Aren’t you all in love with all things natural? For me, olive oil was the best skin fix. To my surprise I discovered that the humble coconut is giving my favored olive oil stiff competition 🙂 Coconuts are loaded with natural goodness that make them rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium and calcium along with lauric acid making it excellent for use in skin care. As coconut oil is all natural it makes for an excellent use for those who have skin problems like eczema and acne. You can use coconut milk and coconut oil along with the coconut meat for your skin care routine.
Here are five interesting ways to get coco-nutty beauti-li-cious skin:
Nourishing hand and body cream: Make your own coconut super nourishing hand and body cream with just a few ingredients. You will need about a quarter cup of coconut oil, a tablespoon of aloe juice, 5 to 10 drops of orange essential oil. Heat the coconut oil till it melts and remove from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients and combine them well and store in a clean glass jar. Slather on this lotion on slightly damp skin before bed and wake up to super soft, gorgeous smelling skin!
Wrinkle zapper: Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil and is very rich in Vitamin C and Copper. The fatty acids present in it help the skins elasticity and retain the natural moisture of the skin. Also the anti oxidants present in coconut oil help in eliminating free radicals and make it an excellent anti wrinkle agent. Grind up 8 almonds that have been soaked overnight and mix with a few drops of thick coconut milk (if your skin is oily) or coconut oil ( for dry skin). Add a few drops of Vitamin E and blend well. Apply and relax for half an hour. Wash off with cold water. Your wrinkle zapper cream will start showing you great results in a few applications.
Super scrub: Make an amazing coconut oil scrub using brown sugar. It can’t get simpler than this! Just add half a cup of coconut oil too quarter cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of grated coconut meat and your amazing body polish is ready for use! If your skin has been giving you trouble, add a pinch of cinnamon and see how your skin care woes disappear.
Gentle cleanser: Tired of blotchy, uneven skin? Make a gentle cleanser with fresh thick coconut milk and unaltered ground oatmeal. Mix the two and apply generously on your face. Wash off after five minutes and see how instantly your face looks refreshed.
Shine up mask: All you need to make you own instant brightness face pack is a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk, a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, honey and a few strands of saffron. Add all the ingredients to the coconut milk to make a thick paste. Apply and wash off with cold water to reveal instantly bright skin!
When making these skin care recipes make sure that you use the purest coconut oil. Never use store bought coconut milk since it does contain some amount of preservatives. Grate fresh coconut, squeeze and voila! Your coconut milk is ready for use.
How do you use coconut in your skincare routine? We would love to hear from you!