The uses for coconut oil are seemingly endless. Not only is it one of my favorite beauty products, but I’ve read and been told that there are benefits to eating a spoonful of it every day. Coconut oil is said to improve the immune system, maintain cholesterol levels, increase metabolism, and aid kidney problems and heart disease. It’s something that I always like to have at home, both for cooking and for my daily beauty routine. Here are some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil!
As a moisturizer
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing. On top of that, if you make sure to buy organic coconut oil, there are no chemicals in it that could potentially harm your skin. It may feel greasy at first but it absorbs quickly and contains natural nutrients like vitamin E that are great for your skin – it even fights against bacteria to even out blemishes and has anti-aging properties.
Pay close attention to the hands – coconut oil is great for dry, chapped knuckles and cuticles, especially after winter!
For the hair
This is probably my favorite way to use coconut oil. My hair tends to get very dry so I often put some coconut oil on my hands and run them through my hair, to add some moisture. Applying coconut oil directly to the ends is also a great remedy for split ends. I love to use coconut oil when making sea salt spray – just add water and salt, shake it up and spray onto hair for beachy locks!
For the lips
Coconut oil is a great alternative to chapstick. The oil locks in moisture and the vitamins and nutrients it contains are great for keeping lips smooth and moist. Hours after using it your lips will still feel incredibly soft – and you don’t feel the urge to constantly reapply it like you do with chapstick! A little bit goes a very long way.
Next time you cook a meal requiring olive oil or some type of cooking oil, use coconut oil instead. Try it out – you may be nervous about the flavor, but it’s very subtle. The benefits of using coconut oil as opposed to others are numerous. It improves the immune system, contains natural antioxidants, increases metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol level. The flavor it adds to dishes is subtle and delicious!
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