It’s world coconut day! In the past few years, coconut oil has risen in popularity and become a “miracle substance” with many diverse uses. There’s recently been a lot of controversy regarding how healthy coconut oil actually is after a Harvard professor called it “poison.” But the good news is, it’s still good in the beauty realm. Coconut oil is not only naturally antibacterial and antifungal but it also works to deeply moisten even the driest of dry patches. Still not sold? It’s affordable and available at almost any grocery store or local drugstore. Plus, it smells amazing all while being completely natural–what’s not to love?
Here are some of the ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your everyday health and beauty routine. After these hacks, this meme will be so you…
One of the most obvious and popular uses of coconut oil is as a makeup remover. The oil will melt away any and all makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara and indestructible eyebrow pomades. Coconut oil is soothing and easy to work with, unlike other makeup removers that are harsh, chemically, and cause redness. Just apply a bit to your fingertips and gently apply in areas that you want to remove makeup! You can even follow this tutorial for creating coconut oil makeup remover pads.
Good, affordable hair conditioners can be hard to find. Coconut oil is a great alternative to expensive hair masks that aren’t worth the time or money. Massage coconut oil onto damp, freshly washed hair and leave on overnight. The oil will penetrate the hair, leaving it silky and smooth all day. Looking for something that’s more deep-conditioning? Mix half of an avocado and four tablespoons of coconut oil for an extremely moisturizing hair mask. Leave on hair for 20 minutes, rinse, and wash for luscious locks.
DIY Face & Body Scrub
If your skin is scaly and dry, coconut oil is also a great base for natural DIY face and body scrub. Simply add ¼ cup of granulated sugar to ½ cup of coconut oil. Mix well and scrub! You can also add citrus zest or essential oil into the mix, too, but only for body. Store your DIY scrub in a jar and use whenever your skin is needing a quick exfoliation to brighten complexion.
Out of shaving cream and don’t know what to do? Looking for a natural alternative? Prevent razor burn with coconut oil! Coconut oil by itself is great for shaving, as it creates a smooth surface for the razor to glide on. It doesn’t contain all the nasty chemicals that conventional shaving cream has, and a little bit goes a long way.
If you haven’t guessed by now, coconut oil can be used on the body for full-on moisturizing. It also adds a subtle glow to the skin, making it look amazing. Coconut oil will sink to skin very quickly, allowing immediate dry skin relief. You can go about your day without worrying about clothes clinging or sticking to your body!
If you’re not into the glittery highlight that seems to be taking over Instagram these days, coconut oil works well to highlight and subtly illuminate the skin. Take a tiny amount of coconut oil on your fingers and gently pat onto skin. I recommend doing this when you don’t have a lot or any foundation on, since it will remove any existing makeup! But, if you’re looking for something to make your skin glow at the pool or beach, coconut oil is a great product to highlight the high points of your face.
Eyelash & Eyebrow Conditioner
Beauty products can take a toll on the skin, but also areas that we may not think about as much. Eyelashes and eyebrows can become thin and brittle due to harsh makeup products like waterproof mascara or eyebrow pomades and gels. Show your lashes and brows some love by applying coconut oil to them before bed. The oil will condition and moisturize the hairs, leaving them smooth and intact.