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Winter is here, and while it brings the holidays, snow, and a much-needed break, it also brings dry skin. Nobody likes the cracked, peeling, itchy skin that comes with the cold weather, but thankfully, there’s a simple solution: coconut oil!
Want to improve your skincare routine with the help of coconut oil? Read on to learn how to use coconut oil for skincare.
Face and body moisturizer
Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizing agents and can keep your skin feeling smooth and strong all day. Try gently massaging coconut oil into your face or any particularly dry spots on your body. Be careful though: With some oilier skin types, coconut oil can clog your pores and make acne worse.
Additionally, if you have dirt or dried makeup on your face, moisturizing with coconut oil can actually rub those impurities into your pores for an effect that’s more harmful than beneficial. With that in mind, make sure you always clean your face thoroughly before moisturizing and test how coconut oil products work with your skin before you commit to using anything.
If you’re going to use coconut oil on your face as a moisturizer anyway, why not use it as a makeup remover for a great two-in-one solution? Coconut oil can remove many types of makeup that are waterproof and otherwise difficult to clean off. It’s one of the best natural beauty products around. Gently massage it into your skin wherever you’ve applied makeup, and be sure to remove the oil afterward by washing your face or wiping off with a damp towel.
The moisturizing effects of coconut oil make it a great natural lip balm, and the best part is the natural coconut taste and smell! There are many coconut oil lip balms available on the market, or you can just rub plain coconut oil on your lips for the same effect at a much lower price. Try to use virgin coconut oil for the best possible effect.
Using coconut oil as a replacement for your normal shaving cream can help reduce irritation and razor burn, especially for fine or short hair. Many shaving creams and gels are full of common allergens and toxic chemicals that can harm and inflame your skin. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is all-natural and far less likely to cause allergic reactions.
In addition, coconut oil becomes clear in hue when it hits the warmth of your skin, which can make it easier to see everything you’re shaving. This trick works especially well when shaving in the shower, as coconut oil won’t wash off your body as easily as traditional shaving cream.
Finally, coconut oil can make a great base for an all-natural exfoliating scrub. The soothing and moisturizing effects help to balance out the irritation that can be caused by a rough facial exfoliator. Simply mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, brown sugar, or any other exfoliator and use it two to three times per week for healthy, smooth, moisturized skin.