Coconut oil. Where to begin? I’ve always loved coconut oil! There’s just something relaxing and gorgeous about the smell and feel of this luscious oil, and no wonder.
Numerous research studies over the years have pointed out the wide range of health benefits of this potent oil. It really is a miracle oil.
So what better way to enjoy its health benefits than by using it to simplify your life and beautify your skin.
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Before we start, it’s worth noting that not all coconut oil is created the same. Make sure you use only organic unrefined (extra virgin) coconut oil to get its full-blown health and beauty benefits.
Refined coconut oil is often over-processed which alters its chemical makeup and removes its potent benefits. Pure unrefined coconut oil can be used daily in many ways.
My favourite thing is to incorporate it into my beauty and pamper routines. It’s convenient, easy to use and a little goes a long way so it’s worth paying a few extra dollars to get the good stuff(organic unrefined version).
And to top it off, it really caters to my love of all things DIY, organic ingredients and products that are simple as well as affordable.
1. Facial cleanser and moisturiser
The fatty acids in coconut oil help reduce inflammation, making it a wonderful moisturiser when taken internally and/or externally.
Its antibacterial and antifungal properties also help ward off some pesky skin conditions such as dermatitis. It’s also been known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For facial cleansing and moisturising, use your fingers to gently massage 1 tsp coconut oil into your skin, dampen a clean cloth with very warm water and gently wipe off any residual oil.
I do this cleanse at least once a week before bed and my skin feels smooth and moisturized.
Tip: If you’ve never used coconut oil on your skin before, I would do a patch test in a small area of your skin and wait a week, as I have heard of some acne-prone people experiencing worsening of comedogenic acne.
2. Hair moisturizer
Those same fatty acids also moisturize the hair and scalp and are known to be a great remedy for dandruff.
For a moisturizing hot oil treatment, warm up 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp unrefined shea butter (another great moisturizer!) in the microwave. Add 6-8 drops of lavender and mix together.
Massage scalp with this mixture full of goodness and wrap your hair for 1-2 hours. I leave it on overnight by wrapping my hair with a muslin wrap and wash it off in the morning.
3. Foot Scrub
Now, when was the last time you paid any attention to those tired, aching, rough and dry feet? Chances are your feet are the most neglected part of your body, so next time you sit on the couch to read or binge on Netflix, why not try a coconut oil foot soak?
Just add 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil to warm water for a relaxing soak that will leave your feet pampered and moisturized.
Follow through with by exfoliating the sole of the feet with a good foot scrub. While you’re at it, go ahead and slather some coconut oil on your arms and legs, and hands too.
I find it most relaxing and effective before bed (and after my shower). Coconut oil will leave your skin hydrated without making it greasy.
I know this sounds a little crazy if you’ve never heard of it before but hear me out. Rub some coconut oil on your legs or underarms (whichever you need to shave).
Now, go ahead and shave using your razor. Amazing right!? Why use expensive shaving creams full of chemicals when you can shave off (pardon the pun) extra dollars of off your spendings using an all natural moisturizing oil!?
5. Makeup remover
I use a cotton ball with a little coconut oil to gently remove my eyeliner and mascara before I cleanse my face at the end of the day. This routine prevents those panda eyes that you get from smudging.
It’s all natural and doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes. Just be careful not to put it into your eyes.
It’s not that coconut oil is harmful to the eyes but it’s just not the most comfortable thing when it gets in your eyes (been there done that!).
6. Body scrub
Combine 1 cup of brown sugar, half a cup of coconut oil (and a few drops of pure vanilla extract) to create a heavenly body scrub that will exfoliate, rejuvenate and moisturize your skin.
This simple DIY scrub always leaves my skin feeling soft with a naturally gorgeous glow, and I don’t have to worry about absorbing nasty chemicals from overpriced body scrubs.
There you have it. The six natural ways I use coconut oil in my beauty regimen. Have you ever used coconut oil in this way before?