Why You Need To Introduce Coconut Oil Into Your Beauty Regimen

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

Put simply, I’m in love with the coco…nut oil.

I’ve been on the cooking-with-coconut-oil band wagon for years now, but it wasn’t until I brought it into my beauty routine that our love affair really began. I am now in a co-dependant relationship with coconut oil in that I depend on it to make me pretty, and in turn I probably single-handedly keep the industry in business. But for real – a huge jar of coconut oil can be found at any supermarket for well under $10 and will be the answer to a multitude of your issues. These are my top 5 uses for this natural miracle worker.

1. Feet Fix

Coconut oil is pretty dense and does a fantastic job of restoring moisture to wherever it’s applied. Some people with super dry skin love replacing their actual moisturizer or body butters with it. Having somewhat oily skin, I find slathering it on my whole body to be a bit much. However, applying coconut oil to the ball and heel of my foot has been a game changer. With my collection of summer sandals beckoning me, I’ve been looking for the quickest way to bring life back to the callouses and dry patches that were easy to ignore while my feet were confined to their winter boots. Applying some oil to my whole foot and sticking them in socks overnight has made these puppies ready to present to the pedicure-ist without shame. Also, it makes them smell nice so that’s awesome.

2. Hair Mask

GUYS. You don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money on super expensive hair masks to re-hydrate your hair after the cold winter months. Instead, take a fairly generous amount of coconut oil in your hands and massage it into the hair from about your ear level down, applying a little extra to the damaged ends. Definitely avoid the roots because the moisture level is intense. Tie it up into a loose bun for a couple of hours, and wash it out in the shower. Your hair will be the softest. Quick tip: Apply some CO to your fly-aways to tame your frizz.

3. Eye Makeup Remover

The idea of applying an oil directly to your face may make some people cringe, but natural oils are actually wonderful for your skin. Most eye makeup removers are a mixture of oil and water, so you might as well make your own concoction. Take a bit of coconut oil into your dry hands and apply directly onto your eyelids. Massage into your eye makeup for a bit, then add some water. This will create a milky substance that will literally melt even waterproof mascara off. This trick works with olive oil too, but the scent isn’t as cute.

4. Scrub

Combining coconut oil with sugar will leave you with the world’s simplest body scrub. Get your hands on a jar you can use to store the new mixture, and keep it in your shower. Use it all over your body for a gentle exfoliation. The sugar will do the scrubbing, and the moisturizing properties of coconut oil will leave your skin hydrated, making an added moisturizer unnecessary. This same mixture works wonders as a lip scrub. Brush it onto your lips with a toothbrush, scrub, and apply some extra coconut oil to your lips to keep the fresh skin hydrated.

5. Shaving

By now it’s probably no surprise to you that I have a multitude of different containers of coconut oil concoctions lining the cabinets in my bathroom and shower. I haven’t purchased a shaving cream in over 3 years because coconut oil in its pure form is as good a solution as any. You need the slightest amount to allow the razor to evenly glide over your legs to get a close shave. The best part is that the oil will stay with your skin even after you’re out of the shower, providing your skin with moisture and a glow that will help you look baller in your short shorts. Win.

 

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