Monday, December 9, 2013

Coconut Oil: A Beauty Essential Every Girl Needs


There's a reason they call Coconut Oil a miracle product. It provides amazing many health, skin, and cooking uses! I became a fan of the natural beauty staple over 2 years ago, and haven't looked back. I always keep a jar in stock in my home, and still find new ways to use it to this day! If your not on the coconut oil train yet, here a few reasons why you need to add it to your beauty arsenal STAT!


Coconut Oil Skin Care

  • Cheekbone Highlighter - Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
  • Shaving Lotion - Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
  • After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
  • Facial Scrub - Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.
  • Body Scrub - Mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over. Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
  • Makeup Remover - Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
  • Homemade Deodorant - Coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
  • Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss - Just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
  • Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy - This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.
  • Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding - Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product.
  • Massage Oil - Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.
  • Body Moisturizer - Apply directly after showering.
  • Fade Age Spots -  applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
  • Sunburn Care - A great moisturizer to use after you've gotten a bit too much sun.
  • Facial Moisturizer - After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.
  • Mix in Bath Water - Melt about 1/4 cup in the microwave and add it to your bath water and soak.
  • Tanning Oil - Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.
  • Dry Feet Treatment - Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.
  • Elbow Rub - Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.
  • Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
  • Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
  • Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
  • Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
  • Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
  • Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
  • Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
  • Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with either olive oil or castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
  • Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends, or use this easy DIY hair mask.
  • Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
  • Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
  • Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
  • Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
  • Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
  • Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
  • Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
  • Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!

What do you use Coconut Oil for?



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