Coconut oil is having a moment to say the least. From uses in cooking, cleaning and of course beauty – coconut oil can do almost anything. It’s a great beauty ingredient because it is naturally antibacterial and antifungal and it’s an excellent moisturizer. If you’ve never used it before, coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but it quickly melts when it comes into contact with hands.
Here are our favorite DIY beauty uses for raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil:
Soothe Dry Hands at Home
Household chores like washing dishes and cleaning the house can dry out hands. Rub one tablespoon of coconut oil into your hands before you begin and another tablespoon when you’re finished for soft hands. Keep a jar by the sink for easy access.
Exfoliate Your Entire Body
Combine one cup of melted coconut oil with a half cup brown sugar, two teaspoons of honey and a few drops of your favorite essential oil or pure vanilla. Gently rub over entire body to remove dead skin. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat your skin dry.
A study found coconut oil to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. If you suffer from dry patches of skin, apply coconut oil to those areas first and allow it to absorb into your body. Then combine one cup coconut oil, two teaspoons of almond oil, and two drops of your favorite essential oil. Apply to your body once a day to hydrate skin, as you would lotion for soft, smooth, hydrated skin that glows.
The healing properties of coconut oil help to nourish lips and most importantly, it is safe to consume. Apply coconut oil to your lips in place of lip balm, as needed. Or take it to the next level- combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of beeswax, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter in a nonstick saucepan. Warm slowly until melted. Use a small funnel to refill used lip balm containers. Allow to set up for 6 hours.
Naturally Tinted Lip Balm
You can naturally tint the lip balm recipe above with beetroot powder, cocoa powder, turmeric, and cinnamon. You only need a small amount of spices and a little bit goes a long way.
Excess Wax Remover
If you have an at-home wax routine, use coconut oil to remove any excess wax left on your skin. Smooth on oil and wipe off with a warm wet washcloth.
Simple Shaving Cream
If razor burn, ingrown hairs, or other skin irritation is a problem after shaving, start using pure coconut oil as your shaving “cream”. Warm a dab in the palm of your hands and rub on your face, under arms, on the legs, or the bikini area and then shave. Rinse well, and pat dry. The coconut oil will leave legs feeling moisturized without being greasy.
Contouring is IN this season. Skip the make-up and use a bit of coconut oil to highlight your face instead. It is a quick way to perk up your face and look wide awake. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your cheekbones for a beautiful, healthy glow. You can also use on top of make-up, but only use a little bit since coconut oil can remove make-up.
Coconut oil can also be used to make amazing lotion bars, bath bombs and facial mask recipes for all skin types! Check out our Pinterest DIY board for recipes!
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