Selecting skin and hair products at your local supermarket can be an intimidating process. It seems that on every aisle there are ten different brands with ten different products, all promising ten different results. Before you know it your basket is filled with makeup remover, face wash, toner, moisturizer, wrinkle cream, deep hair conditioner, lip balm, lotion, and the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could get all of these different results out of one bottle?
Well, drop that basket ladies and head on over to the grocery section, where you will find the all-in-one product that you have been waiting for.
Over the past several months, hundreds of different uses for coconut oil have popped up all over Pinterest boards. Aside from the alarming health benefits that it delivers when ingested, coconut oil has been proven to be an effective method in resolving some of life’s worst hair and skin issues, including embarrassing acne and hair loss.
I know what you are thinking. Treating acne with oil? Smearing the one thing you are trying to reduce all over your face will only make the problem worse, right? Wrong.
Over the counter products can improve acne in the short term, but in the process strip skin of its natural moisture which causes your body to react by producing more oil.
The thing about coconut oil is that it is an incredible antibacterial which targets and eliminates acne, yet, aides in providing your skin with the vital nutrients it needs to have that healthy glow. A win-win for your skin! It is packed with fatty acids and vitamins K and E which also make it a powerhouse antioxidant and the best friend your skin, hair, and nails have been waiting for.
Massaging coconut oil into your dry hair pre-shower or leaving it in overnight will provide a long list of benefits for your hair. Shine will be restored, hair shafts will become stronger and thicken, and the stimulation of your scalp mixed with the cell regeneration properties of the oil will add an extra kick for hair growth.
Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, wrinkle cream, deep conditioning body balm, cuticle cream, lip balm, and gets rid of those annoying dry bumps on the back of arms and legs. No more mixing mystery concoctions or slathering foul-smelling condiments on your skin, coconut oil is the real deal.
A key thing to remember about using coconut oil, however, is make sure you are using virgin unrefined oil. Refined oils do not have as many of the benefits and may leave you with clogged pores – further worsening acne problems. I like Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, which I surprisingly found at Walmart in the baking aisle. Pay close attention though, they also have a refined version. For the best chances of getting your hands on the right stuff, I would head to Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Here are the recipes I use for my own beauty benefits, believe me when I say my skin and hair have never looked better!
- Mix equal parts baking soda and coconut oil. The size of a dime should be plenty, but tailor it to your own skin. You don’t want the baking soda to overpower the coconut oil, it can be a very abrasive particle so rub gently in circular motions. Do this 3x a week and on the other days just massage the coconut oil into skin for a minute or two and then put your face in a warm wash cloth and gently wipe off. Apply a little afterwards for moisture.
Deep Hair Treatment:
- Remember to do this on dry hair. Start with about a nickel sized amount in your hand, you can add more as you go depending on your own hair length and thickness. Massage into scalp and gently work it down until your hair is coated with thin layer. Do this either 30 minutes pre-shower or leave it in as long as you want! It washes out of my hair easily with one shampoo.
For other beauty remedies and ideas, follow my board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/alysknap