Over the last few months I have been reading a lot about the benefits of coconut oil. Not just how good it is for you when you use it in cooking but also the benefits it can have for your hair, skin etc. I’m usually a bit skeptical of claims like this but I decided to give coconut oil skin care a try for myself.
I recently went a few shades lighter with my hair colour and have found it has left my hair a lot drier than normal. I have been rubbing the oil all through my roots, ends and massaging my scalp and then tying my hair in a ponytail and then washing it all out in the morning. I have quite thick, long hair so need to use a fair amount of coconut oil to cover my whole head. The result has been AMAZING. My hair is so super soft and healthy and I can’t stop playing with it.
If you are using this treatment then don’t sleep on your best silk pillowcase that night. Throw a towel over your pillow so you don’t leave any greasy stains. This also isn’t a treatment you can back out of halfway. Once the coconut oil is in, you are committed to washing your hair. No dry shampoo that day!
I also thought I would try coconut oil as a moisturiser and I have to say that I didn’t like it. I didn’t mind it on my skin but I got some on my lips and it seriously dried them out. I had cracked lips for a week and it was so uncomfortable. If I try this again I will avoid the lip area. If you do try this, a little goes a long way. Even though the coconut oil is hard, it melts as soon as it makes contact with your skin. Start with a tiny amount on your hand and get more if you need it.
I get terribly dry feet in summer and always end up spending a fortune on creams to try and keep them moisturised so why not give something new a crack (pun intended). I used coconut oil in two ways on my feet. Firstly I made up a coconut oil sugar scrub to exfoliate. Just mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of sugar. Rub it into your feet and then wash off with warm water. It did help remove some of the dead skin on my feet and left them feeling nice and refreshed.
The second way I used it was to rub it into my feet when I got into bed at night, put socks on and then let it work it’s magic while I slept. It has left my feet a lot smoother and softer. If you have really dry feet you could do this every second or third night for a week and then once a week. Again, a little goes a long way so just start with a small amount.
Coconut oil skin care tips
There are a few general tips I picked up that I thought I would share.
1. If you don’t like the smell of coconut, this isn’t for you.
2. Coconut oil is expensive. Make sure you are buying raw organic coconut oil as this is best for you. I have found Costco to be the cheapest place with a large bottle for about $13.
3. If you are planning to use coconut oil for cooking as well as your skincare, either buy two bottles or spoon some out into a separate bottle. Feet, hair and food shouldn’t mix.
4. I know I said it above but a little does go a long way. I was amazed at how little I needed. On the first night I tried it on my feet I had enough coconut oil on my hands to cover my whole body! Start small and get more if you need it! It is expensive so you don’t want to waste it.
There are so many ways you can use coconut oil as a beauty treatment. Do you use it? What are your tips? Any amazing results you can share?
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