This post has been a long time in the making, but I wanted to make sure that I could express correctly all the reasons for which I love coconut oil. It is also definitely something that I wanted to share with anyone who is skeptic about using coconut oil for beauty purposes.
Many a time I have been asked about the benefits of coconut oil and its effectiveness, so finally in a somewhat concise way here is my two cents about why you should be using coconut oil everyday and why in my opinion it is good, great and amazing!
When I mention coconut oil I am referring to the raw virgin kind, nothing added to it and nothing tampered with original ingredient.
I love coconut oil because amongst the many products that come packaged up with a list of ingredients that I can barely pronounce, when I am using coconut oil I know exactly what I am using. The reason I got into using coconut oil was because I was having a hard time taking off waterproof mascara. I had used another oil cleanser but it irritated my eyes a little, by giving me slight film over my eyes while I was rubbing my eye lashes, that took an additional two goes with another cleanser to get off.
However, from the very first time I used coconut oil, it slid easily over my eyes and skin and was easy to take off with a cleanser; it didn’t irritate my eyes or skin and it removed all my makeup. Moreover, coconut oil helps to make your eyelashes grow stronger and longer. A definite thumbs up from me!
Occasionally I also love using coconut oil as a hair treatment, not too often since I tend to have an oily scalp. However, if my dry ends start splitting I like to come up with a concoction, usually some almond oil and/or coconut oil added to some conditioner and spread over the ends of the hair for 20 to 30 minutes. If you have dry hair, this would make your hair look shiny and healthy with little effort and no expensive products.
You can also use coconut oil to cook; it’s practically tasteless when mixed in with food, so it won’t affect the taste. I use it on any dry patches I have, such as my elbows and knees. I have been told that you can also use it on your teeth for healthier and whiter teeth. I’ll be honest, I still have to try that one but it is a technique called Oil Pulling and it is supposed to help with oral health.
You can also use coconut oil as a hair serum, if you have lackluster dry hair, just take a couple drops and rub between your palms, distribute only at the ends of the hair. It is also a great cuticle oil. If you are on a budget, coconut oil works great to make those cuticles look healthy and cared for, without the price tag.
When you are looking to buy coconut oil you might either find it solid or liquid. This actually depends from the temperature. In winter my coconut oil is solid, while in summer it melts to a very watery oil. In case it is solid, nothing to worry, rubbing a small amount between your hands will turn it liquid.
There are a million and one ways to use coconut oil, you just have to give it a go to realise its health benefits and many effective uses, oh and did I mention that it smells amazing!
Hope you found this helpful and it answered any questions you might have had about putting oil on your face. Here is one acne-prone, sensitive skin gal who finds that using coconut oil actually improved my skin.
Let me know if you try it out and for anyone who is feeling bored, how about you count how many times I wrote coconut oil in this post!? 😀