Coconut Oil has been a part of every Indian household since we one can remember. Whether used as a hair oil or as a cooking oil (mostly in Kerala) its one of the most versatile of all oils. However, many medial institutes advise against use of coconut oil for cooking as it contains high levels of saturated content.
We needn’t worry though! Cause this article is all about its beauty benefits.
I’ve experimented with Coconut Oil in my beauty regime for a while now and have narrowed down to a few of my favourite uses for it. I usually keep one jar of coconut oil in my bathroom and another in my refrigerator.
Storing Coconut Oil
Because Coconut Oil is natural and an oil, it’s important to keep it away from sun, light, heat and air. The best place to store it, is in a cool, dark bathroom cupboard with the lid done up tight. If you leave the lid off or don’t do it up properly, the oil will begin to oxidise. Then it will smell funny and TRUST me when I say, you won’t want to put it on your skin!
Here are a few uses of coconut oil in your beauty regime:
1. Face Moisturiser
Apply a few drops of coconut oil to clean, damp skin morning and night for best results. You should wait 5 or so minutes before applying your foundation or base so it doesn’t mix with the oil before it’s had a chance to absorb properly. Coconut oil is best for dry skin.
2. Eye Makeup Remover
You cannot go past coconut oil as an eye makeup or any type of makeup remover! It works wonders around the sensitive eye area and is so gentle on that delicate area of skin. You can dip a cotton tip into the coconut oil then gently swipe underneath your eye area until makeup has been removed.
3. Nail and Cuticle Cream
I’m pedantic about my nails and have always suffered from weak, splitting nails – even as a kid. Coconut oil has worked wonders in reviving my nails and making them stronger and healthier! You can use this throughout the day as an ointment for your nails OR you can soak your nails in coconut oil with a squeeze of lemon for 20 minutes each day. This will make them stronger and healthier, plus stop any splitting!
4. Split Ends Serum
If you have split ends, unruly or frizzy hair – coconut oil will be your new best friend! Simply take a small amount between your fingers, melt it down and then apply to your split ends or unruly hair. Be careful not to apply too much as it can make your hair too heavy. Less is best.
5. Hair Treatment
This has to be a hairdressers best kept secret – no need to spend hundreds on deep conditioning hair treatments. Coconut oil works wonders on your hair. Simply heat up some oil and massage into your roots, all the way down to the ends. Leave it on overnight for best results and then shampoo and condition in the morning for silky and shiny hair.
6. Lip Balm
For this I usually put a small amount of the oil in an empty old lip balm container and store it in the refrigerator. The oil freezes to a solid form and that makes it super easy to apply. You can apply it as often as you like and it’s 100% natural! No need to worry about this drying out your lips as it works to nourish from the inside out for gorgeous, glossy lips.
7. Body Oil
Forget body moisturiser, use coconut oil instead for the best skin ever. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and minerals which work to heal your skin from the inside out. If you’re suffering from any dryness, uneven skin tone or rashes – you can expect to see an improvement after using coconut oil. It’s best to apply it after getting out of the shower while your skin is still damp. This helps the oil to absorb faster, so you don’t have any oily residue.
8. Cracked Heels Balm
Massage coconut oil onto cracked heels at night before you go to sleep and cover with a pair of cotton socks. Sleep in this overnight and watch your cracked heels fade away.