Yes, we all know that coconut oil has a myriad of uses in the kitchen and it can be found in many of the 'better-for-you' treats that are available on the market today. But can it also serve a purpose in your beauty cabinet? Here are 3 creative ways to boost your beauty and self-care regimen using coconut oil.
When searching for natural skin care alternatives, coconut oil for the body is an obvious choice. It melts effortlessly against the heat of your skin and can help treat dryness and irritation. The gentle tropical scent is an added bonus.
It can also be massaged into cuticles and used a a natural lip balm - winning!
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has been used to naturally improve dental health. Some studies have indicated that this practice can indeed reduce reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth, decrease plaque formation and reduce bad breath as a result.
The process of oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 10-15 minutes (typically first thing in the morning) before spitting out.
If your hair is feeling particularly dry or damaged, try applying coconut oil through the lengths and leaving in for 20-30 minutes before washing. Research suggests that coconut oil penetrates into the hair shaft to reduce protein loss but if you have particularly fine hair, you might want to skip the roots!
What are your favourite ways to use coconut oil?