One of my newest beauty discoveries is Coconut Oil. 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil has many beauty benefits. Coconut oil is an antioxidant, helps prevent wrinkling of the skin, makes your hair shine and helps keep the scalp healthy. Coconut Oil also can be used to cook with and to aid in weight loss.
One day as I was walking the isles of Whole Foods and saw a jar of Coconut Oil. I randomly decided to buy some. I didn't know much about it. In fact I had it for months before I started to learn about all the benefits of Coconut Oil and start using it. Since I had it I decided I needed to figure out what to do with it. I Googled Coconut Oil and read all the things you could use it for. I was particularly interested in the different ways you could use it in a beauty regimen. It can be used for, moisturizer, scalp and hair treatments, deodorant, & chap stick just to name a few.
Since using Coconut Oil at a few nights a week in place of my moisturizer and as a hair/scalp treatment, I have noticed that my skin appears more even, feels softer, and has reduced my blackheads. My hair is shiner and my scalp feels healthier. I also read that it helps your hair grow because it nourishes and stimulates the hair follicle. I'm not sure if that is true, but I must say that I have noticed new growth. So maybe its true? I am a believer!
I have also used it to cook with and as a butter substitute. I have used melted Coconut Oil on popcorn, I have used it on toast with raw honey (delicious!). I use it for any cooking that requires vegetable oil. Its especially good in cupcake or muffin recipes. I have used it as a sweetener in coffee. I kinda went obsessive with the stuff lol. Once you start you almost crave it. I think it's because of the nutritional benefits you get from the Coconut Oil. It is rich in lauric acid which is considered to be equally important as the Omega's.
Here are some beauty recipes to try. Feel free to tweek them if you like & come up with your own concoction. Make sure you share 'em with the rest of us. :)
Coconut Honey Face Mask:
1TBL Spoon Softened Coconut Oil (be sure not to melt it)
1TBL Spoon Raw Local Honey
3 drops Rose Absolute essential oil
Leave on 15mins. Then rinse.
Hot Oil Hair Treatment:
2-4TBL Spoons of Coconut Oil me(depending on your hair length and thickness)
10 Drops of Tea Trea Oil
Leave on for 30mins. Then wash and rinse. (Conditioner is optional since the treatment is a conditioning treatment.)
1/4 teaspoon softened Coconut Oil
1 drop Essential Oil of your choice
Essential Oil Ideas:
Lemon essential oil- Oily Skin
Rose Oil- Dry Skin/Aging Skin
Lavendar Oil-all skin types
Chamomile Oil- Sensitive Skin