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It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, at some point in your life, dry skin will be an issue. It’s a problem that everyone faces, especially when the rink and cold are your best friends for over half the year.

Lately, I’ve been hearing quite a bit of hype over coconut oil. Sure, I’ve used it for baking on many occasions, for example, our Coconut “Klondike” Bars  use coconut oil as a prime ingredient. If you haven’t made them, they’re heaven.

Thinking to transition its use from the kitchen to part of a beauty regime has never skated through my mind. But the more I see it mentioned throughout frequently visited websites, aka Twitter and Pinterest the greater my curiosity grew.

With a vast majority of my time spent bouncing in and out of a rink, the consistently freezing New England temperatures and routinely dry skin during the winter months, I figured giving coconut oil a try couldn’t exactly hurt.

But where to begin? After a little reading across beauty boards on the web, the consensus became clear, organic or bust. $7.99 at Whole Foods for a container the size of peanut butter seemed a little pricey. Especially when I was slated to slather it on my face, body and use it in my hair as a leave-in conditioning treatment on a daily basis. What, it would last a week right? Wrong. A little bit goes a long way, about half a tablespoon solidified will moisturize your face, body and leave enough to rub into the ends of your hair and scalp. That $7.99 container lasted a little over a month, roughly speaking it cost me about 3-4 cents a day.

My greatest concern was putting oil on my face, who wouldn’t be concerned about that! Most people are trying to combat oily skin, not give it the green light. The oily look and feel will last about 10 minutes, it’s absorbed quickly and will leave your skin smooth and moisturized. I’ve been lucky enough to never fully experience acne or bad breakouts, but I’m not immune, I do have “problem” areas like everyone else. That being said, since I’ve started using coconut oil as a face moisturizer, I haven’t been the subject of these issues in quite some time.

It’s a light consistency with minimal scent and all the benefits. The Huffington Post has a great article with some pointers on using it as part of your routine.

If you suffer from dry skin or you’re looking for a change, I would highly suggest giving coconut oil a go. Everyone deserves beautiful skin and that’s exactly the benefit you might encounter!

Tip: I keep a mini mason jar of it in my hockey bag, I throw some on after my shower and revitalize my skin after a hard skate!

Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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