Friday, March 21, 2014

The Secret to Moisturized Skin WITHOUT Putting Anything On Your Face

So I figured out how to survive winter WITHOUT my face falling off, and NOT ever applying moisturizer on my face. Sounds kind of too good to be true.

Didn't have enough time to find a royalty free face image without a watermark, so instead take this badly cropped photo of my face lol.

It's a never-ending winter here in South Ontario that happens to be one of the coldest in history. However, I've escaped the annoying routine of endlessly lathering lotion on my face! For about 2 months now, I've been using a traditional Indian method called "Oil Pulling" each morning.

Literally all you're doing is swishing around a natural oil in your mouth for a set time (apx. 10-20 min), and it's best first thing in the morning. I use virgin cold-pressed coconut oil as it's one of the most recommended. According to this website, this Eastern technique supposedly breaks down plaque, nourishes the gums, and essentially absorbs bacteria, thus you MUST spit out the oil. There is not much of a scientific basis currently but here's my anecdote- I started doing this 2-3x a day after a failed root canal when everything was going wrong, and the pain, swelling, and infection reduced significantly. I continue doing this every morning for dental health maintenance.

Again, the best brand I use is Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce from Amazon. It's MUCH cheaper than in stores and Amazon will ship it in days. Lasts me up to a year!

A few weeks later, I ALSO noticed that my skin (which is usually extremely cracked and dry due to Canadian weather and face wash) was suddenly as soft as a baby's backside. To make sure that it was in fact the oil, I stopped doing it after my tooth troubles went away, and the dryness came back. Now I've started again, and the softness has returned.

This is how significant it was: I used to moisturize my face at least 2 to 3 times daily.  Nowadays if I do oil pulling? ZERO TIMES DAILY.  Even when I use a salicylic-based facewash morning and night, it doesn't dry out my skin like it used to! There has never been a time in my adult life when I've been able to get away with no lotion, whatsoever. So I hope you get to read this before the big cosmetic companies kick my butt and try to sell you fancy overpriced lotions that only drain your wallet. 

As to the explanations why? My own guess is that since your mouth orifice is on your face, the oils are being absorbed through the tissue there (sort of like moisturizing from the inside). I really don't know though, so if you find something email me at dragonsforangel @ gmail. com

These are not my teeth.. but supposedly, oil pulling whitens your teeth as well by removing plaque!
The key is to swish it around for at least 10 minutes without swallowing.It's hard to kick the instinct to swallow at first, but I'm using oil pulling while I'm getting ready in the bathroom first thing in the morning to distract myself from thinking about the oil. Then, spit into the toilet and flush (to remove any yucky pathogens that has been absorbed from your mouth). Finally, rinse out your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, or warm water mixed with sea salt to sanitize.  Try this for at least a few weeks to see if it helps you.

Again from, here are the other recommended oils: 
  •  Cold pressed extra virgin olive oils
  • Cold pressed Coconut oil
  • Cold pressed Sunflower oil
  • Cold pressed olive oil
And other anecdotal benefits include:
  • Helping to strengthen the gums, jaws and teeth.
  • Helping to prevent gum disease, cavities and even gingivitis
  • Helping to prevent bad breath
  • Provide a holistic method and remedy for dealing with bleeding gums
  • Helping to prevent dryness of the mouth, throat and the lips
  • Relief for migraines and headaches
  • Reducing arthritic inflammation
  • Helping to reduce the signs of eczema, acne, skin irritation
  • Helping to reduce insomnia
  • Reducing the effects of a hangover after consuming too much alcohol

Bottom line is that it doesn't hurt or cost you much to use a bit of oil each day, even if to try it out. Obviously, this will not work for EVERYBODY as nothing ever is. If it helps you, great for you! If not, there's always other ways of keeping your skin moisturized. 

Again, the best brand I use is Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce from Amazon. It's MUCH cheaper than in stores and Amazon will ship it in days. Lasts me up to a year!

So what results have YOU found from oil-pulling? Yay or nay, and what was the best/worst effect it's had on you? Do you think there is some scientific merit behind it?


  1. I shall have to try this, i suffer from eczema on my face an it gets pretty bad during winter. Thank you for sharing this

    1. Ah you're welcome, and I hope it does something for you!

  2. Thanks! I have some coconut oil laying around that I used to use as an occasional deep hair conditioner when I flat ironed my hair often. I suppose I'll put that stuff to use. I can't complain much about my skin, but if its good for you, its good for me too! Maybe I'll notice some positive changes in things I did not care much about, but better is better for better.

    1. That's awesome! So many uses for coco oil, eh? :p I like to mix it in with cooking as well.. yum! Let me know if the oil pulling does anything for you!