We’ve all heard that coconut oil is the best thing to use on stretch marks before and after pregnancy. Aside from that, the thought of smearing edible grease anywhere but my stretch marks makes me rethink that jar sitting in my kitchen cupboard. So what good is it aside from cooking and working miracles on my stomach? Beauty gurus, natural beauty researchers, experts, and a ton of celebrities agree: this natural oil is the best substitute for pricey, chemical-based products for your everyday beauty routines.
It is important to use organic, unrefined, 100% coconut oil for any of these in order to get the best results. It will be entering your pores and hydrating your skin – don’t be afraid to invest in a good quality oil! Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties making it a great choice as a substitute for a face wash. It is a natural moisturizer that also contains antioxidants for keeping those pesky wrinkles at bay. Emma Stone, Gweneth Paltrow, and the Olsen twins use it. Plus, you’ll smell like candy! Who doesn’t love that?
So, now that I’ve bought a jar of the stuff, what can I do with it? The answer: just about anything.
It only takes a few tablespoons to cover your entire body! After a shower, rub coconut oil into your skin and pay special attention to places that are the driest such as elbows, knees, and feet. You will need to stay in the bathroom for about 10 to 15 minutes while the oil absorbs into your skin so that you don’t get oil on your nice clothes.
If you prefer, you can use it in a bathwater soak. Simply fill your bathtub with warm water and add an ounce of coconut oil. Read a book or listen to your favorite music to relax while the coconut oil gets to work on your soon-to-be fabulous skin!
2. Eye Make-up Remover
All you need is coconut oil and a clean washcloth for this! Dab a bit of oil onto a washcloth and gently wipe away liquid eyeliner, waterproof mascara, eyeshadow and primer in one fell swoop! If you define your brows, this will take care of that, too. There’s no need to rinse afterwards – the coconut oil will absorb and moisturize overnight!
Dissolve a few teaspoons of coconut oil into 1 cup of warm water. If you have long hair, you may need more oil. Start at your scalp and gently massage the oil throughout your hair, focusing on the ends. Twist it into a bun and put it under a shower cap. The longer you leave it, the more coconut oil will absorb into your hair! Try leaving it in for an hour at first and see the difference! Simply shampoo once or twice to remove the oil and style as normal. Easy, right? Definitely a better solution than expensive hair masks.
After washing, coat your legs with a thin layer of coconut oil. While shaving, be sure to rinse off the razor frequently as the oil will start to coat the razor as well. After you’ve rinsed off as much as possible, pat your legs dry with a towel as opposed to rubbing them. We don’t want to rub off the oil! Massage it into your skin and use it as a moisturizer!
5. Nail Growth
Coconut oil does wonders when applied to your cuticles daily! Simply rub a bit of oil over each cuticle to revitalize the dry or rough parts around each nail and let it absorb into the skin. If you want to take it a step further, you can add a bit of oil to a bowl of warm water and let your fingers soak for a few minutes. A mini manicure at home is always a great idea!
6. Facial Cleanser
It is especially important to buy a good quality coconut oil if you’re going to use it on your face. You also do not need to remove any makeup before this process as coconut oil is an impressive makeup remover.
Warm up a small amount of coconut oil in your hands by rubbing it between your palms. Gently massage the oil into your skin with small, gentle strokes in a circular motion – the skin on your face is very delicate, you don’t want to damage your skin by rubbing too hard. Next, run a washcloth under warm water and put it over your face for thirty seconds to give yourself a mini facial. Afterwards, there is no need to rinse! Just wipe off the excess oil and admire your beautiful skin.
If this is the first time you use coconut oil as a facial cleanser, be prepared for the possibility of a small “detox” period. This method will give you a deeper clean than most topical cleansers, so you may notice breakouts for the first week or so. Don’t be discouraged! Your skin will be better in the long run. Be sure to use the coconut oil once a day. I use it at night as opposed to morning. I hate to put makeup over my freshly cleaned face.
7. Exfoliating Body Scrub
This is my favorite use of coconut oil by far. I’ve had an expensive jar of body scrub for “special occasions” sitting on the rim of my bathtub for as long as I can remember, but I’m always hesitant to use it because of it’s price. It turns out that making your own at home is surprisingly simple! Slowly heat up 1/2 cup of coconut oil over low heat and pour in 1 cup of sugar or salt until it mixes completely. You can also add around 4 drops of essential oil to give it a mouth-watering aroma. (Don’t eat it, though!)
If you want to give your coconut oil treatments a boost when using them on your skin, you can also add one drop per teaspoon of coconut oil used. Here is a list of oils, and what they will help with in your beauty care routine.
For oily skin:
- Castor oil
- Tea tree oil
- Lavender oil
For all skin types:
- Jojoba oil
- Sunflower oil
- Avocado oil
These are just a few, but remember to buy high quality oils if you’re planning to use them in your skincare routine. It’s the best thing you can do for your beautiful skin!