Remember how your mom would run after you to oil your hair and the numerous failed attempts of your escaping? Well, science has proved that your mommy was right. But coconut oil is good not only for your hair but also your skin. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (triglycerides). These saturated fats deposit under the skin and prevent moisture loss through skin pores. In addition, coconut contains capric, caprylic and lauric acids that have strong antifungal, disinfectant and antibacterial properties. It also contains the antioxidant vitamin E that repairs skin and protects against aging. Further, coconut oil contains protein that keeps the skin smooth and rejuvenated inside out. Here are some of the best DIY beauty treatments that you can prepare with coconut oil.
Coconut And Sugar Lip Polish
The combination of sugar and coconut oil can really kill all your lip woes. Sugar removes dry skin from chapped lips and coconut oil conditions them and makes them softer and smoother. Ingredients you will need to make DIY lip polish are vitamin E oil, lemon essential oil, fine sugar and coconut oil.
Mix two tablespoons of fine sugar with one tablespoon each of vitamin E and coconut oil. Add few drops of lemon essential oil. Apply the mixture on your lips and give them a gentle massage so that the chapped lips are exfoliated. This natural homemade lip polish has a shelf life of at least 2 months when kept in airtight container.
Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
This is the perfect summer gift to anyone worried about the skin’s pathetic condition during summers. Coconut and lime together work to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin from within. Further sugar draws moisture that is in the environment to hydrate your skin.
Sugar is a natural exfoliant and contains glycolic acid that triggers cell regenration thereby leaving you with a younger looking skin. To make the scrub you will require 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon coconut (shredded), 1 cup of sugar and few drops of lime essential oil. Melt the coconut oil properly and add other ingredients. Mix them well and your DIY coconut sugar lime scrub is ready for use.
Whipped Coconut Body Scrub
First of all, you might be wondering why whip the coconut oil? Well, whipping makes it really fluffy so that you do not have to take out in ounces during winters when it gets hardened. You can make coconut body scrub with coconut oil, few drops of vitamin E oil and essential oil of your choice. Mix these ingredients together and whip them.
Add a little sugar and whip them again. The best time to use this scrub is before taking shower. It will leave you with a softer and moisturized skin. Coconut penetrates into the skin and works the wonders. Store it in a jar at room temperature. You can also use coconut milk instead of oil. Please note that you should heat the oil before whipping it to maintain airy consistency.
Coconut Beach Body Polish
A visit to the beach always makes one feel great partly because of the fresh air and partly because of the salt. Yes! Salts have a natural capability to exfoliate your skin and draw out all toxins that accumulate in your skin. To make this polish you will need coconut oil, epsom salts (1/4 cup), regular salt (1/4 cup), concentrated liquid minerals (2 teaspoonfuls) and essential oil of your choice for desired fragrance.
While coconut oil moisturizes the skin and leaves it smooth and nourished, epsom salts detoxify the skin and bless it with trace minerals essential for healthy skin. Add all the ingredients and mix them well for the perfect coconut and salt body polish.
Coconut Sunscreen Bars
The popular sunscreen lotions easily available in the market can pose a threat to your health as they are endocrine disruptors. Commercial sunscreen lotions block both UVA and UVB rays. While the former causes skin damage and increases risk of cancer, the latter helps in vitamin D (coming from sunlight) absorption by the skin. Coconut oil, on the other hand, aids in vitamin D absorption by not blocking UVB rays completely. Also, since coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties detoxify the skin’s outer layer and hence protect it from harmful effects of sun rays.
You will require 1/2 cup each of shea butter and coconut oil, 5 tablespoonful of beeswax, 1/2 tablespoon of vitamin E oil and few drops of essential oil. You can also add 1 to 2 tablespoon of zinc oxide powder. Mix coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax and melt them with the help of double boiler. Once all of them are melted completely, remove it from heat and add zinc oxide powder, vitamin E oil and the essential oil. Let the mixture cool down for 30 minutes in the fridge. Once it cools down, whip the mixture and use as you like. Do not forget to keep it in room temperature.
Coconut And Honey Hand Scrub
Who does not want soft hands? Coconut oil can prove to be a natural hand smoothener because of its amazing properties. Kick in a few drops of honey and you have the perfect hand scrub. Both coconut and honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that help in natural exfoliation of the skin. Honey helps in disinfecting the hands heals scraps and burns speedily. Besides honey is loaded with nutrients crucial for smooth and healthy skin.
To make this handmade scrub, you will need 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and lemon juice, 2 tablespoon of raw honey and 1/4 cup each of granulated sugar and sea salt. Mix honey and coconut oil well in one container. Take another container to mix lemon juice, sea salt and sugar. Mix them together till it becomes smooth and consistent. Massage your hands with this scrub in circular motions for at least half an hour. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry and repeat at least twice every week.
Coconut Deodorant For Sensitive Skin
Most commercial deodorants are anti-perspirants that prevent the body from naturally detoxifying. No matter how hard you try or how expensive your deodorant is you do have body odor (and pit marks on your shirt) at the day’s end. Now you can actually get rid of body odor in a chemical free way with this coconut deodorant.
What you will need is 1/3 cup of coconut oil and arrow root powder each, 1 to 2 tablespoonful of baking soda (lesser if you have sensitive skin) and 10 drops of essential oil for fragrance (lavender is a good choice). Mix coconut oil, baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl till it becomes consistent. Add the essential oils and keep the mixture in a container for regular use.