3 fabulous ways to use coconut oil for hair and skin care.

3 fabulous ways to use coconut oil for hair and skin care.

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 lustrous hair

 

COCONUT OIL FOR SOFT AND HEALTHY HAIR:

MIRACLE OIL:

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!

INGREDIENTS:

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  – 1 bowl

Curry Leaves                   –  10 to 15

Fenugreek (Methi) seeds –   1 teaspoon

METHOD:

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.

USE:

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 fights dryness

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 makes for a better shaving gel, than shaving gel.

 

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.

Love,

SHILPA…

 

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G – Grooming is essential! #AtoZChallenge

G – Grooming is essential! #AtoZChallenge

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Have you noticed how happy you feel after a visit to a beauty salon? Be it a hair-cut, a mani-pedi, or a head/body massage, pampering your body is one of the most therapeutic activities we indulge in.

Not only do these grooming sessions take care of our body, physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. Of course, not all have the time or even the energy to visit a salon every week/fortnight. But, we definitely can find time to do a little something at least over the weekends, can’t we?

Maybe a mani-pedi, or a facial, a head massage, or exfoliation with ingredients from the kitchen…you can do it all in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Women prioritize all the extra chores that need to be completed over the weekends. Add to it, there’s the school projects that kids need help with. There’s hardly any time left.

But, grooming at home hardly takes a lot of time, really. Believe me, it takes no more than 10 minutes to 40 minutes in the bathroom depending on whether you decide to scrub your feet or your entire body, plus a hair-wash. Yes, I timed it all–I had to write about it here, so the R&D was much-needed!

Also, staying well-groomed is a necessity, not to impress others,  but to feel good about yourself!

Women, usually, tend to let themselves go after marriage. Correct me, if I am wrong, but don’t we become ‘lazy’ about grooming matters? I know I was! But, since some years now, grooming is a part of my weekly schedule, and I do it so that I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.

 

“GROOMING IS THE SECRET OF REAL ELEGANCE.  THE BEST CLOTHES, THE MOST WONDERFUL JEWELS, THE MOST GLAMOROUS BEAUTY DON’T COUNT WITHOUT GOOD GROOMING.”

__CHRISTIAN DIOR

 

 

TIPS FOR GROOMING AT HOME:

  1. Use ingredients from the kitchen for preparing face and body scrubs.
  2. Be gentle with your skin–especially your facial skin.
  3. A facial done at home might not be your idea of pampering, but trust me, there’s a lot of difference between how a beautician massages and how you do it–you know the kind of pressure you find comfortable.
  4. Scrub your feet every night. It takes just a few minutes. Apply Vaseline or a foot care cream and you have beautiful feet, free of cracks and dead skin.
  5. Apply coconut oil to dry hands and feet, at least, at night. The skin soaks it all up and the oil softens your skin better than a chemical-laden cream.
  6. Include a head massage at least twice a week. Heat some coconut oil, add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Heat for a few minutes. Allow to cool and store in a glass jar. Apply this oil to your hair regularly to reduce hair-fall and dandruff and make your hair stronger and silkier.
  7. Opt for henna or chemical-free hair colours.
  8. Look after your hands well. They show the first signs of lack of care.
  9. Never compare yourself with others. Be happy with how you have been created.
  10. And, finally, SMILE. It’s the best accessory to enhance your beauty!

 

Much love,

SHILPA…

 

Benefits of grooming

 

 

 

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Skin care for the winters.

Skin care for the winters.

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Mumbai never experiences winters the way other places do, but, my skin knows precisely when the season sets in! Dry, chapped lips, dry skin, especially around the mouth, dry hands and cracked feet…in fact, dry skin all over!

Caring for your skin during this season becomes necessary because if ignored, your skin loses its moisture too soon and appears dull and undernourished.

Personally, I prefer keeping it simple and refrain from using any readymade skin care products as they contain a lot of chemicals which can do harm over the long run, or they are too oily, which gives me pimples and acne.

I prefer using selective stuff from my kitchen counter that is not only skin-friendly, but also economical. Today, I am sharing with you all a few skin care tips to use not just for winters, but all year round for a soft, supple and a healthy-looking skin.

The tips I share here are not time-consuming, and use very few products, especially those easily found at home. At 45, I have no patience to spend long hours beautifying myself, nor am I interested in spending loads of money buying creams and potions that will never turn me into Cleopatra! So, do let me know if you found my post useful..

 

For the massage:

VIrgin coconut oil:

Virgin coconut oil is a magical, versatile beauty and healthcare product. Not only does it keep your hair shiny, strong and beautiful, it also moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling well nourished.

All you need to do, is massage some oil on your face and body half an hour before you shower.

