Coconut oil is currently a huge staple among people everywhere. While it has countless health benefits, I want to tell you about how you can use coconut oil in your everyday lives outside of cooking. I have been using coconut oil for well over two years now and I only have good things to say about this super-product.
Coconut oil is relatively cheap, I buy mine at my local grocery store for around nine or ten dollars and it lasts for months. I know that some grocery stores don’t carry coconut oil, so if you can’t find it at your local store you can find coconut oil on Amazon (and it’s cheaper per ounce compared to mine!)
Like I said, there are a million different ways you can use coconut oil – from putting it in your morning coffee to lubricating a door hinge – but I want to talk to you about some of the beauty benefits you can get from coconut oil
Coconut Oil as an All Over Moisturizer
In the winter my skin gets bone dry an no amount of moisturizer was ever able to help until I started using coconut oil. Now after I shower I will slather a thin layer of coconut oil all over, then top that off with a regular body moisturizer and my skin stays baby soft even in the dry winter days.
I use coconut oil all over my body and my face is no exception – the last thing I do every night before turning out the light is slather my face with the oil. I use a generous scoop of the oil and gently massage it onto my face and neck. I used to have really dry, flakey skin and coconut oil has all but healed it. It has also helped balance out my skin and I rarely break out!
In my post talking about how to grow your hair out long and healthy I touched on the wonders of coconut oil. And it honestly was the turning point in my journey to growing long hair that still looked pretty. Before coconut oil I had only been able to grow my hair to right under my boobs before it started looking ratty and damaged and like it desperately needed chopped off. Once I started using coconut oil regularly my hair stayed looking healthy – no matter how long. All I do is fully saturate my hair with the coconut oil, braid it, and leave it in as long as possible – overnight if I can!
Massaging coconut oil into your scalp will not only encourage hair growth, but it will also eliminate dandruff. By letting it set just thirty minutes or so before a shower your scalp will receive some much need moisture and you’ll find yourself with less and less of those white flakes.
Using just a teeny tiny amount of coconut oil in the ends of your hair will keep it looking healthy and shiny without weighing it down. The longer your hair is, the more you can put in without looking greasy – just make sure not to use too much and don’t put it anywhere near your scalp or your hair will look dirty – not shiny.
Coconut oil is my holy grail lip item. Regular use of coconut oil will all but eliminate chronically dry and peeling lips. My biggest piece of advice is to layer it under another chapstick because being an oil, it is prone to slipping around otherwise.
Considering it’s in the low forties and rainy here in Illinois, I feel a little bitter even writing about sunburn. But lo and behold – coconut oil has yet another use and that is soothing sunburn! After a long day in the sun slathering this on as soon as you’ve showered will save your from a long night of pain.
Post Shaving Lotion
After shaving sometimes my legs get itchy red bumps that I simply do not want to put up with. Lathering them in coconut oil eliminates all itching and cuts back on redness!
I have never had the most impressive eyelashes. They are weak, sparse, and short. But when I started rubbing coconut oil on my eyes before bed I noticed a huge difference in the quality of my lashes. The first thing that I noticed is that they weren’t falling out anymore. As a result they grew longer, a lot longer. They still aren’t as thick as I would like, but thanks to coconut oil they are now crazy long, for me at least!
That’s all the tips that I have for coconut oil. Have you tried coconut oil in your beauty routine? What do you use it for?