KITCHEN COSMETICS: COCONUT OIL
The recent Feelin' Feminine interview drew a lot of inquires about our beauty solutions and going NO-POO (Haven't used soap in my hair going on 2 years now. I still wash my hair. I just use apple cider vinegar (ACV) instead-- but that's a topic for yet another post).
Folks have often commented (positively) about our skin and hair, curious about our “beauty secrets.” The secret really is keeping your beauty products and routine simple - the simpler the better. Like we said in the interview, beauty starts on the inside with good food, lots of water and exercise.
We are going to kick off the series with....
In our natural beauty journey, a question we ladies asked ourselves, "is there a way to have beauty but without the "beauty products" that are marketing us to in magazines, radio, tv, etc?" Taking that question a few steps backwards, "what would Grandma do?" Looking good doesn't have to cost you your health or your wallet.
One of our favorite kitchen cosmetics is coconut oil. We use it for skin care as it absorbs well into the skin and leaves it dewy looking. It helps fight blemishes too. Putting a small amount in your hair before washing will condition your hair nicely. It also conditions your eyebrows and lashes.
Another use, besides using it in cooking or as a butter substitute, is for brushing your teeth or for oil pulling to thoroughly cleanse your mouth.
Virgin coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants, protects against free radical damage and keeps the skin smooth, supple and deep conditions hair.
Coconut oil is a multi purpose product you can use it
1. Stimulate hair growth. Applying coconut oil particularly virgin coconut oil on hair has been said to work wonders on hair loss conditions. It also strengthens hair and prevents dry scalp. In addition, coconut oil is a great and cheap conditioner and hot oil treatment because it leaves the hair smooth and shiny.
2. Smoothen the skin. Coconut oil can be used as a lotion and facial moisturizer to smoothen the skin and remove rough and dry patches. You can use it as an after-bath lotion, facial moisturizer, or massage oil.
3. Treat damaged skin. More than beautifying, many people claim that coconut oil can actually treat damaged skin by relieving eczema symptoms, preventing fungal infections and body odor, and protecting against age spots and blemishes.
4. Gray hair. Massage your hairs with coconut oil and Lemon everyday for at least 15 minutes. There are instances of people having black hairs even up to the age of 60-70 years by using this method.
5. Coloring gray hair. Apply henna to restore the dark color of your hair. Boil coconut oil with henna leaves till the oil turns dark. Apply it on your hair after cooling it down. Wash it off after 30-40 minutes. You will find your gray hair turned into brown
Since using coconut oil we've noticed that our hair is silkier, eyelashes have gotten thicker, nicer nails/less hangnails, skin softer and more radiant. Not bad results for a relatively cheap product. It's a multiple use product and even better we can pronounce the ingredient list!
From what we've read from our readers comments in our kick off post of the 'Natural Beauty' series, seems like many of you use coconut oil too. What have positive changes have you noticed using coconut oil, care to share?
:: Resources ::
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