I first tried coconut oil about two years ago for oil-pulling but I had no idea that it had so many other uses. It’s a must-have for your everyday beauty routine! Here are five ways I like to use Vita Coco coconut oil:
- Make-up remover
A quick, easy and gentle way to remove make-up and leaves skin feeling nourished. Take a teaspoon of the oil, warm it in your hands to transform it into a liquid and gently massage it into your face and neck. Use a flannel and hot water to gently remove before rinsing.
- In the shower
For a pre-shower treat, slather it all over your body. The deodorising and antibacterial qualities mean you can ditch your body wash, shower as normal and your skin will not only feel clean but also extremely moisturised. It’s also a great substitute for shaving gel.
- Lip balm
Instead of wasting money on synthetic tasting lip balms, I’ve started to decanter coconut oil into small pots to keep in my handbag. It’s easy, tastes much better and is good for you instead of ingesting chemicals that can be found in some lip balms.
- Hair mask
Want shiny and silky hair? Warm solid coconut oil, apply to damp hair before wrapping in a hot towel or shower cap and leaving to penetrate for an hour. Rinse, shampoo twice and condition as usual. You can also leave the remedy on overnight for an intensely hydrating treatment.
6. Brush cleaner
Make-up brushes can be a magnet for dirt and bacteria, but the anti-fungal and conditioning properties of coconut oil make it the ideal brush cleaner. Massage the oil onto your make-up brushes, then rinse off excess product with a gentle cleansing shampoo.
Do you have any other ways to use coconut oil?
*I was sent Vita Coco Coconut Oil but it is available at Boots, Selfridges, Urban Outfitters, Amazon.co.uk, Holland and Barrett, Ocado.com, Tesco and Wholefoods.