Our skin is the largest organ in our body and beauty care is essential to keep it healthy and glowing.
Unfortunately many beauty products contain harsh and harmful chemicals. If you check the labels of your beauty products you will most likely find ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), petrolatum, hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s), bentonite, fragrances, lauramide DEA or benzophenone and many more. US researchers have found that 1 in 8 personal care ingredients are actually industrial chemicals. These are ingredients you want to avoid!
Enter the coconut!
Coconut is a wonderful, natural ingredient to have on hand for your beauty routine. We’re all well aware that drinking coconut water has many health benefits but did you also know coconut and its products can be used externally too?
Coconut and coconut products are widely used for beauty purposes in many ways and we have shared some of the more popular uses on this page.
Acne – Wash your skin with coconut water and let it dry to treat acne and blackheads and reduce scarring.
Bathing – Add coconut water to your bath water for hydration and to prevent fungal infections.
Rashes – Coconut water has been used for centuries to reduce irritation and itchiness and can be applied to chickenpox, insect bites and rashes.
Moisturiser – coconut water can be used as a light moisturiser for the skin. Even though it is light in consistency it is known to be an excellent moisturiser that can be used all over the face and body. It is ideal to help reduce the oiliness of the skin.
Toner/Face Mist –coconut water can be applied as a toner or used as a refreshing facial mist.
Coconut Meat (Copra)
Mask – Grate the meat from a mature coconut or process in a food processor. Put the coconut pulp on your face and let stand for 15 minutes. Coconut pulp will absorb excess oil on the face, and make skin more brilliant.
Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage
Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!