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How Do You Clean Your Face?

Wash your face with coconut oil

Several years ago, Miss Cindy told me she had discovered 100 % pure coconut oil was the perfect makeup remover, and she suggested I give it a try. Although I had my doubts about how good it would work, I gave it a go and discovered I liked it as much as Miss Cindy did.

Remove makeup with coconut oil


As long as the coconut oil is kept in a cool place-it stays in a solid form. But as soon as it gets warm, it turns to liquid fairly quickly (be careful if you pack it to take on a trip).

I keep mine in a small container that sits on my bathroom counter-top. When I’m ready to remove my makeup, I take a pea size amount of coconut oil and allow it to melt slightly in my hand. After smoothing it over my face, I wipe off the excess with a soft towel or toilet paper. The coconut oil really works well-and it doesn’t burn my eyes like removers I’ve used in the past.

Homemade face scrub


Miss Cindy also showed me how to use the coconut oil as a scrub. She mixed up vitamin C complex powder, kelp powder, and plain vitamin c powder-all of which are good for the skin. Take a small amount of coconut oil-about the size of a nickel-and add a small amount of powder; mix well (I mix it right in the palm of my hand). Use the mixture just like you would any other scrub.

Using coconut oil for your face is economical as well-it takes such a small amount-that a jar lasts a really really long time.

Coconut oil can be used for lotion and a whole host of other things-go here to read about 101 uses for coconut oil.


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  • Reply
    Rev. RB
    July 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I had very oily skin until I reached my 50s. Now my skin is very dry, and I gave up wearing “war paint” long long ago. LOL I do use lipstick for color and moisture, and that’s it.
    To wash my face, I run very warm water into a thin washcloth, and use it to wash and massage my face, carefully cleaning around my eyes and mouth. Then I apply Biore’ Nourish Moisture Lotion which is a very light SPF15 lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin. That’s it!
    I turned 66-years of age in May, and people at the store are always amazed when I share my age. One elderly lady cracked me up last week when I told her that by saying, “You can’t be. You don’t have a single wrinkle.” I told her, “That’s my good old Indian/Gypsy blood.” ROFLOL Maybe it is, not sure! But all I have are slight laugh lines on my forehead and the very slight beginning of crow’s feet around my eyes. I attribute that to not using “soap” on my face and to applying that Biore’ moisturizer for years – well, since it’s been in existence.
    God bless.

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    July 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I have a jar of coconut oil in the cupboard, and it sure does last a long time. Olive oil and coconut oil are both helpful for my dry skin, but last winter I found the coconut oil better for something to put on at bedtime because it seemed to soak in really quickly. Used it every now and then when my hands were awfully chapped – just the tiniest dab of coconut oil in the palm of my hand so it liquified, then rubbing it on my hands and arms like lotion. Didn’t sting or burn like EVERY lotion I’ve ever bought, and made a difference right away.

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    Glenda Beall
    July 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hooray for Miss Cindy, a woman after my own heart. I continuously work at de-chemicalizing my life and found coconut oil to be one of my favorite non-petroleum products to use on my skin. As she says, petroleum is one of the major ingredients used in cosmetics today.
    Most people don’t realize what they are putting on their bodies, and I am happy to know Miss
    Cindy and many of your readers are aware and careful to use things like coconut oil.
    Thanks for this post.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    They say beauty is skin deep but ugly goes all the way to the bone. Do you think Miss Cindy might be able to formulate me a good bone cleanser?

  • Reply
    July 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This sounds like a nice natural solution. I am a Ponds cold cream user, but I love to try new things. Thanks!

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    July 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    About the only thing I ever think
    about concerning cocoanut is when
    I sprinkle shavings on top of an
    Oatmeal cake and lightly brown.
    As for the facial remedies, I didn’t
    think younze needed much make-up
    anyway, but hair coloring looks
    nice if you need it…Ken

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    Jim Casada
    July 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Tipper–Like Grandpa Joe, I take a bath once a week whether I need one or not. As a part of that Saturday afternoon ritual, I wash my face with Ivory soap.
    Just had to add this, since quite clearly this was a post for your female (and feminine) readers.
    Jim Casada

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    Kimberly Burnette
    July 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I’m going to give this a try! I have some in my cupboard right now.

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    July 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the advice….I’m going to try this. Love your blog and site; and LOVE the music!

  • Reply
    July 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I bought a big jug of coconut oil on sale a year ago and never opened it. I had no idea what it could be used for except for shrimp stir-fry. Now I have 101 reasons to open it. Thanks for sharing!

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    July 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I have just this summer discovered coconut oil and I love it. In addition to be a good makeup remover I have been mixing a little with my body moisturizer and it works great!

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    Tommy Lee Stokes
    July 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

    My wife uses coconut oil to deep clean the pores on her face and swears by it. She rubs it in really good and then hovers over steam, with a towel over her head. For years, she has tried many commercial products for achieving this, but none of them work as well as the coconut oil.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    You know Tipper, for several years now I’ve been on a quest to de-chemicalize my life as much as I reasonably can. I read a few books on skin care and came up with some ideas. It was a Rachel Perry book that I found how good Vitamin C and kelp are for your skin.
    I love making things. I’m currently working on a moisture cream. I’ve found a recipe now just have to get the ingredients together.
    Also made an un-petroleum jelly that works great and contains no chemicals. Petroleum is a major chemical used in a lot of skin products.

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    Sheryl Paul
    July 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I am trying this one, I have used Extra Virgin Olive oil, both alone and made into a scrub. I’ll let you know which I like the best!

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    b. Ruth
    July 19, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Sounds great! I suppose it would keep your skin moisturized as well!
    The only problem I would have is keeping the “Coconut Oil” in my bathroom cabinet close to my “Cocoa Butter”! I would crave Mounds candy bars for the rest of the night and the next day! Yummmmmm!
    Thanks Tipper and Miss Cindy

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