Incorporating coconut and coconut-based products into your diet is one thing, but did you know that coconut oil can also be substituted for many beauty products that you use every day? By switching to coconut oil, you can give your skin and hair an antioxidant-packed, natural and organic treat that costs much less than even your favorite products bought at the drugstore.
Coconut oil is an excellent makeup remover. Try it yourself and watch even the toughest waterproof makeup melt away on contact. It will dissolve eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer, and even foundation and BB creams with a swipe. After removing, wipe your face with a warm, damp towel and reveal cleaner, softer complexion underneath, as the oil also helps to hydrate and moisturize.
On the topic of moisturizing, you can also use coconut oil in place of your favorite body cream, butter, or lotion. True, it doesn’t quite absorb as fast – but that can be a good thing, as the oil creates a barrier between your skin and the elements which can dry it. If you’re not a fan of the slick feeling or the gloss that comes with the application of raw coconut oil, try a product that blends it with other softening and smoothening ingredients. This will help absorb it better and won’t accidentally transfer onto delicate fabrics. If you have dry skin just begging for moisture, this is a great solution.
A dime-sized amount of coconut oil, rubbed between your palms and applied directly to hair, can help control frizz, quiet static and add a bit of shine to your tresses as you blow it out. Looking to go the extra coconut mile? You can use the oil as a DIY hair mask (but make sure your hair is the correct type or this won’t work!) or for deep conditioning! Experts claim that it will leave your hair feeling smooth and shiny.
Love manicures? You can get salon-like results right at home by using coconut oil in place of your normal cuticle oil. As mentioned above, it’s a wonderful moisturizer that can do wonders for your cracked and dehydrated cuticles and nails. You can also use it as a natural, edible lip balm to soothe and smoothe dry, chapped lips in the colder months when they need it the most.
Coconut oil can even be used as makeup. For instance, why invest in expensive shimmery highlighters, when you could just use coconut oil, which lends a similar healthy glow without breaking the bank? Swipe a small amount of it above your blush and in places you’d like to highlight, like your shoulders, and you’re good to go for the day.
Replace your usual shaving cream with coconut oil to achieve similar, or even better, results. The moisturizing effects of the oil can do wonders for your legs.
You can also use coconut oil as a wrinkle cream to combat age lines and crow’s feet – use it as a nourishing nightly treatment to prevent the fine lines.
Finally, you can also use coconut oil as a mouthwash – yes, really! Swish about a tablespoon in your mouth for 20 minutes in the morning for a toxin and bacteria fighting teeth cleaning.