A few weeks ago, I decided to take up using coconut oil as my primary body moisturizer. My friends have recommended using it because it is a natural product, widely accessible in different price points and it just works wonders! The idea of using coconut oil as part of your beauty regiment has been around for a long time. My mom was actually telling me that a lot of people have used it for years in the Philippines, as well as Latin American and Caribbean countries. But before you go to the store and buy yourself a hefty jar of coconut oil, there are a few things that I want to highlight to make sure you’re getting real coconut oil. I’ve heard some companies mixing coconut oil with other oils and labeling it as ‘coconut oil’ regardless. So here are some of my tips and thoughts about using coconut oil as a body moisturizer, makeup remover and an essential oil deep conditioning treatment.Much like looking at your food labels at the grocery store, you should also look at the labels on the jar when you’re buying coconut oil. Specifically, the ingredients list should only list coconut oil as the ingredient.PLUS, look at how the coconut oil has been processed. Try to find unrefined coconut oil or raw coconut oil. Kristen from the Food Renegade provides a brief explanation between refined vs. unrefined coconut oils.
Also, just because the labeling says it’s organic doesn’t mean that it actually is. Look for a certified seal like the USDA or Canada Organic logo. To get this seal, products need to contain 95% or more organic content. For more info (at the Canadian side) follow this link: Canada Organic, Labeling & General Info.
Coconut Oil Skincare & Hair Tips:
First and foremost, keep your coconut oil in the bathroom unless you’re planning on using the same oil for cooking (which you can totally do!). In which case, separate some for your beauty regiment and some for cooking.
I used coconut oil right after I take a shower to moisturizer my body-literally from my shoulders down. Though, I’m not using it as a facial moisturizer I have used it for homemade moisturizing masks (with raw honey). What I love about using coconut oil as a body moisturizer is that it retains its moisture throughout the day and your skin is getting added nutrients to keep it healthy and soft. After a week or so, I noticed that it also helped with smoothening out some of my stretch marks and because the heels or my feet tend to get dry at the end of the day, I used coconut oil at night.
In terms of using coconut oil as a makeup remover, I would take small amount and warm the oil on my clean hands before massaging it all of my face. I really like that it takes away waterproof mascara very easily! Then I would splash some warm water and continue to massage my face. To take off the excess oil, I took my Dove bar soup and lathered it all over my face. Or you can just use your face towel and warm water then wipe the oil off. The latter would be better if you have dry skin.
As an essential oil deep conditioner, I’ve used coconut oil for my hair before. Especially when my hair looks a little dry or if I feel like my scalp feels a little dry, I would take a tablespoon or coconut oil and put it all over my scalp and the ends of my hair. Massage the oil in along the way then keep it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
These are only some of the ways coconut oil can be incorporated in your skincare regiments. Again, please read labels before buying coconut oil because it does make a difference with the quality of oil you are buying (for any kind of essential oil or cooking oil).
What are some other ways you ladies and gents have used coconut oil? Share with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