Beauty Uses And Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Written by: Brandi Monasco
We all know that coconut oil is amazing and can benefit your body in countless ways. Many people add coconut oil to their smoothies to get a boost of nutrition while others use it for cooking. Another amazing way that you can use coconut oil is in your beauty routine.
Apart from having moisturizing fatty acids, coconut oil also has antioxidants such as vitamin E. This makes it possible to use coconut oil in many ways on your body for a regular enhancement in health and beauty.
Good Body Moisturizer
When coconut oil is applied straight to your skin, it can help keep your skin moist and smooth. It does this by reducing the water loss through the skin and increasing hydration. Coconut oil also has a great smell, so on top of leaving your skin nourished, it will also smell yummy.
Body Butter Recipe
Credit: Living The Nourished Life
You will also need a mixer (or be very efficient using a hand held wire whisk).
1. Add all ingredients to a bowl. Do not melt the coconut oil first as it will not whip.
2. Mix on a high speed for 6 to 7 minutes or until the coconut oil is whipped into an airy, light consistency.
3. Spoon your newly whipped body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store the jar at room temperature (if your house stays warm, you may want to store it in the fridge so melting will not occur).
Used As Makeup Remover
You will find out that there are some makeups that are hard to remove, BUT with coconut oil, these stubborn makeups can be removed easily. You just need to apply coconut oil directly to your face and allow it to sit there for a few minutes. That’s it! The makeup will be gone.
It’s A Night Cream
Coconut oil, when used alongside your favorite moisturizers, can act as night cream. It contains serum that easily penetrates the skin and can be used to reinforce the natural lipid barrier of the skin. When used as night cream, coconut oil promotes skin hydration by locking in the moisture in the skin. All you have to do is rub a dab of coconut oil on your face before bedtime.
Can Be Used As A Shaving Cream
Due to its lubricating nature, coconut oil can be used as a shaving cream. It is inexpensive, smells amazing and can help you to get a clean shave on your underarms, head or legs.
Simply apply the coconut oil with a wet hand onto whatever body part you want to shave!
Acts As An Oil Treatment For Your Hair
Coconut oil can work miracles on dry, frizzy and damaged hair. It can make your hair soft because of the fatty acids that it contains. Compared to store bought hair conditioners, coconut oil works better on your hair follicles and doesn’t contain toxins and chemicals that store brand products usually do.
Works As A Dandruff Remover
Are you wondering what you should use to remove dandruff from your hair? Coconut oil is easily absorbed by the skin to the roots of your hair and helps to moisturize your hair.
To remove dandruff, mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of either lavender, tea tree, wintergreen, or thyme and massage into your scalp after washing hair. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash out with a gentle shampoo.
How do you use coconut oil in your own beauty routine? Do any of these methods work for you? Share your thoughts and tips with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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