Coconut oil is a great multi-tasker, it is great for cooking, it is healthy for you and it is good for beauty, but what I love using coconut oil for is beauty treatments, I even keep a bottle of it in the bathroom to use on a daily basis.
When you buy coconut oil in the supermarket sometimes it is solid opaque white and other times it is a clear oil. Don't worry there is nothing wrong with it. this is because the melting point is 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter my jar tends to be a bit more solid, but that is fine you can spoon out a little and it melts on contact with you skin. In the summer my jar is a clear oil, in which I will dip my fingers it to use as much or as little as I need.
Here are some of the uses that I use coconut oil for.
- Deep Conditioner - I love using coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment! I coat my dry hair from about the ears down in the oil, you can leave it on for as little as 10 minutes or as long as overnight. If you want to amp up the conditioning effects you can put on a shower cap and use a hairdryer to heat up your hair. It creates a nice little sauna effect on your head, allowing your hair to absorb more of the moisturizing nutrients. When done just shampoo it out.
- Moisturizer - Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer, people tend to shy away from oil under the notion that it will clog their pores or make their skin more oily. Contrary to popular belief some oils can help diminish oil production because your skin won't feel the need to over produce oil due to the fact that you have added it naturally. I have never had an issue with coconut oil clogging my pores and I have super sensitive, oily, acne prone skin. I have used it on my face and body, but I will recommend if you do use it as a moisturizer to use the coconut oil at night. I found with my skin it takes a while to sink in. When you wake up in the morning your skin feels lovely and soft. Coconut oil has even been rumored to help prevent stretchmarks, but I haven't been able to test that out for myself.
- Makeup Remover- Coconut oil is a great makeup remover, it breaks down the makeup and mascara and doesn't leave your skin feeling dry and tight. I will rub a small amount of oil all over my face and eyes for about 30 seconds while it breaks down my foundation and mascara. After I will rinse my face with water then use my face wash as normal to make sure I cleanse my pores. If I am feeling particularly lazy I will just use a cleansing wipe to remove the oil and broken down makeup afterwards instead.
- Shaving Cream - I loathe shaving cream, its drying on my skin and it is just useless since I still get irritation on my legs. I switched for a while to using baby oil instead, now I had switched to coconut oil. It is moisturizing and you still get a close shave. I have even used it to shave while I wasn't in the shower and I didn't get irritated. Big Win.
Those are the ways that I use my jar of coconut oil on a regular basis. I have also heard of people using it as a tanning oil or a hair oil, like moroccan oil. (EDIT: Perks of you having me as a guinea pig, I tested this out and it is a big no-no. Coconut oil is far too thick to use as a hair serum, on wet hair it still dried greasy.) I am intrigued to try it out as a hair oil, but I haven't gotten around to testing that out yet. I have even heard people claiming it helps with yeast infections, psoriasis, eczema and KP (keritosis pilaris aka the little red bumps some people get on the back of their arms). I have not seen any scientific fact to back up those statements. I have KP, but I manage it other ways then just with coconut oil, the use of coconut oil has neither helped nor hindered it for me.
Do you use coconut oil? What is your favorite way to use it?