Coconut Oil & Beauty
Posted on 10 January 2016
What if there was one beauty product that solved a multitude of your beauty problems? Well, let us introduce you to a little product we like to call miracle worker, jack of all trades, lastly and most commonly known as, coconut oil.
One of the amazing characteristics of coconut oil is that it's 100% natural and free of chemicals. A plus of coconut oil being natural is that it's good for your body and skin, so you don't have to worry about clogged pores. Since the coconut oil you buy will be from the store, (unless you have coconuts in your backyard) it will have gone through some sort of process such as bleaching, deodorizing, etc, so make sure you buy coconut oil that is unrefined and is extra virgin coconut oil. This way, the coconut oil is closest to its natural state, and is least processed.
Coconut oil comes in a solid. The best part about that is you can take a pinch of the product between your fingers to warm it up quick. Or, if you want to use a lot, throw it in a bowl of hot water (keep it in the container) for a couple minutes, and the solid will melt into a liquid oil that is easier to spread across a larger surface area.
Now, on to the good stuff...
1. Makeup Remover-
Forget spending your money on makeup remover. Oil is great at breaking up substances. Your makeup, especially waterproof makeup, have a lot of water-resistant particles that make removing it difficult. How many times have you used a makeup wipe, went to bed, and woke up with makeup under your eyes the next morning? Well, with coconut oil you will no longer encounter that problem. Simply apply coconut oil to a cotton ball and rub it across the area(s) you wish to remove the makeup from. You may have to do this a couple times in order to remove all of it. Be careful not to get coconut oil in your eye. If you do, no big deal. Your vision will just be a blurry for a bit.
If you compare oil and lotion on your body, you can see that the oil penetrates into your skin, while lotion just sits on the skin in a glob. This is why coconut oil is great to use as a moisturizer. Coconut oil helps strength tissue, remove dead skin cells, and will make you glow! You can use the coconut oil in solid form, or warm it up to a liquid and use it as a moisturizer on your face and body. Since oil is saturated, it is best to use before bed to minimize excess shine throughout the day. One of the best places to use moisturize with coconut oil is under your eyes! If using coconut oil as a body moisturizer is a little daunting at first, mix equal parts of coconut oil and body lotion for deep moisturizing product.
3. Hair Mask-
Since coconut oil has all these benefits on your body, what can it do for your hair? Smoothness, shine, and repair. Make sure to use the hair mask BEFORE you shower, not after. Since it is oil, your hair may be a tad bit greasy if you put a bunch of it in after your shower. Before you go to bed, or a few hours before you shower, melt about 2-6 tables spoons of coconut oil (depending on hair thickness & length), and massage it through your hair. You can also directly apply the soil and massage it through your ends. Use this mainly on the ends of your hair so your roots don't soak up the product and look greasy after. Wrap your hair up in a bun; throw on a shower cap, or towel. Let the oil sit for a few hours, or sleep on it. The next day, simply wash your hair as usual and say hello to a fabulous hair day.
4. Lip Scrub-
As mentioned earlier coconut oil in its natural state can be used as an exfoliator. To amp it up a bit, mix 1 table spoon of coconut oil and about 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar (you can also add a drop of vanilla, essential oils, or brown sugar also) to make a scrub. Take the mixture and scrub onto your lips. Let sit for about a minute, and remove. And wha-la, you have some soft lips for kissing.
There you have it. A few of our favorite uses for coconut oil. Are there any other ways you use coconut oil as a beauty product?