After stepping out of the shower it would take me at least an hour of applying all the lotions and creams I thought my body needed. Looking back at the time and money I wasted makes me cringe, because most of these products didn’t even work for me. But ever since I introduced coconut oil into my beauty routine my hair and skin health skyrocketed and my wallet thanked me.
Unlike skin and hair products being sold by thousands at regular drugstores, pure organic coconut oil doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, does everything those other products claims to do and is cruelty-free. I said farewell to all my day and night creams, body lotions, toners, hair mouse, hair spray, hair wax, shaving creams and make up removers. I won’t ever have to visit multiple cosmetic or drugstores for all the separate items anymore. A win for the environment, the animals and myself.
How do I use coconut oil?
I use coconut oil for a lot of things! But I try to keep it out of my kitchen though, haha. At first I started using coconut oil as a body lotion. Then started I using it for my hair, face, and lips. The possibilities seem endless.
Deep Conditioning – Coconut oil trumped every hair conditioner I’ve used. When I want to deep condition my hair I start by heating up the coconut oil and then cool it down for a bit. I place a towel around my shoulders and begin to massage the oil into my hair. The amount used totally depends on the thickness and length of the hair. Once spread evenly I wrap a plastic shower cap over my head followed by a towel what will help keep it from leaking. I leave it in for at least an hour. Longer is possible and will give you even better results, so take your time. Wash your hair out with a natural shampoo, dry your hair and BOOM! Soft, shiny and luscious hair.
Frizz Free Hair – On a regular basis I use coconut oil to tame the frizziness that comes with having curls. I take a small amount of coconut oil, place it between my hands to warm it up and apply it to wherever I feel my hair needs it the most. The science behind it lies in the condensed and liquid state of coconut oil. It becomes liquid when warming up and will then easily and evenly spread throughout your hair. The oil condenses after coming in contact with with air and will fixate your locks. Everything will stay just in place. As for split ends, they will be minimized by getting joined back together. Awesome!
Hydrated Lips – Take a moment and think about the amount of lipsticks, lip balms and lip gels you might have laying around in your make up shelf. “Obtain smooth, kissable lips with this!” or “Soft and sexy lips with that!” they often display on the front of the package. Unfortunately they come with harmful unpronounceable chemicals that often do the opposite for your lips, leaving them even drier than before. It will make you want to apply more and the cycle continues. Coconut oil on the other hand helps hydrate your lips without any bad side effects, making them soft and smooth. It won’t even matter if some of it comes into your mouth, because coconut oil on the other hand is derived from a natural source and is edible.
Moisturized Skin – The skin is the biggest organ of the body and will soak up almost anything that gets rubbed into it. Using conventional lotions and creams may have you end up with substances flowing through your bloodstream that you really don’t want there. As I said before, coconut oil doesn’t come with any harmful chemicals. It will however give you moisturized and soft skin. Especially after showering, the oil will easily get absorbed into your skin when applying. A tiny bit is all that is needed for the face and less than a table spoon for the body.
Soft Feet – Sometimes our feet can get hard and cracked after a long day of walking. So can standing to long on your feet or frequently exposing them to cold temperatures. Let me tell you that after my soccer practice I definitely need some feet pampering goodness. I use the deep conditioning method also for my feet. Once done cleaning my feet and toenails I latter a spoon full of coconut oil over my feet. I massage until satisfied, cover up my feet up with a plastic wrapper and put some big cozy house socks over them. I sit around on the couch until I feel like my feet are soaked enough. Then I gently remove the socks and wrappers, give an extra massage and enjoy my clean soft feet. Try this at least once a week, your feet will thank you!
Exfoliation – This might be the nicest scrub ever, so you should definitely try it out! Get a spoon of coconut oil, throw in an generous amount of sea salt or sugar and mix it up until it’s a nice gooey paste. Use it on your legs, arms, back, tummy and other places where the skin is not to thin. It will remove dead skin and unblocks pores. A cheap and natural scrub that leaves the skin like a babies butt, who wouldn’t want that?
Massage oil – There is absolutely no need to buy some fancy massage oil, because coconut oil can do the trick. If you aren’t a big fan of the smell of coconut you can add a couple of drops of any type of essential oil you prefer. For example lavender or vanilla. There is also the option to get a coconut oil without scent.
Silky Legs after Shaving– Instead of using foam or cream to shave your legs with use coconut oil as a substitute. Rub a good amount of coconut oil onto your legs until completely covered. Take a clean razor and carefully start shaving your hairs away. Once you are done rinse off your legs with some water and dry them with a towel. Your legs should feel super soft.
Make up remover – Whenever I do wear make up the last thing I want is to rub more stinging and stinky products on my face to remove my make up with. Most good make up removers are also expensive. The first time I tried coconut oil for removing my make up everything came of so easily! I warmed up a bit of oil in between my fingers and gently rubbed it over my eyes. I even had no trouble with removing my mascara and eyeliner.
Benefits of Coconut oil
- Coconut oil is claimed to be good for skin disorders like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
- Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkles, because of its antioxidant properties and Vitamin E content.
- Helps reduce the appearance of scars.
- Helps repair damaged hair.
- Coconut oil retains a lot of moisture which aids in keeping your hair and skin moisturized.
- It is a natural product derived from coconuts.
Not all of these benefits are scientifically proven, but a lot of people say that it did wonders for them. So more anecdotal. Though I also experienced a lot of benefits from incorporating coconut oil into my beauty routine. Coconut oil helps me keep my skin and hair soft and healthy. It especially helps my face with recovering from my acne scars. Overall it is a very inexpensive product compared to what I used for my face, body and hair. I can use 500 ml of coconut oil for over six months as a body lotion, moisturizer, shaving cream and all the other things I mentioned above. It saves me so much money in the long run. Next to that it also saves up a lot of space. I don’t have a lot bottles laying around in my shelf anymore.
Don’t be afraid to try it out, even if you suffer from acne or any kind of skin condition. If it starts to break you out than consider some other natural moisturizer like jojoba or rosehip oil. Maybe you have already incorporated coconut oil into your life or some other type of oil? Let me know in the comment section, because I am curious about your experience with it.
*Pictures are from here.