How to Use Coconut Oil for Dry Skin
Coconut oil is a 100% natural multi-tasking product to enhance your beauty and skin health. Found everywhere on grocery store shelves, this is a versatile oil people commonly use for healthy cooking. But other than that, it can be incorporated into a chemical-free skincare routine for dry skin as well, thanks to its antioxidant, anti-bacterial and amazing moisturizing properties. This oneHOWTO article is going to tell you how to use coconut oil for dry skin.
Use it as a facial cleanser
Many facial cleansers available in the market are made up of harsh chemicals that make your dry skin even drier. The overabundance of chemicals and alcohol in these products strip off natural oils from your skin, thus leading to further skin problems like clogged pores, acne etc. So, if you have dry skin, coconut oil will work as the perfect facial cleanser for you. It will gently wash off impurities, dirt and makeup from your skin, without ripping off your skin’s natural oils.
How to use it?
When you wash your face with a coconut oil cleanser, your skin will be left moisturized and soft like never before. Take ½ tsp of coconut oil in your palm and massage gently on your face using your fingers. Then rinse with warm water while using circular motions.
Use it as a moisturizer
Coconut oil in itself is a great moisturizer for dry skin. It is commonly blended with other oils and also used as a carrier for a number of essential oils. Other than that, you can also add coconut oil to certain creams and lotions that require extra moisturizing effects. If you have dry skin, the moisturizing properties of most creams and lotions may not be enough to moisturize your skin thoroughly.
How to use it?
If you have already washed your face with coconut oil, you must have enough coconut oil left on your skin, and you do not need to apply more coconut oil to moisturize. But if you have washed your face with another facial cleanser, then rub ½ tsp of coconut oil on your fingers and pat on your face. You may also add some melted coconut oil in your ready made lotion or cream, and apply as usual.
Moreover, it's also a great ingredient for dry skin if you make your own sunscreen.
Use it as a makeup remover
Removing your makeup at the end of the day can be an irritating and hectic task to do. Most makeup removers are expensive, and not all of them work well too. So, instead of spending your money in a makeup remover, you can remove your makeup easily using coconut oil. It will not only quickly remove your stubborn makeup, but will also leave your skin moisturized and conditioned.
How to use it?
Apply 1 tsp of coconut oil on a cotton swab, and apply on your makeup gently. Wash off with warm water and moisturize.
Use it as a shaving cream
Most shaving creams are expensive, and they contain a huge cocktail of chemicals as well. Whether you are a man and want to shave your face, or you are a woman wishing to give a close shave to your legs, arms or underarms, you can apply coconut oil on your skin instead of shaving cream, and then use your razor to shave, this is a great trick for those who shave a lot and have dry skin on these areas. Coconut oil is much cheaper than shaving creams, it is 100% natural, and has a divine smell too. Once you have shaved your skin, you don’t need moisturizing. The coconut oil that you applied on your skin will already leave your skin hydrated and moisturized, without making it look and feel greasy.
Use it as a lip balm
Coconut oil can be effectively used to soothe your dry and chapped lips. Rub a drop of coconut oil on your lips and leave. It will help your lips to hydrate and moisturize, and its great taste and smell is an added advantage too. Leave this lip balm overnight. The high vitamin E content in coconut oil will increase hydration, protect your lips and strengthen them to lock in moisture.
If you don't have coconut oil, you should know you can also make your own at home.
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