As a skincare professional, I have tried a plethora of products ranging from Rx strength to food grade. I have seen wonderful (and not so wonderful) results on both ends of the spectrum, but I have to say I am especially fond of how the natural alternatives make my skin feel. Today I want to talk about two 100% natural, 100% organic ingredients that I have grown especially fond of over the past year: organic coconut oil, and organic makuna honey.
I am a huge fan of incorporating coconut oil and honey into my meals, and am just as enthusiastic about using them as part of my skincare regimen. How do I do that, you ask? Well, read on to find out!
DIY Honey and Coconut Oil Skincare
Make a Moisturizing Mask – I once read that honey makes for a wonderful moisturizing mask, and despite my reservations about how sticky (and messy) that would be, I gave it a shot. I loved the way it made my skin feel and I soon decided to add a little coconut oil to help on my dryer skin days. I like mixing one teaspoon of raw honey with a little less than ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil, and I let this sit on my skin for about 10-15 minutes.
Make a Spot Treatment – both honey and coconut oil have antibacterial and antifungal properties, making them wonderful for battling breakouts. You can use your moisturizing mask as your spot treatment.
Soak It In – I am not an avid bath-taker, but when I do I like to go all out. Adding honey and coconut oil to your bath water will help to hydrate and repair your skin. If you want to take it a step further, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oils as well.
Condition Your Hair – Seriously, this one seemed scary to me. Slopping sticky honey and dense oil in my hair? Well, it was amazing! The concoction felt thick and heavy on my hair, but washing it out felt so wonderful. My hair was incredibly soft and felt much healthier once the solution was rinsed out.
I’ve also found a number of wonderful uses for coconut oil [alone] as well!
Kiss Dry Hands Goodbye – I am a very thorough hand washer. Pair that with cold winter weather and you have a recipe for disaster. So, whenever I am near my coconut oil, I simply slather it on. It is important to remember that this is oil, so it will have risk for grease transfer. Be mindful when touching your phone, papers, or certain fabrics. I usually wipe the palms of my hands and inside of my fingers to keep oil transfer at bay.
Remove Your Makeup With Ease – A little bit of melted coconut oil on a Qtip or cotton ball makes makeup removal a cinch. Yes, even waterproof mascara. Don’t forget to cleanse your face after using the coconut oil to ensure that all dirt and debris from the day get removed.
Tame Frizz – A small amount of coconut oil rubbed into the palm of your hand then distributed evenly throughout is a great way to keep frizz at bay. Remember: less is more. Adding too much coconut oil will make your hair oily [though this is great if you want to use it as a deep conditioner].
Prevent Razor Burn – If you shave, you want to make sure you are using some sort of cream to protect your skin from razor burn. I have found coconut oil to be especially amazing because it keeps my skin smooth and hydrated, but does not immediately wash off when I stand under the water stream.
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Coffee is a Beauty Product, Right?
As Coffee Creamer – Okay so this isn’t exactly a “beauty” use but one tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee makes it taste delicious, and adds a dose of healthy fat to kick start my day.
Coconut Oil Pulling for Whiter Teeth!
For Oil Pulling – If you have not gotten on the oil pulling train, I highly suggest you give it a try! This Ayurvedic technique involves swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, and is meant to improve both your oral and overall health. My oil of choice for this is, of course, coconut oil. After only a week of oil pulling I started to notice whiter teeth, better breath [especially in the morning], healthier/less sensitive gums, and as crazy as it sounds, fewer headaches! I love this practice and seeing more benefits the longer I do it for.
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Alana Mitchell is a licensed esthetician and skincare fanatic, devoted wife, and loving mother. Alana owns Spa Alana in Dana Point, CA and has become world famous for her personal approach to selling beauty products online.
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