When it comes to everyday beauty products, I like to keep it light. No one wants to reach the end of the day feeling like they’ve got more layers on their face than a towering wonder by Cake Boss. Some days, it’s best to keep it minimal.
I’m a big believer in oils, and not the ones that clog your pores. Natural oils like tea tree or olive oil help to replenish the skin, and keep the body healthy. I use vitamin E to combat dark spots and scarring, and castor oil for hair growth and moisture. If I am in possession of especially fresh bread, I have been known to dip it in extra virgin olive oil – but that’s another story for another time.
Coconut oil may be all the rage right now, but its fanfare is well deserved. In fact, there’s rarely a time I’ll allow myself to go without it. In case you hadn’t guessed by my extremely vague description, I’m referring to coconut oil. This wunderkind product, once a well-kept secret of devoted naturalists, has now soared to international star status. Here are the top three ways I make coconut oil work for you…
Everyone knows that putting makeup on is only half the battle, and removal (especially after a big night) can be quite the feat. Coconut oil is extremely adept at removing makeup, which is a huge time saver. Its versatility means you won’t have to spend money on makeup removing products that only serve one purpose, and tend to be drying.
Tip: Try a patch test with coconut oil, as it can sometimes be irritating to eyes and sensitive areas.
If your lips are spending a bit too much time in the drought department, coconut oil has got you covered. The good thing about it is that a little goes a long way. Dab some lightly on your lips, and you’ll never have to curse the fact that you’ve left your lip gloss in your other bag again.
Although it’s probably too soon to bring up this dreaded season again, we can all agree that winter can be extremely drying to hair. This often results in split ends, breakage, and brittle, straw-like strands. I like to use coconut oil as part of a hot oil treatment: I microwave the oil for about a minute or so, apply the warm oil to my scalp, then leave it to sit under a shower cap for approximately ten minutes before rinsing it out. It leaves hair feeling moisturized and soft.
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