I’m all about that coco! Yes, seriously: I use coconut oil for my hair, skin and body. Almost every celebrity is using it nowadays and no magazine can avoid the coconut hype. But what makes coconut oil so effective? I will point out all the perks today to show you why you should give it a try…
If you walk by a magazine stand or look up any beauty web site online, they will all scream COCONUT! There are plenty of articles online regarding the ingredient – ”101 uses for coconut oil”, ”can coconut oil replace every beauty product?” and so forth.
I never really understood the hype surrounding coconut oil, until one of my favourite singers Lykke Li declared her love for it in an interview. My adoration for her, combined with her great skin, convinced me to jump on the bandwagon. After looking through scientific evidence, I was even more convinced: coconut oil is a rich source of fatty acids and thus has emollient properties for (dry) skin. Shortly: you can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees.
For my bleached hair, I usually only use silver shampoo and conditioner. However, as my hair can get very dry (especially after a dye session), I lo-lo-love to use Bumble and bumble’s Creme de Coco shampoo, conditioner and hair masque. It doesn’t weigh my hair down (amazing!) and leaves it incredibly soft & shiny. Apart from coconut butter, you’ll also find plenty of murumuru butters in there.
In case you have curly hair, you might want to try LUSH’s Curly Wurly shampoo. It literally contains chunks of coconut, so make sure to comb through your hair in the shower!
I haven’t come across many brands yet that use coconut oil for their make-up, but I do use the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer every day, which is primarily made of castor seed oil & coconut oil. It’s described as an ultra-sheer highlighter with a satin-pearl finish and I personally like to use it on my cheekbones (some people use it on their lips & eyes too).
Another item that I only tried swiftly in-store (and really want now) is the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer. What struck me most about this is that it works beautifully on its own, hydrates skin and leaves skin looking natural.
For my skin, I only tend to use the RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream in order to remove any make-up (tinted moisturiser, concealer) and double cleanse my skin at night. In case you find it too expensive (which it essentially is), you can always pick up a bucket of raw coconut cream at the grocery store. I take a rather large scroop out of the jar, massage it onto my face and let the coconut oil sit a minute before rinsing and cleansing with my Clarisonic. I wish I could use pure coconut oil afterwards as a moisturizer, but it simply clogs my pores and belongs to those with a drier skin than mine.
There you have it: my love for coconut oil! It smells lovely, does its job effectively at everything and is inexpensive as well. What’s not to like?
Do you like to use coconut oil in your beauty regimen?