Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Is Coconut Oil Doing More Harm Than Good? Plus more...

May 12, 2022
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Is Coconut Oil Doing More Harm Than Good? Plus more...

Hello, and welcome back to another Mailbag Friday! My name is Dr. Ryan Shelton and today I’ll be answering TWO very interesting questions from customers who want to create a more radiant complexion and help their skin start to feel soft and hydrated again. The first question is about Dry Skin and comes from Kim in Pittsford, MI.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I’ve been using Coconut Oil on my face because a friend told me it was very hydrating, but my skin seems to be getting drier. Why is that happening? Should I stop using it? 

A: Coconut Oil is such a common solution for dry skin, but many people don’t know that it can create more dryness if you use it on its own. Let me explain why that happens and how to fix the problem…

This ingredient does a great job of sinking into your skin quickly, which leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated at first.

Coconut oil is notorious for absorbing too quickly, which can have a negative impact on the natural oils your skin produces.

This isn’t so great for your skin long-term, because it needs those natural oils to stay protected and hydrated throughout the day.

In my professional Opinion, Coconut Oil can be great for dry skin, but you’ll want to use it with ingredients like Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter that won’t absorb into the skin as quickly.

Not only will your skin feel softer, but it will stay hydrated throughout the day.

I’ve included all three ingredients in my formulations for a simple reason - they really work.

In fact, I believe they can give your skin all the hydration and protection it could need to age gracefully and fight signs of wrinkles!

So to answer your question - you don’t have to stop using Coconut Oil, just make sure you use it with other protective ingredients like the ones in my Repair and Release Cream!

Q: Hello Dr. Ryan! My skin has recently become so rough and lost its softness. How can I get it back and make my skin smooth again?

make your skin softer and smoother

A: Unflattering texture is never a symptom you want to see in your complexion. For those of us who have experienced changing skin texture, it can be frustrating to lose that softness and suppleness.

Thankfully I’ve got an easy and easy way for you to solve the problem for good…

The main culprit of rough texture is usually a build-up of dead skin cells and dryness in your skin that create a bumpy, dirty feeling on your face.

So naturally, the first plan of action is to get rid of that build-up, and a good place to start is right at the beginning of your routine - your cleanser.

If your cleanser is effective enough, it will help alleviate dry skin and get rid of any impurities and dead skin cells at the same time.

But not all cleansers are created equal, so it’s important to focus on hydrating ingredients with antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Ingredients like lavender, peppermint and tea tree oil will help hydrate the skin and take care of any impurities left behind that could be compromising your results.

All of these ingredients can be found in my Lavender Oil Cleanser, so if you’re looking to revive your skin’s texture and get your glow back, I recommend using it at the beginning of your routine twice daily.

I’m confident that as long as you keep consistent with cleansing your skin twice a day, your skin will start to become smoother and more radiant!