So I’m going to tell you something that may shock you. I love coconuts. (Well, it might not come as a shock since my blog is named after coconuts.) I love the smell, the taste, and just what it symbolizes…. Sun, beaches, exotic destinations… Aaaa… OK, back to the real world. Now there is one thing I have no idea how I could live without before… coconut oil!
Apart from using the cold-pressed extra virgin kind in smoothies and for making my protein pancakes, the variety of its cosmetic uses is mind-blowing! And the best part is that is 100% natural! You can find posts all over the internet about this, and there are hundreds of different uses, but these are my favorites, and the ones I actually use:
1. Make-up Remover
This is my very-very favorite, and ever since I discovered it, I haven’t bought make-up remover… not even once. I just dab a bit on my eye lashes, and it kind of melts the mascara away, and I swipe gently with cotton. No rubbing whatsoever! Same goes for the rest of the face.
2. Hair Treatment
At least once a month I put a generous amount of oil in my hair before going to bed. In the morning I wash it out with my normal shampoo and conditioner. Sometimes I even put a tiny amount in my ends after styling my hair, if it feels dry. My hair feels super silky and hydrated afterwards!
3. Nightly Facial Moisturizer
Although I imagine you can use a tiny amount during day time as well, I’ve only used this at night, because it’s a bit sticky and makes your skin shine quite a lot. I never wake up with a “stiff face” when I use this!
4. Lip Balm/Gloss
A wonderful way to moisturize your lips! You can carry it around in your bag in a small cosmetic travel container. It gives a nice shine to your lips, and tastes yummy!
5. Hand/Feet and Nail Moisturizer
I love to rub on some coconut oil on my hands and feet under my regular hand/foot cream for some super power hydration! But again, I do it at night because of the stickiness.
6. General Body Moisturizer
Coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry spots all over your body, such as elbows and knees. However, I don’t think I would wear it instead of a body lotion, again because of the stickiness and shine, and also because the smell may be a bit overwhelming. Even for a coconut freak like me.