Here's why Coconut Oil is the most essential beauty product you can have
"Cos all I needed was some coconut oil" - Lizzo
By Clodagh Meaney
Coconut oil and it's high content of saturated fat makes for an ideal beauty tool for someone like me with dry damaged hair and dry to combination skin.
I recently reorganised my drawers all my beauty products by function, and I really wasn't sure which category I should put my coconut oil in (ultimate first world problem, I know) because I use it for literally everything. It was this instance that made me realise just how essential it is to my beauty regime, especially in a time where I don't have the luxury of shopping for anything but groceries.
Here are 10 of my favourite ways to utilise the holy grail of beauty:
Used alone, or with other cupboard essential ingredients, coconut oil makes for the perfect hair mask.
Adding shine, and moisture I apply it to wet hair and leave in overnight under a shower cap before washing it out with shampoo and hot water the next morning.
I'm an advocate of the double cleanse, it's one beauty hack that really changed my skin. If you haven't tried it yet, get on it.
Coconut oil works like a magnet penetrating pores and cleaning them thoroughly. After rubbing it into your skin in circular motions for 1-2 minutes, remove with a hot wet cloth.
Follow up with either a water-based cleanser or face scrub before using your favourite toner and moisturiser.
Since I began using coconut oil as a make-up remover, I have never looked back. Micellar water who?
Working like magic on waterproof mascara, all you need to do is apply it to your face, rubbing it into your skin in circular motions.
Remove with a clean cloth and hot water before cleansing, toning and applying moisturiser.
I'm not a big fan of buying shaving foam, in fact, I think it's one of the most pointless products on the market (unless you shave your face that is).
After exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells apply coconut oil and shave as usual.
The oil not only works to protect your skin while shaving but it also adds moisture so that by the time you've finished your shower you'll have the supple soft legs of a hairless angel.
This one is pretty self-explanatory!
Instead of using expensive cuticle oils after your home-manicure, just dab some coconut oil around your nails before gently massaging it in.
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian remedy that helps to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth.
It does not replace brushing your teeth but instead adds extra protection for your gums and teeth.
Before brushing, swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth approximately 15-20 minutes to help whiten, remove plaque and freshen breath.
Applying coconut oil to wet skin after a shower helps you to lock in moisturiser.
If you're heading out into the sun afterwards, make sure you apply additional sunscreen with UVB and UVA filters as the oil will make your skin more prone to sun damage.
Mixing half a teaspoon of sugar with half a teaspoon of coconut oil makes for an excellent lip scrub.
After removing flaky skin, rinse with warm water and apply a layer of oil to restore moisture.
Just like the method above, mix 1 part sugar to 1 part coconut oil to make a moisturising exfoliator.
Apply to your body rubbing it in circular motions and rinse with hot water and soap.
I would not recommend using this mixture as a face scrub as the harsh edges of the sugar may create small tears in your delicate facial skin.
One of the last things I do before going to bed is my eyebrows.
As strange as that sounds, it's all to help promote new growth as I'm still recovering from the skinny brows of the 00s.
I apply oil before brushing my brows upwards with a spoolie.
It's not precisely the coconut oil that helps growth, but rather the stimulation of the follicles on my brows that encourages the hair to grow.