Thursday, 18 June 2015

Beauty Tips: Coconut Oil, Updated



Coconut oil has emerged to be the multi-tasking beauty product that can be used from cooking to solving beauty woes - and I for one believe the hype. I'm never one to shy away from trying anything natural that boasts huge benefits, so I've been using coconut oil for quite a while now. Mainly, I use it as a hair mask (you can read my post from last year by clicking here), but I'm trying to venture into using it in different ways to make the most of having a tub of it sitting there. 

If you follow my blog you'll know I've completely been converted to using oils as a first cleanse at night, usually opting for The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil, but considering the amazing results posted by bloggers opting for coconut oil, I'll be giving it a go on some alternate nights. The one thing I have seen, however is to make sure you remove the product well. Although I have seen many people use coconut oil as a moisturiser with great results, it does have a tendency to block pores so I would just be aware of that!

Something a little bit different then, is the oil-pulling method I'm sure you've all heard of. If not, it's basically where you take a spoonful of the oil and swish it around your mouth for up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning (20 minutes is the recommended time frame but it is definitely a little bit difficult to do so for that long). You then spit the oil out (not in the sink, as the oil will harden again), and clean your teeth as normal. The benefits supposedly include helping hangovers, whitening teeth and improving gum health. Although I can't vouch for any of those at the moment, I have started trying the method out and I'll update after I've gone a week straight of doing so.

Have you tried coconut oil? Are there any other ways you use it?