When I returned from my trip to Ohio in December parts of my face were dry, slightly red, and starting to flake. Damn you veggie oils and gluten! I had read about how some people use coconut oil to both moisturize and rejuvenate their skin. Could coconut oil restore my skin? I decided to do an experiment in my own unique way.
Instead of using coconut oil on my entire face, I decided that I wanted a control in the experiment, so I only applied the coconut oil to the right side of my face. I did this for two months. What I discovered was that the coconut oil did an excellent job as a moisturizer, however, the dryness and redness healed at equal rates. After 2 months of use, I can say that coconut oil provided no additional healing benefit to my skin. The left and right sides healed at equal rates.
Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2) – The brand I used.
Without having a control, I may have given credit for my improved skin complexion on the product and not the body’s ability to self heal. My guess is what I discovered may be true for other skincare products and procedures. Run your own experiments and find out for yourself. The worst-case scenario is one side gets beautiful while the other remains constant. If that happens, start a “catch up” routine for the ugly side. Problem solved.
I’m ending the one-sided coconut oil experiment. A new skin experiment begins today. That will be the topic of a future post.