Coconut Oil as a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
Heat from blow-dryers and straighteners, chemicals from hair dye and other products, and even UV rays from the sun can do serious damage to your hair. Salon deep conditioning treatments can cost hundreds of dollars. Kourtney Kardashian has claimed to use organic Coconut Oil as a monthly deep conditioning hair mask and you can too! Here’s how:
Mash one ripe Avocado and mix with 2 tablespoons of warmed organic Coconut Oil. Apply the mixture to the ends of your hair and work your way towards the roots. Concentrate most of the mixture on the bottom half your hair. It is not necessary to cover the roots. Once all the mixture is saturated throughout your hair, wrap hair with saran wrap and then a hot towel. After 30 minutes, shampoo and condition and then style as usual. Use this mask once a month to keep hair shiny and soft.
You can also work a dime sized amount of Coconut Oil into your ends when it is wet or dry and then style and go. This works as a leave in conditioner that smells and feels great.
Coconut Oil as a Face Wash
Washing your face with oil seems counterproductive right? Think again. Washing your face with Coconut Oil is a part of a regimen known as The Oil Cleansing Method. Essentially, by mixing two oils, you can cleanse and moisturize the face naturally.
You’re going to need organic Coconut Oil and Castor Oil. Castor Oil naturally draws out dirt and unclogs your pores while Coconut Oil gently moisturizes. You’re also going to need a clean bottle or jar with a cap to store your mixture in.
If you have oily skin, mix 1 part Coconut Oil with 3 parts Castor Oil. If you have normal or combination skin, mix 2 parts Coconut Oil with 2 parts Castor Oil. If you have dry skin, mix 3 parts Coconut Oil with 1 part Castor Oil. Cap and shake the jar until the oils are well mixed.
Gently massage a dime sized amount onto DRY face. Work into all areas of the face for 30 seconds to a minute. Then wet a washcloth with hot water and place it gently over your face for 30 more seconds. This will open and unclog your pores. Remove and rinse the washcloth. Use the wash cloth to wipe the excess oil from your face. Your face will immediately feel softer and look brighter.
You can also use Coconut Oil as eye make up remover. Simply warm a teaspoon of Coconut Oil and dip a cotton ball in it. Gently rub the make up off of your eyes. You’ll be amazed that it works just as well as expensive make up removers and leaves your lids and lashes softer than ever.
Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer
I’m sure you’ve seen Coconut scented body lotions but did you know that Coconut Oil itself can actually replace your lotions and moisturizers? Coconut Oil is incredibly moisturizing and incredibly good for your skin.
Take a warm bath or shower, make sure to cleanse, and then pat your skin dry with a towel. Apply the Coconut Oil just as you would a lotion or moisturizer. Massage the oil into your skin, concentrating more on the dryer areas such as your elbows and knees. You can always wipe off excess oil with a towel when you are finished.
Many people find that Coconut Oil works just as well as lotion. Some people find that it works better. After a couple of days of moisturizing with Coconut Oil, you might find that you don’t moisturize as often as you had to with lotion.