If you’re keeping up with anything in the beauty community, you’re probably aware that coconuts are actually miracle fruits. From skincare to makeup cleanser to hair treatment, coconut can be a cheap and simple way to take care of oneself. Not only does it smell delicious, but it’s super hydrating and beneficial to the body.
While I could probably write a novel about the different ways to use coconut oil, we don’t have that much time. I’ll share a few of my favorite methods and how they can be easily added into your regular beauty routine.
- Makeup Remover
While I haven’t discussed my daily face cleansing here, I wrote a post late last year on my personal blog about a 4-2-4 method I was trying out (details here). The first step of my face cleansing begins with an oil wash – my choice has and always will be coconut oil. It’s extremely gentle on the skin and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all (a prime choice for eye makeup remover). I haven’t really found a good cleanser that doesn’t cause my eyes to burn, because even sometimes those “gentle” cleansers aren’t really as gentle as I’d like them to be. Once you go coconut, you never go back.
While we’re talking about face care, let’s discuss masks. I am not shy to share my love of facemasks (5 out of 7 nights a week, whoo!) – clay, charcoal, moisturizing, overnight… My skin absolutely loves facemasks and I always see a difference when I stay on top of this part of my routine.
A simple mask to make is a honey (great for hydration) and coconut oil facemask. It really moisturizes and makes the skin super smooth – the results are so great, it’s probably sinful. You can look at the recipe here. Lindy explains everything perfectly in her blog post and goes into details about the specific types of product you should purchase that is good for your skin.
- Lip Balm
If you’re like me and suffer from perpetual dry lips, try using coconut oil to moisturize. I’ll rub coconut oil on my lips when cleaning my face (and follow up with a rose lip balm – it’s also heavenly), but a simple lip balm can be made with coconut oil, olive oil, and honey. Again, honey is fantastic at moisturizing skin, so it’s no surprise that this would be one of the ingredients.
- Shaving Cream
But wait, there’s more! If you want to spare a few bucks and use a product that is good for your skin, coconut oil is a great alternative to shaving cream. Best to use the oil at the end of your bath or shower – let the warm water open up your hair follicles first so that you can get a close and clean shave. There’s nothing special to this treatment. Just rub the coconut oil on your legs and – voila! – it’s time to shave.
As I mentioned, the list could go on. I’ve found myself increasingly growing in dependence on coconut oil for my beauty routines – especially with my skincare. Last year, I also became a huge fan of coconut water and love to drink it after exercising (said to be just as good as having Gatorade). If someone tells me wearing coconuts is good for me, I’d probably jump on the bandwagon. And I wouldn’t be surprised if I turn into the coconut cocoon shown in the below comic.
What are your favorite uses of coconut oil, dear readers? Feel free to comment and share below – I’d love to test out some other uses of this fantastic fruit!