Natural Beauty Tips: Everyone Needs a Little Coconut Oil

Natural beauty all comes down to the products you use, and what ingredients they contain. You can either choose store-bought organic and natural products and look at the ingredients closely, or you can use natural ingredients right from your home, starting with coconut oil.

Skin

To start with, here are some ways to use coconut oil for your skin.

Remove Your Makeup

Coconut oil also happens to work really great at removing your makeup at the end of the day. This is great news because you can stop using those makeup remover products that contain additives and chemicals, and instead use something that is completely natural. By using coconut oil to remove your makeup, you are giving your skin some natural cleansing along with a little added moisture as well. Coconut oil can also cut through grease, so there isn’t any makeup left behind, especially with thicker products like cream blush or foundation.

You don’t want to rub your skin a lot when removing makeup, so gently apply the oil with a cotton ball and leave it for a few minutes. Then use warm water to wash off the oil, along with a mild cleanser. This should get rid of most of the makeup on your face. Be careful when removing makeup around your eyes, using a cotton swab and being extra careful to get too close.

Natural Cleanser

You can also use coconut oil is nothing more than a basic skin cleaner. It works better than any other deep cleanser, cleaning out your pores and helping to give you more radiant, shiny, and clear skin. This can really help you if you have acne but don’t want to use a lot of the harsher skin products to clean out your pores. With coconut oil as a facial cleanser, it will also make exfoliation go much more quickly and be gentler on your skin, so that is another plus.

Keep in mind that if you have sensitive skin, sores, bad acne, or oily skin, you really should talk to your doctor before you start using coconut or coconut oil. While it is organic and natural, it is possible that your doctor has a better solution for you.

Hair

It is also great for your hair!

Reduce Breakage

The next benefit of coconut oil for your hair is by helping with hair loss and other forms of damage to your hair follicles. Many people are adding coconut oil to their hair a few days a week to help prevent or stop hair loss. If you have a mother or grandmother who is balding at an older age, then it might run in your family, so now is the perfect time to start protecting your hair from breakage.

You can apply coconut oil itself to your hair or make a mixture with lime water and even a little bit of gooseberries to it. This is a mixture often used in India and sometimes combined with other herbs as well. To help with damage or hair loss, apply it either before or after you have washed your hair. You won’t strip all of the moisture from the oil even if you add it before taking a shower.

Get Deep Conditioning

In addition to basic moisture and repairing dryness, coconut oil can also be used to create a natural deep conditioner. This should only be applied about once a week if you are using it for deep conditioning as that is all that should be needed. Since you are using it as a deep conditioner, you might want to let it sit in your hair for a little bit.

Teeth

Now let’s talk about oil pulling for your teeth. While oil pulling has gained a lot of attention and become more popular in the last few years, it has been around for a lot longer. People in India and other countries have been using coconut oil as a mouthwash to clean their teeth, even when there weren’t modern toothbrushes, dental floss, or dentists as we know them today.

Oil pulling is essentially the process of swishing with coconut oil in your mouth for as long as you can and trying to ‘pull’ it in between your teeth. This is supposed to clean between your teeth as much as possible. It is meant to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth, which should help with a wide range of things.

How do You do it?

If you want to try oil pulling, you need to start with raw, and 100% natural and organic coconut oil. Don’t just grab a bottle of cooking coconut oil from the supermarket. You need it to be as natural and organic as you can. It will come out with a thick consistency, but starts to melt in your mouth.

Grab a big spoon to scoop up about a tablespoon of oil, then place it on your tongue. You want to let it sit for a couple seconds to melt, then swish around in your mouth and pull through your teeth for 15-20 minutes. Don’t worry if you only make it about 5 minutes the first few times. It can take some getting used to. Try to find something else to do while oil pulling.

Once your time is up, spit the oil out into the trashcan. Make sure you don’t spit it out in the bathroom sink, as this can clog the pipes just as any other oil down the sink would. You can then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and brush and floss your teeth like you normally would.

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