8 ways to use coconut oil – the multi-tasking buy Cheryl swears by
by Chloe Best
Cheryl said coconut oil is her beauty essential for new mums. Find out the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil
Cheryl has revealed that coconut oil has become her beauty saviour since she became a mum, and she isn’t the only star to incorporate the multi-tasking oil into her daily routine. From Shay Mitchell’s glossy hair to Josephine Skriver’s flawless skin, a number of famous faces swear by a daily dose of coconut oil – and here’s why you should too.
FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY:
As an intensive hair mask: Run a teaspoon of coconut oil through wet hair and leave it overnight for an intensive conditioning treatment that will leave your hair feeling smooth and repaired.
As a moisturiser: Organic coconut oil can be applied from top-to-toe as an all-natural moisturiser, or make like Cheryl and put some in a hot bath so it can sink into your skin and leave it feeling soft and hydrated.
Cheryl said she loves using coconut oil
As a make-up remover: You can get even more use out of your trusty jar of coconut oil by applying it as a make-up remover, too. Scoop a pea-size amount out of the jar and rub between your fingers until it becomes a liquid and there’s a light coating of it on your fingertips. Gently spread over your eyelids and lashes, then massage into your skin in a circular motion to remove all other make-up. Use a warm, wet cloth to wipe off any excess oil and then splash your face with warm water to finish. The result should be a clean, hydrated face with no need for expensive cleansers or wipes.
Boost your immune system: Coconut oil contains a unique composition of fatty acids – around half of which are Lauric Acid, which is particularly good at killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. When you ingest coconut oil it forms monolaurin – another substance which has been shown to kill the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections.
Improve oral health: Gwyneth Paltrow is among the celebrities who rely on oil pulling for a bright and healthy smile. Swilling some of the oil around your mouth for up to 20 minutes, three times a week, is said to lift the bacteria from the surfaces of the mouth and has been found to reduce plaque.
Coconut oil is ideal for use on babies’ gentle skin
Coconut oil is a versatile ingredient that is ideal for use on babies’ sensitive and gentle skin, either for baby massage, as a body wash or even to treat cradle cap.
To treat cradle cap: Gently rubbing a small amount of coconut oil into the affected area (approximately half a teaspoon) every other day can help soothe and clear the skin. The coconut oil acts as an intensive, all-natural moisturiser.
As an organic baby wash: Swap soaps and shower gels that feature synthetic ingredients for an organic baby wash made by mixing equal measures of coconut oil, organic castile soap and water. Gently massage the soap over your baby and clean with lukewarm water.
For baby massage: A great way to help your baby’s digestion and aid sleep, baby massage is a relaxing treatment for little ones. Using coconut oil ensures your baby’s skin isn’t exposed to any potentially harmful chemicals and is effectively moisturised and nourished.
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