I am completely obsessed with coconut oil. If you’re a reader of my blog, you’ll know how I feel about a product that has multiple uses. Coconut oil is such a worthwhile purchase because it’s incredibly affordable and so much can be done with it. I’ve always associated it with food and hair products, never really giving it much thought. Now that I’ve realised how incredible this product is and what I can use it on, I’m forever repurchasing.
I wanted to share with you the 5 ways I use coconut oil and also talk about how using it has saved me money.
1. I stopped buying all different types of hair treatments because coconut oil is the ultimate treatment. I would spend £6-15 per hair treatment that would last once or twice (because I have long hair). I never felt like drugstore hair treatments were the best yet I still chucked my money at them. Coconut oil is around £5 in Supermarkets, it’s a big tub and because it comes as a solid and melts into a liquid, the product goes really far. I scoop out a large table spoon worth of oil and massage it into the ends of my hair and leave over night up in a bun – my hair definitely thanks me for it.
2. Who would have thought something you nourish your hair with could also be used to remove your make up? You only need to scoop a little bit into your hands, rub your hands together to turn it into a liquid and gently rub your face in circular motions. You can even remove eye make up with it! Of course, always be careful not to get it into your eyes but if you do, it doesn’t sting. I then use a wet face cloth to remove the excess and ta da, make up free! It’s the quickest make up remover I’ve ever used, it literally melts off my face, leaving it soft and refreshed. It’s without a doubt the best make up remover I have ever used. I’ve stopped buying Clinique take the day off cleansing balm every 8-10 weeks which is £20 a tub and now all I use is coconut oil, which is £6 and goes a lot further.
3. I am an unlucky soul with such sensitive skin and I have Psoriasis and Ezcema. I am forever in a battle to what I can put on my skin to hydrate it and what I can put on my Psoriasis patches to stop them itching. A lot of prescribed creams and oils haven’t worked for me, it’s always been a struggle. I managed to find a Lush Shampoo for my scalp which isn’t on the cheap side, however it’s the best shampoo I’ve tried by miles. I tried and failed god knows how many prescribed creams only to be let down. I now use coconut oil on my scalp and on my body when my Psoriasis flares up – it’s natural and really soothing. I’ve now stopped spending a lot of money on rubbish prescribed cream and I’m sticking to coconut oil – it’s not a cure but it helps me get through and saves me throwing money away on expensive prescriptions.
4. As I said about using coconut oil on my skin conditions, I will also use it on my skin merely when it’s feeling dehydrated. It’s a great moisturiser! I find it so amazing that I can remove my make up, moisturiser my face and my body with the same product. I will always love skincare and buy a lot of different products for moisturising and so forth, because that’s what I am into, but coconut oil will always be a safe bet for me. I know it works, I know it’s affordable and I know I like it!
5. From my beauty room to bathroom – coconut oil is great for your teeth. Coconut pulling is a great way to protect your gum and get rid of bacteria on your teeth and in your mouth. I have recently started doing this in attempt to take better care of my teeth, it’s an odd sensation feeling the hard oil turn into liquid… I actually hate that bit… but once it’s liquid, it’s easy to swish around your mouth! I am really prone to tonsillitis so anything I can do to improve the hygiene of my mouth and tonsil area is a win. But don’t swallow it if you try!
I have also just started using coconut oil for cooking – another great use! One tub for my beauty room and one tub for the kitchen. Do you use coconut oil, what do you think? Let m know in the comments or on Twitter @hayleyjoeann