Natural Beauty Tips – Coconut Oil
As you guys know I’m a huge lover of all things home made and natural. I recently posted about teeth whitening and was told in the comments about Coconut oil and the effects that it can have. It always seems like there are those few natural products that are found in household items that are able to be used in lots of different beauty treatments such as Lemon, Sugar, Honey & Yogurt that are just amazing. But one of the more overlooked and underused natural beauty tips until recently has been Coconut oil. Thanks to celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow & Jennifer Aniston coconut oil has been shoved into the limelight. Below I’m going to list 5 different uses for coconut oil, but there is so many things that it can be used for from reducing scars to working as a dandruff treatment. The best thing about it is that almost any supermarket will have it on its shelves. I’ve tried the Sainsburys £2 very large tubs as well as more expensive tiny 100% organic raw coconut oil and they are so similar and work to the same effectiveness. Both can be used as food as well as a beauty treatment and are a hard, solid butter like consistency at room temperature but quickly melt to an oil in your hand.
3 Natural Beauty Tips for using Coconut oil
1. Waterproof Makeup Remover
If you have ever tried to remove waterproof eyeliner or long staying makeup you will know how hard it can be. One of the little known tricks is that they are no match for coconut oil. All you have to do is rub coconut oil over the makeup that you want to remove. Then get a cotton pad and wipe it off. Within a few seconds the makeup will be all on the pad. It makes taking makeup off at the end of the night a breeze but watch out, it can be a little greasy.
2. Deep conditioner
Coconut oil can be fantastic as a deep conditioner if your hair is feeling really dry and damaged. Give this a go if you fancy a change from the more expensive brand name leave in conditioners. All you have to do is get 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil in to a small bowl, and put it in the microwave for 15-25 seconds. Once you bring it out let it cool a bit then put it directly in to your hair and distribute it evenly around your scalp. Finally put a old t-shirt that you no longer care about or shower cap over your hair and leave it in your hair for around four hours or leave on overnight. Afterwards just wash it out using your favorite shampoo, until your hair no longer feels like it has any of the coconut oil in it, and let it dry. Think you will be amazed by the results, I was! Soft, soft soft…
3. Fresher breathe & Teeth Whitening
Coconut oil has been used for long time in some cultures for this very reason. This method is known as Oil Pulling, it’s the process of putting around one table spoon of Coconut Oil in your mouth and swilling it around for 10 minutes once a day. Its worth noting that it will melt when you put it in your mouth, first time I was a little confused. While this might seem like an old wives tail, and I was very dubious about trying this, it really does work. It works by breaking down bacteria in your mouth and freshening your breath, and slowly removes discolouration of your teeth in order to bring back their natural shine. I have been doing this for the past week and I have noticed whiter teeth. The taste isn’t fantastic at first but you get used to it and having oil in your mouth whilst sounding horrible isn’t really all that bad. I just watch the TV for 10 minutes whilst swilling and try to remember not to talk.
Let me know if you have used coconut oil in the past, and if so what natural beauty tips have you got to add to my list?