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Coconut Oil For Beauty: A Frugal Household's Dream!
By Melissa Bailey on Jan 27 2014, 12:14 AM
If you had walked up to me two years ago and asked me to talk about coconut oil, I would have given you that deer in the headlights look! Not only had I never heard of coconut oil, if coconut wasn't in a candy bar or in a coconut cream pie, I didn't even realize it existed. Thankfully, my eyes were opened and I have seen the light into this amazing product!

Coconut oil is an incredibly versatile oil with some amazing health benefits. Since I am not a nutritionist, I don't feel comfortable talking about the various health benefits in detail. What I do have is experience on the many other uses for coconut oil, especially in the beauty department! From your head to your toes, coconut oil is a natural way to heal, moisturize and benefit your entire body.

I purchase a 16 oz jar of coconut oil from Trader Joe's for $5.99. The jar typically lasts me three weeks (I use for both beauty and cooking) which makes for an incredibly affordable solution! If you want exhaustive lists, you can find websites that have 300+ uses for the oil. I thought it would be more helpful to share the few that I have tried and found to be successful: 

HAIR
If you have dry hair, then coconut oil is an answer to prayer! When your hair is wet, take one or two tablespoons from the jar. Melt small amounts of the oil in your hand and then rub throughout your hair and scalp. Let it sit on your head for 45 minutes before shampooing. I do this once a week to maintain silky smooth hair.

SKIN
As winter is slowly fading away and we face the Spring, it's time to think about exfoliation! For a simple and natural exfoliator, mix coconut oil with a small amount of sea salt. Rub the two on your skin for a light exfoliant (that will leave your skin moisturized)!

I also use coconut oil on my skin if I have small scrapes and burns. Coconut oil is a natural antiseptic, providing a protective layer as well as some slight medicinal properties. When I burn myself in the kitchen, I dab some coconut oil on the spot and let nature take its course!

NAILS
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and works great to heal dry, cracked cuticles. Forego the expensive salon oils and simply dab a bit of the oil on your cuticles before you go to bed. It will take about 1/8 teaspoon to do all 10 nails (or 20 if you feel like your feet need some attention, too!).

FACE
If you enjoy facials but feel uncomfortable with the harsh products found in many products, simply mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of raw honey. Spread the mixture onto your face, lay down and enjoy 15 minutes of tropical magic! (The honey will help the coconut oil stay on your face rather than drip down your skin once it begins to heat up.) Rinse with warm water.

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