Happy Friday, friends! I’m so happy today to feature a new friend and fellow blogger, Karolina! I was super excited when Karolina offered to do a guest post about natural beauty remedies, and especially coconut oil beauty remedies! YES! I love using coconut oil for so many things, and Karolina has a few new ways I had never even thought of (and can’t wait to try). Karolina shares lots of great natural beauty tips and hair removal tips on her blog (and with beach and bikini season in full swing, there couldn’t be a better time to check it out!). Hope you enjoy these awesome ideas as much as I did. And now I’m running out to the kitchen to mix up some yummy skin softening body scrub. What are you waiting for? Grab some coconut oil and let’s get glowing this weekend!
Hello everyone. My name is Karolina, and I‘m the writer behind epilatorhome.com, where I mostly share epilation, waxing, shaving and other hair removal tips. I‘ve been reading Feeding Your Beauty for quite a while now. I am a big fan of at home remedies and always wanted to share some of my own natural beauty hacks. Larice was absolutely amazing and let me write a guest post on this beautiful blog!
Today I‘m going to share some of my experiences with coconut oil, and how I grew to use it in my day-to-day life. I hope you‘ll find a way to incorporate coconut oil in your beauty routines too. Once you learn about this product, you realise how magical it is.
Coconut Oil and Shea Butter for Shaving Legs
I used to shave a lot back in the days, and whenever I applied shaving cream to my skin I would notice that it would get very dry. I have dry skin anyway, and eczema is something I deal with every day. That‘s mostly the reason why I started looking into natural ways to make my own shaving cream. Here is the recipe that pretty much saved my life back then!
You will need:
2/3 cup of Shea Butter
2/3 cup of Coconut Oil
¼ cup of Almond Oil
10 Drops of Chosen Essential Oil
The recipe is quite simple. You‘ll need to warm up shea butter with coconut oil and mix them thoroughly. Once the texture is consistent, add almond oil and a chosen essential oil. I usually use orange or clementine. However, cedar or peppermint would be more appropriate for male users. Follow your heart with this one! After mixing all of the ingredients, pour the solution into a jar and keep it sealed in the fridge. Use it cool.
Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover
I first heard about coconut oil being used for removing makeup around 2 years ago. It seemed like a perfect solution for someone with dry skin. With all of the honestly, I don‘t use a lot of makeup, and whenever I need to clean it off, it‘s mostly my eyes that need to be done. Although, whenever I used makeup removers, my face skin would end up being dry. I found it annoying and absolutely unnecessary. I gave a try to coconut oil, and it did wonders to my skin. However, I do believe that for someone with oily skin this remedy may not be suitable. A friend of mine who has much oiler skin than mine didn‘t like using coconut oil at all. She ended up having more pimples than usually. Therefore, it‘s mostly for those with dry skin.
Here are the steps to follow whenever you want to remove makeup with coconut oil:
Step 1: Scoop out a small amount of coconut oil. Rub it between your fingers until it becomes liquid.
Step 2: Start buy gently rubbing it into your skin. You may want to start with your lids, eyelashes and move on to your cheeks, chin. It will be a bit harder to remove mascara from bottom lashes. Don‘t be scared though, just open your eyes, apply more oil to the bottom of your eye and slowly, softly rub it in.
Step 3: Use a warm, wet washcloth and clean your face with it. You‘ll get all of the excess coconut oil and makeup off. You may also use a cotton face pad. It will do the job as nicely.
Coconut Oil for Hair Loss
I‘ve always had thick hair and even though I would sometimes have periods of increased hair loss, they would usually be short. This winter I had quite a rough time since I was very busy both at university and at work. I had no energy to think or take care of myself. One day I noticed that I‘m losing hair but I simply ignored it expecting it to go away. However, a month later – I was still losing my hair. They were everywhere: on my boyfriend’s clothes, on my clothes, carpets, sofa… Whatever I touched had my hair on it. I remember one day I was making a bun and something felt different. For the first time in my life I felt like that bun was much smaller than before. I was scared. So scared that I thought I was sick. Obviously, I went to see my doctors to find out that I was just fine. However, I still kept on losing hair.
I knew it was the time to try something different. I‘ve always been applying coconut oil to my hair ends since they‘re dry all the time. It never quite crossed my mind that I could do the same with my roots. One day I just tried it on my roots and spread it all over my scalp. It wasn‘t so easy due to its texture but worth it! I put my shower cap and went to sleep. After the first day I‘ve already noticed that I don‘t have that much hair on my clothes anymore. I was repeating the procedure for the whole 2 weeks and haven‘t had to worry about my hair loss since then. Isn‘t it just magical?
Small advice: heat up coconut oil before applying, it will make it so much easier! Always wear the cap, it keeps the heat and moist that improves overall healing process.
Coconut Oil and Coffee Grounds Body Scrub
I simply love exfoliating! I do it at least 2 times per week and enjoy every minute of it. Exfoliation truly helps to have soft skin and I’ve been complimented on that a lot of times! Therefore, it‘s no surprise that I make my own body scrubs at home all the time. My favourite so far is coconut oil and coffee grounds scrub. Here is my recipe!
You will need:
½ cup of Yogurt (use coconut yogurt or other dairy free yogurt to make it vegan)
3 tablespoons of ground coffee
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
I usually warm up coconut oil in the microwave. Make sure you don‘t boil it up! The last thing you want to do is burn yourself. Later on, I either make myself some coffee or just pour some boiling water over coffee grounds and use them for the scrub. No matter what you choose to do, don‘t forget to use boiling water to soften them. Afterwards, I mix them together and add greek yoghurt. The thicker you want it to be, the more coffee you need to add. I usually keep it simple and just bring the final mixture to the shower. At first I let myself enjoy warm water since it opens the pores and then I start rubbing the mixture into my skin. I do my whole body, and it takes me around 10 minutes. Later, I just wash it off with warm water and continue with the soap and shampoo.
I love this scrub, because it has it all! Coffee grounds remove dead cells when you‘re rubbing in the mixture. Yogurt adds some moisture to your skin and coconut oil beautiful coats it keeping your opened pores away from bacteria. Coconut oil is generally good for body scrubs due to its anti-inflammatory features and soothing properties.
Coconut Oil and Mayo for Dry Hands
I‘m a lady with dry skin, and I have to help it to keep that moisture in every day. Coconut oil is very useful when it comes to that. If you don‘t have to much time to make your own creams, you can just apply coconut oil to your hands, and you‘ll already notice the difference. That‘s what I usually do right after washing them. However, to help your skin even more you might want to give them some moisture before trying to keep it in. I‘ve tried quite a few products to find out that mayo helps me the most. What I usually do is apply is to my hands and let it sit there for around 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, I use a towel to clean it off. I don‘t wash it off, because water tends to dry my skin out even further. Finally, I apply a layer of coconut oil and continue doing whatever I‘ve been doing.
For those who have extra dry hands like me, I suggest to spread mayo all over your hand, then apply coconut oil right on it and put a plastic glove on. Plastic glove helps to keep the moisture and heat inside, which lets your skin to absorb oil more efficiently. I usually go to sleep like that and wash my hands in the morning. I recently had eczema on my right hand fingers. I went to sleep with a glove on every night for a week and it‘s almost gone! ☺
*Note from Larice: vegan friends can use egg-free/vegan mayo!
Do you have any secret tips on how to use coconut oil? Please feel free to share them! ☺