Being a big fan of natural products, I absolutely love coconut oil. There are probably hundreds of different ways to use this amazing oil for different kinds of purposes, because it’s a truly amazing natural treasure of vitamins and it has antiseptic, antibacterial, nourishing and healing properties. Without further talking, let me share with you my top 10 favourite ways to use coconut oil for beauty:
1) Makeup remover.
Coconut oil can play a role of tender and gentle cleanser for your skin, it removes makeup and leaves your skin very soft and smooth.
2) Eye makeup remover that will also condition your lashes.
Apply coconut oil on the cotton pad, gently press it over your eyes to let it dissolve makeup for a little moment and then gently wipe away all the makeup from your eye area: your eyeshadow, concealer and mascara. This way not only will you remove all the makeup, but also you will condition and moisturise your eyelashes and eyebrows. Isn’t it perfect?!
3) Hand cream.
Coconut oil is amazing for your hands and you can use it as a hand cream. Rub it on your hands and nails (with no nail polish on), the oil will soak into your skin, nails and cuticles and make them stronger and healthier looking.
4) Natural healing scalp treatment.
Because of it’s healing properties coconut oil can help to treat dry, flakey scalp, dandruff and even eczema. If your coconut oil is solidified, you can slightly warm it up on a hot bath, and then massage your scalp with it in circular motions.
5) All natural deep conditioning hair mask or warm oil treatment.
Because of styling products and blowdrying, our hair often lose natural shine and silky feeling, this is where coconut oil can also be our helper! When you massaged your scalp with coconut oil, use what’s left for replenishing moisture into the length of your hair. Spread this natural “wonder” on the length of your locks and leave it on for at least 2 hours. (You can also leave it for longer or even overnight for better results.) If you want to go further and get the most out of your coconut oil, you can slightly heat it prior to applying on your hair (heat it just a tiny bit, the temperature should be comfortable to touch) and then, when applied, put on a plastic “shower hat” and wrap this construction with a towel (to hold the heat). Make sure your husband or boyfriend isn’t looking, because you might look bizarre! 😀 Keep it on your head for 2 hours and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual (you might need to shampoo your hair 2 times to get rid of greasy feeling). Your hair will feel a lot softer and look a lot shinier!
6) Body scrub and body lotion in one!
Mix coconut oil (in a liquid form) with sugar. Yes, it’s that simple! This way you’ve just got amazing body scrub which will also moisturise and care for your skin in the best and the most natural way possible. You can gently massage it all over your body, as well as your feet (to get them smooth and tender to touch).
7) Shave cream.
I don’t use shaving creams any more. I use coconut oil instead. Massage coconut oil into your skin and then shave your legs as usual and rinse when you are done. You will be left with the softest legs ever and this, without using any chemicals.
8) Body lotion.
I forgot when I last bought a body lotion, I love using coconut oil instead. (Sometime I use olive oil, if I don’t have coconut one around, but coconut oil is my personal favourite). It leaves your skin extremely soft and smooth, i can’t describe how amazing this all natural “body lotion” is! I usually use it while in the shower. You only need the tiniest amount and it will go a long way. It will give your skin a glow and will beautify your skin amazingly. You will look and feel like a million bucks!
9) Natural face moisturiser.
Coconut oil is known for anti ageing properties.
I love using it at night, as well as during the day! You probably wondering how is it possible to use an oil under makeup and don’t look oily during the day?! Yes, it is actually possible, but it requites a little trick. In the morning, when I washed my face, I apply the oil on my still damp face and let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then I splash my face with cold water and pat it dry. This way, my face feels soft, smooth and moisturised, with no sign of oiliness whatsoever.
10) Amazing eye cream.
I also use coconut oil as an eye cream, because it’s “kind” enough to care for the gentle area around your eyes and it’s amazing “wrinkles fighter”! (Sometime I also use Rosehip oil for under eyes area.)
Now, when buying coconut oil, I would recommend to go for extra virgin organic version which you can usually find in health (BIO) food stores, or you can buy it online: Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil is truly one of my favourites, but I also love to use other oils for beauty and I will talk about it in further articles.
I hope you found it useful. Do you love using coconut oil? Please share your thoughts with me in the comment’s section.