21 responses

  1. Debbie
    July 15, 2013

    Hi Laura,

    I always love your blog posts! Thank you. I just started skin brushing with a natural fiber brush. Its suppose to help your skin but also detoxicify your lymph nodes. Do you think the brushing is too irritating to the skin?

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 15, 2013

      Thanks Debbie! I’m a huge fan of dry brushing before I shower — I love how it feels and love the exfoliation benefits as well — go for it! If you find the brush you use is too hard on your skin, you can find softer bristled brushes — some like firm coarse hair, some like softer haired brushes, some like loofah… if you like your brush I think that’s great! I wish I remembered to do it more often! Thank you so much for leaving this great tip on my blog post and for your question… xoxo, Laura

  2. Rosalie
    July 15, 2013

    Totally agree with you Laura! As an Esthetician (skincare professional) for the past 22 years I have researched and sampled many skincare lines. My work was has taken me to Spas at Hyatt, Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotels so I have worked with top of the line distributor products and used them also. For me nothing compares to the benefits I have gotten from using coconut oil, baking soda and honey on my skin.
    Apple cider vinegar is on my list also for it’s PH balancing abilities..I live in the tropics and love the beach so I use it for sun excess. Never on my face of course I always wear a hat!

    Rosalie

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 15, 2013

      Thanks Rosalie — I appreciate you sharing your immense expertise here with my readers and loved your comment. Coconut oil is the best!!! I love apple cider vinegar too — great tip — I love to pour it in my bathtub as I soak as well as drink it when I detox… thanks so much for adding that tip to the list. Much appreciation… xoxo, Laura

  3. Jaclynn
    July 15, 2013

    I don’t see any link to any video under number 2… but I really want to know more about exfoliation. I get really dry legs (my mother does too, so I know it must be genetic) and I’m wondering if the best way is to exfoliate them and then do a hardcore regimen of moisturizing, because I’ve heard that putting moisturizer on the dead skin cells only makes them hang around longer.

    Oddly enough, I also get really dry, flaky eyebrows… I’m not sure why? I’ve tried everything, from exfoliating to moisturizing (lotion, oil, dandruff shampoo, my sister-in-law’s homemade hand salve, you name it!) and they still get dry and flaky! Any insight as to why certain areas of our bodies seem to be continually dry while others seem to be doing just fine?

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 15, 2013

      Hi Jaclynn — thank you so much for your comment! I’ll have to check out why the video is not showing for you. I absolutely think you should give baking soda a try on your legs — make it into a paste by adding a touch of water to a sprinkle of baking soda on your hands and scrub your legs, then follow with the coconut oil. I think you’ll notice a big difference! The other thing you can do is what one reader just commented on — dry brushing your skin before stepping into the shower/bath — dry brushing is great to stimulate the skin and turn over dead skin cells and repair/prevent KP (ketosis pilaris — those annoying bumps on the back of your arms or in areas of dry skin)

      The eyebrows sound more like seborrhea dermatitis — usually this is a fungal thing — try using some tea tree oil directly on your eyebrows (sparingly) daily or even twice a day… as well as decrease the amount of sugar/carbs that you consume to see if that helps. Using an over the counter athletes foot cream (be sure to use sparingly and avoid the eye area) for 2 weeks might make a big difference too — but this is a chronic condition that will come back over and over generally — some folks are just more “fungal” then others and it is natural for all of us to have fungus living on our skin… so it will eventually grow back. Decreasing the amount of sugars and simple carbs you consume as well as taking lots of probiotics should help re-set the balance of your skin… keep in touch and let me know how it goes! xoxo, Laura

      • Laura Koniver, MD
        July 15, 2013

        For some reason the video doesn’t want to embed, so here is the link directly to it on YouTube — so sorry about that and thank you for letting me know! xoxo, Laura

  4. Darcy
    July 16, 2013

    Hi Laura,
    I purchased a large tub of organic coconut oil from you a while back. Do you know how I could purchase that online? The company name, etc? Im spending a fortune on smaller containers at local health food stores because i also have one of my elderly dogs using it and it has fixed him right up!
    Thanks, Darcy

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 16, 2013

      Hi Darcy!! I know, it can be expensive but still not nearly as pricey as face cream, eye cream, body moisturizer, make up remover, hair mask, etc… all put together. My fav coconut oil is Spectrum — I just love how easily it melts on my skin and I feel it tastes better when I do oil pulling. You can get it off Amazon here and it ships for free, but it is still expensive no doubt. I usually purchase several jars together and it seems to last me a long time… I bet there are other natural product supply companies that will ship free and give a better deal, so if you find one please keep me posted!!!! xoxoxox, Laura
      http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Refined-Organic-Coconut-Multi-Pack/dp/B0083JS2K0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1374012620&sr=8-3&keywords=spectrum+coconut+oil

  5. Lea
    July 19, 2013

    Hi, Laura!
    Thank you for great advice. I happen to have argan oil at home.
    Is argan oil suitable for skin moisturising?
    Thanks!
    Lea

