I have used coconut oil on my skin in the past and am currently using Lucy Bee. It’s primarily advertised for consumption but you can use it on your hair and skin as well. Most coconut oil manufacturers will list its uses. Have a look on their website or on the packaging if you’re unsure. Most will list it’s usefulness as a beauty product.
Here are three great uses for coconut oil I have discovered:
Add it to Your Bath
This can be soothing for skin and will not harm people with sensitive skin or flare-ups of eczema. I add around one or two teaspoons to my bath. You can add more as long as you’re aware the bathtub will become very slippery.
I don’t use coconut oil as a sole moisturiser because it is absorbed too quickly and doesn’t quite cut it with my skin. I love using it in the bath and following this up with a heavier moisturiser or emollient.
Condition the Ends of Your Hair
I mentioned this in my previous post coconut oil can be used as a replacement for hair products such as leave-in conditioner. Don’t use too much! Start with a small amount and apply it after your hair is dry. I have tried using it on wet and dry hair and it’s easier to use on dry hair because you can get the quantity right.
This can be a great natural alternative to hair products which can cause flare-ups. It also smells really good.
To Remove Make-Up
This is my favourite use for coconut oil and I was surprised by how effective it was the first time I used it. When I wear mascara this is the absolute best thing to remove it. I’d go as far to say it’s even better than a lot of eye make-up removers made specially for the job.
It’s so soft and doesn’t cause redness or dryness like cleansers can do. Coconut oil is comedogenic, so be aware if you’re skin is sensitive to breaking out.
Why Is It Good for Eczema?
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, making up half of the fat in coconut oil. People with eczema benefit from it because coconut oil can reduce inflammation and is antibacterial, antifungal and is an antioxidant. All of as well as hydrating the skin.
Coconut oil can be found in most supermarkets, pharmacies or online. I have found a 125ml tub from Superdrug at an affordable price of £2.49.
Coconut oil will often come in a solid format but will melt quickly when applied to the body. It is best applied before bed because it can make your clothes oily.