There are very few beauty products that we can honestly say are cure-alls, but coconut oil comes pretty close. You can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees. Recently, all the talk about relying on this oil for fresh breath got us thinking: What can’t coconut oil do? The answer: mattify (and it took us a minute to come up with that one). Celebrities like Emma Stone count it among their favorite natural ingredients, and you should, too. We just stuck to the beauty applications here, but there are tons more tasks it can handle, from starting fires to losing a few pounds. So head to your local health-food store, pick up a jar, and allow this list to help you get creative with coconuts.
Why is coconut oil so fantastic for washing your face?
Not only is it antimicrobial, full of antioxidants, and super moisturizing, it also has been shown to work well for all skin types. And because it improves collagen cross-linking, coconut oil may help improve stretch marks, scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Interested in trying coconut oil on your face?
How to Clean Your Face With Coconut Oil
What You’ll Need:
What You’ll Do:
Step 1: Put about a teaspoon of coconut oil into the palm of your hand
Step 2: Warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth
Step 3: Gently massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least 1 minute
Step 4: Rinse a wash- cloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for 30 seconds
Step 5: Gently wipe the oil from your face
Step 6: Repeat step 4 and step 5 if necessary
Step 7: Admire your clean and moisturized face in the mirror
In most cases, you will not need to worry about removing your makeup prior to washing your face with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a fantastic makeup remover and works especially well with the waterproof kind.
When using the oil cleansing method, it’s ok to rub some of the oil gently into your eyelids, but please refrain from getting it in your eyes… unless you want everything to be blurry for the next half an hour.
After you’ve washed your face with coconut oil, in some cases, you will not need to put additional moisturizer on your face.
Because the oil cleansing method is a deep cleansing method, it’s best to wash your face with coconut oil no more than once a day – preferably at night before bed. If you feel like you need a bit of freshening up in the morning or after a workout, the DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner works great and will restore your skin to it’s natural pH.
Want to kick it up a notch? You can add essential oils like tea tree oil (oily skin), lavender oil (all skin types) or geranium oil (dry skin). Simply add 1-3 drops per teaspoon of coconut oil and mix well.
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