There are many uses for coconut oil, but I personally love it as a moisturizer. I use it on my arms and legs a couple of times a week (would be more, but I get in a hurry and forget to use anything sometimes) and it makes a difference in the texture of my skin. My husband works outside a lot (we have a small farm) and his hands were always rough no matter what hand cream or lotion he used. I kept telling him to try coconut oil and one day he did. He now uses it everyday and I feel the difference it has made to his farm hands. One of my friends uses it as a facial moisturizer every day and she loves it.
Last summer we celebrated my granddaughter's birthday at the beach. Everyone got there four days before my husband and I. My son-in-law was already sun-burned when we got there. He was going to stay in for a day or two because it hurt so bad. I gave him some coconut oil and the next day his skin was less red and he actually felt like getting back out on the beach again (this time with lots of sun screen).
"Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It's naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer."
- Prevention.com article dated December 19, 2014 by Siobhan O'Connor
Another thing I love about it is that my young granddaughter can use it on her dry skin by herself and I don't have to worry about chemicals or additives, if she forgets and rubs her nose or touches her mouth, nothing bad is going to happen.
I recommend coconut oil for a moisturizer if you have reactions to certain chemicals in lotions and creams. As long as you don't have an allergy to coconuts.I did when I was young, but I guess I outgrew that allergy as I can eat and rub coconut products on my skin without any side effects now. I love coconut cream pie and coconut cake, oh and Almond Joy, too!
DISCLAIMER NOTE: It has been said that coconut oil can be used for any number of ailments, such as heart disease, alzheimers, and weight loss. I can't address those. To use coconut oil for anything other than a food or skin moisturizer is up to your own research. According to Webmd.com, these claims have no research to back them up and are probably not true. I am only writing about what I have found that works for me, my family, and a few friends using it as a external moisturizer.
Let's go KOO-KOO for COCONUT OIL!
Do you use coconut oil for anything? Have you tried it as a moisturizer? If so, how is it working for you? If you haven't tried it, are you going to try it now?