Coconut oil is the latest beauty trend on the books, but does it really live up to the hype?
I’ve been trying out coconut oil for the last two weeks to find out whether it actually makes a good alternative to other, more expensive beauty products. And I’m surprised to say that actually it does!
1. Use it to target problem dry-skin areas.
I have long suffered from problem skin; always dry, especially in the winter. To my joy, a small amount rubbed on those areas (for me it’s my legs and around my nose) and it works a treat. Who needs expensive moisturisers when you can buy a huge vat of coconut oil for £5?
2. Use as an intensive hair mask once a week.
I used this on my hair when I could and used as much or as little as I wanted depending on what I had to do the next day. If you put a lot in then it does, as you’d expect, make your hair pretty greasy, but a small amount rubbed into the palms first just gives it a touch of moisture. Great before bed on the tips to keep your hair silky.
3. Use to soften the skin on your feet.
It’s helped soften my feet already, and the same goes for your hands. Rub it into cuticles for soft and supple skin.
4. Makeup remover.
I’m always worried about using makeup wipes because I’ve read so much about how they can age you – especially the cheap ones with harsh chemicals. I’ve tried this out and although I wouldn’t use it every day – because it’s a bit claggy if it gets in your eyes (!) – it is nice almost like a face mask to soften the skin and give your eyelashes and eyebrows a bit of a groom.
5. Substitute in cooking.
Big fan of this, especially since I’ve been trying out alkaline cooking. I was worried that it would be like sesame oil that adds a real powerful tang to meals, but actually it’s a great substitute to other oils and it adds only a slight taste to the meal which is very tasty.
Verdict: The price is a real selling point. From around just £5 for a huge tub, coconut oil can really provide a solution to many makeup and beauty woes. Coconut oil makes a silky and nourishing hair mask, moisturiser, exfoliator, makeup remover AND you can eat it! For this price there’s very little risk, if you don’t like it then it’s not the end of the world!