You may never have thought to use coconut oil in your beauty routine, but there are many reasons why you should. It is full of beneficial ingredients, like vitamins E and K, works great, and is inexpensive, about $8 - $12 for a 32-ounce jar. Make sure you buy USDA certified organic, expeller-pressed, and virgin coconut oil because it is the least processed (next to an actual coconut) and has the most potent vitamins and health benefits. Need some ideas on how to use coconut oil? Here are some awesome ways to use coconut oil to keep you looking fine:
- As a deep conditioner or treatment. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that truly penetrates the hair shaft. Other oils and products only stay on the outer cuticle of hair. Your hair will be moisturized on both the inside and outside. Put some warm water into a spray bottle and spray your hair until it is damp. Then rub some coconut oil between your palms until it melts. (Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but melts when in contact with the human body.) Cover all your hair and scalp with the coconut oil. Leave it in for as long as you can. I like to keep mine in for about 8 hours – the time it takes me to sleep or spend a day at home. It smells great! I keep my hair in either a braid or bun. When it’s time to wash, remember to shampoo thoroughly. It may take you two to four, or more, shampoo uses, but the coconut oil will leave you with healthy, luscious locks.
- As a leave-in conditioner. Since water and oil do not mix, use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner. The oil will act as a barrier against humidity and water; they cause hair to frizz. Use of it will make your hair shiny and frizz-free. Coconut oil will also moisturize your hair to keep it healthy, like a weak version of using the oil as a deep conditioner. Take a little bit of coconut oil - too much will make your hair look greasy - and apply it on your hair from the chin down. You can carefully apply some to the top half of your hair as well. Next, brush or comb your hair to distribute the coconut oil evenly throughout your hair. When I use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner, I often receive many compliments on how great my hair looks. As a bonus, coconut oil even has a small amount of natural SPF that can protect your hair from damaging sun rays.
- As a make-up remover. Removing make-up can be tricky, painful, and expensive when using traditional make-up removers. Chemicals in those products irritate your eyes and strip your skin of natural oils. And the makeup isn’t even 100% off! Coconut oil will not irritate your eyes and it will actually soothe your skin. Take some of the oil and massage it all over your face (except the eyes) to remove foundation. Next, use the oil to remove eye makeup. Be gentle! Now wash your hands with soap and rinse to take away excess coconut oil. Finally, rinse your face with cool water to remove the oil. I usually go back a second time to remove eye make-up just to be sure it is all gone. Lastly, pat-dry your face with a clean towel. You will notice your skin is not dry, but actually moisturized and clean.
- As a body and face moisturizer. Did you notice in tips 1-3 that your hands would be covered in coconut oil? Well that’s another use for the stuff! Regular “moisturizers” are full of fillers and ingredients that don’t actually moisturize your skin. They often feel as if they only stay on top of the skin and usually cost more than coconut oil. Coconut oil is a much better moisturizer. Apply it all over your body, even your face. You can wear socks and gloves until the oil is fully absorbed. Your skin will glow. You can even use coconut oil as a lip balm. Just remember not to lick the delicious stuff off!
- As a body and face scrub. Traditional scrubs may work, but they often dry out the skin and are expensive. You can easily make your own better scrub for a fraction of the cost. Take some coconut oil and mix it with some honey and sea salt, or sugar, to make an effective scrub. Use it all over your body, even on your lips. Scrub in circular motions. Then rinse. Your skin will be free of dead skin cells and will be moisturized from the coconut oil.
Which tip did you like the best? Do you know of any other beauty uses for coconut oil? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!