There was a time when I was completely obsessed with buying skincare products. To this day, I’m not quite sure what it is about them, that lures me in, but I might have mentioned in a previous blog post that I’ve tried almost every skincare product known to man.
I’ve tried almost every over the counter, as I like to refer to the ones that are sold in the likes of Harmons, Duane Reade, Walgreens, and CVS.. not to mention all of the others, I went through at the Clinque counter.. and in Sephora. I guess you could say I was a skincare whore and still am to some extent. Although I no longer seek solace, lost amongst the brightly, yet soothing lit makeup and skincare counters at Bloomies, but these days, I do find comfort at home, creating my own favorites with all natural ingredients.
For years my father complained about the amount of money I spent on skincare products, who knew.. all I really needed was a big ole tub of all naturale coconut oil, and I could have been on my way, hob knobbing with the likes of Elizabeth Arden.. okay, maybe not! But I was so slathered up half the time, I did resemble a seal, but ironically enough.. I never stuck with anything for too long. Partly because I’d lose interest rather quickly in the product of the week, but mostly because they never seemed to do what they promised to do. In some instances, I’d see a difference for a brief period, but soon enough, that too, would fade.
It wasn’t until this past summer when I finally decided to use coconut oil in lieu of my expensive moisturizer, that I really began to see a noticeable difference in my skin, and not just me, but others did as well. Now I can’t give coconut oil all the credit because I do swear by frankincense. If you purchase only one essential oil in your lifetime, that pricey little potion is the one I would recommend, hands down! When Bruce Willis holds up a potion, and claims it is the fountain of youth in the movie, “Death Becomes Her,” I swear it’s frankincense that Goldie and Meryl are fighting over.
Coconut oil has so many wonderful benefits. Most of which I don’t have to mention because many of you probably use coconut oil to cook with and that’s super awesome because coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats and saturated fats do two things:
- increase healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body
- convert the LDL (bad cholesterol) into good cholesterols
By increasing the HDL’s in your body, you are actually lowering your risk of heart disease. See, it’s already a win win! But here’s the part every woman my age, is really interested in.. coconut oil improves antioxidant levels and can slow the aging process when digested, but you get all this plus, additional benefits when placing it directly on your skin.
Here’s a little cheat sheet I keep with my vitamins to remind me of the top 20 benefits coconut oil has to offer:
- treats Alzheimer’s
- prevents heart disease & high blood pressure
- cures UTI & kidney infection
- reduces inflammation & arthritis
- prevents & treats cancer
- boosts immune system
- improves memory & brain function
- improves energy & endurance
- improves digestion, reduces ulcers, & colitis
- helps gallbladder disease & pancreatitis
- improves skin issues
- prevents gum disease & tooth decay
- prevents Osteoporosis
- improves type II diabetes
- helps weight loss
- builds muscle & decreases body fat
- promotes healthy hair
- fights candida & yeast infections
- balances hormones
I use this scrub 3 times a week to cleanse, exfoliate, and to purify. Lemon oil is an excellent purifier, but when placed on the skin, it evens out your skin tone. Thyme is also used as an antioxidant. It has been used to calm such things like bites and bee stings, and its also used to calm dermatitis and Eczema.
I don’t sell doterra products, but I do recommend them because not all oils are created equal. Young Living and doterra are known to be two of the best. I started with doterra and I’ve been super pleased with the results they have delivered. I recommend using pure essential oils if you are going to follow this recipe because they can be applied topically or digested, and while this entire scrub is edible, it is not Whole30 compliant.
Lemon Thyme Sugar Facial Scrub
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops thyme essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- Heat coconut oil in the microwave for about 50 seconds
- Pour coconut oil in a small mixing bowl
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until completely combined
- Pour into a 4 ounce jar (I like jelly jars made by Ball, link below)
*After rinsing, place a dime size drop of castile soup, like Dr. Bronner’s, in a warm wet washcloth, and wipe face. You can use also use this as a body scrub.