We are going a little bonkers over coconut and it is all for a very good reason!You knew the age-old benefit of coconut oil for hair, but what if we say its beauty uses extend beyond that? You can pretty much swap it for just about all your skin care products.
From moisturising your dull skin, sealing your cuticles, adding volume to your limp mane to doubling up as an excellent makeup remover, there is a lot that this humble slick oil can do.
And the bonus point? It is more economical than any product you can get your hands on! We ain't kidding!
So, before exploring surprising beauty uses of coconut oil, let us understand what exactly does it contain and what it can do to our skin.
Coconut happens to be a powerhouse of vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, which heals, repairs, nourishes and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells.
Not just that, it contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which heal acne, kill the bacteria that cause an infection and relieve the skin of itchiness.
To top it all, it has enough amount of lauric acid to spell new life into your hair and skin.
Time for some TLC, here are ingenious beauty uses of coconut oil, which you've gotta check out.
Heat coconut oil, let the oil cool. Once it is lukewarm, immerse your finger in it and let it stay for 10 minutes. Later, massage your fingers thoroughly with the oil. Wear gloves and go to sleep. By morning, your hands will be supper soft and your nails glossy.
Yet another use of coconut oil for skin. Mix a quarter of coconut oil with a few drops of lavender oil. Immediately after bath, massage your skin with the concoction, and your skin will remain soft, supple and with a healthy glow to it, all day long.
To tame frizz and unwanted fly-aways, all you need to do is to take a few drops of coconut oil in your palms. Rub it in between your hands and sparsely rub it on your hair. Then, comb as usual. Your hair will remain set all day long.
If you don't want crow's feet before your time and rather would not spend big bucks on expensive eye creams, try this simple trick. Just rub a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil between your fingers until it becomes warm and gently pat in the delicate area under your eyes.
As magical as breastfeeding can be, it also can leave your nipples raw and chaffed. To avoid that after you are done with breastfeeding, wipe your breast with a cotton cloth, then massage a few drops of coconut oil on it. Let it naturally get absorbed into the skin.
Another tip on how to use coconut oil on skin, without leaving it greasy is this one. Add a few drops of coconut oil and lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey to your bathing water. Soak in the water for 15 minutes. It will soothe your tired muscles, leave you smelling incredible, plus make your skin turn super soft!
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda, with a required amount of coconut oil to make a smooth paste. Apply it on to your face. When dry, scrub and rinse your skin. This mask will exfoliate the dead skin cells, without making your skin dry.
Take half a cup of sea salt and mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil. Mix it until it blends well. Start scrubbing it on wet skin, in a round circular motion. Do this for 5 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Aftermath will be super soft, not to mention, radiant skin!
Mix a few drops of coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint oil. Generously, dab it on to your lips. Remove the excess with a blotting paper. It will deeply hydrate your lips and make them appear plump and smooth overtime. This is one of the most tested beauty uses of coconut oil.
Take a tablespoon of ripe avocado. Mash it into a smooth pulp, and add a few drops of coconut oil. Mix until you get a smooth paste. Wet your hair. And apply the mask through your hair length and scalp. Let it sit for 40 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual. This coconut oil mask for hair will leave your tresses much stronger and lush overtime.