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Budget Beauty – Coconut Oil

I only got on the coconut oil bandwagon recently and am sold. And now convinced it’s such an all-round wonder product!

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I had an unopened jar lurking in my kitchen cupboard, bought for culinary purposes but now it’s living in my bathroom. I will buy a new one for the kitchen!

So I have done my research and tried out some of its claims to fame to enhance natural beauty and get me glowing!

For the past few weeks I’ve ditched all conventional moisturisers in favour of coconut oil, which was the best decision ever, both for my skin and for my bank account! A 400g pot of coconut oil costs about £8 and lasts about two months if you use it as much as I do, so it’s so much cheaper than buying expensive moisturisers etc. The best thing is that that you can also completely downsize your wash bag when you travel and just take a pot of this! Decanted into a small plastic travel pot of course.

Every night I use a small amount of coconut oil on my face as a moisturiser and I am beginning to see a fresher me in the morning. This happens because coconut oil is full of vitamin E, which encourages the growth and repair of our skin cells, protecting against aging and cracking of the skin and lips, while also making it beautifully smooth and soft. It is also rich in certain proteins, which are essential for cell repair, speeding up healing time, which helps to make your skin look fresher and more radiant.

For all the same reasons coconut oil also makes a hair mask. I try to apply it overnight once every week or so to keep my hair soft and shiny. Simply add about a tablespoon to your ends, then brush them to make sure that the coconut oil is evenly spread. To remove the mask, simply wash it out with shampoo and conditioner a few hours later or the next morning. I avoid putting the coconut oil on my roots as that can be harder to wash out and needs a few shampoos to come off completely otherwise it can make your hair look a little greasy.

My other daily use of coconut oil is as a make-up remover, this may sound strange but seriously I have never found anything that takes off eye make-up so well! I just rub a pea sized amount onto my hands and then onto a cotton wool pad and gently smooth over both closed eyes and my eye makeup just melts off, it’s amazing and I really couldn’t recommend it more, it also moisturises the lashes.

I have used it as a body moisturiser mixed with shea butter, great for dry elbows and feet that have been covered in socks and boots all winter, my home made body butter which smells delightful. I leave it by a radiator so it’s soft and buttery.

It’s great for pregnant Mums, preventing stretch marks, and then for babies skin care. Lauren at Kokoso has lovely coconut oil products for babies.

Pinterest has a huge choice of recipes and additional ideas for using coconut oil in cooking.

Try it, you might like it!

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