most of these contain chemicals that can give you the colour or style you want, but only temporarily!
Picture perfect hair – but at a price
If you are not happy with your hair or are simply looking for a change there are many ways to do this. Having your hair cut or having your long hair washed and styled in a salon or at home is the simplest, least expensive and least damaging for your hair. It can make you feel good and be confidence boosting if you are going out for a special occasion or having a relaxing time with friends or a loved one at home.
Longer term or if you wish to make a more dramatic change to your hair there are some ways you can achieve this.
Perms which use chemicals to alter the structure in your hair so that it stays in the style that you have chosen for longer.
Hair straightening which uses formaldehyde to again break down the structure of your hair to make it straight and smooth.
Bleachinghair which is normally done before dyeing hair, especially if it has been dyed before. This process uses very strong chemicals and strips colour, proteins and nutrients from your hair leaving it dry and vulnerable.
Hair Dyeing is applied using ammonia and peroxide which forces the hair shaft open for the dye to enter the hair and thus changes its colour.
All these methods use chemicals which are foreign to your body, although you get the effect of changing your hair style or colour to what you want, be it temporarily, there will always be some permanent damage however small and for however long depending on each person.
Care for your hair – you will miss it once it goes
When I see a photo of myself the first thing I notice is the skin on the top of my head where I used to have flowing locks of hair. When I was younger it wasn’t a worry, I went through a time when I would go to the barbers shop and have a very close shaved head, maybe a couple of millimeters of hair left just to define the shape of where my hair grew. It was fashion, it was certainly easy maintenance and it didn’t need much brushing, well none actually. When I go to the barbers shop now and he asks what style I want, I say anything with a fringe.
Yes I miss having a choice of how I want my hair cut, but all I can do now is take care of what I have left by feeding the remaining follicles taking care of my scalp and hair with natural coconut oil.
If you have a good head of hair, enjoy it for what it is. Enjoy the curls or straightness of it, be content with your hair colour because chemical colouring creates unnatural suffering for the hair shafts and follicles. Enjoy and take care of your hair because you will miss it when it starts to thin with age or from constantly being doused in chemical hair products.
Natural coconut oil for a natural you
The best way for something to grow as nature intended is to feed it and take care of it in a natural way. Your body has evolved that way over many years to help protect you as you live each day now. Your hair protects you from the harmful suns rays and also helps keep your body heat regulated as you have very little fat under your scalp. Hair is a natural product made naturally from your body so the best way to keep it in tip-top condition is to take care of it, naturally.
You see people in these hot tropical countries with thick hair on their heads. It is not because they go the salon regularly, it is because they use natural products that grow naturally around them. They use coconut in most of their food, eat it raw, drink the coconut milk and make coconut oil to put on their heads. This protects them from the sun and keeps their hair strong and their scalp from burning in the heat.
We can learn from them to keep our hair healthy, strong and soft and our scalp skin supple. Using chemicals will make your hair dry and easily breakable and your scalp dry and flaky causing dandruff and damaged follicle resulting in thin hair and hair loss.
Now you understand the coconut oil benefits for hair I hope you will use it daily, and especially after washing your hair should give you strong healthy hair into your later years.
As a child, my first memories of coconut was the mushroom shaped candy covered with desiccated coconut. From there when I was older I remember buying a coconut with my pocket money just to see what was inside, when I shook it I could hear liquid splashing around. How did it get in there? but then, how do I get it out?
I resorted to throwing it against a wall until it cracked and the milky white liquid leaked out, after drinking what was left of that I tucked into the white coconut inside. I didn’t understand the coconut health benefits then, it just tasted nice.
Jumping forward many years and I ended up in Thailand with a friend, met a pretty girl at the airport in Bangkok and she became my wife. I went to her home in the country to meet with her family and was amazed how everything they eat is grown fresh in the garden or bought at the local market.
One evening I smelt this lovely aroma of warm coconut. I traced the aroma to a large pot on the gas stove where my mother-in-law was stirring the coconut that she had shredded and was warming it to extract the oil. This oil, once cooled, they rub over their bodies to keep their skin smooth and soft.
