Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil


One of the best multi-tasking products is coconut oil. Coconut oil is more than just moisturizing. Packed with vitamins D, E and K, the miracle-worker transforms skin and hair in minutes. Use it as an oil or a balm--the product turns liquid above 75° F and remains a silky solid at lower temperatures.  It's quite versatile.

Here are a few ways to use this fab stuff:

EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Dab a small amount on a cotton pad and use it to remove mascara and other eye makeup.

FRIZZ FIGHTER: Emulsify a tiny bit between your hands and use it as an anti-frizz hair serum.

FACE MOISTURIZER: Smooth onto face as moisture-rich cream that harnesses vitamin E to heal skin naturally.

BODY SCRUB: Mix with equal parts sugar and keep in the shower for a moisturizing, exfoliating body scrub.

ELBOW SOFTENER: Slather rough elbows with a layer of the stuff. After five minutes, use body brush to exfoliate the softened skin.

CURL TAMER: Run a touch through natural ringlets to encourage the perfect amount of curl.

BODY MOISTURIZER: Smooth on to protect skin’s moisture barrier all day long.

DEEP CONDITIONER: A thick coat of coconut oil, left on for several hours under a shower cap, will transform dry, damaged hair.

LIP BALM: Keep some in a small tin as a natural lip protector.

SHAVE AID: Works great as a natural—and moisturizing—shaving lubricant.

SKIN SOOTHER: Spread on skin to alleviate psoriasis or eczema.

CUTICLE CREAM: Rub into cuticles to prevent hangnails.

TOOTH WHITENER: Concoct a natural toothpaste by mixing with baking soda.

SCALP CONDITIONER: Rub into scalp to calm itching and help stimulate hair growth.

MASSAGE OIL: Once it’s warmed up, coconut oil makes for a lovely tropical-smelling massage oil.

You can usually buy a decent amount of the oil for under $10. Check it out here.

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