Coconut oil: unspoken beauty benefits
Ronnie Dawson | On 01, Oct 2013
Hello, my name is Ronnie and Iâ€™m a coconut-oholic.
I guarantee any member of my family or friendship group would confirm that I have an unusual obsession with all things coconut.
Iâ€™m almost ashamed to admit I have been the subject of an intervention where loved ones have tried to tell me itâ€™s not normal to lather your entire body (hair and face included) with coconut oil.
Unfortunately they have all been unsuccessful in attempts to curb my enthusiasm and Iâ€™ve even been able to persuade many of them to adopt the miracle oil into their own beauty routines.
From months of my own extensive research, I present you with a list of my top six uses for coconut oil. Iâ€™ve happily put myself forward as a guinea pig for each and every one of the treatments below and can confirm they are all effective and an absolute must-try.
Top six coconut oil beauty treatments:
- Hair mask â€“ fight those split ends and try the DIY mask below
- Anti-aging protection â€“use overnight by dabbing the coconut oil with fingertips around the eyes where fine lines often make their debut appearance
- Body balm â€“ works well as an all over intensive moisturiser especially in dry areas like the elbows
- Exfoliating scrub â€“ see my delicious recipe below for a scrub which exfoliates and moisturises all in one
- Make up remover â€“by rubbing gently onto the area around the eyes it helps to remove stubborn mascara and eye make up
- Lip balm â€“ soothes and helps to heal chapped lips
Iâ€™ve been using the following homemade coconut sugar scrub for the past two weeks and have noticed my skin becoming more and more radiant and healthy looking.
Coconut sugar scrub:
- Half a cup of melted down unrefined coconut oil (30sec in the microwave will do the trick)
- One cup of dark brown sugar (the dark brown sugar granules are extra fine so the scrub isnâ€™t too harsh on your skin)
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence (as if you didnâ€™t want to eat this scrub already)
Combine all of the ingredients and scrub generously while in the shower for soft and glowing skin. The best partâ€¦ no need to moisturise afterwards!
As a girl with naturally fine, frizzy and uncontrollable hair, I put my locks through a lot of heat-related trauma when it comes to styling.
Iâ€™ve found that leaving coconut oil in my hair overnight as a mask not only helps reduce split ends but also helps control my frizz.
Coconut oil hair mask:
- Apply a generous amount of warmed coconut oil to dry hair, coating it from just above the ears right down to the tips
- Wrap an old towel around the hair or apply a shower cap
- Â Leave for as long as one hour to overnight if comfortable
- Shampoo and condition hair before styling as normal
Before you start experimenting with any of the above, make sure you know what youâ€™re looking for as some coconut oils contain hidden nasties and additives.
You want to invest in a bottle of unrefined (or virgin/extra-virgin) and organic coconut oil. These may be a little more expensive but well worth it for a high quality and natural product.
A 1L bottle will set you back anywhere between $15-$25 dollars and can be purchased at any health food store as well as certain pharmacies.
No go forth and spread the word about coconut oil!