a substance that we are sure many of you have heard countless rumours on this multipurpose miracle elixir that has plagued the internet with DIY recipes, articles on its health care benefits and cosmetic uses.
If you haven’t heard of the myriad of uses for coconut oil – no fear; after scouring the web for countless hours, we are here to compile a list of the best tried and true tips and tricks that are all things coconut oil. All the while explaining exactly why coconut oil can be beneficial to your skincare and beauty regimen!
Coconut oil has an awesome antibacterial action
Coconut oil is composed of 92% saturated fats and more specifically – a saturated fat called Lauric Acid which is know for having anti-bacterial properties.
Some uses for coconut oil that demonstrate its anti-bacterial action:
Toothpaste: just mix 6 tbsp coconut oil with 6 tbsp baking soda!
Oil Pulling: Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15 – 20 minutes as an alternative to mouth wash and to remove large amounts of harmful bacteria.
Dandruff: Massage a couple tablespoons of coconut oil onto your scalp and leave it to sit overnight once a week.
Makeup remover: Gently warm a small amount of coconut oil between your fingers and apply it to the area of makeup you want removed; wipe away with a warm wash cloth.
Foot odour: Around 2-3 times a day, massage coconut oil onto your feet and wear socks.
Coconut oil has amazing moisturizing abilities
Coconut oil is undoubtedly a great moisturizer that not only feels great, but also smells lovely. It’s an effective moisturizer for the body, face and hair. Watch out though! Coconut oil is actually comedogenic – meaning it can also cause blackheads and clogged pores. It is always a good idea to patch test small areas of skin before ever committing to any product for your skin care routine.
Cleanser: Gently massage coconut oil around your face and then wipe away with a damp warm washcloth.
Anti-Aging: Coconut oil is actually packed with antioxidants that are great for anti-aging properties… or just as a face cream in general!
Double the effectiveness of your moisturizer: Apply coconut oil right after moisturizing to seal in your moisturizer for optimal results.
Body Cream: Preferably before bed (as coconut oil can feel pretty sticky!), apply coconut oil liberally to your body. For an added bonus add essential oils, vanilla extract or other scents to make a scented body cream!
Conditioning Treatment: Condition your hair by massaging coconut oil on the ends of your hair, let it sit overnight (be sure to wear a hair cap!) and simply wash it out in the morning – but you may have to shampoo twice to get it all out!
Warning! Many websites and blogs also state that you can make a coconut oil scrub using granules such as sugar or salt – however, this is actually very dangerous for your skin! Using jagged, rough pieces like sugar or salt is actually very damaging for your skin.
DIY coconut oil beauty
There are tons of crazy concoctions online for DIY beauty products that are made from coconut oil. Although coconut oil is definitely a great ingredient for a natural and moisturizing cosmetic product, here are some tried and true beauty uses – even a lipstick we made ourselves over here at evoDerma!
Bronzer: Combine coconut oil and cacao powder for a hint of bronze when you moisturize.
Shimmer Bronzer: Combine coconut oil, cacao powder and a gold / white shimmer loose powder or instead of cacao powder, mix with some old shimmer brown eye shadow!
Lip Balm: You can either apply coconut oil plainly to your lips or create your own customized lip balm! Just simply mix some warmed coconut oil, essential oils for scent and color. For colors, there are plenty of options out there – food dyes, non-toxic crayons, Kool-Aid, beets… The list goes on! Get creative and have fun with it!
Cream Blush: Combine melted coconut oil and an old pink lipstick for a natural looking, and moisturizing cream blush!
Lip Scrub: combine sugar granules, coconut oil and scrub away
Lash conditioner: Get luscious lashes with coconut oil but gently massaging it into your (clean) lashes each night before bed!