Beauty / Health

5 Uses for Coconut Oil

If you have Instagram or Facebook there’s a large chance that you’ve seen this meme:

coconut oil

And honestly, it couldn’t be more accurate. Coconut oil is great for a lot of things like cooking & cosmetics, not to mention beauty icon Miranda Kerr swears by it, and I’d like to share my favorite uses for it here with you!

Exfoliating

You may have already heard me say this before if you read my 5 Favorite Face Masks post, but my skin tends to be a little more on the dry side, so I exfoliate almost every time I shower. My go-to formula for exfoliation is an even mixture of coconut oil & ground coffee beans. The coffee beans help to gently exfoliate, while the caffeine boost helps to smooth and tighten your skin. And our good friend Mr. Coconut Oil (naturally antibacterial and antifungal – which can also help with dandruff if applied to the scalp,) penetrates your skin as an excellent moisturizer. I rub this homemade concoction all over right before shaving. Which brings me to my next point…

Shaving

Like I said previously, my skin is dryer than normal especially in our upcoming Winter months, so I like to use coconut oil verses shaving cream. I literally place the jar of coconut oil right there in my shower, scoop a small amount into my hands, and rub it on myself right before shaving. I know you already live for that ‘just shaved and sleeping in clean soft sheets’ feeling, but add some coconut oil into your shaving routine and thank me later. For added benefits – use it post-shower as a moisturizer for my legs, face, and lips to lock in that moisture to make sure it lasts.

Eye Makeup Remover

My mom taught me at a young age that lotion always gets your makeup off right away, but if you’re like me, you’ll get that lotion right in your eyes and it’ll not be a pretty sight. Coconut oil, on the other hand, doesn’t give you that burning feeling and works just as good (if not wayyyyy better). You’d also be using something that is completely natural and cruelty-free that helps to moisturize the thin skin around your eyes (keeping those pesky wrinkles at bay). Seems like a win/win to me!

Cooking

Generally, when I cook I use EVOO (Which if you have questions about the benefits of EVOO vs. Coconut Oil I am more than happy to discuss, but at the moment EVOO seems to be the more beneficial choice for me). HOWEVER – olive oil is expensive and since I use it often, I run out of it pretty quickly. If you are ever in a bind and need a cooking oil that you don’t want to spend a fortune on, coconut oil is my second choice and retails for about $5-$7. It’s low in calories, rich in antioxidants, contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that can reduce bad cholesterol, and has about 60% medium-chain fatty acids leading to increased calorie burning.

Hair Masks

Who doesn’t love a good hair mask? Over the last couple of years my hair has grown SO fast! I personally think it’s partially because I stopped eating meat, but I swear by using it as a hair mask. When my hair is starting to feel a little coarse, I massage in the oil into my hair (avoiding the roots) and wrap my head in a warm towel for an hour or two. After you’re done, shampoo and rinse your hair and notice a difference. If you’re looking for deeper moisture, leave in a hair cap overnight and rinse in the morning. Coconut oil is great for your hair because it balances hair proteins while its small molecular structure penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize and protect against damage.

Massages

I know I’m not the only one who likes a nice back rub every now and then – especially after a week of working it out at the gym – so on the rare occasion I can convince my boyfriend to give me one, he uses coconut oil. Not only does it last longer than regular lotion during your massage, but it moisturizes your skin and leaves you smelling like you just left Hawaii. Staying moisturized and massaging your muscles (especially the area behind your thighs) can also lead to cellulite reduction as well as being a natural and cruelty-free way to enjoy a little romantic rub down.

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