Coconut oil is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty products, but its uses extend far beyond just beauty. Here are our top 8 coconut oil uses - tried and proven.
Please be sure to use virgin, organic coconut oil. This will yield the best results as the natural health benefits haven’t been removed via processing. Also, the oil is in a solid form in cooler temperatures, but can be easily melted in your hands, in the microwave, or on the stove.
1. As a moisturiser
Coconut oil can be used on the body and the face as a moisturiser. Some people even claim it helps to clear up acne, eczema or psoriasis.
2. As a hair mask
People all over the world use coconut oil for hair. Simply scoop out a handful (as mentioned, you may need to melt it by rubbing your hands together), flip your head upside down and apply coconut oil all over the ends of the hair. If you’re experiencing a dry scalp you can also rub this in to help. Leave in for a few hours, or overnight, and wash out with a double shampoo.
3. Replacement for an anti-frizz serum
Rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on the end of your hair will reduce frizz and add shine. Just be sure to add a small amount, as too much will end up making it look greasy!
4. As a makeup remover
We’ve previously mentioned how coconut oil can be used as a cheap but effective eye makeup remover, but this also applies to the face in general. Simply rub all over the face and remove with cotton pads or a damp facecloth.
5. As a lip balm
Use on dry, cracked lips to repair and moisturise them. Word of warning: DO NOT do this if going into the sun as the coconut oil will attract the sun and you could burn them. Always opt for an SPF 30+ lip balm in this case.
6. For rashes/abrasions
We haven’t tried this ourselves, but we hear that it can be effectively used to treat nappy rash, plus other rashes and minor skin irritations/abrasions. As always, patch test a small area first and see how your skin reacts.
7. Mixed with sugar for a body or face scrub
Mix equal quantities of sugar and coconut oil to create a cheap body and face scrub that also smells great and isn’t full of chemicals.
8. In your cooking
Cooking oil has a much higher smoking point than olive oil, canola oil or any other vegetable oils, meaning it won’t go rancid when cooked at high temperatures. We’re not nutritionists though, so check out one of Dr Libby’s articles to read more on this topic.
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