From then, I started to realize the coconut health benefits of what I first thought was just food.
Coconut oil-traditional method to make your own skin food.
My mother-in-law offered to show me how she made the coconut oil, and as I have such an inquisitive mind, I jumped at the chance. What could be better, making natural coconut oil in a natural environment pure heaven!
First trip was to the local market on the back of the motorbike, no helmets, just the wind in my hair, well the bits at the sides over my ears, you get the picture.
As we had a coconut tree in our garden I did question why we were going to the market and not use the green coconuts that were growing. They were young coconuts and not yet ripe enough for making coconut oil. The best coconuts are those with brown hairy shells and you can hear the milk splashing around inside when shaken.
Upon our return to our home we gave the coconuts to my mother-in-law. The best way to open the coconuts is to tap around the circumference with a large heavy knife. Not the sharp edge, the back will do just fine. Now my mother-in-law is a dab hand with a large meat cleaver, much respect given !! She tapped around the shell and broke it over a bowl catching the milk to drink later.
She sat on this stool, like a long milking stool and on one end sticking out was a half round stainless steel scraper. The coconut flesh is scraped from inside the coconut shell using this. Once all the grated coconut meat was in the bowl she added some warm water and put it on a low heat. This is where I smelt the warm coconut aroma before. The idea is that the water evaporates and the coconut flesh shrinks and separates from the oil.
Once it is allowed to cool the liquid is put through a strainer to separate the oil from the coconut flesh. The oil is then put into a jar and goes hard like candle wax, but once you scoop some out it goes to a liquid just with the warmth of your hands and is ready to rub into your skin, easy and natural.
Coconut flesh that is left after straining out the oil can be dried out and ground down to make coconut flour.
The shells are also used, the edges are smoothed off and used as bowls for drinking or even as foot massages. You just put them on the ground and place your bare foot on the round outer edge and roll your foot around applying as much pressure as comfortable.
You can see that nothing is wasted, living with nature, in a natural environment.
Coconut oil- in its purest form
The method my mother-in-law uses to extract coconut oil uses heat, which although successfully separates the oil and is very natural, as in no additives, is not the purest way to do it. It is only made for the family to use and has been made this way for as long as she can remember.
There is a more pure method to extract the oil from a coconut and this is called the cold press method.
Start off the same with a brown hairy coconut. Break it open, save and consume the milk, then either grate off the flesh or break it out from the shell and chop it up. Now it is put into a blender, add some cool water and blend it all together.
Get a large bowl and a muslin cloth or similar, scoop some mixture into the cloth, not too much as you are going to be squeezing the ball of mixture in the cloth to extract the coconut milk. Keep squeezing until all the milk has been drained from the mixture. You can keep whatever mixture is left add some more water, blend and squeeze again.
Now you have coconut milk which is great in curries and in Thai desserts like mango and coconut rice, but that’s a whole other story.
Back to our original destination that is pure coconut oil. Now that we have our coconut milk in the bowl we will put foil or cling film over the top and leave for about 12-16 hours to ferment in a warm but not too hot room. The mixture will have separated in to three layers, solid oil on top, curds in the middle and water at the bottom.
Coconut oil solidifies at a much warmer temperature than water so to make separating the three parts so much easier the bowl is put a cool environment, either the fridge for 6 hours or in the freezer for only 30 minutes. Remove this from the fridge or freezer and you will see the white pure solid coconut oil on the top layer and the water underneath. Break the solid oil away from the edge of the bowl and lift it out, the water can be poured away as it is no longer needed. Then as you turn it over you will see the curds on the under side of the solid oil. This can easily be scraped off as it is softer than solid oil and you can keep to use in cooking later. The solid oil can be broken up in to a bowl and left in a warm room to liquefy. Now you have your pure clear coconut oil.
Coconut oil-the different types available
If you go shopping for coconut oil you will be faced with a choice. Here I hope to help make that choice a little easier.
