Saturday 21 May 2016

I'm in love with the Coco....nut oil

It's no secret that I am addicted to coconut oil. I mean, I recently purchased a 1,2 kg container of coconut oil from Costco and I have already used half of it.
Coconut oil is almost 90% saturated fat, but don't worry, the saturated fat is mostly lauric acid which doesn't have a negative effect on the heart as other saturated fats found in meats and dairy products. Lauric acids also have antibacterial properties and antioxidants which will give your skin a healthy boost. 

 So I thought I would list a few of my favourite uses in hope of spreading some inspiration to you all. 

1. Cooking. The obvious one, use it as a cooking oil or even substitute butter with coconut oil in your favourite baking recipes.

2. Makeup remover. Apply some oil on a cotton pad and you get a gentle makeup remover that will erase all traces of makeup. 

3. Eye- and Night cream. If you are worrying about not being able to get rid of the excess coconut oil from the makeup remover routine I listed above, worry no more! Coconut oil is light enough for the sensitive skin around your eyes and does wonders for under eye bags and dark circles. And if you want to go a step further, apply some more oil to your face before going to bed for a maximum moisturiser. The antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and the antibacterial properties will clean your face from all impurities. 

4. Hair mask. Apply some oil to damp hair and leave in for 15-20 minutes to treat damaged and dry hair. Shampoo and rinse. This is also a great way to treat dandruff since the oil will also hydrate a dry scalp. I use this method for my Pomeranian as well which leaves his fur shiny and healthy.

5. Body oil. Dry skin? Just apply some coconut oil or if you are a DIY expert, make your own body lotion.

6. Shaving cream. Why use a normal shaving cream when you can use coconut oil that not only helps to get a closer shave but at the same time moisturises and soothes the skin.

7. Itch relief and after-sun oil. If you have an itch, bug bite or a rash, apply some coconut oil to sooth the irritated skin. You can also use it as an after-sun oil to calm sun burnt skin and moisturise.

8. SPF. Since natural and zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sun blocks can be hard to apply on the body I recommend mixing it with some coconut oil. Coconut oil  has a natural SPF 4 which makes it a perfect ingredient to your sun block, however I do not recommend using only coconut oil as your protection. 

9. Frizz tamer. To tame your frizzy hair, work a little bit of coconut from the middle of your hair to the ends.

10. Energy boost. A teaspoon of coconut oil will give you the extra energy you need during the day. Add some to your water, smoothie, spread it on a toast or simply as is.

So there you go, instead of buying different types of beauty products get a jar of coconut oil, just remember to always buy unrefined coconut oil!

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