It’s coconut oil! now before you dismiss it as a beauty trend (and yes coconuts are “cool” at the moment) take a moment to think about why it has been used for thousands of years in tropical cultures, because it works.
So why is coconut oil so effective? Compared to moisturisers or hair serum coconut oil does not contain water, water temporarily makes the skin feel moist but quickly dries drying the skin along with it. It is also free from petroleum that can dry the skin.
Coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, now let’s be honest I have no idea what these are but they act as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. It also contains vitamin E, is rich in antioxidants and has a high content of Lauric Acid.
Here are some of the many uses for coconut oil, you many be surprised…
– A natural all over body moisturiser for soft, hydrated skin, for me coconut oil is what keeps my skin moisturised for the longest. If used on the face, the connective tissue in coconut oil is strong so it helps to slow down fine lines. If you have oily skin and break out easily (like me) it’s best to use a minimal amount tapped onto the top of your cheekbone area to keep your under eyes moisturised and plump.
– It is claimed that it can improve or completely heal in some cases skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
– Use it as a eye make-up remover, Put a few drops on a cotton pad and gently rub over eyes (this also helps to grow long and healthy lashes), Wash with cleanser afterwards.
– Massage through hair as a treatment, leave in for 10 minutes then wash like normal in the shower..if you want to leave it in so it penetrates more you can put a towel on your pillow and leave it in over night. Doing this treatment will leave your hair shiny and soft (especially good for those with dry scalps because it actually penetrates the roots).
– Rub into cuticles for strong and healthy nails, it has anti fungal properties so will also help with fungal nail infections.
– Use it to shave instead of soaps or creams that can be drying, it’s also a natural alternative if people have sensitive skin (Good tip for boys too).
– Make your own scrub
Mix baking soda into your coconut oil, the baking soda exfoliates your face while the coconut oil moisturises.
Mix brown sugar with your coconut oil as a body exfoliating scrub..the sugar rubs off dry skin then the oil leaves your skin super soft. If you are prone to fungal infections focus this scrub on your feet because coconut oil is known for it’s anti fungal properties.
– If you have super frizzy or curly hair it can be used (in minimal amounts) to smooth frizziness.
– Sunscreen?! Now I would never recommend not wearing sunscreen, but if you happen to be caught out with none and you happen to have coconut oil it blocks out up to 20% of the suns rays..only if you are caught out though!
– Mouthwashhh?!??? Yep mouthwash..it’s kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath..not sure I will be trying this one out.
– Treat head lice on children naturally by combining coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil..the tea tree aggravates lice and the other oils suffocate them.
The 100% virgin coconut oil is the purest oil to use, but it doesn’t smell as nice as you think it would. Pure Fiji have an exotic oil that mixes coconut with things like almond oil and macadamia oil with a little bit of fragrance so if I’m going out then I use this one.
It’s also great for massages, now go get tropical ;)!