Coconut Oil: Not Just For Cooking
Recently coconut oil has become a big thing in the beauty world. It took me a while but I finally decided to jump on the trend bandwagon and try it out. There are many uses for coconut oil in your beauty routine. And bonus, it smells great!
I started out using it as a moisturizer when my skin was really dry. It is kind of oily on, it made me face feel like I had not washed it in a while. But it was kind of nice, it actually softened my skin and helped the dryness. I just scooped it out of the jar (I use organic pure coconut oil) and spread it on my face. I leave it on over night and wash it off in the shower the next day. I then moved on to using it on my body in place of lotion some times. I do this less then using it on my face but it seems to work okay as a body lotion.
Coconut oil can also be used as a deep conditioner or a leave in conditioner. I treat my hair the same way I treat my face. I just goop some on my hand and work it into my hair. Once my hair is nice and covered in coconut oil I put it up in a bun then go to sleep. Yes this will make your pillow smell like coconut, if this bothers you I would wrap my hair in a towel. Or if you don’t want to leave it in all night I would wash it out after 2 hours. But the longer it is on the better your hair will feel. In the morning I just run warm water through my hair to rinse the oil out, then shampoo and condition like usual. My hair is always softer and more hydrated after I do this. I only do this every few days so my hair does not end up really oily.
Another use of coconut oil is as a leave in conditioner. I do not do this because my hair will look too oily if I do not wash it out. But a friend of mine just puts some on her fingers and works it into her hair. She warned me to be careful of the amount you use. This apparently replaces her leave in conditioner and helps her hair stay soft with all of the products she uses in her hair.
The last way I use coconut oil is as a make up remover. Well I should say this is the next way I am going to use it. I was told to just smear it on my face the same way I would to use it as lotion. Then rinse it off with warm water. I would probably follow this up with a cleanser just so my face does not get too oily.
Coconut oil can also be used as a shaving cream. I am not sure if I would do this because I have thin skin and bleed easily. I feel like it would also gunk up the razor you use faster then shaving cream. But some women swear this is a better option. If I get brave one day I may try it, but right now I’ll stick to shaving cream.