Summer is here, which means it’s time for shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits. At this time of year, it’s important to feel good in your skin. Just like foods with ingredient labels, lotions and other beauty products can have a lot of unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients that are bad for your body – both in it and on it. You may already know that coconut oil is great for cooking – it has a higher smoke point, meaning it can withstand higher cooking temperatures without oxidizing (unlike olive oil). It taste great on food, but did you know it’s also great for your skin and hair? This simple product can be used in many ways to help make your skin softer and glowing throughout the summer months. Try a few of these out and see an improvement within weeks!
1. Basic Moisturizer Coconut oil is great by itself as a moisturizer. Take a warm shower or bath and pat dry with a towel. Apply coconut oil to skin, massaging it in for at least a minute. Concentrate on dry areas, such as elbows, knees, and hands. Feel free to wipe off excess oil with a towel, and allow the rest to soak in as you get ready for the day or crawl into bed.
2. Face Wash Washing your face with oil might seem counterproductive, especially for those with an already-oily complexion. The oil-cleansing method is actually a great way to open up your pores, get rid of the dirt and oil, and replace it with good, natural oils. Use Castor oil first to draw out dirt and unclog pores. Simply massage it into your dry face, concentrating on problematic areas (I usually massage it into my forehead and chin for at least 30 seconds). Use a warm towel to steam your face, laying it across gently and holding for 30-60 seconds. Rinse off towel and wipe the oil off your face until there is no excess remaining. Pat your face dry and apply a thin layer of coconut oil. Dab off any excess oil with a soft tissue, and notice the new glow and softness of your skin!
3. Makeup remover Warm up a teaspoon of coconut oil in water and dip a cotton ball into it. Swipe the cotton ball across your eyes to remove eyeliner and mascara, without the harshness of a chemical makeup remover.
4. Make your own lotion I’ve been using this homemade lotion mixture on my skin for months now and have seen huge improvements. After seeing the dryness and bumps go away, I can’t go back to regular lotion.
Whipped Body ButterWhat you need: • 1 cup cocoa butter • ¼ cup coconut oil • ¼ cup jojoba oil (or oil of your choice – almond, olive, and avocado work great as well) • Medium-sized mason jar • Standing mixer (for whipping)
Directions: 1. Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler 2. Add in jojoba oil and heat until everything is blended 3. Chill mixture in refrigerator until solid (about 1-2 hours) 4. Scoop mixture into mixer and whip at high speed for about 3-5 minutes. A white peak should form and mixture should be light and fluffy. 5. Scoop whipped lotion into your Mason jar and store in a cool place.
If you're interested in more DIY recipes like this, some of my favorite websites are wellnessmama.com and freshpickedbeauty.com.
Coconut oil has can benefit your body in so many ways, both inside and out. Keep a jar in your kitchen and your bathroom! Pick some up the next time you're at our studio or grocery store. Experiment with different ways to use coconut oil and see if it works for you. Moisturize your skin naturally and feel great this summer.