Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Swish with Coconut Oil for Clearer Skin
I've never had perfect skin. In fact it's probably my biggest daily battle & insecurity (there I said it). I always listen in when people with poreless complexions say that they "take care of their skin" or they do nothing at all and that's why it looks the way it does. Personally, I'm pretty sure the (in)balance of my skin lies in somewhere in the mixture of genetics, stress and diet. I've used most creams, lotions, potions and scared my husband when I come out of the bathroom with a face mask fit for Halloween. I've used super natural remedies and other chemically ones that I would like to deny but I won't because I've tried lots. The only things that seem to really keep my breakouts at bay in the past have been drinking lots of water (I mean lots) & being on vacation. Obviously I can't be on vacation every day of the year and I really do try my best to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
A couple weeks ago my sister, fellow natural product enthusiast, told me about coconut oil pulling or as I like to call it swishing. Just when I thought I had exhausted all the ways I could love coconut oil in comes this skin saver.
What is she talking about? I'll tell you. At least once a day you take a spoonful of coconut oil & swish in around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes which ever you have time for. I do this in the shower or while I'm blow drying my hair in the morning. You just swish and after the max amount of time you have to give that day you spit it out (either in a garbage or your toilet, if you spit it in your sink it might end up building up in there over time & clog it). Then you scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper. I use a copper tongue scraper like this one.
Ok so what's it all about? What you're doing is detoxing all of the bacteria in your mouth. That's why it's super important to scrape your tongue after so you don't swallow all the toxins you just pulled from your mouth.
This simple practice can make a huge difference in your skin. My skin isn't perfect but since I've started my swishing routine I've seen a big difference in it which leaves me less stressed and just a smidge more confident. Some say that they notice that their skin glows from this - SIGN ME UP! Plus, since coconut oil has antibacterial properties it will also keep your gums healthy and teeth whiter! So give it a try, what do you have to lose?