For decades, coconut oils have been widely used for different purposes, be it for cooking, healing or beauty purposes. It’s known to be multi-purpose, natural, easily available, and most of all, affordable.
I picked up a bottle of coconut oil while I was in Bangkok, it looked promising, and it was only about 140 Baht. I had a whiff at the stall and it smelled exactly like coconut without the artificial fragrance.
Initially, I bought this oil for the purpose of oil pulling, but I decided not to try it since I have nothing specific to treat and it’s not a yummy thought for sure.
The suggestion of usage even includes taking it directly, since it’s culinary grade, I suppose it’s not going to harm my skin or scalp.
Some of the uses of coconut oil that I have personally tried:
- As facial or body oil - As oily as it sounds, it actually doesn’t feel bad on skin at all! On some nights that my skin feels unusually tight, I pat on some coconut oil as my moisturizer right while the toner is still moist on skin. It helps to reduce the greasy feeling and enhance absorption. I haven’t had any breakouts but I think my skin actually looks more glowy with the usage of coconut oil. And yes, it looks like I have found the best affordable oil for my skin!
- Hair treatment - Other than as my facial oil, I also apply on the hair ends, with the remaining on my palm, I then massage it on my scalp. It’s said to be able to improve scalp condition and hair growth, while I have not seen any new hair growth, but my hair feels softer definitely. However, I do wash my hair in the morning before work, so no greasiness here!
- Body scrub - Add some coconut oil into brown sugar, make it into a paste with your preferred consistency, and you are good to go.
- Lip balm - When I have leftover of coconut oil on my hand, I give my lips a gentle tap before bed as my lip balm. It works, and it doesn’t kill me even if I lick it off when I sleep.
There are still another 999 ways to use this oil, but I could only confirm based on my own usage. I have been using this oil for more than a month daily, and I am glad to say that it works, and it’s pocket friendly!
Now, who needs those expensive oils?