Even people who are very choosy about what they eat don’t always think about what they are putting on their skin or in their hair for beauty treatments. Yet commercial beauty products are also full of harmful chemicals, many of which can be absorbed into the skin. There are, however, options for beautifying naturally just as there are for eating naturally. Below are 5 all-natural beauty products made from coconut oil.
Coconut oil is excellent for removing makeup at the end of the day. Simply apply it to the fingertips and rub it gently on the face and around the eyes, then wipe away with a cloth. It will leave the skin fresh and clean while also keeping it moisturized and soft.
Most commercial brands of deodorant – even some that claim to be “all natural” – contain aluminum, and this has been linked to some forms of cancer. Fortunately, a homemade deodorant is easy to make by combining 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch to one part coconut oil. The baking soda takes care of odor, the cornstarch keeps the armpits area dry and the coconut oil leaves it hydrated. Essential oils can be added for scent if desired.
Making homemade toothpaste is simple as well by just mixing together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda with a few drops of essential oil of peppermint added for extra freshness. Baking soda is one of the best natural whiteners and is very good for overall oral health and the peppermint oil takes care of breath odors. Make sure to rinse the sink out after brushing, however, as coconut is solid at room temperature.
Shaving can sometimes leave skin with irritated red bumps or even minor bleeding. If this is a problem, consider using coconut oil as a shaving oil. To use, rub it liberally onto the skin, then shave as normal with a regular razor. It will moisturize and hydrate the skin and reduce the chance of irritation, leaving the legs soft and smooth.
For skin that has been dried out from warmth or sun exposure, a body butter made from coconut oil is a positively decadent way to moisturize it. While the coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin to hydrate it, making a butter by adding a favorite essential oil and whisking it into a light froth can really make for an indulgent after-shower treat for the skin!
Natural beauty treatments for the skin, hair and face can help avoid contact with some of the harsh – and even dangerous – chemicals that unfortunately are common ingredients in many commercial beauty products, and because DIY products are nearly always cheaper, it can save a lot of money as well.