The wonders of coconut oil

03/04/2014

How to's and tips for best ways to use coconut oil for hair, face and body treatments and why it is so good for you
How do you use coconut oil? Or do you use it at all? 

I cannot imagine my life without it. The oil came into my life a few years ago as something to be used in cooking. It felt extravagant and was quite expensive attempt to reduce free radicals that may appear once the olive oil is heated. 

It was also a controversial subject due to the fact that I studied nutrition and every nutrition-related title would tell you that coconut oil was bad because it contained saturated fat and, as we were all told back in those ancient times, all saturated fats were something one had to stay away from. Like a plague.

Now it actually makes me smile. I cannot believe that, should I followed those rules, the oil and I would have never met. It would be so tragic! 

Yes, the oil does contain saturated fats, indeed, but it's essential to remember that those wonderful medium-chain lauric and caprylic acids are not there to harm you, but instead may help improve cholesterol levels, control fungal infections and protect the body from influenza virus, herpes and various bacteria, nourish the skin, strengthen the immune system, aid in weight loss, reduce changes of type II diabetes, and support healthy thyroid, adrenals and liver. 

Besides the scientific facts that were worth mentioning because it is my duty, as a nutritionist, to share the knowledge, I also want to sing praise to the coconut oil as one of my most favourite and precious beauty products because it's so pure and natural that your skin, hair and mind will adore every drop you will every choose to use.

And here is how... 

* Coconut oil is the best make-up remover ever invented. It takes off EVERYTHING - the things you pain your face with, the daily dirt and grime AND the bacteria that just landed on your skin trying to establish a new community and have a new house party (and give you a spot or two should everything goes as planned).

To use, I take a pea-size amount, put it in my palm to allow the body heat naturally melt the oil, then gently massage it into my face and remove with a damp cotton wool and then - wash cloth and warm water. For the mascara, I follow the "melting step" as above and then simply apply the oil onto my eye lashes, rub it and wipe off with some cotton wool pads. Then splash my face with water. 

* Coconut oil is the most indulgent (and very budget-friendly) body moisturiser. I usually buy a 200ml jar and it lasts me ages! Melt a bean-size amount in the palms of your hands and rub into the skin after a shower. It absorbs very quickly and there's no greasy residue. In addition, and should this be of a concern, the coconut oil will also reduce stretch marks, cuts, scars and any inflammations and make the soles of your feet velvety soft (best post-pedicure addition!)

You can turn the regular coconut oil into something with a fragrance by adding 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil to it - put the coconut oil in a small dish or jar, allow it to melt in a bowl of hot water (I beg you not to use the microwave - ever, not once in your life, it's one of the worst things you can ever do to both your products and your health), then add the essential oil (I like rose absolute or neroli), mix with a wooden spatula, put it back in its original glass container and leave to solidify (and unless you live somewhere really hot, it will happen naturally).

* Coconut oil is the most delicious treat for your hair. Melt a little in a small dish using the hot water method as above, and rub into your scalp and hair, leave for a few minutes and then wash as usual. 

* Coconut oil is the loveliest ingredient for your face and body scrub. Mix it with a little Himalayan pink salt, turmeric, cinnamon, organic coffee grounds, raw cacao powder, oatmeal, coconut sugar - not necessarily all together, though - and exfoliate your day to the glowing and baby-soft skin. You can prepare your beauty mixes every time you need one, or in batches - the antibacterial properties of the oil (and some spices) mean that it will stay fresh for a while, as long as it doesn't contain any water.

* Coconut oil is the most nourishing lip balm - keep some in a pretty box to carry around or rub into your lips as a part of your evening beauty regime. 

So, do you feel inspired to try it? I really hope so. It makes such a difference to your skin and also helps to get rid of all those mass-produced lotions and potions full of things that I'd rather nobody ever touched (let alone applied on the skin on a regular basis).

