Every female has their go-to beauty products, from their face wash to their shampoo and conditioner, right down to their MAC lipstick. It’s no secret that we put a lot of chemicals onto our skin and into our bodies for the sake of looking good and feeling better, but what if there was a better alternative? A more organic alternative?
Insert coconut oil. Here are some of the million ways to implement it into your everyday routine:
- Homemade conditioner.
Coconut oil is filled with vitamins and minerals that are amazing in helping restore damaged hair and replenishing protein that many hair products strip from our manes. It also helps to retain moisture, which is especially helpful for those with dry, brittle hair. There are plenty of recipes online for making your own conditioner, however if you just want something easy to whip up:
¼ cup of plain, nonfat yogurt
1 tbsp. of coconut oil
1 tbsp. of honey
1 cup of water, warmed up enough to melt the coconut oil.
Mix together in mixing bowl and apply evenly to hair after shampoo. Keep in hair for at least 30 minutes, under a shower cap or warm towel.
DISCLAIMER: It’s super important to play around with the measurements. Some hair is thicker and coarser than others and may require more of each or less for thinner, finer hair. Please take some time to get to know your hair type and what it needs.
If you don’t have time for the entire process, you can mix a small amount of coconut oil in with your normal conditioner to soften you hair and keep it shiny. Not to mention, your hair will smell amazing.
Instead of using lotion, try replacing it with coconut oil. It helps to prevent
stretch marks, burning (it’s a natural SPF…yay!) or helps to soothe psoriasis or eczema symptoms. If you’re feeling super fancy, you can mix it with sugar for a nice body scrub to use in the shower.
- Lip Balm.
You can use the coconut oil by itself on your lips as a chap stick if you need a little relief or you can get creative and make your own lip balm or lipstick. All you need is the oil, beeswax and shea butter!
While coconut oil is great externally, there are also many great benefits it contains for your body internally! Try swapping out your heavier oils with coconut oil when cooking or even try mixing it in with your favorite drink or smoothie. In the past, coconut oil was a no-no for many people because of the high saturated fat, but according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Annals of Internal Medicine saturated fats aren’t the devils that people made them out to be. Not to mention, the Lauric Acid found in coconut oil helps to kill bacteria and viruses.
I could go on and on about the wonderful benefits that coconut oil provides. Bottomline: Go out and get some! You’ll thank me later. Also, if you know of any other fun, creative ways to use it, share it with me on Facebook facebook.com/thecoachsdaughters, Twitter @CoachsDaughters or Instagram @TheCoachsDaughters!