Top Beauty Tips Using Coconut Oil
First and foremost, I must say that anytime you are using coconut oil within your beauty routine you will ultimately end up smelling like a sexy coconut .. so what’s not to love there..
Besides its “multi-functionality” if you will, here are some additional reasons to think about adopting coconut oil as your “go to” for an all natural alternative to some of your beauty products.
- Coconut oil strengthens your skin by removing excessive dead cells on the surface.
- Coconut oil has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.. (pretty awesome)
- It is also known to work wonders for your hair, it rebalances hair proteins and easily penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize and protect against environmental damage.
Pretty nice benefits right? After having my daughters, I started putting a lot more thought in to the products we slather onto ourselves daily. As we all know, our epidermis is our largest organ, absorbing up to 90% of what we use on it.. Here’s a tid bit of important info about commonly found ingredients in some of the commercial beauty products you may be using daily..
- Diazolidinyl Urea: A commonly used preservative that is found in scented lotions and other cosmetic products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization located in Lyon, France, classified Diazolidinyl Urea as a known human carcinogen. Diazolidinyl Urea also releases formaldehyde, a probable carcinogen.
- Parabens: a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry. If you happen to see Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben or Butylparaben listed under the ingredients in your body lotion, you should also know the EPA reported that the parabens methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. This means that these products have the properties of, or are similar to estrogen. It is also a fact that estrogen can stimulate breast cancer. These chemicals are especially dangerous because anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose.
Now that we are aware of the details, lets have a look at the fun stuff! Here are some beauty tips using organic coconut oil.
- Use as lip balm – Simply take a left over mint tin and spoon some coconut oil inside. Coconut oil is pretty solid at room temperature and absorbs quickly and easily into lips (super shiny!) It is also EXTREMELY hydrating. Be sure not to keep it in your pocket or let it become too warm, contents may leak.
- Eye make up remover – Keep a small amount in your bathroom in a nice container, scoop it out as needed and use it to break down waxy eye make up when you are washing your face, works like a charm.
- As a body moisturizer – Coconut oil makes a fantastic body butter! Check out my recipe for triple whipped coconut lavender body butter, 2 ingredients! Simply luxurious..
- Massage oil – Coconut oil naturally smells soothing, is all natural, and absorbs easily. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to customize your fragrance. Warm slightly before using.
- To smooth fly aways or damaged ends – Take that same small bottle of coconut oil you used to remove eye make up and massage a tiny amount in to damaged ends of hair or pat and smooth gently to tame fly-aways.
- Dandruff – Because of its effective antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil is excellent for banishing scalp problems. Simply massage in to scalp and leave on for as long as possible. Shampoo thoroughly to relieve symptoms of dandruff.
- Cracked foot treatment – After a warm shower, massage a large amount into feet covering all problem areas generously. Put on an old pair of socks and sleep in them or leave on as long as possible. This practice will improve the condition of dry and cracking skin.
Give these beauty tips a try and take advantage of all the amazing benefits of coconut oil, have fun!