Refined coconut oil is the process where the oil is heated to a very high heat to take out impurities. It has less flavour and smell to it. Ideally this oil would be used for cooking.
Unrefined coconut oil is the purest coconut oil with a minimal amount of processing and no additives. This is the best oil for skin and hair but it can also be used in cooking. Unrefined coconut oil can also be found as pure, virgin or extra virgin, depending on the manufacturer’s extraction methods.
Organic or non-organic basically refers to how the coconuts are grown. Organically grown coconuts are grown without the aid of pesticides or man made chemical fertilizers. These can be more expensive because the production costs and work involved is greater, but the end result is a more natural product.
Coconut products-what is available and what is good for you.
Coconut eaten raw is full of healthy vitamins and minerals that help boost the immune system, help with regular bowel movements. Keeps your skin hydrated, helps to control your weight, and full of proteins to keep your body healthy both inside and out.
Here in the west we tend not to sit around drinking the milk from a freshly cracked coconut or munch away on chunks of raw coconut flesh, so, many products have been created to help provide us with the benefits of a coconut rich diet, but in a form we are much more used to.
Coconutwater is refreshing to re-hydrate you after some energetic exercise.
Coconut milk is delicious in dishes such as curries, soups, sauces, rice desserts, cakes and even ice cream.
Coconutoil, refined is great for cooking and coconut oil unrefined is also great for cooking but even better as a pure oil for your skin feeding it with nutrients, vitamins and good fats to keep you looking and feeling young and healthy.
Coconutshampoo is great for your hair, helping to strengthen it and also to feed your scalp and thus reducing dandruff.
Coconuttoothpaste is soothing for your gums and helps to clean your teeth without stripping the enamel that is needed to keep your teeth strong.
Coconut balm for your lips keeps them soft and is so safe because it is edible with no additives just pure coconut.
In fact there are coconut products for just about any area of your body. Pure, natural and safe for both inside and outside your body.
Coconut-for a healthier you.
The coconut, not the most attractive fruit, just a hairy brown round ball. Open it up and inside is full of goodness,nutrients, vitamins and proteins that are just waiting to feed and soothe our bodies.
In many cultures around the world the coconut is used daily in cooking and in healing and protecting the body both inside and out.
In our westernized world we tend to stick more with the man made creams, potions and tablets for our health. The coconut does not come with a list of ingredients or a sell by date, it is just natural. We feel safer taking them than something that grows on a tree in a forest, it is just what we have grown up with.
But how healthy are we?
New products are being dreamt up every day with long chemical sounding names that promise so much. The coconut is not a new product, it has been grown and used as a food for both inside and outside the body for thousands of years. Asian countries have been using these same recipes and oils as they still do today.
Since the 1970s and 1980s factories in Hong Kong have been producing coconut based products for us in the western world to use.
Introduce coconuthealth benefits into your diet and into your body care rituals and see the difference it makes.
Hi my name is Kris Dawson and Welcome to Fresh as Nature
I have always been an outdoor person, even as a child I would feel more at home among the trees in the forest, in a park or on a beach than anywhere else.
Two words have popped up throughout my life, those being Basic and Natural. It is with this reason I have created Fresh as Nature.
For the last ten years of my life I have frequently visited rural Thailand which is where I met my wife.
I loved the simplicity and the natural way of life of her family with all the Herbs, Spices and Fruits in the garden to not wasting anything. Everything having some uses even when I thought it was ready for the bin.
This is what inspired me to want to start a website about natural products for use on the skin.
Products that not only make you look younger or more beautiful, but also feed the skin to make you feel not just beautiful on the outside but also on the inside.
Bathe yourself in Nature
I see many skin products that promise younger looking skin using acids, alcohol,phthalate,tetracyline to name but a few.
Wouldn’t it be nice to use products on your skin that are produced naturally and not only make you look good but also feel good inside that your body can benefit from.
Your skin Your future
The purpose of Fresh as Nature is, to help you keep your skin as natural and healthy as possible using natural products without too many additives that your body does not need.
Help you to age gracefully and as healthily as nature intended.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.