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The uses for coconut oil are endless. Not only is it one of my favorite beauty products (no joke!), but it is healthy to use everyday in your meals or even just a spoon a day! Coconut oil is said to improve the immune system, increase metabolism, and aid kidney problems and heart disease. It’s something that I use for both cooking and beauty. Here are some of the most popular/favorite ways to use magical coconut oil!
As a Moisturizer
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing. If you be sure to buy organic coconut oil, there are no chemicals in it that could potentially harm your skin, hello major plus! I don't even want to know the amount of chemicals that is in my old night cream... The coconut may feel feel greasy at first but it absorbs quickly and contains natural nutrients like vitamin E that are great for your skin – it even fights against bacteria to even out blemishes and has anti-aging properties. I can totally vouch for this too. I used coconut oil on my face after an allergic reaction to an anti-blemish cream and not only did my rash disappear by the next day, my blemish was gone too!
For the Hair
This is my number one favorite way to use coconut oil. My hair tends to get very dry, especially in these Summer months. So I have been putting some coconut oil on my hands and running them through my hair, focusing on the ends, to add some moisture. Applying coconut oil directly to the ends is also a fabulous remedy for those pesky split ends. I love to use coconut oil when making sea salt spray – just add water and salt, shake it up and spray onto hair for beachy locks! Coconut oil is amazing.
For the Lips & Hands
Coconut oil is a great alternative to chapstick or vaseline. The oil locks in moisture and the vitamins and nutrients it contains are great for keeping lips smooth and moist and kissable. Hours after using it your lips will still feel incredibly soft – and you don’t feel the urge to constantly reapply, and you won't need to! A little bit of coconut oil goes a very long way. You can also use the coconut oil on your cuticles or hands if they are dry and overnight you'll notice a difference and your hands will be nice and soft.
Next time you cook a meal requiring olive oil, vegetable oil or some type of cooking oil, substitute coconut oil instead. I understand that you may be nervous about the flavor, but it’s very subtle and actually quite nice. The benefits of using coconut oil as opposed to other oils are numerous, and far too many to list here! It improves the immune system, contains natural antioxidants, increases metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol level... Plus, the flavor it adds to dishes is subtle and delicious!
So what do you think? Will you be trying out coconut oil in your beauty routine?