Last week we looked at why so many people love coconut oil. This week, as promised, we are talking about how to use this lush tropical delight as part of your beauty regime.
Coconut oil is a natural, do-it-all beauty ingredient which at room temperature it is a creamy solid that turns to liquid when heated to 76°F.
Let’s start at the beginning. Coconut oil makes the perfect moisturiser. When you come out of the shower rub a little into your warm clean skin and it will simply sink in. Not only will it lock in moisture and make your limbs smooth, but you will smell divine too.
One teaspoon of oil is all you need to remove your make-up. Massage warm, liquid oil onto your face it does an amazing job of breaking down mascara and foundation and leaves the area clean and hydrated. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual and pat dry.
The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate, which means it is one of the first places you will see fine lines. If you gently pat a little oil around the eye area you will help smooth lines and reduce puffiness, and dark circles.
If you hair is dry and dehydrated, look no further than a jar of coconut oil. Whilst you shower, melt your oil by running the jar under the warm water, then after shampooing, apply oil to you hair. Go strand by strand and twist your hair into a bun. Let it sink in and after five minutes rinse, towel dry and you will have shiny, healthy locks once again.
If it is frizz your hair needs help with, coconut can step in and help with this too. Rub a pea size amount of coconut oil between your fingers and once warm, apply it to the bottom inch of your hair for added protection. If your hair is thicker you can apply the oil from the mid-shaft to ends. Not only will this get rid of frizz but also leave your hair super-shiny and soft.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil are perfect for combatting scalp problems like dryness and dandruff. Massage a little oil into your scalp for 5 minutes, leave it in for around 15 minutes then rinse and shampoo thoroughly.
Smooth warm, slightly melted oil onto your legs and under you arms before shaving. The oil will allow your razor to glide across your skin, allowing for a super-close shave. The result will be smooth, hair free, moisturised legs. Do note that, as you would expect, oil is slippery, so take care you don’t nick your skin.
Another beauty win for coconut oil is an all year round lip balm. Decant a little oil into a small pot and simply swipe your lips as and when you need it so you are kissable 24/7.
Coconut oil is perfect for making your hands and nails feel amazing. It will gently strengthen your nails and hydrate you cuticle skin which is delicate and sometimes needs special care.
You can also use this wonder oil for cuts and grazes. A thin layer of this antiseptic and antibacterial balm will protect wounds from dirt and germs. It can also speed up the healing process by increasing cellular turnover and stimulating collagen. Oh and can reduce the chances of scarring.
Is there anything we have missed?
Let us know what you use coconut oil for as we would love to know.
Team Pure Beauty.