In the spring, my skin and hair begin to develop a radiant, healthy glow. In the summer, they are fully sun kissed and ready for me to show off to the world. In the fall, they get as dry as the Atacama Desert and, if left unattended, come winter they are as chapped, dry, and scaly as a reptile with eczema.
For years I explored the aisles of every boutique shop and drug store I could so that I may find an affordable solution to my years of itchiness and scratchiness to no avail. Then, one sunny day, not too long ago, while cooking a chicken (which I almost never do), I decided to coat it in coconut oil instead of regular oil. I had heard about all of the health benefits of doing so and lathered up the chicken like I was putting icing on a cake.
What I was not prepared for however, was how moisturized my hands started to feel after soaking them in coconut oil for so long. I quickly realized that I hit the mother load of moisturizers, the crème de la crème of conditioners, the bees knees of oils! I found that in small amounts, I could rub the oil in my skin after a shower and not feel slimy or sticky. PLUS I smelled like I recently escaped from the tropics.
I then turned to my trusty old laptop for advice and after a few minutes of searching, I found that coconut oil is actually an amazing hair moisturizer too! What! I followed the instructions and after a couple hours of having the oil evenly distributed in my hair, I rinsed it out, dried my locks, and could not believe how silky smooth they had become! So, if you would like to smell like the coconut cream pie you always knew you could be, try out some of my tips below!
What to Buy: You will want to purchase organic (Non- GMO) virgin coconut oil. Brands that are not organic have usually been bleached, deodorized, and hydrogenated, which are all distressing for the skin and hair. These price out usually at $6-$10 depending on brand and quality. Coconut oil can be purchased at most local grocery stores.
For Skin: On the face, rub a tiny amount in a circular motion over dry areas. Be careful not to use it too liberally because breakouts can be a common side effect of doing so. On other areas of the body, apply shortly after having a shower while the skin is still supple. Apply in a circular motion for ultimate absorption. It may take 15-20 minutes for the oil to be completely absorbed. * Warning: If you are prone to allergies please test on a small area of skin beforehand or check with a physician. For more information on how coconut oil benefits the skin visit: http://www.overthrowmartha.com/2013/07/coconut-oil-as-facial-cleanser-dirty.html.
For Hair: Melt a few tablespoons of the oil in the microwave or on the stove just so that it heats to a lukewarm temperature and becomes more of a liquid than a solid. Apply liberally to dry or damp hair, wrap in a towel or a cap, and let it sit in your hair for at least an hour. Rinse. Do not leave coconut oil in your hair for too long however as it will start to smell undesirable after a few hours. To find out how coconut oil works its magic on the hair, visit: http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/04/why-coconut-oil-is-amazing-for.html.
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