More often than not, skincare products are a pain to purchase. They contain so many chemicals, many of which could cause harm to your skin in the long run. If you’re looking for a natural alternative that’s chemical free, try coconut oil. While its consumption has been proved to aid in lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and reducing arthritis risk, coconut oil also works wonders for a number of skin problems like dry skin, acne, and wrinkles.
Wondering how to use it? Here are 4 coconut-oil-based skincare recipes you can try at home for various skin problems. Remember to always use virgin coconut oil instead of the store-bought alternative.
1. Coconut Oil Body Butter
If you’re worried about all those chemicals store-bought moisturizers are exposing your skin to, try this homemade coconut oil body butter. Coconut oil hydrates your skin and improves lipid levels on the skin surface, leaving skin moisturized and soft.1
- 1 cup of solid virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp of vitamin E oil (optional)
- A few drops of an essential oil of your choice for pleasant aroma (optional)
- Add the coconut oil and vitamin E oil to a mixing bowl.
- Whisk this mixture quickly and continuously for 10 minutes till it is fluffy.
- Add the essential oil to the mix and then apply it on your skin.
- Use at least twice a day for best results.
- You can bottle up the remaining mixture in a glass jar and store it in a cool place for future use.
2. Coconut Oil, Sugar, And Sea Salt Body Scrub
If you’re looking for a scrub that eliminates the need for a moisturizer, try this homemade one. The coconut oil in it moisturizes your skin, while the sea salt and sugar provide the granular texture you’d want in a body scrub. All these ingredients in combination exfoliate your skin thoroughly, eliminating dead skin cells and leaving your skin soft and glowing.
- 2 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
- A pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbsp of brown sugar (Avoid white sugar as it has more chemicals)
- 5–6 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix the coconut oil, sea salt, and brown sugar thoroughly till you get a granular paste.
- Then, add the peppermint essential oil to the paste so that your scrub has a pleasant aroma.
- Take some of the paste in your palm and rub it on the dry parts of your body in circular motions.
- Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse with water to reveal gorgeous, glowing skin.
3. Coconut Oil, Honey, And Yogurt Face Mask
Say goodbye to wrinkles and dark spots with this simple face mask, which not only leaves you benefited with the goodness of coconut oil but also honey. Both ingredients are rich in substances called antioxidants, which eliminate the cell-damaging free radicals.2 3 This, in turn, reduces the occurrence of skin aging signs like dark spots and wrinkles. Adding yogurt to this mask gives it the right consistency.
- 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of yogurt
- 2–3 drops of tea tree oil
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
- Stir well until all the ingredients combine thoroughly to form a paste.
- Then, scoop some of the paste onto your palm and apply it on your face. Steer clear of the area around your eyes.
- Leave the mask on for 10–15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
4. Coconut Oil And Aloe Vera Body Lotion
Suffered nasty sunburns or trying to rid yourself of acne? Try this easy-to-make body lotion. When used together, aloe vera and coconut oil soothe burnt skin and relieve the swelling caused by acne thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties.4 5 Not just that, both ingredients also fight the bacteria that cause acne, preventing its occurrence in the first place.6
- 1 cup of solid coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of aloe gel
- A few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
- Mix thoroughly for about 5–10 minutes to get a paste-like consistency.
- Then, apply the paste on the affected areas of the skin.
- Bottle up the remaining paste in a glass jar and store in a cool place for future use.
Try these simple but effective coconut oil recipes for skin care and be left with glowing, supple skin.
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