Happy Friday’s Eve, Everyone! This week I have been incredibly “fall focused,” and with that being said, I have started to adjust my skincare regimen, from being warm-weathered centered to cool-seasoned conscientious of my skin and hair. For the past year, I have noticed a massive trend in the health world-everyone’s gone cuckoo for Coconut Oil! Not only are people using this exotic ingredient for its generic purpose: cooking. But more so, it’s finding its way out of the kitchen cabinets and onto bathroom vanities everywhere. So, I’m here to share 11 ways in which I find this oil to be beneficial to the practical spender, and visionary health-enthusiast, that we all are.
This Coconut Oil by “Simply Balanced” was purchased at Target for under $5. You can also find this at Supermarkets, and Organic Food Stores
1. Makeup Remover: If you are someone who is used to the basic soap and water routine, or store bought makeup remover to wipe the day away from your face, why not exchange these products, that often times do more harm than good (dry out your skin, cause unhealthy skin reactions, can be costly…), and exchange it for some coconut oil! Apply a generous amount to your face as you would with an oil cleanser, or let it sit on your skin after swiping it with a cotton ball, and watch as the build-up melts away…
2. Preventing Stretch Marks: If you’ve had a baby, are pregnant with a baby, or have just recently lost a decent amount of weight-make sure to keep a jar of Coconut Oil to use on these marks to help them fade! I began this process over the summer, rubbing some of the oil along the shiny little marks I was so graciously blessed with after having my two children, and I immediately started to notice that those undesirable silver linings started to disappear!
3. Fresher Breath/Oil Pulling: Believe it or not, swishing a spoonful of this oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes can actually help kill germs in your mouth, and remove unwanted toxins, which in return, then creates healthier gums, whiter teeth, and fresher breath (I know, how can one tolerate this for 20 minutes?! Try distracting yourself by watching T.V. or take a shower to kill time). This is one tactic that doesn’t take multiple uses to actually work (such as those teeth whitening products). Since Coconut Oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, you get results every time you follow this regimen.
4. Skin Dilemmas: If you’re like me and have eczema, you’ll know that ’tis the season for dry, flaky, irritated skin. Even though we can relieve some of these skin rashes with some cortisone cream, too much of this can actually thin out your skin-so what’s the next best thing?: Coconut Oil! Use this for instant relief on your rashes, or lather it on to soothe burns, or bruises, and you can even use the oil on bug bites (even though this last use would’ve been helpful prior to fall, at least you know for next summer when you’re relaxing out by that campfire!)
5. Fight Frizz/Leave in Conditioner: Instead of putting chemicals in your hair to tame your mane, add about a dime-sized amount into your hands and rub onto your tresses to add shine and maximize that moisture-perfect for the brittleness the cold weather tends to impose upon our locks.
6. Body Lotion: Save a few dollars on your routine body lotion by creating your own D.I.Y. Coconut Oil body lotion! Coconut Oil creates a creamy and relaxing-smelling lotion that’s also high in antioxidants, which is key to healthy, dewy, rejuvenated skin. Below are ingredients to make your own lotion with this incredible element (from popsugar.com):
What You’ll Need:
- Small bowl
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon shaved beeswax
- 10 drops essential oil
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
- Hand blender
- Small funnel
- Add the coconut oil to a small mixing bowl that’s safe to use in the microwave
- Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for short bursts until melted, stirring after each heating. Or place the bowl over a small saucepan filled half way with water and melt over medium heat.
- Once the coconut oil and beeswax have melted, carefully place on a folded towel and add your favorite essential oil. Or use rosemary infused oil, which adds an earthy scent to the lotion and helpful antibacterial properties. Let the mixture cool for 10-minutes.
- Now emulsify with the addition of one to two tablespoons water and the help of a hand blender. Don’t have one? Add the mixture to a blender and pulse until the lotion is the consistency of thick pudding.
- Use a small funnel or spouted measuring cup to pour into a container and your homemade lotion is finished! Store out of sunlight for best results (makes about 6 ounces),
7. Lip Balm: My second best “go to” product during the cooler months (behind coffee, of course!). Purchase a cute little container, scoop a few tablespoons of Coconut Oil into it, and a drop of your favorite essential oil (vanilla, lavender, peppermint, etc…) and rub onto your lips whenever they begin to feel tight and chapped. Not only will it moisturize your pout, it will soothe you as well.
8. Under-Eye Cream/Fine Line Remover: As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to notice those lovely fine lines slowly making their way into my facial features…I’ve tried numerous facial creams and serums to help prevent, or at least reduce the look of these inevitable creases, but still they come. So I decided to try Coconut Oil. Every night I dab a little under my eyes to help reduce the lines (don’t worry, it won’t irritate). The oil is extremely hydrating for your skin, which makes it perfect to use before bed. It has the same texture as any other moisturizer or serum, because it is very supple as it sweeps across your face. The one piece of advice I have is to gently dab this below your eyes, because of the thin skin layer on this part of your face.
And if you’re looking for some additional “unconventional” ways to use this magical ingredient…
9. Boost your Metabolism: Coconut Oil does not only boost your metabolism (because certain nutrients may have the tendency to be absorbed faster than other fats), but more so, regardless the structure of Coconut Oil (solid, or oily), it does not damage the nutrients within it if you expose it to higher temps, such as vegetable oils.
10. Because Puppies Need Love Too: If you give your dog about 1 tbsp. per day, this oil can help with their dry skin, arthritis, or poor digestion. If you have a picky eater (like my parents’ Labradoodle…), try melting it and the pouring it over their food. Eventually, you can work your way up to letting them lick it right off the spoon.
11. Substitute for Butter/Vegetable Oil: Although Coconut Oil can still be high in calories, if used in small amounts it has been proven to keep your blood sugar from spiking after meals, and its fats are proven to hinder weight gain, depression, and poor digestion if you use it moderately. So the next time you feel the need to butter that toast, or bake those brownies, push aside the butter and reach for your jar of Coconut Oil.
As you transition your customized seasonal routine, make sure to try out some of these cheap, effortlessly easy and incredibly healthy substitutes to create a more beautiful you, regardless the havoc these cooler months reek on our skin. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram: daniellepiel, or on Facebook: Danielle Piel, through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below sharing some of your favorite Coconut Oil remedies!
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