Natural botanical ingredients should be the foundation of any beauty regimen. Coconut oil is a wonderful raw ingredient that does double duty in the beauty and makeup department. Learn how to bring this nifty ingredient from your kitchen to your vanity.
1. Makeup Remover
Eye makeup can actually make you look older, but not in the way you might think. While waterproof eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara are our favorite makeup staples, their long lasting effects can actually be quite harsh when it comes time to remove them. Because of the delicate skin around your eyes, removing makeup harshly around these areas can stress and prematurely age your face.
Instead of struggling to get your eye makeup off at the end of the day with formulated, processed products, opt for organic coconut oil for easy, gentle cleansing.
Here’s how to use coconut oil as a makeup cleanser and remover: Take a small amount (a teaspoon will do) and thoroughly rub it over your eye makeup for 30 seconds to a minute. Be gentle and give the coconut oil time to sit to fully dissolve your makeup. Use a cotton pad to remove the excess oil and continue with the double cleanse method.
2. Hair Mask
If you suffer from dry, frizzy hair, a hair mask is just what you need to transform it. A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that you apply on the ends of your hair and leave it on from anywhere from a few hours to overnight.
Coconut oil is a natural and inexpensive hair mask treatment that can restore your hair’s moisture and protect it from damage. Hair mask once a week or biweekly for the best results.
3. Wax Remover
Waxing is a popular means of hair removal, leaving skin hair free for weeks. More and more women are taking their hair removal into their own hands, opting to wax at home instead of at a salon, which saves time and money.
A gentle way to remove excess wax from your skin after hair removal at home is with coconut oil. It’s an affordable product that’s natural and nonirritating.
To use, add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a cotton pad and scrub it across the remaining wax on the skin to remove.
4. Cuticle Softener
Coconut oil is also a great cuticle softener. It smells good and it’s free from damaging chemicals, which is the last thing your cuticles need.
Rub a teaspoon into your cuticles to soften them before trimming your cuticles or as a moisturizing treatment a few times a week.
5. Hand & Feet Mask
Your hands and feet are constantly exposed to the sun, wind, and other elements, which can cause dryness and a lackluster appearance.
To restore moisture to your hands and feet, apply a coconut oil mask once a week. After application, wear gloves to retain moisture and to generate a bit of heat to allow the coconut oil to penetrate your skin’s lower layers. Leave the mask on for at least an hour for maximum effectiveness.
6. Lip Balm
Coconut oil is an occlusive, meaning it holds in moisture extremely well, so it’s no wonder it’s also a main component in lip balms.
You can apply coconut oil as a lip balm on its own or for a tinted balm, stir in a favorite lipstick.
7. Body Scrub
Many people exfoliate their faces, but neglect their bodies.
A body scrub is an easy concoction you can make with coconut oil and sugar or salt. Essential oils and other botanicals can be added to the scrub for relaxing, moisturizing, and aromatherapy effects. (Coffee grounds are a great exfoliant additive that smells great!)
Body scrubs can be used every day to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. Not only does it slough off dead skin cells, body scrubs hydrate the skin and increase circulation.
8. Shaving Oil
Coconut oil can also be used as a shaving oil. Apply a thin layer before you shave for an extra close and smooth shave.
While coconut oil has plenty of beauty benefits, it’s not a cure all. There’s been a lot of talk about using coconut oil as a makeup primer or face moisturizer and to that we say: DON’T DO IT.
Coconut oil is highly comedogenic and will clog your pores. Stick to facial products that are noncomedogenic and suitable for your skin to avoid problems like acne and oily skin.
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