The benefits of coconut oil have been known since ages. It’s been tagged as a health food with medicinal properties and also a skin-friendly, perfect ingredient for skin and hair care. Be it the Extra Virgin Coconut oil, or the refined coconut oil that we usually use for hair care–both of these make for the perfect beauty ingredients without any harmful side-effects.
For me, personally, coconut oil has been my go-to during the harsh winters to fight dryness as well as the bi-weekly head massage that benefits my hair and my sleep.
Over the years I have realised that a chemical-based moisturiser can never bring me relief from dry skin as much as the tried and tested coconut oil. It may not sound glamorous, it may not smell heavenly, but it helps soften my skin and nourish my hair. Well, actually, it does smell heavenly–the faint aroma of coconut on my skin makes me feel so warm within!
So, today, I am sharing with you all, 3 ways in which coconut oil has helped me in my skin and hair care routine.
COCONUT OIL FOR SOFT AND HEALTHY HAIR:
Using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for a weekly hair massage changes the way your hair feels and looks! My SIL shared with me a secret recipe for hair oil and after using it for the past two years, I can vouch for its effectiveness in improving the hair quality. Of course, one needs to be regular in using it!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 bowl
Curry Leaves – 10 to 15
Fenugreek (Methi) seeds – 1 teaspoon
Heat the oil in a tempering pan.
Once it’s hot, add the fenugreek seeds. Allow them to sputter and change colour.
Then, add the washed and dried curry leaves. Allow them to turn crispy.
Switch off the burner.
Allow the oil to cool before storing it in a glass jar.
1 I use the miracle oil to massage my hair twice a week. Applying it after colouring my hair softens the hair and reduces hair fall. It makes my hair silky and soft. And, I just love the aroma of fenugreek and curry leaves mingled with that of the coconuts!
2 After a hair wash, I towel-dry my hair and apply 3 to 4 drops of refined coconut oil before de-tangling and combing my hair. This conditions the hair and keeps it moisturised and well-nourished. And, yes, it doesn’t appear sticky when I leave my hair loose!
COCONUT OIL TO TREAT DRY SKIN:
Extra Virgin Coconut oil, or even the refined coconut oil make for the best moisturisers. My skin has begun to dry with age, and during winters it can get really bad. The itching can get pretty annoying and no amount of moisturisers help. No, not even those that claim soft skin in one application!
So, since some time now, I have been using coconut oil during winters. Gently massaging the face and the body with the oil half an hour before bathing ensures softer skin and no dryness.
Applying some coconut oil after the shower keeps my skin soft and moisturised, too.
COCONUT OIL FOR GROOMING:
Surprisingly, coconut oil makes for a better ‘shaving gel’, than a shaving gel.
Shaving, too, used to dry my skin. My legs would often itch after a day of shaving and no moisturiser helped bring me relief. So, I began using coconut oil instead of shaving gel or soap and the results stunned me!
SKIN CARE BEFORE AND AFTER SHAVING:
Use cold water to wash the skin before and after shaving. Hot water dries the skin.
Scrub the skin with a home-made body scrub. You could use a simple scrub made of gram flour (besan), curd and powdered fenugreek seeds.
Wash and dry.
Apply refined coconut oil to the part you wish to shave.
Now, use the razor. Do not shave a spot multiple times, just a couple of quick, gentle strokes are enough to get rid of the hair.
Wash well once done.
Now, use the body scrub once again and clean well.
Give a final wash with an antiseptic liquid like Dettol.
Pat dry the skin.
Apply refined coconut oil when the skin is moist so the oil spreads fast. The skin will absorb the oil quickly so you need not worry about a sticky, oily skin all day.
Applying coconut oil daily after bath, instead of a body lotion, will ensure no irritation, dryness or itching on the shaved area.
That’s all from me this week for skin and hair care. Do share with me your own beauty secrets, or beauty ingredients that you discovered in your kitchen cabinets and how they helped you. I would love to know.
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