Coconut oil is one of nature’s greatest gifts. Not only can you cook with it, it’s also incredibly hydrating, so is fantastic for your skin and hair. A little goes a long way, so you’ll usually want to start with a fingertip amount. As it’s solid at room temperate, you’ll need to warm it between the palms of your hands so that it melts into the oil and releases all that lovely coconutty aroma.
Coconut oil for cleansing
While it won’t get rid of every trace of makeup in one go, coconut oil is a pretty effective cleanser. Massage a small amount into wet skin, then remove with a damp muslin cloth. It shouldn’t leave your skin feeling overly oily, and doesn’t strip it of its natural oils like some highstreet cleansers. You should find that your skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.
Coconut facial oil
If you have very dry skin, try massaging a little coconut oil in just before bed. It’ll feel much softer and more plumped in the morning. Your skin can get congested if you use too much though, so start with a tiny amount and then use more if you think you need it.
Coconut body oil
Coconut oil is lovely as an all over body oil. It’s very nourishing and the scent always reminds me of holidays. It can take a while to sink in, so you might want to wait to use it until you can relax in your PJs for half an hour afterwards.
Coconut oil as a hair mask
Softer, shinier hair, naturally. What’s not to like? Try to steer clear of the roots, however, and give yourself plenty of time to wash it out.
Coconut oil for shaving
The oil allows the razor to glide across the skin, so can help to prevent nicks. As a bonus, it leaves skin much softer.
Coconut oil to treat skin complaints
Many people swear by coconut oil for treating eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. A good trick is to tie some porridge oats into the toe of an old pair of tights and add it to the bath when it’s running. Have a good soak and run the bag of oats across your skin before you get out. Pat dry and then massage in some coconut oil. Again, you don’t need a lot, or your skin will struggle to absorb it. You may well see quite a dramatic improvement in your skin, and it’s also a good method for avoiding a flare up in the first place.
Coconut oil for dry skin
Dry, rough elbows, knees or heels? Try applying a good dose of coconut oil after exfoliating. If that doesn’t work, you need my Heel Balm.
Fancy trying it for yourself? Our coconut oil is organic and 100% pure, with no added preservatives, colours, perfumes, or anything else for that matter! I’d love to hear how you get on. You can tweet me @NaryndaSkincare.