Coconut Oil has been experiencing a rather proud time in the limelight of late and for good reason.
This powerhouse well know in clean eating circles, is packed with nourishing properties including Vitamin E and is a great anti-oxidant which makes it perfect for all manner of beauty requirements too. Here is my round up of seven ways to incorporate it into your daily beauty regime;
- Use in a home-made Face Scrub. Check out my easy DIY scrub recipe.
- Cuticle Oil, simply apply a small amount of coconut oil massaged in to the nail beds each evening before bed to help with dry, peeling cuticles.
- Hair Masque or leave-in conditioner I haven’t had much luck with this one myself as I think my hair is too fine for such a rich oil, but loads of people swear by weekly massage rituals of coconut oil in to the ends. Apparently it is ideal if you sleep in it and then use dry shampoo in the morning to absorb some of the oil before washing as normal.
- Coconut Oil also makes a delicious Body Scrub, have you tried my DIY Coffee Body Scrub yet? It is so easy and smells good enough to eat! Better still, it uses only four pantry staple ingredients, plus a rather novel way to use up some coffee capsules/pods you might have lurking around.
- Massage Oil, delicious on its own or simply warm in your hands or microwave, then add a few drops of lavender oil for a relaxing, calming massage oil.
- Oil Pulling – I have tired this a few times and can honestly say I can’t commit to it long enough to see the benefits but there are any converts out there, Gwyneth Paltrow is rumoured to be one. If you are unsure of what Oil Pulling is, essentially it involves swirling coconut oil around in your mouth for around 20 minutes then spitting out to expel all the toxins that build up in your mouth, gums and teeth – it also has the added benefit of teeth whitening. Though you need to do this for 20 minutes a day over a few weeks to see any benefit,
- Eye Make-up Remover, you don’t need much as it a little goes a long way, but coconut oil is a seriously effective and gentle eye make-up remover. Simply massage a small amount over your eyes and work in to remove the make-up, then use a slightly, damp cotton pad to remove the residue and hey-presto, eye make-up gone and all minus the sting that you can often get from some make-up removers.
That is my round-up, do you have any other uses?