by Nichole Dawkins | May 31 2017
We all know that coconut oil is full of awesomeness. It heals tons of skin problems, makes food taste better and generally makes everything so much better - and healthier. Basically, coconut oil is life!
Coconut oil is not just for cooking. It is for EVERYTHING. This amazing natural multi-tasker will hydrate your skin, fight frizz and can even reduce premature signs of aging. All of these problems are typically a result from spending time in the sun and in the humidity. Sun is fun, but it can have a unfortunate effect afterwards if you are not careful.
During the summer months I have found that coconut oil is all you need to play it safe. There are literally hundreds of ways you can use it, but in this blog I focused on what I thought would be the most useful and beauty-related for the summer.
Here are 5 of my favorite ways you can use coconut oil this summer!
1. Protect your skin for the sun
Coconut oil actually has a natural SPF of 4 - which I know is not a lot, but it also contains antioxidants to remove toxins from the skin. I'm not saying to replace your SPF 50 with just coconut oil, but it is a natural way to give your skin a little extra protection everyday without having to slather on a thick white sunscreen. Just don't forget to stay out the sun during the peak hours - especially if you are just using coconut oil to protect your skin.
2. Heal your skin after the sun
Coconut oil is even better for your skin after the sun than it is before the sun. Sometimes those hot rays can leave our skin red and flaky if we get too much of it. That is when coconut oil comes to the rescue and puts moisture back into your skin. To prevent peeling, you can apply it to your skin several times a day to damaged areas.
3. Prevent dry and damaged hair
Summer is full of water fun and that means a lot of salt and chlorine in your hair. Having a solid summer haircare routine is crucial to prevent sun damage and breakage. Add a little bit of coconut oil to your locks before you hit the beach or pool for extra moisture and protection. If you really want to keep the sun off your hair, mix in a bit of Argan oil for even more SPF power.
4. Keep the bugs away
Believe it or not, you can actually create your own bug repellent this summer for a lot less money than you think. Bugs are not necessarily deterred by just coconut oil alone, but it does help. To really keep the bugs away you can mix coconut oil with a few drops of an essential oil such as peppermint, rosemary or tea tree. Apply straight to skin to keep mosquitos and other summer pests at bay. Already got bit? No worries, coconut oil also is great at reducing the itching sensation, plus it creates a seal over the bite to keep out dirt and bacteria.
5. Avoid shaving cuts and bumps
Chemical shaving creams are the WORST. This summer, lets ditch the poison for some good ol' coconut oil instead! It works great as a pre-shaver and will give you a smooth finish without any nicks. Make a great after shave moisturizers too, so apply before and after shaving for the best results.
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