15 ways to add coconut oil to your beauty routine

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.

11. Toothpaste

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!

13. Detangler

  • 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.

14. Deodorant

  • 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.

15. Exfoliant

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.