Last year I remember the surge in popularity for coconut oil. I’ll admit I thought it was a phase and didn’t jump on the band wagon thinking that there was no way an oil could do so many amazing things. A fellow #NZBlogger, Becca, wrote a great post about uses for coconut oil that you might not know of, which was the catalyst to get me to try coconut oil. Check out her post here.
Since then I’ve tried many many ways of using coconut oil in my everyday life. I thought I’d share with you ten ways I use coconut oil in my beauty regime, in hopes that you guys might share with me some ways you use it!
Ten ways with Coconut Oil in Beauty Regime
1// Makeup remover
This has been a recent addition to my routine. My friends Karin and Bella swore by coconut oil as a makeup remover, so I gave into peer pressure and gave it a go. It’s really gentle but super effective. I apply it directly to my face, massage it in, then wet my hands lightly and rub more, making the oil milky. I rinse off with water or with a soft towel – so freaking easy.
2 // Body Moisturiser
I put this EVERYWHERE. It’s an amaaaaazing moisturiser, it leaves my skin feeling and looking healthy. I find it especially great of dry skin areas like my shins and elbows. Coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 4-6, so while that doesn’t do a huge amount in NZ’s sun, there is a little bit of protection there!
3 // Shaving Lotion
As I said above it’s an amaaaaazing moisturiser. It also makes for a great (and moisturising) shaving lotion. My legs feel so good. I’ve yet to get Graeme to try it as a face shaving lotion, i’m slowly working on it though – have any of your partners/or you if you shave your face, used it as a face shaving lotion?
4 // Easy peasy Body and Face Scrub
I’m all about scrubs that are good for the environment. Never ever again will I buy a scrub that contains plastic beads that wash off my body and straight into the ocean never to biodegrade. I now make my own! Check out my easy Body Scrub DIY here
5 // Foot Soak
I f-ing love foot soaks okay? If you get me a foot soak kit for my birthday, I will love you forever. A close second is another bottle of coconut oil because I put a big lump of it in my foot soaking bucket when the water is nice and hot to let it melt in and it leaves my feet and toes so super moisturised. Oh yes – give it a go. It also works in normal baths too
6 // Cuticle Oil
Straight from the container onto your cuticles, twice a day and you’ll be singing my praises! If you love a good manicure like me – this will help it last longer too. Win win!
7 // Face Cream
I hear you. You’re going “but it’s way too oily to put makeup on top of, my face will slide off!” I get you, don’t worry. I’ll admit that I’ve tried using it as a face cream in the morning, and it works if I have plenty of time to let it soak in – but most mornings I don’t have time for that. I use it as a face cream at night mainly. So after I’ve removed my makeup and rinsed my face, I’ll put a layer of coconut oil on my face, neck and décolletage and massage it in.
It’s also a great eye cream if you wanted to target that area only.
8 // Leave-in Hair Conditioner
I did this recently and haven’t looked back. I took it some coconut oil away with me on holiday but forgot my normal leave-in conditioner. Most of the time I don’t use normal conditioner because I have S O M U C H H A I R, so it needs a little something to keep it from going super frizzy at the ends. I was desperate and thought well – I can put it on my face, I can put it on my hair. I melted a small amount of it in my hands and then ran it through the ends of my hair. I find it keep my hair shiny and it doesn’t weigh it down.
9 // Lip Balm
I use it straight from the bottle if I have a case of serious dry lips, but mixing coconut oil with some natural beeswax and essentil oils creates a super yummy and natural lip balm. I would do this if I had time, but straight from the bottle is just too tempting.
10 // Pimple Remover
If you have issues with pimples, I do about once a month, I use a combination of tea tree oil and coconut oil together on the pimples to reduce their appearance and stop them being so sore! Coconut oil is naturally an anti-inflammatory so can work wonders on mozzie bites too.
There are obviously plenty more ways to use coconut oil in your beauty regime, but these are my favourite. I tend to stick to one brand as I’ve tried a couple, but Blue Coconut Coconut Oil is my favourite. Blue Coconut have a great list of ways to use their product – not just for beauty! Check out their list here
What are some ways you use coconut oil in your beauty regime?
Have you ever tried coconut oil in your beauty regime?