8 Easy Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty regimen

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Coconut Oil is the not-so-new health trend that has been getting a lot of buzz recently. Proponents of the Natural Living & Natural Alternatives movement have been heralding Coconut Oil as an alternative to everything from mouthwash to makeup remover. It's being used in cooking & almost everyone in the Natural Beauty industry is recommending Coconut Oil for, well, almost everything.

The hype surrounding Coconut Oil is not without merit. Coconut Oil is a nutrient dense oil obtained from the meat of a mature coconut. It has a subtle coconut scent and is unique in that it is typically a solid at room temperature & it has a rather long shelf life. Coconut Oil is also an excellent addition to your beauty routine. As a bonus, Coconut Oil is a great alternative to many products which contain harsh & harmful chemicals.

If you're looking for ways to add more Coconut Oil to your Beauty routine this summer, we have some suggestions.

How to Use Coconut Oil to Green Up Your Beauty Routine

All-Natural Moisturiser

Coconut Oil is extremely nourishing & will drench your skin in moisture. We recommend using Organic Coconut Oil as an all-over body moisturiser, especially in the evening. Massaging Coconut Oil into your skin before bed will sooth, calm & relax your body, but will also leave your skin smooth & supple.

After Sun Care

We can sometimes go overboard with sun exposure during the summer months. The sun's rays feel so lovely on our skin which we've kept hidden away for most of the winter, sometimes we forget that the sun can also be harmful.

When you've spent a bit too much time out in the sun & you've got a sun burn, massage coconut oil into your skin a few times each day. The oil is extremely moisturising & nourishing so it will help your skin heal & will prevent peeling.

Hair Care

Summertime can take a toll on your tresses. Whether you find yourself spending a lot more time in the sun, or if you've been enjoying the salty goodness of the ocean, summer hair tends to be dry & brittle. Massaging Coconut Oil into the dry ends of your hair will help to tame that mane & keep it under control during the summer months.

All-Natural Lip Balm

Keep a small tub of Coconut Oil in your purse and apply it to your lips when they're feeling dry & parched. Coconut Oil also has a natural SPF of 4, so it offers a little bit of sun protection for your lips as well.

Natural Alternative to Shaving Cream

Instead of using shaving cream which is full of harmful toxins, or soap which can be extremely drying, try shaving with a small amount of Coconut Oil. You'll achieve a close shave without any irritation. Best of all, when you're finished, your legs will feel silkier & smoother than ever before.

Body Scrub & Exfoliant

Coconut Oil is an excellent base for creating an All-Natural, Homemade body scrub. Try mixing 1/2 cup of sea salt into 3/4 cup of Coconut Oil. For added nourishment for you skin, or just to create a pleasant smell, you can blend in a few drops of your favourite Essential Oil.

All-Natural After Bite

During summer, mosquitos can be annoying & a real pain. Whether you're hiking or enjoying an alfresco dinner on your patio, mosquitos are everywhere & chances are, you're going to get bitten at least once.

Coconut Oil is ultra nourishing & will help to speed up healing. Dabbing a little bit of Coconut Oil onto an insect bite will also protect the bite from infection & helps to easy itchiness.

Bug Repellent

Coconut Oil is an excellent base to use when creating an All-Natural bug repellent with Essential Oils. Blend a few drops each of Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree & Rosemary Essential Oils into some Coconut Oil and massage it into your skin before heading out on your summer adventures.

These are just a few of the way that we recommend using Coconut Oil in your Natural Beauty routine this summer. For more tips & tricks on making the swap & going green with your beauty routine, stay tuned to The Essential Life. 

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