When shopping for coconut oil, remember that it must be raw virgin organic coconut oil packed in a glass container (if any of these elements are missing, look for another brand). My personal favourites include RMS Beauty Coconut Cream (and its smaller size version) and raw coconut oils from Fushi, BionaRaw Health, Tiana and Artisana.

Photo source: shutterstock.com

45 comments:

  1. I already use it but for the moment only for my hair. I know it is very great as make up remover and Id love to try it in this way. Your post is very informative Natalia. Kisses! xo

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  2. I love coconut oil. I love what it does to my skin. I usually buy raw coconut butter.
    Beautetude

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  3. Да))) Я использую такое масло, в основном для ухода за волосами, иногда просто в качестве лосьона для тела) Хотя его у нас здесь очень трудно достать.

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  4. Coconut oil is SUCH a multitasker - I love it!

    Abby
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  5. Coconut oil is the best! I haven't tried it as a makeup remover but it sounds great!

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  6. Very informative post, tnx for sharing your tips!!!!
    Kisses darling!!!

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  7. I will have to give this a try. I love body oils so this could be a budget friendly alternative.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  8. I love all things coconut but especially coconut oil - although because my husband is a French-trained chef (who prefers to use butter for everything) and because it is incredibly expensive in Canada, we only have it as a rare treat. I had no idea that I could be using it for things other than cooking, though! I'm very tempted by the idea of using it as a make-up remover. Thanks for sharing these tips, Natalia :)
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. Oh, stick with the butter and use the oil as a remedy - 1 tsp per day as is and the rest - as the make-up remover etc. It will last ages (especially if you just use it for the face). Also try the RMS Coconut cream, it's affordable, pure and since it's closer to you, will be easier to find. :)

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  9. I love it spread on toast, for a while I was cooking with it all the time too but I try and limit it now or I'd be going through a jar a week.

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  10. I agree, coconut oil has a lot of great benefits. I use it as a makeup remover and I'm thinking of using it as a hair treatment next. x

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  11. Interesting, I didn´t know how to use it like this. I know it´s a big thing, supposedly very healthy, to drink coconut water:) xo Caroline

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    1. Coconut water is good for our health because of the minerals and electrolytes, but it really is important to pick the right kind and know when and how to drink it. It's still a source of carbs, so can potentially cause weight gain. ;) And I don't like the bottled/packed kind of coconut water, only the one that you get by smashing the top of a fresh green coconut and drinking the freshest stuff... AMAZING (and can be quite expensive, unfortunately). Once you try it, you will never be able to drink the bottled kind... x

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  12. I love coconut oil. Such a versatile product to have at home. My mom used to use it on us when we were kids, and now, I use it for my daughter's hair once in awhile to give it some boost.:)

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  13. I never knew coconut oil can be this versatile! Growing up I have never been a huge fan of actually food with coconut in them but one thing I do not mind is coconut water! Perhaps I could try the oil as well! Thanks for sharing this in depth review of this product :-)
    Also I appreciate your nice comment on my blog :)
    I'm following you on GFC, keep in touch?

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  14. Love coconout, it power is great!
    Kisses

    www.angelswearheels.com

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  15. I keep meaning to try coconut oil in my routine. I hear great things and I never do it myself! Thanks for this as it reminds me to get to it!! =D
    xo,
    nancy

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  16. Thank you so much for your sweet comment <3
    I wanted to buy coconut oil for ages now...definitely have to do that soon!

