Forget about all those fancy beauty products you see on the drugstore shelves and displayed at department store skincare counters. They may promise radiance and youth, and some of them do deliver. But the best beauty products of all can sometimes be found in your kitchen pantry or during a trip to the grocery store. The best example: coconut oil.
Forget about your current moisturizer and hair oil. Skip the olive oil for once and melt this in your pan instead. Buying extra virgin and organic is the way to go in our opinion, so we always keep a big jar of Nutiva around. Coconut oil has so many uses, we can’t even name them all here. But we will tell you how this magical solid-to-a-liquid potion can work wonders for your DIY beauty routine.
Shiny Hair: Coconut oil can transform even the driest, most frizz-prone hair. Melt a thumbnail-size amount in your hand and smooth over wet hair to reduce flyways and deliver the ultimate shine.
Body Moisturizer: Coconut oil is the body moisturizer. Seriously, try it once and let us know if you can go back to regular lotion, because we can’t. After getting out of the shower, melt some in your hand and spread over your entire body. Don’t be afraid to use too much. At first, the oil will sit on your skin, but then your body will absorb it for total moisture that isn’t a bit greasy.
Makeup Remover: Ditch that chemical-laden makeup remover you have in your medicine cabinet and spread a little coconut oil on that cotton pad. It will moisturize your skin while preventing raccoon eyes. As always, remove your eye makeup before washing your face so the soap and water takes off any residue.
Homemade Toothpaste: Have you ever looked at the ingredients on your toothpaste tube? There can be some pretty nasty stuff in there. But the antibacterial/antimicrobial/anti-fungal properties in coconut oil mixed with baking soda (a mild abrasive that aids in cleaning, whitening and restoring the pH balance of teeth) has been known to destroy bacteria that can cause tooth decay. To make a natural toothpaste at home, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of baking soda (feel free to make a bigger batch if you want). Add a couple drops of peppermint oil for a minty fresh taste.
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