Coconut oil is indeed a wonder product, thanks to its anti-ageing, healing, moisturising and restorative properties for your outsides and your insides. Coconut oil is useful for everything, from hair conditioning and teeth-cleaning to shaving and removing makeup not to mention how smooth it makes the skin. Below are some of the fashionable benefits of coconut oil that you need to know.
1. Oil pulling
Coconut oil can whiten teeth, draw out lingering toxins and leftover food, and even help the skin around your jaw and mouth plus your lymph nodes.
How to do it: Pop a teaspoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swill it around your teeth and front of your mouth to draw toxins out. Swill it for a minimum of four minutes, up to 20 minutes. The important thing is to keep the oil at the front of your mouth, and not let it go towards your throat and definitely don’t swallow.
2. Hair conditioner
Coconut oil is actually the only oil with molecules small enough to fit inside the hair shaft – meaning it can actually be absorbed by the hair, rather than just coating it. Either use it as a mask or a frizz-tamer – a little goes a long way!
How to do it: For a mask, coat your hair from halfway to the ends, wrap in a bun and leave for 20 minutes to overnight before washing as normal. To fight frizz and add shine, warm a tiny nugget between your palms and run your hands through your hair.
3. Body moisturizer
Coconut oil can instantly soothe any dry or rough patches, and skin pretty much drinks it up. In the hot weather, it can add a gorgeous sheen that doesn’t feel greasy or sweaty.
How to do it: warm a teaspoon of coconut oil between your hands and then rub in to your skin. Use a towel to remove excess oil. You will smell, and look delicious!
Coconut oil can even be used to clean your pearly whites. We already know it can detox your mouth, but for extra scrubbing power you’re going to need some grit.
How to do it: Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, and then brush and rinse as normal.
Harmattan skin is often sallow and dry, so using this oil with something grainy as an exfoliator will get your skin ready for summer.
How to do it: Find an empty jar, mix rock salt or brown sugar with the oil, whatever form it’s in. Add whatever you want – peppermint oil for increased circulation, used coffee granules to beat cellulite, or vanilla for a dreamy scent. Mix together until it’s the texture of a dense scrub. Rub all over your body before showering and you will come out soft as a newborn.
6. Cuticle Oil
Ever wonder why your nail beds always look so much better after a salon visit, no matter how perfectly you paint? Odds are, you’re forgetting one crucial step in your DIY mani: cuticle oil. It strengthens your nails and keeps the skin supple and moisturised, and coconut oil does just the trick.
How to do it: Dip a cotton swab in liquid coconut oil and dab a dot on each cuticle. Rub in after your nails have dried and admire your healthy-looking nails!
7. Shaving Cream
Coconut oil can help you get the closest shave ever, plus it really moisturises your skin and lessens the chance of pesky razor bumps.
How to do it: Wash your area, then apply a thin layer of coconut oil. Shave away – no need to moisturise afterwards.
8. Make-up Remover
Any type of make-up can be wiped away with coconut oil, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It also helps protect and moisturise the fragile skin around your eyes, and its slippery texture means you won’t be tugging and pulling at your skin and eyelashes.
How to do it: Dampen a cotton pad in warm water (this helps melt and emulsify the oil, meaning it’s not too heavy) and swirl it on top of some solid coconut oil. Wipe away your makeup, and cleanse afterwards to wash away the lingering traces of dirt and makeup.