If you are packing for the summer holidays, you might consider adding coconut oil into your makeup bag. Not only has coconut oil become greatly popular to use in cooking recipes, apparently the oil also does amazing things for your hair and skin.

Packed with the antioxidant vitamin E, the oil works protective and reduces the absorption of toxins and pesticides through the skin. Coconut oil is super healthy and has a great scent, and the best thing is that you can use it to serve many different purposes, making it an all-in-one solution and definitely worth the money. Here are 5 ways you can use coconut oil as a beauty supplement:

Use it as a hair mask

Blake Lively’s method: “Something my mom does that is kind of cool: She puts coconut oil on the ends of her hair. When you shampoo your hair, you’re trying to get the oil out of your roots, but you really want the rest of your hair to maintain its moisture. When you put coconut oil on the ends, the shampoo gets oil out of the roots, but also protects the ends.” Coconut oil is amazing for your hair, and because it is all natural you can leave it in your hair for as long as you want. For a busy career girl, a possible solution could be to leave the coconut oil in the hair and let it work overnight, and cleanse it out the morning. This is a great way to moisturize any damaged hair, and it will leave the hair with a silky smooth feel and a scent of coconut.

Moisturize your skin

Instead of spending lots of money on expensive body oils, coconut oil can just as well do the trick. To achieve the best result, apply the oil right after you get out of the shower, before drying, and let the oil soak into the skin. You can also apply the oil on dry skin to make your skin look smooth and extremely healthy. The oil can even be applied on the face, to be used as a natural highlighter for the cheeks.

Baby your hands and lips

If you deal with chapped lips or dry cuticles, coconut oil is a great substitutional option for the expensive products on the market. Scoop some coconut oil into an old lip balm container, and carry it in your bag when you are on the go.

Take your make up off with it

“I’m allergic to everything so I just use extra virgin olive oil on my skin because I know it won’t cause a reaction. At night, I take off my makeup with coconut oil.” Emma Stone in a Vogue interview. Yes, coconut oil can also be used as a great makeup remover. Apply the oil on a cotton ball, and wipe away any makeup. This even works on waterproof mascara, while hydrating the eyelashes and undereye area.

Replace your shaving cream

If you are out of shaving cream, try using coconut oil to get nice and smooth legs. By switching to coconut oil, you will avoid the chemicals and the strong odor of shaving cream. Also, the coconut oil moisturizes your legs and give them a glowy look, without making it look greasy.


Originally written for Career Girl Daily: http://www.careergirldaily.com/5-easy-ways-to-use-coconut-oil-as-a-beauty-supplement/