I hope you enjoyed part 1 of the Life changing coconut oil series. If you missed it just click on over here and you’ll see 5 amazing ways you can use coconut oil to not simply change you life, but make it better! Without further ado, I’m going to jump right in to part 2! (Hey! I’m a poet and didn’t know it!)
Exfoliating won’t wreak havoc on your skin
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead and dried skin cells from the surface of your skin. Many people know that removing the dead skin cells and grime that build up on your skin is a beneficial process, but unfortunately not many realize that stripping away the sebum is counterproductive. When you strip away the oil that is designed to protect your skin your body goes into hyper drive to produce a fresh layer. This is why many people find that the more they scrub, the more breakouts they actually get.
When you exfoliate with a scrub made from sugar or salt, and coconut oil, you are removing the dead skin cells and grime all while leaving behind a nice clean layer of anti-bacterial coconut oil. In return your body won’t kick into high-oil gear afterwards.
How to exfoliate using coconut oil
My favorite way to whip up a scrub is to mix turbninado sugar, or hymilain sea salt with coconut oil until just moist. I like to mix in lavender essential oil for night scrubs, and lemon or peppermint for an invigorating and uplifting morning scrub. It’s especially helpful to use a scrub before shaving for a nice close shave. Which brings me to my next point.
Your shaving experience will be better
My brother recently started shaving his face. They grow up so fast! Hahaha. I mentioned that he should be using coconut oil as shaving cream. Of course, being a curious teen he started asking me all kinds of questions about why people use oil or shaving cream at all. I explained it simply like this:
Shaving is rubbing razors over your skin. Those razors cut the hair down at the base of the follicle, but they also scrape across your skin. Many people experience razor burn as a result. You need a layer of lubrication to prevent the razors from damaging your skin. When it comes to shaving cream, that’s where the benefits stop. The chemical poop storm in a can of shaving cream might seem to help your skin, but I very strongly doubt that there are any real long term benefits to using it.
How to use coconut oil as shaving cream
If you use coconut oil, you’ll not only prevent razor burn but you’ll also be moisturizing your skin in a long-term way. As well as you’ll have the added bonus of an anti-bacterial treatment in the case of a nick or cut. You can also customize the oil with your favorite essential oils.
Your armpits will smell like flowers and rainbows
What did people do before the invention of deodorant? Honestly… they didn’t stink as bad. That’s right! I know it sounds crazy, but its true. Those chemicals you’re rubbing in your pits everyday are harmful. They also have a long lasting negative effect on not only your health, but on your BO as well. One really great alternative is coconut oil.
There are quite a few misconceptions regarding body odor. One is that sweat stinks. Sweat by itself is virtually odorless. So anti-antiperspirants aren’t necessarily needed to prevent B-O. Another is that body odor is a purely physical problem. Stress, anxiety, and depression can contribute towards the development of symptoms just as much as much as physical factors. Lastly, people seem to think that what they eat don’t effect how they smell, but that’s not true. When people eat strong-smelling foods such as garlic, onion, and coffee, the smells can permeate the skin and cause a foul odor.
How to use coconut oil as deodorant
A simple and quick recipe for making a DIY deodorant with coconut oil is to mix equal parts coconut oil to arrowroot, or cornstarch, with 25 (give or take) drops of essential oils. Copaiba is my absolute favorite! Or for the true minimalist, just dip your finger tips in the coconut oil and rub it in. Make sure you’re only using the very tiniest amount if that’s your preferred method, as coconut oil can stain your clothing if you get a little too crazy with it.
You can get an awesome metabolism boost
I love coconut, I mean I really just love everything about it. I love the water, the milk, the meat, the flavor, the texture, the oil. Yep I am flat in love with it. And it’s the one indulgence I have that I will never feel guilty for. Why? Because it’s so healthy for you. Yeah, even when I dip it in chocolate. No apologies here, I’m eating that coconut oil, and I’m going to feel good about it too!
The different types of foods we eat can have a huge effect on our hormones and metabolic health. One important property of coconut oil is that its thermogenic. That’s a fancy way of saying it tends to increase fat burning compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When we replace the fats we are eating with coconut oil, it helps us burn more calories!
How to use coconut oil to help boost your metabolism
There’s several different ways to get more coconut oil in your diet. You can try bulletproof coffee, which has taken the world by storm. Try mixing it into your morning protein shake if coffee isn’t your thing. You can replace the cooking oil in your kitchen with it. It can easily be added to smoothies. Or you can mix it with coconut shavings and dip it in chocolate. Obviously my personal favorite.
One word- SALVES
A few weeks back our princess got into the tube of antibiotic ointment in the bathroom. Hubby and I were asking, “What’s even is in this stuff?”. I didn’t know! But I researched it and found out quickly that it’s made with crude oil (seriously why are we still using petroleum anything on our bodies?) and some other unsavory ingredients that are actually linked to contact dermatitis.
We bought it before we knew any better because that’s what we grew up using. But no more excuses! I threw it right in the trash and didn’t think twice about it. Why? We’ve got coconut oil. Coconut oil is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial. When you stack that up next to shmeosporin, it is clearly the winner.
How to make some coconut oil salves
Some simple tricks for using coconut oil to treat injuries is to add helichrysum essential oil to it. Many people call this EO “liquid stitches” as it helps heal cuts incredibly quickly. Another neat tip for using coconut oil on owies is to mix comfrey root into coconut oil as well as lavender and lemongrass essential oils. This will clear up a bruise very quickly! For skin abrasions you could also try mixing coconut oil with manuka honey. Coconut oil is amazing all on it’s own as well!