If I was to pick one holy grail product it would have to be coconut oil. I ALWAYS have a bottle or two lying around my house. I have been using this stuff for probably about 8ish years now, and the benefits and uses continue to blow me away. It has to be the most versatile food/oil ever! While today I will only be focusing on my favourite beauty uses for coconut oil, the health benefits of coconut oil are plenty (a post for another day :))
Coconut oil is very affordable, widely available, and completely natural!!
Today I am sharing my favourite beauty uses for coconut oil
Coconut oil is great for the skin. It absorbs easily, is not overly greasy and is incredibly nourishing. It is abundant in vitamin E, which causes it to be super moisturizing
Replace your lotions and body butters with this 1 ingredient moisturizer.
Can be used as a full body moisturizer (including face and under eyes!)
Hair repair mask
Start with dry hair
Rub about 1-2 tsp of coconut oil between your palms to warm up the oil
Apply evenly throughout hair focusing on your ends
Wrap hair up into a warm dry towel
Let coconut oil soak in for at least 30 minutes
After it has sat for awhile, hop in the shower and shampoo as regular (usually will need 2 x shampoo to get it all out and not leave your hair greasy)
Enjoy the softness and healthy feeling of your hair!
This is a great treatment to do about once a month for healthy hair.
This is probably the weirdest use of coconut oil there is. Whenever I tell people about oil pulling I always get the funniest looks. I often get told I have really white teeth, and no I do not bleach them. If I was to attribute it to anything, it would have to be oil pulling. When I oil pull consistently I notice my teeth are whiter, smoother, less sensitive and my mouth feels healthier in general.
While there are many bold claims about oil pulling and disease curing, I have yet to find any concrete evidence on this. I will say that from my scientific background, the process of oil pulling does make sense for cleansing your mouth of bacteria.
The bacteria that lives in our mouths mostly consist of a single cell, this cell is covered with a lipid membrane. When the oil and the lipid membrane come in contact with each other they naturally adhere, causing the coconut oil to collect more and more bacteria the longer you keep swishing it in your mouth. Further, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is well known to be antimicrobial. It inhibits Strep mutans, which are most commonly known to cause tooth decay.
Another use that oil pulling has been touted for has been to reduce headaches. I have tried this a few times, and to my surprise it actually worked quite well. I cannot explain how, but it is a natural method that is worth a try!!
How to oil pull
Before eating or drinking anything in the morning, use 1/2-1 Tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth
Swish around your mouth for the next 20 minutes
Ensure to spit it out into a garbage bin when you are done (not sink as it can clog the drain)
Rinse out mouth with water and brush and floss normally
Make up remover
- Trouble removing that last little bit of stubborn mascara? Try using a dab of coconut oil as a make up remover.
- Rinse, wash and moisturize your face as usual after.
Shaving cream replacement
- Use coconut oil near the end of your bath or shower as the heat will have opened up your hair follicles, which ensures a closer shave
- Rub a small amount (1/2 tsp- 1 tsp per leg) of coconut oil between your palms to warm it up if it is solid. It is easier to apply to slightly dry legs.
- Shave using a sharp razor. Rinse the blades off in between strokes to remove excess oil.
Coconut oil can leave the tub a little slippery. Make sure to wash down the tub with a little soap and water after shaving with coconut oil