When I think of coconut I think of something that I should be holding with an umbrella in it. However, there are several beauty hacks that allow you to use coconut oil. I am especially fond of when I am able to add sugar to it!
Hair Mask: Prior to jumping into the shower, take a handful amount of coconut oil and place it in a small bowl. Coconut oil is a creamy solid at room temperature and turns to liquid when heated to 76 degrees. The steam from your shower should begin to melt it down. Working it into your hair will melt the remaining amount if needed. After you have shampooed your hair, scoop a handful amount and place it in your hair (save some of it for moisturizer). Place the oil from the point where you would pull your hair into a ponytail and down to the ends. No need for it to be on your roots. Allow the oil to absorb into your hair for at least 5 mins and rinse.
Moisturizer: When you immediately exit the shower your skin is screaming for moisture. Your hot, steamy and amazing shower just drew out all the moisture in your skin. Now it’s time to replenish it! Immediately after the shower is the best time for this. Grab that bowl that you used for your hair and wipe the remaining oil on your body. Don’t forget those exceptionally dry areas like your elbows, heels and knees. Result: immediate hydrated skin!
Makeup Remover: Apply liquid coconut oil to a cotton ball and apply to areas of face covered by makeup. Wipe gently until makeup is removed. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Body Scrub: Mix a half cup of sea salt or sugar with an equal amount of melted coconut oil. I prefer turbinado sugar and the mix smells delicious. Use your hands to rub it over any rough patches of skin. This also works to help prep your skin before a spray tan. The scrub moisturizes while removing dead skin cells.
Overnight Foot Moisturizer: Massage coconut oil into your feet; don’t forget the heels and the cuticles of your toes. Slip on a pair of soft comfy socks and jump into bed. When you wake up in the morning, your feet should feel soft and smooth.
Face Exfoliater: Combine a half cup coconut oil with two tablespoons of sugar and gently apply to face in circular motions. Again this is great prior to a spray tan or to remove what is left of a spray tan. Rinse of the mix with warm water and pat your face dry with clean towel.