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 19, 2013

      Hi Lea!!! I love argan oil and yes, it is fabulous for the skin and is quite non-greasy and absorbs well, is particularly good for skin and hair uses… although it does not posses the same anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties of coconut oil, if you have it on hand it is still WONDERFUL. To my knowledge, it hasn’t been studies to know if argan oil has the same internal benefits that coconut oil has, but it is extremely possible! Go for it Lea and thank you so much for leaving your question here on my blog! xoxoxo, Laura

  6. Charyn
    July 19, 2013

    Hi Laura,

    You know I’ve tried the coconut oil and it seemed to irritate the skin on my face after about a week of using it. Do you know why this might be? I’ve been trying to figure it out and I can’t find an answer. Thanks!

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 19, 2013

      Hello dear Charyn! It sounds like you might have a contact allergy to coconut oil. It is rare but does occur, and symptoms are as you describe, redness, inflammation, itching and even blistering after touching coconut oil. You can have this type of contact allergy with or without having a reaction to ingesting it, although if I were you I would probably try my best to avoid consuming products that contain coconut oil as well. It’s very rare but anaphylactic reactions have occurred. My recommendation is to definitely stick with other oils for your face! I’ve grabbed both olive oil and grapeseed oil from my pantry to use and loved both… there should not be the nut protein in those oils (only the fats) so if you use them and don’t get the redness you get with coconut oil, you should be good! Thank you so much for your question… xoxo, Laura

  7. Lauren Scott
    July 19, 2013

    Hi Laura,

    I love your blog. Do you just buy the Spectrum coconut oil and then apply directly to your face with your hands? How much do you apply? Also, I have another question, how do you think the Spectrum cocunut oil compares with squalane facial oil. I hear Indie Lee has a great squalane facial oil.

    http://indielee.com/shop/face/squalane-facial-oil

    any thoughts on these questions.

    Thanks,
    Lauren

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 19, 2013

      Hello Lauren, thank you so much for putting that link on my blog — I have to admit I’ve never tried squalene facial oil but am now very very intrigued! I love coconut oil so much I’m not sure if there is any benefit to squalene above coconut because I’ve been so satisfied with the results from the coconut oil (and it is less expensive for sure, which I like since I slather it all over my body and consume it — I go through quite a bit of it!) I love love love finding new products though and will look into squalene for sure — olive oil is my “go to” oil to use on my skin and face if I run out of coconut oil, so since this seems to be derived from olive oil it is likely excellent as well. As far as applying — yes, I just go all out after my shower but before drying off — big handfuls all over my body and face and then I towel dry. It absorbs well and after drying what is left on the skin is the perfect amount! Sometimes before bed I’ll add on even more directly to my face with fingertips. Also, if I don’t feel like washing my face (especially if I have make up on) I’ll just use a dollop of coconut oil, massage it into my face, wipe it all off with a washcloth, and viola! I’ve removed make up and moisturized in one step. Hope that helps! Thank you for the question and the link! xoxoxo, Laura

  8. Lauren Scott
    July 24, 2013

    Thanks Laura! I will let you know how the squalane oil works out.

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 24, 2013

      Awesome Lauren, please do! xoxoxo, Laura

  9. Evan
    July 25, 2013

    Hi Laura! I’m so excited to have just found your blog! I’m a nurse with complicated dry and acne prone skin so I love learning about simple natural skin care. I couldn’t catch the name if the cleanser that you were using in the video. Would you mind clarifying that for me?

    Thanks so much!
    Evan

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 25, 2013

      Hi dear Evan! I just used Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in the video… but if you have dry skin and don’t mind splurging another cleanser I recommend for more complicated skin is Dr. Hauschka’s milk cleanser — one bottle will last you months and it is so gentle. Perfect for use with the baking soda. The baking soda will keep your acne at bay and Dr. Hauschkas cleanser will keep your skin from over-drying: https://store.drhauschka.com/b2c/ecom/ecomEnduser/items/itemDetail.aspx?&page=&store=&itemNum=CM&siteId=1&bulkexists=0 Otherwise, use the castile soap (it is excellent too, but can be drying) and be sure to follow up with coconut oil to rehydrate your skin… and drink tons of water!!! Thank you for your question! Hope this works well for you… keep me posted. xoxox, Laura

  10. Vinni Sang
    July 30, 2013

    Hi Laura,

    You posts are always so interesting and informational. For dry skin i would also suggest Aloe Vera. It’s a natural moisturizing formula moisturizes your skin and make it look fresh and healthy. Drinking aloe vera juice is an added benefit for skin care, hair care and overall health. It is a miraculous plant and have several benefits. Would like to share the same with you.

    http://www.trulyaloevera.com/20-aloe-vera-uses-that-will-surprise-you/

    • Laura Koniver, MD
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks Vinni — appreciate you sharing this resource with my readers! xoxo, Laura

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