Here’s What (I’m obsessed with right now)

When I love something, I LOVE it. Like, tell everyone I know about it. Talk incessantly about it. Post about it on social media. Here’s what I’m crazy about right now …

COCONUT OIL!!! Really, I love all things coconut. The smell, the flavor, and mostly, the health benefits! Let’s talk about coconut oil – it’s good for everything. Okay, I wouldn’t put it in your car with high hopes of success, but you can put it IN and ON your body with great expectations. Today, I’m only going to touch on coconut oil in terms of beauty tricks. This stuff is all the rage right now, and rightfully so. It lends itself to so many uses. Want a great body scrub? Mix 1/2 cup of sugar (the white stuff is perfect for this) with 1/2 cup of solid coconut oil (this is the brand I use for EVERYTHING. When it goes on sale at Sprouts, I stock up.). Add some scent with a few drops of essential oil, or even some citrus zest, and you’ve got a scrub that can rival a seriously fancy-pants one from the department store.

Here are my five favorite ways to use coconut oil in your beauty regimen:

  • To soothe dry hands: This won’t work for dry digits when you’re on the go, but at home, coconut oil for skin can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands.
  • As a cheekbone highlighter: Simply sweep a small amount of organic coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas.
  • As a deep conditioner: There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.
  • To remove eye makeup: {This one is my FAVORITE!!} Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eye area as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.
  • As a body moisturizer: A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells like a cocktail you’d drink on the beach. Speaking of cocktails, hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a magnificent week! 😉

 

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