Coconut oil – the miracle product you can use for anything, right? You can cook with it, you can take your make-up off with it, you can use it as a moisturiser, an anti-frizz treatment for your hair…
And to give relief from dry eyes*?
If you have diabetes, you are 50 per more likely to suffer from dry eyes. I do. I often wake up at night and my eyes really hurt. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get dry eyes because you do not produce enough tears.
My dry eyes could also be due to my age and changing hormones, and because my job necessitates spending a lot of time in front of a screen.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Two months ago, I splashed out on sea buckthorn capsules, having read up on their properties and claims that the oil can help with dry eyes. I haven’t really noticed any difference – and those capsules are expensive, roughly £23 for a month’s supply.
I stumbled on the coconut oil solution by accident. Having run out of my normal cleaner one evening, I removed my make-up with coconut oil. Then I decided I might as well use it instead of my usual night-time moisturiser.
When I woke up in the morning, I noticed that my eyes felt fine. Most nights or early in the morning, I wake up with dry, sore eyes. To test if this was a co-incidence, I replaced my normal moisturiser with coconut oil for a week afterwards, ensuring I always rubbed plenty in my eyes at night.
Voila. No sore eyes.
Coconut oil – and especially if you buy it from Aldi where you can get it for £2.99 a tub – is much cheaper than sea buckthorn capsules. And it has plenty of other uses too. Maybe it is a co-incidence, maybe I’ve done something else differently that has affected my eyes, but I’ll be sticking with the coconut oil for now. It can’t do any harm.
*We don’t give medical advice pertinent to individuals on this blog. If you decide to try out the coconut oil solution yourself, you do this at your own risk.