Sure, Coconut Oil is healthy for you when ingested, but how about the rest of your body? As raved about by Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebs, it has a million and one uses . Here’s our fave five:
Coconut + Honey Face Mask:
Show your face some love with a coconut and honey face mask. Simply mix equal parts coconut oil and raw honey, and apply it directly onto your face. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. Your skin will glow!
Hydrating deep conditioner:
For hair that’s been dried out by winter, try this coconut concoction. Mix one cup of hot water and two tablespoons of coconut oil (use more if your hair is longer). Massage it onto your scalp and hair, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb, wrap it into a bun, and put a shower cap over it. Let it sit for an hour — longer, if your hair is really trashed — then rinse thoroughly with warm water for shiny, beautiful hair, healthy hair.
Natural shaving cream: Use Coconut oil before you shave and not only will your razor glide through the task, you’ll be left with smooth, moisturized legs.
Makeup brush cleaner: We’ve been using a mild hair shampoo to clean our makeup brushes but since Coconuts have anti-fungal benefits, it will keep your brushes bacteria free. Microwave a few tablespoons of coconut oil for about 30 seconds, then dip your brushes in it. Rub them on a paper towel to remove the makeup, and rinse under warm water.
(A note about which coconut oil to use: Make sure it’s virgin organic and as pure as possible. We like the Whole Foods brand but any health food brand will do.)