My all-time favorite product (like many) is coconut oil. I cannot express how much I love this stuff!
Four years ago my mom introduced me to coconut oil and I haven’t looked back since. So why do I love it so much?
If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil, it is a great oil that is used primarily for cooking and in place of beauty products. It is solid up to around 77⁰F and can be used for cooking to a medium temperature. There are about a million other ways that this stuff can be used but I’ll just list a few.
Face moisturizer: This was the first use that I found for coconut oil. I just substitute my regular face lotion of coconut oil. Coconut oil does take some time to dry and if you apply make-up right after, then you may have some smeared mascara halfway through the day. So why use it?
Coconut oil has made a huge difference in my skin. It has evened out my skin tone, softened my skin, decreased fine lines on my forehead and breakouts are no longer a part of my life. When you start using something simple and natural on your face, you will start to notice how dry and hard your skin feels when you use anything else. Lastly, it is much cheaper than most beauty products.
Face wash/makeup remover: Since I was still using traditional face wash I noticed my face was pretty dry at times. The next step I took was using coconut oil as my face wash in addition to my moisturizer. Now nothing touches my face but coconut oil. Conventional face wash dries out your skin not matter how “natural” it claims to be. The point of face wash is to pull oils off of your face, making your skin dry.
Many people worry that without face wash their skin will become very oily, however, that is not the case. When you remove oil from your face your body works hard to replace it and often times overcompensates for that loss. What you get in return is too much oil and clogged pores. I bet if you try this method for a few weeks you will be pleased.
Body scrubs: Coconut oil hardens at a certain temperature so it is great for making masks, body scrubs and lotions. A simple way to make a body scrub with coconut oil is to combine brown sugar or coconut sugar, coconut oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love lavender). You can play with the amount of sugar that you put in the mixture. It really just depends on how coarse you want the scrub to be. I keep this mixture in my shower and use it as a face or body scrub.
On minor cuts or burns: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory effects and it is an anti-fungal.
In my coffee: In additional to all of the benefits for your skin, coconut oil is a great health food. I put a spoonful (ish) in my black coffee every morning with a little bit of honey and make sure to stir very well. This does leave some oil at the top of your coffee but just think of it as a great lip moisturizer. Coconut oil improves blood circulation, promotes healthy weight loss, boosts energy and provides digestive benefits. This is a great way to start your day!
Cooking: Coconut oil is great in place of olive oil and is now a cooking staple in my home. The oil will either have no taste or a bit of a coconut taste. I generally have two different types of coconut oil in my pantry, one that has no taste for sautéing and one that has a coconut flavor for sweets.
Oil pulling: I’ll save the best for last. Oil pulling is a very weird part of my morning routine that has amazing benefits. Every morning the first thing I do is melt a little bit of coconut oil, pour a big spoonful and swish it around like mouthwash for 20 minutes…yes, 20 minutes. I realize that this sounds pointless but the results have been amazing. Oil pulling is a great way to pull toxins from your body. It also whitens your teeth, keeps your breath fresh, and promotes healthy bacteria in your mouth. It is honestly one of the best uses that I have found for coconut oil and I highly recommend it.
I hope that if you have never used coconut oil you will try it. I highly doubt you will be disappointed