Can you even remember your life before coconut oil? Dry hair? Coconut oil. Cooking a healthy meal? Coconut oil. Need help with absolutely anything? Just add coconut oil.
We’ve tried it on our skin, hair, and even to help whiten our teeth, but the latest craze? Use it to shave.
According to beauty experts at Superdrugreplacing your shaving cream with coconut oil is a surefire way to keep your skin happy.
“Coconut oil has moisturizing properties and, similar to a moisturizer, can be used to hydrate the skin without having to use other additives such as alcohol,” says Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, Founder of 111Skin and Surgical Practice Manager at 111 Harley St. “It’s also naturally antimicrobial, so it’s great for killing any surface bacteria that builds up on your face during the day.”
Sick of ending up with an itchy rash, I decided to give coconut oil a whirl and after reading rave reviews online, I had high hopes.
So how does it work? I used my trusty Neal’s Yard Remedies Coconut Oil and because it had solidified, I simply rubbed it between my hands to melt it before smothering it on my legs.
This is where I ran into the first of many problems. Because my hands were greasy from oil (and believe me I tried to wash them off) my razor had a mind of its own and let’s just say I was lucky to get out of the shower unscathed . I did my best to gently run my razor down my legs, but the oil just didn’t provide the same amount of lubrication as my beloved foaming shower gel.
It took me much longer to shave than usual and without the shower foam leaving any indication of exactly where I would be operating my razor, several areas were overlooked. It was far from a smooth encounter.
Reviews I had read online raved about the silky smooth feeling after the coconut oil shave, but my skin definitely didn’t feel like a dolphin. I think I’ll stick to frying my veggies from now on and refer to these 10 shaving commandments from the experts instead.