Coconut oil is one of the best items to use if you are seeking a natural lifestyle, not only for health but for beauty! If you have never used this product before, we will be discussing 10 wonderful ways you can use coconut oil so that you can reap the benefits it provides in no time.
- Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer
One of my personal favorite uses when it comes to coconut oil is as a skin moisturizer. Not only is it all natural, but using coconut oil in lieu of store-bought products helps you to save money on skin care without sacrificing beautiful skin. Simply buy a jar of coconut oil from your favorite grocery store. You should expect to buy your jar for under ten dollars, and one jar can last you for months!
For the face, you should use coconut oil as a moisturizer twice a day (after you wash your skin in the morning and before bed at night). In order to keep your jar free of contamination, only remove the lid when you plan to scoop out some oil, and then replace the lid when you are done. I suggest using a fresh popsicle stick each time you get a portion of coconut oil. It’s not the best idea to dip a finger in, even a clean one.
A thin layer of coconut oil is all you need for your face. While it is a product that is good for all skin types, remember that it is still an oil. So if you have an oily skin type, don’t overload your facial skin!
Not only can your facial skin drink in moisture from coconut oil, but this is a product that is excellent for hydration of the entire body. After you get out of the shower, pat your body dry until you just have a small amount of dampness left. Rubbing coconut oil over slightly wet skin gives your body extra hydration.
Coconut oil is wonderfully creamy, so using it as a moisturizer on your whole body is a fantastic idea, especially during the winter months when skin tends to be drier. Not only will your skin feel great, but you will carry coconut oil’s yummy tropical scent with you throughout the day.
2. Coconut Oil as a Hair Conditioner
If your hair is in need of a pick-me-up, coconut oil works wonderfully as a conditioner for your strands. The next time you take a shower, hold your jar under the warm water to get it nice and creamy. Then, after you are done shampooing your hair, apply as much coconut oil as you need to saturate it. Leave it in for five minutes, then rinse it all out. This will help to thoroughly hydrate your hair in need of thirst quenching, as well as add a lovely shine (and scent!) to your locks.
If you have the time to apply a full hair mask, coconut oil is an ingredient you don’t want to skip on. You can apply only coconut oil if you wish (leave on for an hour), or you can mix it in with one or a few other ingredients, like an egg or olive oil, to make your hair shine and soak up the moisture it needs.
Try melting over a stove burner 1/4 cup of raw honey and 1/2 cup coconut oil together, and then allow the mixture to cool. Apply to your hair, scalp, and especially any split ends. Massage the hair mask mix into your strands, and then place a shower cap over it for twenty minutes. Then, after this twenty minute period is up, wash the mask out to see dramatically improved hair.
3. Coconut Oil as a Lip Balm
Especially in the cold months of the year, it’s not uncommon for lips to get dry and chapped. And I’ve found that store-bought sticks and balms aren’t always the best to remedy this. A great way to soothe chapped lips is by whipping up your own lip balm from the comfort of your home.
Simply grab your jar of coconut oil, some olive oil, and four vitamin E capsules. Combine one tablespoon of olive oil, three tablespoons of coconut oil, and carefully pierce the vitamin E capsules and allow the liquid to be added to your mixture. Mix this up, and then apply to a small jar or tin while it’s still able to be poured. Once it cools, feel free to start applying the balm to your lips. You’ll be rid of irritation and dryness in no time!
4. Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover
After a long day, it can be a pain to remove makeup before bedtime. But using a small bit of coconut oil can banish the day’s look with no problems. Simply apply a thin layer of melted oil to your facial skin and eyelids, then use a cotton pad to gently sweep away the makeup. Wash your face afterward with warm water.
Did you know that you can create your very own makeup remover wipes at home with coconut oil? It’s easy and will save you time and hard work so you can get to counting sheep in no time at all. Simply set aside whatever number of cotton pads you want, and then measure one teaspoon of coconut oil per cotton pad. Melt down the oil in a container that is safe for the microwave, and then place each pad in layers inside this container. Allow the pads to soak up the oil all night. Make sure you cover this with a lid. Then, you can transfer your wipes to a prettier container, or simply keep them in a plastic bag for accessibility on the go. It’s that easy!
5. Coconut Oil as a Bug Spray
As the days get warmer and warmer, you may find yourself wanting to get up and jump into the sunshine. But pesky bugs can make this difficult. Fortunately, one of the ways you can use coconut oil is as a natural bug spray.
To make your own bug spray, combine 1/2 cup of coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Put this mixture into an empty spray bottle. Now you can spend some quality time outdoors bug-free, and without harmful chemicals.
6. Coconut Oil as a Massage Oil
After a long day at the office, it’s lovely to get a massage from someone special. Coconut oil is an all natural alternative to traditional massage oils, so use it up! If you enjoy essential oils, feel free to combine a few drops with some liquified coconut oil. We recommend using lavender oil, or any other oil that promotes relaxation.
7. Coconut Oil as a Sunburn Balm
With summer on the horizon, it’s about the time when people sport more sunburns than usual. Fortunately, coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, making it a wonderful balm for sunburned skin. In order to soothe your burns, apply coconut oil as often as needed.
8. Coconut Oil as a Highlighter for Cheekbones
Every girl wants to achieve lovely, glowing skin. And adding some coconut oil to your makeup regimen can make your face radiate! All you need to do is apply your makeup as usual, and then sweep a small amount of oil on top of your cheekbones. Your skin will look lovely, without too much work or unwanted chemicals.
9. Coconut Oil as a Facial Cleanser
This may be a bit surprising, but it’s totally true. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer for the face AND a facial cleanser. In order to use coconut oil this way, simply replace your normal cleanser with this natural product, and add a few drops of lemon essential oil in order to fight breakouts.
10. Coconut Oil as a Base for Body Scrub
Twice a week, it’s a wonderful idea to exfoliate the skin of your whole body, not only to help it glow and stay full of life but for cell regeneration. Coconut oil makes a wonderful base for a homemade body scrub, so get ready to enjoy exfoliation and hydration in one product.
Simply melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil until it’s soft and at a liquid, and then pour this over 1 cup salt or sugar. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add delicious fragrance if you like.
In conclusion, coconut oil is a fantastic natural product with a huge variety of uses. We by no means covered every way you can use coconut oil in your daily life, but you’ll be sure to love these 10 uses that we mentioned here.
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