Wednesday, October 2, 2013

5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Uses for coconut oil

Now, over the past year or so, I have taken a particular interest in skincare. When I say "skincare," I mean lining my bathroom shelves with bottles, tubs, and tubes of Sephora's "Best Sellers," often costing upwards of $50. Cleansers, serums, moisturizers, scrubs, peels. You get the idea. What if I told you I had found a product that does it all? And the best part is? It will only cost you about 1/3 of the price of one of those high end products.

This beauty do it all can be found at your local health food store. Coconut oil, guys. Trust me, it's great stuff. And here are just a few of it's numerous uses and benefits:

1. Body Moisturizer - I have been slathering myself with coconut oil post shower almost daily. Two major things I have noticed are 1. I smell like cookies and 2. My Keratosis Pilaris has cleared up significantly. Do you ever get those hard, little bumps on the backs of your arms that don't seem to go away regardless of how much fancy body butter you rub yourself down with? That's what that is. And this stuff helps quite a bit.

2. Makeup Remover - Coconut Oil can be used at night to remove all traces of dirt and oil and leave your face feeling soft and moisturized. Most cleansers leave my skin with a tight, uncomfortable feeling. This, however, zaps my skin with natural moisture as it cleanses. Just warm this up using the warmth of your hands to change it from its solid form into a liquid oil and use it like you would your daily cleanser. Just remove it with a wash cloth as you would a cleansing balm. 

3.Frizz Fighter/Hair Conditioner - Coconut oil is made up of fatty acids and proteins that are actually absorbed by your hair as apposed to just sitting on top of it like most products. First, you want to submerge the tub in warm water for a few minutes, until it turns into a liquid. Take a bit and saturate your hair with it (if you have thinner hair, steer clear of the scalp.) Leave it on for about 30 minutes before you get into the shower. For an extra deep treatment, blast your head with your hair dryer for part of this time. Wash and condition as you normally would. Make sure you don't neglect your roots, as they will end up looking a little greasy if you do. I promise your hair will be smooth, shiny, and frizz free afterwards. Apparently, due to coconut oil's antifungal properties, it can be used on the scalp to fight dandruff.

4. Lip Balm - I just replaced my standard lip balm with a little slick of this miracle oil before bed, and now I wake up to smooth, hydrated, crack free lips.

5. Facial Scrub: Mixed with salt or sugar, coconut oil can be used as an all natural scrub to buff away dead skin cells and remove dirt and buildup while moisturizing dry skin. It is also supposed to help with acne, once again, due to the antifungal properties. 

I bought this tub of miracle oil from a Better Health store for somewhere between $10-$12. Not bad for an all around wonder product! Got dry skin? Bumpy arms? Dry, frizzy hair or chapped lips? Just this one product can solve all of those issues! Have you ever tried using coconut oil as part of your beauty regimen? Are there any other uses you know of? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by :)
 

7 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you here! I have saved so much money by using coconut oil, because I no longer need to buy lotions anymore. Olive oil works great as a makeup remover as well :)

    xo Brooke | honestly, b.

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  2. Never even thought of it! I am bookmarking your post, it's brilliant :)

    XO Melissa
    Sale Rack

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  3. I never thought to use it as a facial scrub or makeup remover!! Very clever. I heard it helps with excema, so I really should try it as a moisturizer!
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  4. Stephanie @ Diary of a DebutanOctober 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I knew coconut oil was healthy, but I had no idea it had so many fabulous cosmetic uses! Stopping by from the GFC Collective, and I'd love for you to drop by my blog if you get the chance. Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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  5. I am going to have to get some coconut oil lol

    I just found your blog!
    I am now following via GFC & Bloglovin!
    I look forward to keeping up!

    xo
    Christina
    Pieceitalltogetherx3.blogspot.com

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  6. Makeshift MargaritasOctober 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Ooh, I definitely need to try the facial scrub! I had a friend who had a disaster with putting it in her hair, so I've been a little nervous to try...I think I'm going to bite the bullet and give it a go! Stopping by your blog for the first time! Xo! - Morgan @ Makeshiftmargaritas.blogspot.com

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  7. i need to get some of this - ive been hearing so much about it

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