Coconut oil, I know, I know, you've heard all about it. There are some funny memes going around about people who preach the use of coconut oil for everything! I guess I am one of those people. There is a reason people are bleating on about it, it's so good!
There are a couple of things to know about coconut oil before I dive in and start spilling all my beauty secrets:
There are two types of coconut oil, deodorised and virgin. Virgin is the one that smells like coconuts. It is less processed, richer in vitamins and antioxidants, has a longer shelf life and it smells nice. Deodorised coconut oil is odourless and also ok to use, though it isn't as rich in vitamins and antioxidants. My preference for beauty use is virgin. For cooking, I prefer deodorised. Either is ok for beauty use or for cooking, it's up to you. You can find coconut oil in the oil section at your local supermarket or health store.
I have been using coconut oil for years and here are my favourite uses for it in my beauty routine:
Every time I do a coconut pull, people ask me if I have had my teeth whitened. True story. A coconut pull is where you take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swirl it in your mouth for at least 10 minutes. It takes a while to get used to it but the results are great. I do this about once every two weeks (after flossing and before brushing). I tend to do it in the morning because I did it once before bed and I couldn't get to sleep for ages. I'm still unsure if it related to the oil pull, but anything that interferes with my shut-eye needs to go.
Using a thin layer of coconut oil to shave with is awesome! You don't need much, otherwise, it would cost you a small fortune. A little bit goes a long way and it leaves your legs silky smooth, and hydrated. I have found that if I shave with coconut oil, I get less ingrown hairs and I don't need to moisturise after. Be sure to rinse all the oil out of your razor with hot water after every shave.
Face Wash / Moisturiser / Makeup Remover
I wouldn't recommend this if you have oily skin, but for my combination skin, it's perfect. It takes off makeup better than anything else and leaves my skin moisturized and supple. When using coconut oil for beauty, it is important you don't put your fingers into the oil. Get yourself a clean spoon or spatula to get the oil out of the jar to keep it germ-free.
Face Wash: Warm a small dollop in your hands and smooth over your skin. Rinse with tepid water and dry your face with a clean towel.
Moisturiser: Massage a bit of oil between your fingers and massage into the dry areas of your face. It makes your face shiny and takes a while to absorb so this is best applied at night before bed.
Makeup Remover: Dip a cotton ball into oil and remove eye-makeup like you would with any other remover.
Some people use coconut oil as a serum but I find it makes my hair too oily. I have used it as a mask before washing and that has worked wonders.
How to use: Distribute the oil through the ends of your hair an hour or two before showering. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Coffee Body Scrub
To make a nice and natural body scrub, mix sugar or coffee grounds with room temperature coconut oil. It needs to be room temperature so the sugar doesn't dissolve. It takes a bit of elbow grease to stir it all in but it is worth the effort.
Bonus tip: Little jars of sugar/coconut oil scrub make excellent gifts. Add a drop of aromatherapy oil to make it smell nice.
Enjoy and until next time,