You may have already made the switch to virgin coconut oil for use in the kitchen, but did you know you can also switch up some of your beauty products for this wonder oil? This do-it-all ingredient can be used as skin moisturiser, makeup remover, exfoliant and so much more. It’s been around 2 to 3 years since I’ve been using virgin coconut oil and about three jar-fulls to be completely convinced of it’s benefits! Here’s the ways you can incorporate virgin coconut oil into your beauty routine 🙂
Make sure to use Virgin Coconut Oil for the best results as its 100% natural. I usually use Tiana The World’s Premier Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Hair Mask/ Deep Conditioning
Applying a tablespoon-sized dollop onto your hair and really working it into those ends and the scalp, leaving it on for around 20 mins minimum (the longer you leave it the more nourished your hair becomes – I tend to leave it on overnight) and washing it off with shampoo, will add moisture and shine into those limp locks.
Alternatively, after shampooing apply the oil to the ends of wet hair and leave on for around 5 minutes before rinsing giving you a great quick fix with a more hydrated and shiny look.
Rub a pea-sized amount between your fingers to warm it up and apply it to the ends of your hair for all day frizz protection. It also leaves hair super soft and hydrated!
Coconut oil tends to come as a solid in a jar and because of this, it’s creamy, light texture makes for the perfect moisturiser to apply all over your body. Just by taking a finger-full amount for each part of the body and letting it sink into your warm skin when coming straight out of the shower, makes the perfect hydrant for your skin. Using this routine every other day and switching with a cream based moisturiser, would give the oil a couple days to penetrate through the skin before applying it again.
Mix half a cup of sea salt or brown sugar and an equal amount of coconut oil and use your hands to circulate it around any dry patches on the skin. It removes all the dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling baby soft and its super inexpensive! Add a few drops of vanilla extract, or your favourite essential oil to give your scrub a gorgeous tropical scent.
To Remove Eye Make-Up
One of my favourite, go-to eye make-up removers and yes, it works on waterproof mascara too! I usually remove the make up on my face first with Micellar Water and then move onto the eyes. Taking some liquified oil onto my fingertips and slathering it over my lashes and eyelids, I leave it there for around a minute and watch the makeup melt away haha. Taking a cotton pad, I gently sweep it over my eye to pick up all the make up and it really does come off in one swipe! Rinse with warm water and your done!
Another amazing benefit is that it hydrates your under eye area, preventing under eye bags and dark circles and also helps to increase hair growth on your lashes and brows 🙂
Coconut oils is so great at reducing the darkness of acne scarring. Taking a pea-sized amount and moisturising it into your face before going to sleep, really shows results in one week! You’re probably thinking, why would I put an oil on my face if I have acne?! But coconut oil mimics your skins natural oil with less of a chance of clogging pores. It helps to cool down the skin and reduce inflammation and therefore reduces the amount of toxins produced, stopping oxidation so the acne scars heal quicker 🙂
Chapped lips won’t stand a chance against super hydrating coconut oil. Dap some over your lips before you go to sleep and wake up with hydrated, plump and super soft lips! It makes lipstick application so easy!
Now I haven’t actually tried this one, but I’ve heard that it works really well as a highlighter so I thought I would suggest it. Taking the tinniest amount and sweeping it across the tops of the cheekbones, cupids bow and centre of the nose for hydrated skin which glows from within. A lot of natural make-up brands use coconut oil as a base in their formulas, so it must really work!
Forget the store-bought shaving creams! With coconut oil’s skin-soothing properties, your razor will glide so smoothly allowing for a close shave and your legs will be moisturised in the process. I would usually shave out of the shower when using this as it can get quite slippery and combined with water, things could get a bit messy haha. It’s inexpensive, antimicrobial and leaves a lovely tropical scent!
Do you guys use coconut oil? What do you like to use it for?