Nothing quite evokes summertime like the sweet scent of coconut. There are countless health benefits for eating and cooking with coconut and coconut oil – but it’s also incredibly versatile for incorporating into your beauty routine, and will leave you smelling amazing.
You can buy coconut oil from a variety of places, for the best results go for a cold pressed, organic oil. It liquefies at 18 degrees, so if you want to use it as a solid butter, keep it in the fridge, or if you want to use it as liquid, you can melt it slowly over a bowl of hot water.
Studies show coconut oil makes a better hair conditioner that both mineral and sunflower oil and it’s the only oil that has been found to reduce protein loss in hair. For best results, apply coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment. The oil prevents water from penetrating each hair, which would cause the surface of the shaft to rise, leaving it prone to damage and breaking. Just apply to wet hair and let it sit as long as you can before shampooing out.
Coconut oil’s water repellent properties also explain why so many rave about the oil’s ability to prevent frizzy hair in humid weather. Just use a tiny amount, rub into your hands and through your dry hair to leave your hair feeling and smelling beautiful.
Smooth and glowing skin
Coconut oil can improve the appearance of your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, by keeping your connective tissues strong and supple. Mixing coconut oil with an equal part of baking soda makes a great exfoliator. Massage the paste onto your face then rinse with warm water. You can also mix it with a handful of sea salt to use as a wonderful body scrub.
Coconut oil has been used for centuries to clear spots. Clean your face, pat dry and then apply a light coating of oil. Leave the oil on overnight – you will need to allow at least 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the oil before going to bed. Repeat each night for a week. You may experience an increase in oily skin and break outs before the treatment begins to work. This increase in oil production happen for several days or even a week or two until the treatment begins to work, so persevere.
The hydrating properties of coconut oil work perfectly on chapped lips. Just rub in a tiny bit with your fingers for soft, supple lips.