Even though I’m from the Caribbean I had never been interested in coconut oil nor its benefits. Recently there has been a lot of information about the benefits of cononut oil an its properties so when I received a little jar of Vita Coco on my Birchbox I didn’t hesitate to try it.
Since I’ve lived in Madrid my skin and hair necessities have change tremendously. The weather it’s much more dry and obviously cold for most part of the year: so dryness and lack of hydration is a day-to-day battle.
For the last 20 days I’ve been using extra virgen coconut oil under my eyes, forehead and lips. Surprisingly the increase of hydration I am experiencing has been really wonderful. The dehydration I can usually see under my eyes, specially in the morning, has gone away and I can see my eyes looking much more refresh, relaxed almost.
This has made me wonder as to what other cosmetics uses we can give to coconut oil and these are my favourites until now:
- As a hair-mask. It will hydrate and add shine ( leave the coconut oil melt a little, remember that it solidifies on temperatures that are lower than 75F, then after washing your hair, apply it to hair. Leave for 5 minutes and clear.
- Body oil. After you take a shower, apply to your body (while you are still wet) Also if you would like you can add al tittle bit of lavender for a relaxing massage.
- Lip balm.
- Cuticle softener.
- Eye cream.
- To control hair frizz.
- As shaving cream.
- As a natural exfoliant. (Take a cup of coconut oil and a cup of either sugar or salt and use as a body exfoliant once a week). It will help your skin look hydrated and with a glow.
Here you have it! A list with my favourite beauty rituals you can do with coconut oil. For my next experiment I will be adding coconut oil to my hair routine to see what results I get…. Stay tuned!
This post is based solely on experience. If you want to try coconut oil on your skin, try it on a small piece of skin first to see if you have an allergic reaction. If you do, go to the doctor. This post is written as an information piece and it’s not based on medical principles.