A few years ago if someone mentioned coconut oil to me I would not have given it a second thought. Until I saw the benefits myself. Coconut oil is now a daily part of my beauty routine and life in general. Encouragingly, supermodel Miranda Kerr also swears by it and makes sure to orally take four tablespoons a day, so I've read.
Here are a few of the benefits;
When I was younger my mum would lather my hair with Coconut Oil. I really didn't like it at the time, but now I find myself lathering my own hair with coconut oil as it works wonders as a hair mask. It gives my hair a healthy shine and silky texture, not to mention the nutritional benefits as it is 100% natural and contains no chemicals.
All I do is heat up a few tablespoons, rub it between my palms and apply it in my hair whilst massaging my scalp (this I hear improves blood flow to your head and is also good for your hair). I also apply it to the ends of my hair. I try to keep it on overnight, usually using a shower cap or by placing a towel on my pillow. In the morning, I wash it out and see great results.
2. Skin Hydration
Coconut Oil is the perfect light moisturiser. It hydrates my skin really well. I tend to use it mostly after showering and apply it thoroughly, especially on my arms and legs. As it is really moisturising I can get away with using only a small amount. As Coconut Oil is a natural product, I prefer using it more to store bought moisturises. The oil fully adsorbs into my skin and it does not leave it feeling or looking greasy.
Tips: You can add a few drops of Coconut Oil to your daily moisturisers and you can also add a few drops of vanilla or lavender oil to the coconut oil to use it as a massage oil.
Gone are the days of switching to olive oil in your cooking or baking. Coconut oil does the job and is a much more healthy option to incorporate into your diet. The recommended type of coconut oil is raw or virgin. You can also use coconut oil in your baking for great results. Give it a go and see how it works for you.
4. Removing Your Make-Up
Have you ever been so tired and come home and had to face the dreaded task of removing your make up? I have. I usually feel so guilty getting into bed without having fully removed my make up, but apart from coconut oil I have not found anything which fully removes all traces. As soon as I rub a little bit of oil onto my face, my make up starts to melt away. After rubbing it all over, I then wash my face with water. Do not fret if you can't remove all of the coconut oil after removing your make-up, as leaving a little on will keep your face hydrated overnight.
5. Lip- Balm
Coconut Oil can also be used in replacement of a lip balm to moisturise your lips. It also really helps with chapped lips. Fill an old lip balm tub with some organic coconut oil and pop it into your bag for your day.
Tips - A few other uses which I wanted to mention are as a cuticle softener, and also as an under- eye cream to avoid puffy eyes and bags.
I hope you enjoy using coconut oil as much as I do.
Until next time,