15 ways to add coconut oil to your beauty routine
Fashionistas swear by coconut oil and its proven hydrating power. Here is why you should add it to your beauty regimen and 15 ways to do it.
Rich in fatty and phenolic acids, coconut oil is an antioxidant that hydrates, repairs and soothes.
Add a gentle perfume reminiscent of days at the beach and you have all the reasons you need to add coconut oil to your beauty routine.
1. Makeup remover
No waterproof mascara or foundation will stand up to the powerful cleansing effect of coconut oil. A half teaspoon in the palm of your hand is enough to remove even the most tenacious make-up!
2. Cuticle care
Apply a little coconut oil on your cuticles to properly hydrate them. Your nails will benefit too!
3. Lip balm
Coconut oil will soothe those dry chapped lips. Add a little beet oil to coconut oil and you get an all-natural gloss that will make you the envy of your girlfriends.
4. Anti-wrinkle cream
Don’t spend a fortune on anti-wrinkle cream when you’ve got coconut oil. Its antioxidizing formula is perfect for the delicate skin under the eyes. It’s worth noting that despite all of its super hydrating properties, coconut oil is non-comedogenic, which means it does not block pores.
5. Stretch mark treatment
Future mothers, keep a jar of coconut oil handy to help keep stretch marks at bay.
6. Hydrating cream
Do you have alligator elbows and knees? Say goodbye to them with coconut oil! And it also provides natural FPS 4 UV protection.
7. After sun care
Aloe isn’t the only remedy for sunburns… coconut oil is one of the best things to put on your skin after exposure to the sun! Thanks to its hydrating powers, it soothes skin that’s been burned and dried out by the sun’s rays.
8. Hair moisturizer
Here you can either use coconut oil as a conditioner and rinse it out afterwards. Or leave it in your hair for in-depth moisturizing.
Others, like well-known actress Blake Lively with her to-die-for mane, add a few drops of coconut oil to their shampoo for a little hydrating boost.
9. Frizz fighter
Coconut oil tames the tangles. Just spray it on barely damp hair and the frizz will disappear as if by magic.
10. Dandruff treatment
If you are one of those who suffer from itchy dry scalp, then coconut oil can help. Massage the coconut oil into the scalp and wait 20 minutes before shampooing your hair. Now you can wear dark clothes without fear of embarrassment.
Is the tube of toothpaste empty? Mix a little coconut oil with baking soda and bingo! You’ve got homemade toothpaste. Your smile may even rival Gwyneth Paltrow’s, who happens to be a fan of this method.
Is DIY your thing?
Do you like to make your own cosmetics? If you do, the possibilities are endless with coconut oil.
And you don’t have to be an award-winning chemist to succeed. The following recipes are an easy initiation to making your own cosmetics.
12. Bath soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup Epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons hamamelis (sold in pharmacies and natural products stores)
- 30 to 40 drops of your favourite essential oils
Mix the dry ingredients.
Mix the coconut oil, hamamelis and essential oils.
Add liquid to dry ingredients one soup spoon at a time. Why? Because otherwise the citric acid will react with the mix and cause it to expand in the silicon moulds.
Spread the mixture in the moulds and allow it to set for a few hours before unmolding.
The next bath will be bliss!
- ⅓ cup cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup distilled water or water that has been boiled and cooled
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 30 drops essential oils
Mix and spray on wet or dry hair.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup baking soda
- 40 to 60 drops essential oils
Put coconut oil in a bowl.
Add baking soda and essential oils.
Pour mixture into an empty deodorant tube that you have cleaned and sterilized beforehand with rubbing alcohol.
Mix melted coconut oil with sugar into a paste.
You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you like.
Rub your skin with the paste and rinse well without using soap.