A staple in Indian households, most of us associate coconut oil with a hair massage. But what you don’t think about is how good it is for your face, your arms, your legs and more. Really, the West is raving all about it, and why wouldn’t they? Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature. Plus it has lauric acid that makes it as moisturising as a wonder nut from the Amazon. So we thought we’d jot down some coco-cures for you to make the most of this miracle oil all through the year.
5 Ways To Make Most Of Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine
For scalp massage and hair conditioning
This is probably the commonest use of coconut oil in India. Growing up, I had waist-long hair and my mom used a swipe of coconut oil (3-4 drops) before braiding my hair for school. It continues to be a part of my hair routine. While I’m not a fan of scalp massage anymore, especially a vigorous champi session, I still find it my serums. You can also combine aloe vera (cut up a leaf) and add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Blend it and apply it onto your hair for an easy DIY.
Applying coconut oil can also tame frizz and reduce dandruff. It’s antibacterial and antifungal and there have been cases where coconut oil has helped reduce dandruff. But many dermatologists including Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta (who’s a client) advises most clients to avoid oiling if they have acute dandruff.
To moisturise dry hands and feet.
Chances are the dry air is getting to your hands and feet. Rough, scaly patches can really be pesky. While we don’t suggest you carry it around, coconut oil can work wonders at home. When you’re sitting in bed and watching a movie, just take a bit on your hands and massage on hands, nails and cuticles. Let it be absorbed and then apply some on your feet. Wear a pair of fuzzy socks to wake up to soft, happy feet.
If you’re constantly do dishes, or find yourself washing your hands excessively during CO-VID19 quarantine, use if after you’re done with your work. It’s more repairing than a hand cream.
Coconut oil can also work on cuticles and peeling skin.
Its properties make it a good would salve more minor scrapes and cuts as well as peeling skin around your nails, heels etc.
Make most of coconut oil to shave your legs
Better than shaving cream, soap or shower gel, that by the way, are loaded with chemicals….coconut oil is a great for a clean shave. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Slather a generous amount of coconut oil on a patch of your legs and then use the razor. It prunes hair in one, quick movement, meaning less work for you. Plus, your hair growth is not rough at all! Since this wonderful oil is antimicrobial, you don’t need to worry about cuts and infections.
Editor’s Note: I’ve been doing this for more years than I can count. It’s so much better than shaving cream. You should try it! Here’s a step-by-step guide I wrote on POPxo to help you shave your arms and legs with coconut oil.
Double it up as an eye make-up remover
If you run out of your eye make-up remover, try coconut oil. It’s great on waxy, dark make-up and breaks down waterproof, volumising mascara too. Put a little on a cotton ball or a Q-tip and gently sweep it over your eyes. Once you’re done, wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
As a cheekbone highlighter
You know that highlighting and contouring is a big YES this season. You may not know this but coco oil is actually used as a base ingredient by many companies. Add some definition to your face with a dab of coconut oil on your cheekbones after you’re done with your make-up. Leave it alone for a few minutes. You’ll see that it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, and your skin is glowing more than usual.
Make your own scrub
If you’re sensitive to artificial fragrances and are trying to stay chemical-free, your best bet is to whip up a scrub in the kitchen. Use coconut oil as the base: it’s inexpensive and is a great emollient for the skin. Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 cup of brown sugar and stir well. If you know your fave essential oil, feel free to add a few drops. Or else some vanilla extracts would do. Put in a glass jar and use it once a week to exfoliate your skin.
Best Coconut Oils Available In India
Parachute 100% Pure Coconut Oil, Rs 86 for 200 ml
Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, Rs 825 for 200 ml
Aloe Veda Distil Virgin Coconut Oil, Rs 225
Just Herbs Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Unprocessed & Certified Organic, Rs 545 for 200 ml
Kama Ayurveda Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Rs 650 for 200 ml
Nykaa Naturals Cold Pressed Hair & Body Coconut Oil, Rs 450 for 200 ml