In case you have dry skin, try applying coconut oil to your damp skin just after the shower. It spreads well, gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t give you the oily feel, at all!

Ghee:

You can also use ghee, or clarified butter, to massage your skin with. It’s a natural ingredient that will definitely soften your skin and won’t even harm your gentle skin in any way as it’s chemical-free.

You could use it during a facial, apply it on chapped lips and consume it to give your body the much-needed good fats.

Body scrubs:

Long ago, I used the readymade apricot scrubs to scrub away the dead skin cells for a smooth, pampered skin. Later, I realised how the coarse particles of the scrub could actually damage my skin over time, especially the facial skin. So, I thought of switching over to something I found in my kitchen.

Gram flour / Besan:

Gram flour makes for the perfect facial and body scrub. It is fine and non-abrasive and also skin-friendly. This has been used in my family since generations. I add half a spoonful of methi (fenugreek) powder and a spoonful of milk to besan and use it to cleanse my face and neck everyday. At times, I use it as a body scrub, too.

You could also add to it a pinch of turmeric and also some cream if your skin feels too dry.

If you wish to use the Multani Mitti, or Fuller’s Earth, do check the brand and the manufacturing date.

Honey and cocoa powder:

This is a new combo that I discovered in a post on skin care shared by a doctor friend. Honey is one of the best moisturisers and when mixed with cocoa powder, makes for the perfect moisturising facial scrub.

All you need is half a teaspoon of honey mixed with cocoa powder to make a paste. Apply it evenly on your face and neck and gently massage for a few minutes and wash off with cold water.

Shikakai Powder:

Now, I know, you might wonder why shikakai powder has been mentioned for skin care, so let me tell you, this was shared with me by my bestie and I vouch for its effectiveness.

Shikakai powder is fine, unlike the readymade scrubs which are often coarse and this makes it non-abrasive.

I bought the powder from a Patanjali products store. This way, I can be sure of its quality.

Take the required quantity in a bowl, add some water to make it into a thick paste and use it as a body and facial scrub, once a week. It gives you baby-soft skin at a far lesser price than what you pay at the salon!

And, do remember:

  • Massage your face and body with coconut oil before you use this scrub.
  • Cold water is best suited for dry skin, as warm/hot water robs the skin of its natural moisture.
  • Pat dry after shower and, if you feel the need, apply some lotion, especially one that’s non-oily and light and preferably made using natural ingredients. I use the Himalaya Nourishing Cream, which is not oily and keeps the skin well-moisturised all day long.

Water:

Water is the best solution for dry skin. It works its wonders from within which reflects on our skin. It can be quite tough, though, remembering to drink water regularly, especially in winters when we hardly sweat and don’t feel the need to hydrate.

An easy way out could be to set an alarm for every hour that will remind us to replenish our water levels in our body. It will not only help keep your skin from getting dry, but also flush away the toxins and give a clear, healthy skin.

Care for your feet:

Apart from your face and body, your feet too bear the brunt of the dry weather. The ugly cracks that develop on the heels can mar the beauty of your feet.

Make sure to scrub your heels using a foot scrub or a pumice stone, in the morning and at night. It takes just a couple minutes and helps get rid of the dead skin.

Massage the heel with either a foot cream or Vaseline and cover it with your socks. Follow this routine before the cracks on the heel deepen and start to bleed and walking becomes difficult.

It takes just a week to notice the difference and, now, you can also wear that strappy footwear you have been wanting to flaunt!

Skin care at home Vs. skin care in the salon:

Most of us prefer visiting the salon for our skin and hair care routines. A facial, mani-pedi, waxing, hair-cut, et al, at the salon gives us the pampered feeling. Most of it is fine, too. But, I always believe that a facial done at home, by ourselves, is a lot better than one done by the beautician.

The reason being, we know our skin better, so we know what products are good for our skin. Secondly, when we massage our skin, we can gauge the pressure we need better than the beautician does.

The one time I went to a salon to get a facial done, I found it quite uncomfortable. The beautician applied far too much pressure saying that that is how the dead skin cells can be removed. But, the skin on our face is really delicate and doesn’t need the kind of excess pressure while massaging. Neither is the skin so dirty that it needs to be scrubbed like we would scrub our bathroom tiles!

The best way to care for our skin is by ourselves, with products that are often found at home–natural, without any harmful chemicals that could have side-effects rather than benefits. Keeping the entire routine simple and easy on our skin will ensure a healthy glow all year long.

Do try it out and let me know. I am sure once you get used to doing it by yourselves, you will avoid visiting the salon for the same.

What’s your beauty regimen? How do you keep your skin healthy and beautiful? Do share with me…I would love to hear all about it!

Love,

SHILPA…

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Skin care using natural ingredients for the harsh winters