The use of essential and natural oils for cosmetic purposes is all the rage. In fact, although they have been used throughout history, major brands are increasingly opting for this type of solution. At a time when fleeing from the artificial is becoming imperative, essential and natural oils such as argan oil, rosehip oil, or even coconut oil for the skin emerge as the best options to take care of yourself.
If you have coconut oil at home, you have a treasure in many areas of your daily life. Especially in your self-care routine, because this ingredient takes hydration to another level. Don’t know how to include it? Today I’ll tell you all the uses I give it to make the most of its active ingredients and take advantage of its delicious tropical scent. Want to know a little more about this natural oil? We invite you to read on!
Celebrities love coconut oil
According to Vogue, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow not only confirmed that she used coconut oil recurrently for her skin and for cooking, but she also dared to assert its ability to whiten teeth by doing the so-called oil pulling, or what amounts to the same thing, holding it in the mouth for 20 minutes. A practice that has created quite a controversy in the industry.
Leaving aside these more daring practices, let’s detail what we recommend you do with this natural oil if you are thinking of using coconut oil for the skin in your beauty routine.
Coconut oil for your complexion
It’s no longer a secret that coconut oil is a great moisturizer. If you have ever tried coconut, you will have noticed that it is a really fresh fruit that contains a lot of water. This characteristic of tropical fruit makes coconut oil for the skin a fantastic resource to moisturize it.
Coconut oil for hair
Continuing with what we have said about its magnificent moisturizing properties, coconut oil can be used for hair. There is a multitude of options, one of them being hair masks. You can apply it generously on wet hair right after washing it and leave it on. Of course, very important, from the middle part of the hair to the ends. This way, you will be able to protect and moisturize them without greasing the roots and protecting the ends at the same time. Wonderful, isn’t it?
Coconut oil for lips
Lips are one of the most fragile parts of our body, both because of the weakness of their skin and the fact that they constantly have to face external agents. They require constant and careful care, so moisturizing them is essential. In this sense, coconut oil will be a great choice. It restores moisture levels better than other products such as petroleum jelly, for example.
Body lotion against stretch marks
To combat stretch marks, using moisturizing oils as a body lotion is very beneficial. Coconut oil for the skin nourishes, moisturizes, and increases the strength and elasticity of the skin. This will keep it protected from stretch marks.
Use it as a makeup remover
If you have sensitive skin that gets irritated just by looking at it, there’s no better natural makeup remover. It drags and removes all the makeup but at the same time moisturizes and protects the skin, so when I finish cleansing my face, I don’t feel tightness or dryness on my face. Simply apply a little on a makeup remover disc. Quickly and easily, without using alcohol or any product that can dry out your skin. If you use it using just a few drops on a damp cotton pad, you can use it as if it were any conventional makeup remover.
Coconut oil to prevent wrinkles
Coconut oil should not only be used as a moisturizer when it comes to facial treatments. Women’s Concepts suggest that people should also take advantage of its beneficial properties to prevent wrinkles in the eye contour area and even dark circles. The reason is that coconut oil can help cell turnover, making the skin barrier stronger by thickening it. Thin skin is more likely to develop wrinkles and dark circles, thus, by strengthening your skin barrier, you prevent their apparition.
As a body moisturizer
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that respect and restore the pH of the skin. That’s why it is the perfect natural alternative to moisturizers, absorbing quickly and reaching all dermal layers. If you find it too greasy on its own, you can always do like me in summer and apply a few drops of coconut oil to your go-to body cream. You can even add it in the bathtub to create an aromatic and very gentle experience on the skin. It works wonders on tricky areas like elbows or heels.
Although I use it daily on my body, I find it too greasy and greasy for my face. That’s why I prefer to use it as a moisturizing mask once a week, taking advantage of the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that coconut oil has to reduce and control my rosacea.
A trick a dermatologist gave me more than 10 years ago, and it still works for me. I apply raw coconut oil to my cheeks, nose, and forehead and let it work for 10 minutes before wiping off the excess product.
For dry and damaged hair
This is, without a doubt, my favorite and most repeated use of coconut oil (along with the body moisturizer). Nothing moisturizes the hair like a few drops of coconut oil well distributed from means to ends on dry hair to give shine and softness. I also use it as a pre-wash mask. To do this, I soak my hair in the oil, tie it up in a bun so it doesn’t stain, and leave it to work for an hour.
To soothe eczema and rashes
As I was saying before, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of coconut oil make it an ideal product for facial masks. It’s also ideal for eczema or skin allergies because it relieves itching, inflammation, and redness.
The ideal product for dry cuticles
All problem areas of our skin can benefit from the moisturizing effect of coconut oil. Elbows and heels, but also cuticles that tend to crack and are prone to the appearance of uncomfortable peeling. In fact, many manicure centers use coconut oil to moisturize and pamper them when they have just been cut.
As a hair protector on beach days
Some studies confirm that coconut oil is a low photoprotector and blocks 20% of ultraviolet rays. This is not enough to protect our skin. But I also notice many adverse effects on my hair, which tends to turn coppery, dry out, and split ends. That’s why I also use that same bun as a hair mask on the beach, to protect it from the sun.
As a substitute for cocoa for chapped lips
In addition to elbows, cuticles, and heels, coconut oil is great for chapped lips. In this case, I go for the cold-pressed ones because they are solid at room temperature, although they melt immediately in contact with the fingers. That’s why they are the most comfortable to use as a lip balm.
And on top of it all, it can be eaten
The consumption of coconut oil was controversial three years ago due to its high content of saturated fatty acids. However, it is a food that has many advantages in its proper measure: it helps the heart, aids weight loss in diets, and is a good reinforcement of the body. I use it to make pancakes because it gives a sweet taste ideal for desserts. But also in the dressing of the most exotic and aromatic salads.
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