Coconut oil is the main ingredient is so many natural beauty products. All for good reason! It is a natural antibacterial and antifungal oil. It is an excellent skin moisturiser. Coconut oil can penetrate hair better than other oils. And all you thought is that it’s smelly and cheap?! Oh please – think again!
Rather than spending on expensive products, why not turn to your humble bottle of natural coconut oil? Here are some awesome ways to use coconut oil for hair, skin and body. I’ve tried most of these (I say most because I haven’t had to battle dandruff – yet!)
For Your Body
Moisturise: Coconut oil is very effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Use it regularly, in small quantities in summer though, and have your skin feeling well-moisturised! We spend a lot of time in air-conditioning so we do need moisturising options, people!
Nourish cracked cuticles: Massaging coconut oil into your cuticles and the skin around your nails can work wonders. Fend off cracked skin, hang nails and have healthier looking nail beds with this wonder oil!
For Your Hair
Deep-conditioning: Haven’t we all grown up this way? Then why grow out of it now? Coconut oil is able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than any other oil or product. Just apply oil as per the length of your hair and tie a loose bun (ladies!). You can place a soft towel on your pillow to avoid stains. In the morning, shampoo as usual.
Tame frizzy hair: If you struggle with taming frizzy hair, go to coconut oil. Calm your flyaway strands with just a bit of oil to leave your hair looking smooth and polished. Remember, I said “just a bit”! This also adds some shine and makes your hair look darker (and less dry).
Bye Bye, Dandruff: Dandruff is usually brought on by a dry scalp. Instead of running to buy a questionable anti-dandruff product, try this:
- Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil on the stove over a low flame.
- Once it liquifies, immediately remove it from the stove, so it doesn’t become too hot.
- Massage the oil into your scalp. If you have any leftover oil, you can use it to coat the rest of your hair.
- Let the oil sit on your scalp for 30 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo.
For Your Face
Cleansing: Like I said, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturising. Research also claims it to be great for atopic dermatitis. Many women across the globe swear by its use as a night-time moisturiser for their faces.
Eye makeup remover: Yes, coconut oil is great to get heavy eye makeup off! Just a little bit on a cotton ball swept over the eyes and you have a gentle cleansing partner ready. The oil leaves the delicate eye areas hydrated too. Once done, wash your face as usual.
Online reference: www.prevention.com