This week, I want to mix it up a little bit. Instead of doing my usual product review, I will talk about some of the nontraditional uses (or “hacks”) of coconut oil
1. Waterproof makeup remover
Coconut oil makes an amazing makeup remover, even for waterproof makeup. Waterproof mascara and long-lasting lipstick come off with some oil and a cotton pad, no scrubbing needed. No more buying makeup remover and putting chemicals on your sensitive eyelids!
2. Shaving cream
You might be doubtful about this use of coconut oil, but trust me, it works. The layer of oil on your legs first moisturizes your skin, meaning there’s no dry skin bits that might get caught on the razor. Secondly, the oil acts as a lubricant for the razor, reducing friction and the change you’ll knick yourself.
3. Cuticle cream
Personally, I don’t take good care of my cuticles on a regular basis. However, when I want to pamper myself, I rub coconut oil on my cuticles (and the rest of my hand). It moisturizes the skin and cuticles, keeping your hands looking young and clean.
4. Deep conditioner or pre-shower treatment
Coconut oil makes a great deep conditioner or pre-shower treatment, as many oils do. You can either rub oil into your hair 5 minutes (or more) before your shower or during your shower, after shampooing. Either way, this treatment will help bring back moisture and shine to your hair. I will warn you, though, that you have to be careful with this hack. If you don’t wash your hair well enough, the oil will remain in your hair and will make it look stringy (although it will prevent flyaways and will add a natural shine!)
5. Exfoliating body scrub
If you mix equal parts coconut oil and sugar, you get an excellent exfoliating body scrub. As I have already said, the oil is a great moisturizer. The sugar is important because it helps take off dead skin, making way to fresh, moisturized skin. I would recommend doing this scrub after shaving, because shaving will start the process of removing dead skin. Also, you don’t want sugar clogging your razor.
6. Hair protectant
A use that you might not think of is using coconut oil as a protectant when swimming. If you apply the oil to your hair before going outside, you protect it from the damaging rays of the sun, as well as any chlorine or salt that you may encounter in the pool or the ocean.