Winters mean dry skin and dry hair. However, before you indulge in expensive oils and lotions to hydrate your hair and skin, take a second look at that bottle of coconut oil lying in your cupboard. Excessively hydrating, versatile and inexpensive, this wonder oil can work miracles for your skin and hair.
Here are some ways which will ensure that coconut oil is your BFF this winter!
1) Eye Cream
Rub a small amount of coconut oil around and under the eyes before sleeping at night. It helps repair damaged cells, prevents wrinkles and makes dark circles and eye bags disappear in no time.
2) Shaving Cream
Wet the area to be shaved. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil and shave. Rinse the area with lukewarm water. The coconut oil will protect against shaving burns, leaving the skin feeling moisturized and smooth.
3) Makeup Remover
There are two ways to use coconut oil as a makeup remover. You can apply some on a tissue or cotton pad and wipe away the makeup or rub in some oil over the makeup with your fingertips and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Rinse the face with lukewarm water and wipe off the remaining makeup with a tissue or a cotton pad.
Heat an equal amount of baking soda and coconut oil and mix in around 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Fill in a glass jar to store. The mixture will solidify in some time. Use it everyday to clean and whiten your teeth.
5) Moisturizer for Cracked Heels
Heels crack during the winters. Warm a little coconut oil and rub in the cracks at night. Wear a pair of socks and sleep. This will allow the feet to absorb the oil and avoid further cracking.
Mix an equal amount of brown sugar and coconut oil and store in a glass jar. This makes an excellent exfoliator that can help gently scrape off dead skin from the face and the body. It leaves the body feeling moisturized and smooth.
7) Colored Lip Balm
Put some coconut oil in a clean microwave safe bowl and any lip shade that you want sliced off the top of an old lipstick. Heat the two and mix them well. Add a few drops of argan, jojoba and avocado oil for added moisture. Use this as a lip balm. Experiment with multiple colors and shades.
8) Cuticle Cream
Apply a little coconut oil on your cuticles. Leave for a few minutes. Push them back as you normally would to get the perfect cuticles.
9) Hair Conditioner
Reduce the winter fizz in your hair by massaging a generous amount of coconut oil into your scalp and leaving it overnight. Shampoo in the morning and style as usual. The oil will leave a shine in your hair.
10) Eczema Reliever
Mix in 5 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons each of vitamin E and rosemary oil and store in a bottle. Apply on eczema scars thrice a day to get relief during flare ups and to lighten scars over time.
11) Oil Puller
Using coconut oil for oil pulling. It greatly improves dental and oral health. Just place a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil in the mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. It reduces plague and gingivitis, kills germs and prevents cavities.