Soothing Oils For Your Skin.
By David Anthony, Contributing Writer.
Who doesn’t enjoy the cool feel of lotion as it’s applied to the skin after a warm shower? Honestly, Webster and his defining cohorts must have been thinking of the moisturizing experience when they came up with the word, “soothing.” But if you battle Tinea Versicolor, moisturizing your skin can be quite a challenge.
Tinea versicolor (TV,) is a fungus that feeds upon the oils and moisture of the skin. That’s why those with TV need to be careful when choosing moisturizers. Most are oil-based and choosing the wrong oil can send your Tinea into a feeding frenzy.
There are however, two types of natural oils that moisturize, while at the same time providing a topical anti-fungal agent to your skin.
One of the most common oils with anti-fungal elements is coconut oil.
Many terrific creams, shampoos, and cosmetics use coconut oil as a base element; however, some of the other ingredients in these same topical products can cancel out the anti-fungal properties. With that in mind, it’s important to try and find 100 percent organic (virgin) coconut oil to use as a skin moisturizer, or refined coconut oil (RBD) if you prefer non-scented.
According to OrganicFacts.net, “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.”
As a skin moisturizer: Apply a little to the palm of your hand and massage into your skin.
To apply to your scalp: Massage into your scalp a couple hours before showering, and rinse out during your normal shower routine.
Another terrific, but less commonly known moisturizing oil is tea tree oil, not to be confused with “tea oil” which is used for cooking. DO NOT USE TEA TREE OIL FOR COOKING.
Tea tree oil is well known within the medicinal community as a strong antifungal agent. In fact, shampoo with a tea tree oil concentration of 5 percent can be as effective at treating Malessezia — the fungus most responsible for Tinea Versicolor and dandruff of the scalp– as any of the leading brands of dandruff shampoo.
But be careful when using and storing tea tree oil. Unlike coconut oil, tea tree oil CANNOT be ingested. Use only as a topical skin oil.
According to the American Cancer Society: “Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children.”
To use tea tree oil: Dilute one drop to every 4 drops of a carrier oil, such as organic coconut oil, then apply to your skin as you would any other oil or cream. To make it easier, you could combine one eyedropper full of tea tree oil to four eyedroppers full of carrier oil.
As with any new cream or cosmetic, test a small bit on your skin first to see if you develop an allergic reaction. And always consult your dermatologist or doctor before beginning a new treatment regimen.