I am accustomed to using this super food in the kitchen as a replacement to Vegetable Oil when baking, to grease my pan when cooking and as an added boost of energy and appetite suppressant in my post workout shakes. But Coconut Oil is also a great addition to your beauty regimen.
Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil contain 12-carbon Lauric Acid. So by either digesting coconut oil or applying it topically, it can help kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi.
I just brought coconut oil into the shower with me and let’s just say my life has been forever changed. I swapped out my shaving cream, body scrub and conditioner with the rich natural goodness of coconut oil and both my skin and hair have benefited from the extra boost of natural moisture. It takes only 2 tablespoons of this stuff to treat everything from your hair to your toes in one shower and is basically odorless and locks in lightweight moisture that’s non-greasy.
Here are my favorite ways to utilize Coconut Oil outside of the kitchen:
- Deep Conditioner: Take a quarter sized amount and spread evenly through damp hair. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. Helps to improve both the health and appearance of hair and remedies split ends and frizz. Repeat once a week for dry damaged hair or every other for more oily/combination hair. This treatment allows me to wear my hair natural without having to use any product or styling tool. When it dries you’ll have soft, bouncy beach waves.
- Body Oil: deeply penetrates skin for long lasting moisture, naturally deodorizes and is organic & all natural. Improves lipid content of the skin and functions as a natural sunscreen. Also, great for eczema during those extra dry winter months. Add sugar to your oil and you have a body scrub that will work to eliminate any dead skin.
- Cuticle Oil: great for at home manicures or a daily treatment for dry, cracked cuticles. Massage into finger nail beds and then use your cuticle clipper to clean up. Feel free to even use all over your hands to lock in moisture. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel. If you choose to apply polish afterwards, make sure you clean each nail with nail polish remover in order to prevent any left over oil from interrupting the polish from adhering.
- Foot Scrub: add sugar to your Coconut Oil and you have a great scrub for softening calluses and dry, cracked piglets. Also helps in the same capacity with toe nail cuticles. Don’t forget to try applying a little bit of the oil independently before bed and lock in the moisture by wearing a pair of soft socks.
- Shaving Cream: a shaving solution that provides a smooth glide and locked in moisture. Helps prevents razor burn and bumps and eliminates the need to immediately cover your body in moisturizer post shower. This will leave your legs, bikini line and underarms non-greasy and soft while also functioning as a natural deodorant.
- Lip Moisturizer: perfect for applying before bed for treating dry or chapped lips. Add a little sugar to turn your oil into a scrub that will help prep your lips for a long lasting lipstick look by removing any dead skin.
- Hair Oil: use a 1/2 dime size amount (depending on your length, but keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way on dry hair) to your styled hair. Great for revamping your look two days after you blow out or flat iron by rejuvenating the ends and adding shine. Avoid applying too close to your roots. Especially great for hair in the summer that’s overly exposed to chlorine and the sun.