Coconut oil has many health benefits. But did you know there are also beauty benefits of using coconut oil-based products? Here are five of them.
Coconut oil is a superior moisturizer, as it helps create smooth, soft skin without pore blockage. It’s actually good for your pores and may help reduce blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
Try using coconut oil on those troublesome wrinkle areas, such as under the eyes, around the nose and mouth, on the neck, and more. This can help reduce or prevent the appearance of baggy eyes and wrinkles when used regularly.
Instead of spending a ton of money on solutions that don’t work, try using coconut oil to get rid of your dandruff. Apply it evenly to the scalp, at least once per day.
Wipe Makeup Away Faster and Healthier
Coconut oil has natural properties that lift dirt, grease and grime away from the face. It’s also good for the skin. This makes it a great makeup remover. Keep your face looking clean and clear and wipe makeup away with ease.
Seal Split Ends
Did you know that coconut oil is a great lightweight oil to use when you need to seal split ends? It can help heal the hair over time.
Ever want to eat your hair conditioner? You just might if you try these green homemade hair conditioner options. These concoctions are all better for the environment than many commercial products and also easy to make with a tasty scent.
Blend mayonnaise and avocado. Take 3 spoonfuls each of mayonnaise and mashed avocado. Mix it together well. Apply this paste to hair after shampooing and rinsing. Be sure to thoroughly cover all of the hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly. This is a deep conditioning treatment that helps with shine, manageability, and breakage. It's also green because these foods are naturally biodegradable.
Make an oatmeal bath for your hair. This may seem odd, but don't worry. The actual oats are not going into your hair. Take an infant sock (or the toe portion of an adult sock) and fill it halfway with whole oats. Old-fashioned oats work better than instant. Tie the sock in a knot Place the knotted sock in ½ cup water and let it soak for a few minutes. Squeeze out the mixture into the water. Soak again and repeat a few more times. The water should be filmy and thick. Rinse the hair with that solution after shampooing to increase moisture and shine. The oatmeal is naturally green. But to be even more eco-conscious, rinse out and reuse the sock next time.
Homemade hair conditioner custard soothes and moisturizes. Take a small container of yogurt and blend it with a couple items to make a green conditioner for your hair that you'll actually want to eat. But this custard is not going on your dessert plate. For extra conditioning, add a tablespoon of almond oil to the yogurt and blend evenly. Apply to hair in a paste, let it sit for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Mix up a green homemade hair smoothie. Who doesn't enjoy a smoothie? This one's for your hair. Although, it might taste good as well. Add one cup of milk, one banana, and one tablespoon of almond oil to a blender. Blend until you have a thick paste. Smooth onto hair after shampooing and let it sit 15 minutes. Then, rinse. Repeat for extra conditioning.
Make a banana almond whip. This is similar to the above concoction. However, this offers even deeper conditioning and thicker consistency. Blend 2 pints of heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons of almond oil, one banana, and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract in a blender. Prepare to the thickness of a whipped topping for pies and other baked goods. Like the above conditioner recipes, apply this mixture to the hair evenly and let it set for 15 minutes. Then, rinse the hair thoroughly.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Making your own beauty products can help keep your body healthier, as well as save time and money. My recipe for homemade moisturizing body wash is quick and simple. It can also be used more than once if refrigerated.
One storage container with lid (a clean, previously used soap or lotion bottle will work)
Old-fashioned oats (2 tsp)
Brown sugar (2 tsp)
Coconut oil (2 tsp)
Lemon juice (1 tsp)
Coffee grinder or fine cheese grater
First, grind up the oats and brown sugar together with a coffee grinder. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can use a fine-holed cheese grater. Then, blend in the other ingredients until they form a paste-like consistency. You may need to experiment a little with the amounts of coconut oil and lemon juice. If you need a large amount, this recipe can be tripled and more until you have the amount you will need.
To use this homemade moisturizing soap, simply rub a palm full of it into a washcloth. Then, spread it all over the body in a circular motion. Repeat as necessary to wash the entire body. Then, rinse and pat dry. This body wash is not going to be as bubbly as over-the-counter products. The bubbles are not necessary to cleanse the body.
For a more deep moisturizing experience, make enough to use as a full body masque. Spread over the entire body in a thin layer with your fingertips. Use circular motions. If you have a partner who will help with this, massaging it into the skin in a circular motion creates even better results. Leave the masque on for 15-30 minutes. Then, rinse and pat dry.
The lemon juice is a natural cleanser and disinfectant. This helps fight odors and keep the body clean. The oats, brown sugar, and coconut oil are natural moisturizers. The combination provides superior moisture, as well as creates the perfect consistency for ease of use. Use daily or more (during every bath or shower) for the best results.
If you have extra or if you created enough to last longer than a day, you can refrigerate it. Be sure to cover the container so it doesn’t dry out. If you leave the body wash out or don’t cover it well, it will dry out and/or separate, making it ineffective. You may refrigerate it for up to one week.
* I originally published this elsewhere (no longer published there).
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