There are thousands of products designed specifically for your hair, face, and skin. Many of them contain synthetic ingredients and are expensive to use. Looking for an ‘all-in-one” natural and budget-friendly option for your face, hair, and skin? Learn more about the best ways to use coconut oil.
If we looked through your bathroom cabinet and shower, how many hair, face, and skin products would we find? According to results from a study conducted by Groupon, American adults spend an estimated quarter of a million dollars every year on various health and beauty products.
Even if you purchase a bottle of conditioner one week and a jar of face cream another, the costs and can add up quickly. While it’s human nature to want options when caring for our body, many of us have products that include ingredients that are far from natural.
If you’re looking for a natural product that works on your hair and body, coconut oil may be an excellent option to explore. Not only is it easy to use and natural, but it’s relatively inexpensive when you compare it to other hair and body products. We’ll give you some of the best ways to use coconut oil for hair, face, and skin
The Countless Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is considered a “superfood” and is an excellent alternative to other oils. It adds a unique flavor to cooking and baking, and it’s a versatile oil. Various studies and research suggest that coconut oil is not only versatile in the kitchen but has numerous health benefits.
As a healthy fat, coconut oil may help with weight loss and with lowering bad cholesterol levels. It may also help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil is unique because it can benefit your body from the inside out and there are many ways to improve the overall appearance and health of your hair, face, and skin.
As we discuss some of the best ways to use coconut oil for hair, face, and skin, we may as well start at the top of your head and work our way down to your toes.
Want Healthier Looking Hair? Coconut Oil To The Rescue
Everyone wants hair that looks and feels healthy without spending a ton of money, and that requires minimal maintenance. Here are some ways to keep your hair looking and feeling great, thanks to coconut oil.
Deep Conditioning Treatment
If your hair is looking dry and brittle, you might be overdue for a deep conditioning treatment. While you could make an appointment at your local salon to give your hair a little TLC, why not save some money and deep condition your dry locks on your own? All you need is a small amount of coconut oil.
To make an overnight, deep conditioning hair mask, use a small amount of coconut oil and gently massage it through your hair, focusing on the ends. Give your hair a quick comb through and then dyeing your hair and loosely pile your hair into a bun (if you have long hair). Cover your hair with a shower cap or use a towel to protect your pillow. Shampoo as you normally would the next day.
Treat Your Hair To A Pre-Wash Treatment
Planning on hopping in the shower but have a little time to kill? Apply some coconut oil to your hair up to a half hour before you shampoo your hair. By “pre-washing” your hair with the coconut oil, you are preventing your hair from absorbing too much water, and it will keep the frizz to a minimal. Another bonus to a pre-wash treatment? Your hair is easier to style after you shower.
If you have a naturally hair dye oily scalp, be sure to keep the coconut oil away from your scalp and only focus on the middle and end of your hair strands.
Add Some Instant Shine and Help Minimize Dandruff
Is your hair looking a little dull? Use a small amount of coconut oil on your hair to make the strands shine. Avoid using too much otherwise your hair might end up looking a little greasy.
Is your scalp prone to dandruff? Warm up two to three tablespoons of coconut oil until it turns into a liquid. Wait for it to cool a bit and then massage the oil into your scalp. Let it sit for up to a half hour and then wash it with regular free shampoo.
Use Coconut Oil For A Fresh Looking Face
Some beauty experts scoff at the idea of putting coconut oil on the face while health experts say that there are benefits to your skin. As with beauty product, natural or otherwise, avoid putting the coconut oil in your eyes, and if your skin is very oily, you may want to look into some other natural options.
Safely Remove Makeup
Many makeup brush set removers can make your skin feel dry or overly greasy; they may also irritate your eyes or if you have sensitive skin. Coconut oil will remove eye makeup and provide a little extra hydration to the delicate skin around your eyes.
The best way to use coconut oil as a makeup remover is to rub the oil into your skin and gently wipe away with a cotton pad or clean washcloth.
Use Coconut Oil To Wash Your Face
Not only does coconut oil moisturize, but it’s also known for its antimicrobial properties. Make your own face cleanser with coconut oil as a main ingredient. To make the face wash, slowly melt one cup of unrefined coconut oil in a pan over low heat. When the oil is completely melted, remove it from the stove and add the following:
- One tablespoon of non-aluminum baking soda
- Five drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Tea tree oil is also a good for oily skin
Once all the ingredients are mixed together, you can store it in an airtight container and store in a cool place. Use the face wash as you would with any other facial soap and rinse thoroughly.
Try Coconut Oil Instead Of Shaving Cream
Want a smooth face, legs or underarms? Coconut oil is an excellent alternative to shaving cream. All you need to do is rub onto the skin, shave and dry your skin. Make sure to rinse your razor to avoid oil buildup.
Best Coconut Oil Uses For Healthier Skin
If you use coconut oil in your hair and on your face, why not use it all over your body? As you might imagine, there are several ways that coconut oil can benefit your skin; here are some of the best uses.
Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks
Even though stretch marks are a natural part of life, particularly during fluctuations in weight or during pregnancy, many people are insecure about the marks. While it’s nearly impossible to make stretch marks disappear, coconut oil can help them fade more quickly and help heal the skin.
Slather It On For Sunburn Relief
If you forgot to put on sunblock, you might have a sunburn to remind you to wear it next time. Coconut oil can help reduce redness, moisturize sunburned skin, and soothe it after a long day in the sun.
Use Coconut Oil To Prevent Diaper Rash
Have a little one and want to use as many natural products as possible? Coconut oil may be an effective alternative to keeping painful diaper rash away. You can also use small amounts of oil to moisturize your baby’s dry or problematic skin.
Give Your Cuticles A Little TLC
We typically don’t give our cuticles a second thought until we look at our hands and notice how ragged they look. Rather than spending money at a nail salon and exposing yourself to chemicals, rub a little coconut oil into your cuticles. The oil moisturize and loosens them up, so it’s easier to do a DIY manicure.
Keep Your Skin Soft With Body Butter
Want to keep your skin soft, head to toe and don’t want to buy expensive body butters that contain parabens? Make your own body butter with coconut oil.
Similar to the face wash recipe, melt a half cup of coconut oil over low heat with a half cup of each (shea butter, cocoa butter, and almond or jojoba oil). After the mixture is melted, remove from the heat and let cool a bit. You can add 10 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oils.
After you add essential put the oil mixture into the fridge for about one hour; it should start to harden but still be soft. Use a hand mixer to “whip” the oil for about ten minutes. Put back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until it sets and transfer to a glass jar. For optimal results, store at under 75 degrees.
Tips For Buying Coconut Oil
Now that we’ve shared some of the best ways to use coconut oil for hair, face, and skin, you might be wondering which coconut oil is best.
If you’ve shopped around, you probably notice that there are dozens of coconut oils on the shelves of your grocery store. When using coconut oil on your hair or skin, it’s best to look for organic, unrefined oil.
Check for labels that say virgin, cold pressed, or raw. If you’re planning on using coconut oil for cooking and skin care, it’s best to keep separate jars to prevent the risk of cross-contamination (and for easier convenience).