Not only is coconut oil a fantastic and healthy alternative to olive oil in cooking, it also has a number of other uses you may not have considered before. Edging its way from kitchen cupboards to bathroom cabinets and beauty drawers, here’s how you can make the most of your jar of coconutty goodness.
Coconut oil makes a rich and nourishing moisturiser, suitable from head to toe, it will leave your skin soft and supple and smelling like tropical beach holidays… It can also works wonders on stretch marks, which is great if you’re worried about the effect rapid weight loss will have your skin.
2. Eye make-up remover
Not only does coconut oil make for a lovely natural eye make-up remover, lifting even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras, but it’s been reported that it can help eye lashes grow longer and thicker!
3. Natural teeth whitener
You may have seen young Instagram stars and bloggers talking about the benefits of ‘Oil Pulling’ of late, it seems to be a hot new oral health trend. This chemical free solution to teeth whitening has been practised in some parts of the world for thousands of years, simply take a teaspoon of oil and swish around your mouth for approx 15 minutes. It’s said to draw out impurities and toxins so has a whole host of health benefits as well as giving you pearly whites!
4. Hair conditioner
Not only does this oil work wonders for softer skin, it can also help give you silky hair too, massage oil into the ends of wet hair as you would your regular conditioner and rinse well, alternatively, for a deeper moisturising treatment, massage into hair and leave the oil in for 60 minutes before washing out. The fatty acids in the coconut oil can help repair and strengthen your hair. Sometimes we run a little oil through the ends of hair before styling to defrizz and smooth any flyaways!
5. Cuts, scrapes and burns
As well as becoming a hair and beauty routine staple, coconut oil could also come in handy in your first aid box! It’s antibacterial so it can keep wounds clean and the lauric acid found in coconut oil can speed up the healing process. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can soothe itches and sun burned skin.
Have you had success using coconut oil in any of the above ways? Or have you found any other unusual uses for coconut oil?
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