You gotta love a product if celebrities like Emma Stone and Miranda Kerr are using it, right?
Using natural ingredients have been all the rage since the past few years in spite of a strong influx of products with acids and other strong chemicals included in the beauty products. While we love them all, nothing beats a DIY with an ingredient straight from the kitchen every weekend.
If you are looking for an ingredient that does it all, look no further than the choice of celebrities: coconut oil. The product literally does it all: from nourishing hair locks to removing stubborn makeup. Pure coconut oil needs to be an essential in your beauty arsenal right now and here is why:
Ever struggled to remove stubborn waterproof mascara only to irritate your poor eyes from inside out?
Use coconut oil as suggested by Emma Stone.
Simply, scoop a finger of pure coconut oil and smear it all over your face. Massage the oil in as it turns to its liquid form. Wipe away with a warm washcloth.
If you are not willing to use the pure form of oil as your makeup remover, use it as part of a cleansing oil like bareMinerals OIL OBSESSED Total Cleansing Oil. Formulated with coconut alkanes, the lightweight oil should be applied to dry face. Add a little water as you massage the product in to emulsify it and then, simply wash away to reveal makeup free, nurtured skin.
Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Since coconut oil is so effective at removing makeup from your face, why not use it to remove built up makeup from your makeup brushes?
Melt a little coconut oil to liquefy it and bring it to room temperature. Swirl your dirty makeup brushes in the oil and then follow up with a rinse with warm water. Air dry on a clean cloth.
If you are looking for a mess free option, try the Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser Gentle Coconut Cleansing Balm for an effective yet gentle cleanse. If you use a beautyblender, try the Beautyblender liquid blendercleanser. To clean your makeup sponges, even your makeup brushes, wet them and apply a little beautyblender liquid cleanser. Work up a little lather and wash away. For stubborn stains, mix a little liquid cleanser with water in a bowl and soak your makeup sponges and brushes for a few hours. Wash with warm water and let air dry.
These gentle coconut oil based formulas are not only effective at cleaning all the makeup residue and impurities from your sponges and brushes but also ensure that the integrity of the brushes and the sponge remain intact.
For Nourished Hair
Miranda Kerr, Lucy Hale and Kelly Osbourne – all are fans of slathering coconut oil in their hair to nourish and hydrate them and revive them from all the heat damage done due to excessive styling.
Coconut oil can be used both as a pre and post shampoo treatment. The oil is knownw to penetrate hair better than all other oils. For a hydrating mask, simply apply melted coconut oil to your scalp and hair and let sit for a few hours or better yet, overnight. Simply follow up by a shampoo wash and conditioner for instantly gorgeous hair locks.
If you are looking to tame a little frizz, the ingredient works equally wonderfully. Take a drop or two of coconut oil and rub it between your palms to warm it up. Apply to hair ends to tame down frizz and lock out humidity for good.
If you looking for off the shelf options, try the award winning Leonor Greyl Huile de Leonor Greyl (Treatment Before Shampoo). The brand recommends to apply to dry hair, length and ends, evenly distribute with a natural bristle brush, leave on for 5-10 minutes, or overnight, and shampoo out to detangle, protect and restore damaged length and ends.
For a post shampoo treatment, especially if you have curly hair and are looking to block humidity, try Oscar Blandi Curve Curl Perfecting Crème. The formula locks moisture, seals the cuticle and repels it from humidity, keeping it protected from frizz with its key ingredients like organic coconut milk and coconut oil.
For Luscious Lips
With Fall approaching fast, dry, flaky lips are inevitable. And nobody finds that flattering.
For a luscious, plump pout, in the upcoming seasons, make a scrub by mixing in a little sea salt with coconut oil. Exfoliate your lips to reveal smooth, luscious lips. Finish off by applying a thin layer of pure coconut oil as a lip balm for continuing nourishment.
Glamglow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm Treatment works the same way by using coconut oil in conjunction with other nourishing ingredients to create instantly softer, hydrated, & restored lips.
For Luminous Body
Coconut oil is moisturizing to say the least. It has intense hydration properties along with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ones making it an excellent wash, scrub and Moisturization option for your body.
You can use the oil in its pure form to give yourself a body massage to cleanse your skin and get the blood flow glowing. To get rid of dead, flaky skin, mix in a little sea salt or sugar to form a scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. Finish off the post shower bliss, with a rub of coconut oil for a luminescent glow all over your body.
As alternatives you can try, Whish Coconut Body Oil as a massage oil to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing your skin’s overall luminance. Follow up with Archipelago Botanicals Coconut Sugar Scrub to remove dirt, toxins and dead cells on your skin with the help of the natural oxidants and alpha hydroxyl acids. Finish off with a nourishing, non-greasy, velvety smooth body butter like Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter Vanilla Coconut for deep and instant hydration for your skin.