You might have heard the benefits of coconut oil, but have you ever applied it to your beauty regime? Coconut oil poses many skincare and beauty bonuses. Here are some ways it could work for you.
1. Condition Your Hair
You love that soft, silky feeling you get after conditioning your hair, right? Move your regular conditioner to the side and bring coconut oil out! Because it’s got fatty acids, coconut oil is great for softening your hair. Lather a bit of coconut oil between your fingers and then rub it to your hair from the roots to their tips. The bonus is that it also fights frizz!
2. Make-up Remover
Coconut oil is great at getting rid of excess make-up from your skin, even when it seems like you're dealing with stubborn marks. The oil softens the skin too, which is great, plus it's free of chemicals that are usually found in regular make-up removal products.
3. Nail Treatments
Coconut oil is a must during your next mani and pedi, ladies! It keeps your cuticles soft while combating brittle nails because it makes them stronger.
4. Body Bliss!
The next time you're looking for a smoothing, luxurious body moisturizer, add some coconut oil to your shea butter for a divine body balm. This is great for use after a hot shower or bath to trap in moisture. If you want to use it on your face, tread carefully. Some people experience breakouts, while others don’t. Before lathering it on, test it on one part of your face and go easy with it if you suffer from naturally oily skin.
Now that you have some great coconut skincare uses, here are some you should rather skip!
- 1. SPF
Although coconut oil might seem to be soothing to the skin, it should NEVER replace your regular, high-impact SPF when you are under the rays! It simply won’t give you enough protection against the harmful sun.
- 2. Deodorant
Although you could try the various deodorant recipes that make use of coconut oil, it could be better to get something that is a little more potent. See, coconut oil won’t work too well as an antiperspirant, requiring you to use another ingredient, such as corn starch, to absorb sweat.
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