Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial/infection fighting, an antioxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-protozoa, anti-viral, nontoxic to humans and animals.
You can look for it in a health food store and most supermarkets are starting to carry it. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you may need to warm it first. Usually 5-10 seconds in the microwave will do the trick.
Here are some of our favorite uses for coconut oil when it comes to beauty:
1. Moisturizer –
simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream –
apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3 Preshave –
coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave –
coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant –
coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment –
use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer –
rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste –
there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover –
use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about so you get a little protection!