Kitchen Pampering: Coconut Oil


Beauty companies spend millions convincing us that we need to buy expensive chemical laden treatments for our hair and skin. But with a little bit of knowledge, we can easily ditch these products and find affordable beauty treatments in our kitchen pantries.

If you haven’t already been introduced to the wonderful health benefits of coconut oil, this is one pantry item you should really check out. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, filled with nourishing healthy fats….the list goes on. I have touched upon the¬†skin health benefits of coconut oil¬†previously. But coconut oil is also a wonderful ingredient to use topically to nourish your skin on the outside as well as in. Here are some ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine:

1. Deep-conditioning hair treatment

Once every two months, massage about 1/4 cup of coconut oil into damp hair, concentrating on the ends (you may need to use more of very long hair). Coconut is usually solid at room temperature (unless it is very hot), so warm the oil by rubbing it in your palms to soften before applying it to your hair.

Wrap your hair in an old t-shirt or old towel, and leave for 2-3 hours (or longer if your desire). Wash out the coconut oil with a natural shampoo. You will need to shampoo your hair 2-3 times at least to ensure that your hair is not oily.

2. Moisturiser

Coconut oil can be used as an all over moisturiser for face and body. Coconut oil also contains natural SPF factor of about 4, so whilst it is unsuitable for protecting you during prolonged sun exposure, it will provide you with some protection for any incidental sun exposure that you wouldn’t think to apply sunscreen for.

3. Lip treatment

Coconut oil is a fantastic treatment for dry lips. Ditch your lip balm, and carry some in a small jar for regular application throughout the day. The longer you use it, the more you will find that your body decreases it’s reliance on lip balm. If your lips are particularly dry and flaky, massage the coconut oil into your lips with a toothbrush once a day.

4. Make-up remover/cleanser

Natural oils that are good for your skin also make great make up removers and cleansers. Rub over your face, and wash off with a warm wet cotton face washer/flannel.

5. Dry skin treatment for feet

After a foot soak and exfoliation, rub a liberal amount of coconut oil over your feet and wrap in old t-shirts or consider keeping a pair of cotton socks for this use. Leave your feet to soak up the oil for at least 30 minutes. If you want to leave it overnight, simply cover the old t-shirts or cotton socks with a pair of large thick woolen socks to go to bed.

These are just some suggestion to get your started. There are many more uses than the ones I’ve listed here. What about you? Do you use coconut oil in your regular beauty routine?

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