Coconut Oil- A Fantastico Solution To All Your Beauty Problems

Coconut is a nature's gift which is packed with the magical properties. Apart from cooking coconut oil has many benefits.

Deep conditioner: When my locks feel more like straw than silk, I massage a few tablespoons of coconut oil into my hair and leave it overnight. Can’t do overnight? Massage in the oil and wrap your head in a warm towel for a couple of hours. Then shampoo and feel your hair turn silky smooth. How? Coconut oil re-balances hair proteins and its small molecular structure penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize and protect against environmental damage.

Intense deep conditioning: For an even more intense hair mask, remove the rind from half an avocado and put the fleshy part in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and blend with a fork to create a creamy paste. Massage into damp, towel dried hair and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly. Leave 20 minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as usual.

Use it as a Foundation Primer: All you make up addicts will agree that a perfect make up is never complete without a primer. Did you know coconut oil works as the perfect primer for a foundation? Simply dab some on your face, let it soak in and then apply your tinted moisturizer or foundation. You will notice how much smoother and longer your makeup stays on. You can also dab some coconut oil on your cheekbone to highlight them and you are sure to sparkle!

Lovely locks that you can flaunt: Using coconut oil regularly not only enhances the beauty of your hair, but also keeps them ultra- soft & smooth. It also constantly repairs damage and protects them from the polluted environment. It binds the hair proteins and holds them giving you stronger, shinier and healthier hair. It also helps reduce frizz and repairs split ends faster and works wonders for your hair.

Your skin will love it too: If you love your skin, then you know that moisturizing is the key. Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer which keeps your skin hydrated and protects from pollution and the changing weather. Use of coconut cleanses and neutralizes the toxins, which not only detoxifies but also builds the skin's natural immune system.

Oil Pulling for that clear and luminous skin: Swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes a day will help to detoxify your body, cure headaches, avoid acidity and whiten the teeth.

Apply for a Silky Smooth Shaving Cream: Who said shaving cream has to lather? Use coconut oil as a base to get a closer shave that leaves your skin smooth and supple instead of leaving your skin dry, patchy and a lot of times with bruises too.

Make a Body Scrub: If you are a DIY (Do It Yourself) experimentalist, then coconut oil is a vanity essential for your kit! Here's what you can do to get that luminous skin - Mix half a cup of coconut oil with granulated sugar and apply the concoction for exfoliation. You will notice the magical glow on your skin immediately and you are all set for a special evening with your boyfriend.

Frizzy or lackluster hair: Take a tiny (smaller than pea-sized) drop of coconut oil and rub it between your palms. If you have curly hair, run your fingers through it and scrunch. If you have straight hair, just smooth over the top of your strands gently.

Dandruff: Because of its effective antibacterial and anti fungal properties, coconut oil is excellent for banishing scalp problems. It also soaks into the scalp, moisturizing dry skin and relieving symptoms of dandruff. Simply massage it into your scalp for 5 minutes. Let it sit for as long as you can and then shampoo thoroughly.

Body scrub: This is my go-to recipe for leg or back-baring days. To make this scrub, you will need 50g coconut oil, 10ml macadamia oil, 10 drops orange essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil and 60g unrefined brown sugar. Put the coconut oil in a bowl and add the macadamia oil; stir until soft and fluffy. Add essential oils and stir. Add brown sugar gradually; stir. Pour into an airtight jar and store in the fridge. To use, massage into damp skin while in the shower, paying special attention to knees and elbows. Rinse off the scrub and you will be left with a light layer of coconut oil, which shall keep skin soft and supple.

After-sun body lotion: Take 1 cup cocoa butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 4 teaspoons sweet almond oil. Place all ingredients in a double boiler over medium heat until the butter is melted. Pour into a jar and allow to cool. Massage a small amount over body immediately after sun exposure to soothe sun parched skin.

Also doubles up as a Makeup Remover: Even the most resistant waterproof mascara does not stand a chance against coconut oil. Apply it directly to the face as an oil cleanser or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad. Your makeup is sure to melt away.

Rub some coconut oil for Softening Cuticles: Have you ever wondered why your grandmother still continues to rub few drops of coconut oil on her palms and hands before she goes to bed. If you wash your hands often or your cuticles just need a little extra tender care, apply coconut oil to your fingers twice daily to keep them soft, supple and nourished. You can make out the difference in just a few days.

Cuts and scrapes: Coconut oil forms a thin antiseptic and antibacterial layer that protects the wound from dust and germs. Plus, it speeds up the healing process by increasing cellular turnover and stimulating collagen. So, slather a bit of coconut oil on a scratch, scrape or small cut and your wound may heal faster and resist infections,. As a bonus, it also helps reduce the chances of scarring.

Relaxing night balm: Place a cup of coconut oil in warm water until it softens. Mix in one cup of almond oil and 2-3 drops of rose essential oil. Store in an airtight container, using it as a full-body balm for when you are achy all over. Happy nights are ahead!

Dab it as Under-Eye Cream: Don't want to spend and experiment with plethora of under eye creams and serums present in the market? Apply some coconut oil enriched with vitamin E and packed with to cure the under-eye bags and fine lines. It's light enough for the most delicate skin on your face. Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants that helps fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Women whose skin is sensitive to creams and serums should definitely use coconut oil.

Fungal infections: Coconut oil is rich in caprylic acid, which is a potent antifungal agent that’s superb for treating athlete’s foot, Candida and other fungal conditions. Rub the oil into your feet, concentrating on the affected areas (you can add some tea tree oil for extra benefit). Put on socks so you don’t slide around the room. Repeat 2-3 a day until the problem is gone.

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