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  17. I normally use it as a moisturizer. Love it! I didnt know it could be used as a makeup remover, i will be trying that for sure. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You are welcome - just remember to go for tiny quantities when removing the make-up, especially the eye make-up. If you use too much, it can feel greasy, so tiny teeny quantities first - and then adjust as necessary. :)

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  18. I looove this shot - really nice!! xx

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  19. I never knew that it is this good for you. You have definitely inspired me and i'll treat myself to a small lump very soon. It will be a nice spring present for my body. My body skin is pretty dry and i feel this will be perfect for my body. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Red xx

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    1. Your body will definitely love it. It saved my skin during winter - normally it becomes really-really dry, but the oil made a difference (and I actually enjoy using it a lot more than a regular body moisturiser). Go for the Biona - it's very affordable and does a great job! x

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  20. I have started cooking with coconut oil, but haven't tried it on my skin/hair yet- I should! Great post!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  21. I love coconut oil and use it for my skin, hair and cooking :)
    xx

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  22. You remembered me that I had already coconut-oil on my shopping list, as I read already so often about the wonders of this oil :) Thanks for that, I think it's really a fail that I didn't bought it until now!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  23. I keep meaning to pick up some coconut oil at the store and I always forget. I'm going tonight to do the week's shopping. I'm excited to try it since a recipe I have calls for it.

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  24. very interesting post!
    kisses Gi.

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  25. I have never used it before, but sounds great, I'd like to eat anything that have coconut ins. I also like to eat them itself. ox

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  26. I really want to try it for my dry and thin hair!


    xxx Anna
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  27. I've heard some wonderful things about this magical stuff. May be time for me to try!
    xo,
    Al
    www.sparklesandstilettos.com

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  28. I only use coconut oil as a hair masque and it works really feel, haven't tried the other uses you've mentioned, I will be sure to do so. I appreciate your comment hun...Have a great Friday!

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  29. it has so many benefits natalia! i didn't know. i was waiting for your links of recommendations. writing these down. i've been seeing more coconut beauty products lately.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  30. This was an informative post! I've been looking at coconut oil for a few of the reasons that you listed above. I also heard (but want to do more research on, as I'm a little skeptical) that it can be used as a deodorant. I've been looking into natural deodorants but I've found that they either irritate my skin or don't work as well as I'd like. Right now I'm using one that I like, however I do find it irritating sometimes. I'm wondering if my skin has adjusted and the irritation is going away. I also talked to my doctor about it and she said that it isn't actually doing me any harm. But using a natural deodorant is important to me because of the potential link to breast cancer as my mom and grandmother are both breast cancer survivors.

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    1. Hi Crystal, it can definitely be used as a deodorant - it kills bacteria, so once applied on the skin, it stops any kind of unpleasant odour caused by bacteria. It would't stop the sweat, but I think it's normal. Most recipes I've come across are made with baking soda, essential oils, arrowroot and coconut oil, but I haven't tried making my own yet. :)

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  31. Наташенька,добрый день!

    Мне кажется что Ваш пост не может не вдохновить на то чтобы не попробовать такие чудесные рецепты!:)
    Я очень люблю использовать масло кокоса в косметических целях,но не так обширно.... Отличные советы о кокосовом масле,просто супер!!!
    Спасибо огромное:)
    Я думаю у Вас в ванной комнате аромат кокоса и роз,ванили и прочих с ногсшибательных запахов!
    Непременно испробую все Ваши рецепты!:)))

    Желаю Вам прекрасных выходных!
    Виолетта:)

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  32. yay for this miracle oil! I use it on my lips, face, cuticles, hair, feet! This is a great post especially for those who may not know the tremendous benefits of this natural beauty balm.
    Isn't it amazing how far we've come with nutrition knowledge. I remember the days of the fat free bandwagon...the bagel diets...all the refined white flour and sugar as long as it was low fat. Thank God we've gotten beyond that!
    XO,Gina

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  33. lovely photos dear. i love the fact that coconut oil is abundant in our country.not only the oil has many uses but all parts of the tree and fruit you can definitely use for something, truly the tree of life.

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  34. It's my next beauty product to try. Thank you for the brand suggestions, too. They are of great help, always.

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  35. I've never used it to remove make-up but will definitely give this a try :) X
    thefashion-junkie

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  36. you know I am a sucker for coconut oil… I was happy when I used it on my hair recently, smoothed out all the crispy damaged edges.

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