Coconut oil can be the solution to so many of life’s problems, big or small! Whether it’s dry skin, lackluster hair, or digestive issues, this smooth tropical smelling oil will help get you and your body back on track to healthy town. And it’s all thanks to coconut oil’s amazing all-natural makeup. Coconut oil’s main fat is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that positively impacts cholesterol levels. It also contains vitamins E and K, as well as iron.
What’s really amazing about coconut oil is that it’s super affordable! A 14-ounce jar can cost as little as $7, and depending on what you use it for can last for a long time. Here are a few ways to incorporate coconut oil into your day-to-day life.
Care for your cuticles: Treat dry, flaky cuticles by rubbing coconut oil into your nail beds. Use your fingers to massage some oil into the area- it’ll moisturize your hands in the process!
Condition your hair: Coconut oil’s fatty acids will soften your hair strands. Store-bought conditioning treatments can get pricey and are often made with some sketchy ingredients. To prevent the ends of your hair from drying out, rub coconut oils onto the tips of your hair, and then shampoo like you usually would.
Fight frizz and tame flyaways: Spread a small amount of coconut oil into trouble areas. The natural oils repel moisture, which is the culprit behind misbehaving hair.
Get glowing skin: To brighten up dull skin, combine coconut oil with baking soda, which is a great exfoliant. Mix a little bit of the two together, then gently rub into your skin in circular motions, and rinse.
Nourish your lips: Thanks to extreme weather, our lips sometimes need a little extra TLC to keep them soft and smooth. You can use a small amount of coconut oil in the place of chapstick. Smooth some onto your lips for instant hydration. It may look a little glossy, so let it sink in for a few minutes if you want a matte look.
Remove your makeup: Coconut oil is great for removing heavy makeup. Just rub a scoop of coconut oil into your skin, then let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe off with a warm cloth. This trick works for even the most stubborn eye makeup, including waterproof mascara.
Cooking: If a recipe calls for cooking thigh heat- like a stir fry- consider using coconut oil. It’s got a high smoke point, meaning it won't emit harmful free radicals as readily as other oils.
Forget scratchy throats: Say goodbye to cough drops the next time your throat is bothering you. Soothe a sore throat by swallowing a bit of coconut oil on its own or adding it to your tea.