The Magic of Coconut Oil

So many beauty products are bought by us each year. We might spot a great new product on TV, read some rave reviews in magazines or on blogs, friends might recommend miracle creams that they have tried-all of which spark a curiosity within us, a curiosity to know more about these products. Most of us are curious to try new cosmetics to see if that fab new wonder product can make us feel wonderful as well, and we can rack up quite a bill on our credit cards from all the trial and error. It can be a costly business, beauty.

What a lot of us fail to think about is natural products, products which Mother Nature put there for our beautification long before beauty became big business. One of the best beauty brands is brought to us by the coconut tree. Coconut oil has so many positive benefits for health and beauty. It can be used for pretty much EVERYTHING. It can get get chewing gum out of carpets, it can polish wood and it can do a range of other weird and wonderful things. Of course it will still cost you a few euro unless you have a coconut tree growing out the garden, but it’s still a hell of a lot cheaper than some of the products on the market that offer only a fraction of the benefits of coconut oil.

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Here are the main ways that I use coconut oil in my beauty routine.

Deep Conditioner

Coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioning treatment for dry hair and a dry scalp. Either melt some coconut oil down in hot water and apply it to the lengths of your hair, and scalp if desired, like a VO5 Hot Oil type treatment. Leave it in for 3-5 minutes and rinse.

Or you can apply a dollop of coconut oil to your hair while dry. Massage it through the lengths of your hair, throw your hair up into a bun and leave the oil to work its magic overnight (protect your pillow with a towel). Shampoo it out in the morning and your hair will be shiny, silky and soft.

Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and is great at cleansing the skin. Rub it into the face in circular motions and rinse off the residue with a hot flannel or muslin cloth. Splash the face with cold water when fully cleansed to tone.

It can also be used as an eye makeup remover. Apply one teaspoon of melted coconut oil per cotton pad. Put the cotton pads in the fridge overnight and they make for the perfect cooling and soothing cleansing pads. This will also reduce puffiness around the eyes and will make eyes appear brighter. The eye area will also be more hydrated. Rinse your skin with water when finished.

Moisturiser

There’s a reason why so many popular brands use coconut oil in their moisturisers. It has naturally moisturising properties. Coconut oil can apparently stop dry skin from losing much-needed water supplies and can speed up the healing process. And it’s accessible and affordable. There’s really no excuse not to use it.

Body Scrub

If you’re stuck for a scrub, coconut oil can be melted down and mixed with either brown or white sugar to create an effective, exfoliating body scrub. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to this too if you want, to make it smell even nicer. Oh, just another great cost-effective way to pamper yourself with coconut oil!

It can also be used as a tooth whitener and is a great hand cream and cuticle oil. Oh, and if you’re ever running low on highlighter, pop it on all the areas you would usually highlight and voila! Magic, right?

I hope you found this useful and that this helps some of you out with your beauty routine. Skincare is so important! Have you any other natural beauty recommendations? I would love to hear about them. Tweet me @CarBourke, or message me on Facebook or Instagram.

x Caroline