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All-natural moisturizer for runners


It’s been a cold week for most of the country, scratch that, a cold couple months. I went out for my first sub zero run in Colorado this week. I must have looked like quite the sight, bundled up from head to toe, except for my face, which I proceeded to shield from the blowing wind and snow by looking down and sideways while only opening one eye. I wish someone had taken a picture.

In all seriousness, running in winter weather can be great for the body (read about the benefits here), but hell on the skin. Over the last two winters, I’ve searched high and low for a product that will help save my skin from the winter doldrums. My criteria is pretty simple, the product should be inexpensive and moisturizing.

After trying many different products, I finally found one that meets this criteria and so much more. It’s inexpensive, highly moisturizing, available in any grocery store and all natural. You may even have a jar of it on hand right now.

What is this amazing winter salve you ask? Coconut oil!

Coconut oil has so many uses from cooking to cleaning but my favorite use by far is as a moisturizer. And if you’re worried about it being too oily — don’t. Coconut oil absorbs quickly and has many natural benefits, including sun protection! (Read more about its benefits here.)

Here are two methods for making your own coconut oil moisturizer at home.


  • 1 cup room temperature coconut oil (unrefined)
  • A few drops of essential oil, optional


  1. Scoop coconut oil in a microwave container and cook for 30 seconds until it melts. Add a few drops of essential oil to the melted coconut oil. One note about essential oils. They come in hundreds of scents from peppermint to lavender and can be found at health food stores and most Whole Foods.
  2. Pour the liquid into a small, shallow jar. It doesn’t matter what kind of jar it is as long as it’s shallow, I use an old, short, face cream jar.
  3. The coconut oil will solidify once it’s cooled.
  4. To use, scoop a bit out after your shower and rub between your hands until it melts, then rub directly into the skin.

If you don’t want to melt the oil before you can whip the coconut oil  to create a lighter, fluffier version of the above that’s easier to use.


  • 1 cup room temperature coconut oil, solid not liquid (unrefined)
  • A few drops of essential oil, optional


  1. Place coconut oil and essential oil in a mixer with a metal whisk.
  2. Whip coconut oil mixture on high speed for about 5 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Place whipped mixture in a small jar. It can be stored in the bathroom or bedroom like any other lotion.

Written by Lisa Chase.