7 Beauty Hacks for Coconut Oil

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That jar of coconut oil sitting in your pantry is about to be gone.

A long time ago, coconut oil was a random cooking aid your great grandma swore by. Now, coconut oil has taken on a life of its own by appearing not only in the kitchen, but the bathroom, gym bag, and travel kit. This stuff not only makes food taste good, but helps your natural beauty shine through. (Ugh, can we get more cliché?)

Coconut oil has many beauty benefits but we are going to spill our 7 favorites. After reading this article, you’re going to want to try them yourself.

Hair

Coconut oil is a life saver for your hair. It can be used in the shower as a conditioner, hair growth promoter, tame frizz, and act as a lice prevention mechanism. After shampooing, use the coconut oil to coat the ends of your hair then massaging the oil into your scalp. Then slap on a shower cap for an hour to let the oil do its thing. Rinse out and voila- beautifully conditioned hair that smells bomb, too.

 

Shaving cream

Two shower uses for coconut oil?! Scoop out some coconut from the jar, warm up between your palms and smooth out on dry or wet skin.Grab your handy dandy razor to remove the pesky stubble.

 

Body moisturizer

After your shower (or bath), pat dry then warm up the coconut oil between your palms and slather on like you would a traditional lotion. Plus, you’ll smell like an island goddess.

 

Makeup remover

Do you have different makeup removing products for different types of makeup? Coconut oil will remove all kinds of makeup from your body. Yes, even waterproof mascara. Coconut oil is a cost effective way to remove makeup from your skin.

 

Prevent split ends

If you must skip a hair appointment, use coconut oil to save your ends until you can see your stylist. While your hair is dry, warm up the coconut oil between your palms and run the oil through the ends. This will help protect hair from splitting.

 

Oil pulling

Put a halt to your halitosis and try swishing around coconut oil in your mouth. Swish for up to 20 minutes then spit the oil out in the trash can (not the sink!). Oil pulling may help detoxify the body of chemicals and help strengthen gums.

 

Lip scrub

Exfoliate your lips with a healthier alternative. Just by mixing coconut oil and brown sugar, you can create a thick consistency- perfect for a scrub. Once you’ve exfoliated, wash off the scrub, pat dry, and lock in moisture with coconut oil to prevent chapped lips.

Do you have any other coconut beauty tips? Let us know in the comments below how you use coconut oil as part of your beauty regimen.

Toggle Your Wet, Bacteria-Laden Bath Towels — Your Personal Hygiene Will Thank You

Toggle Your Towels for All Around Cleaner Skin

Uncovering the dirty truth behind towel usage, care, and storage for your best skin.

You wouldn’t use your daily toothbrush to clean your toilet, would you? Of course not!

So why would you use the same bath towel for all your body parts? It may look clean, but that doesn’t mean you should use the “one towel, three uses” method.

Golden rule: designate separate towels for your face, hands, hair, and body.

While soap is a major contributor to killing viruses and bacteria, the hand towel collects dust, oil, moisture and germs. When you use that towel to dry your face, you’re transferring the grossness too. And you wonder where those random acne breakouts come from…

Remember: to avoid breakouts, designate separate towels for your face, hands, hair, and body.

Golden rule: wash towels often.

Change your hand towels at least every two days. Swap out your face towels after every use. Body/bath towels are durable and can withstand up to three uses before washing.

Golden rule: trash towels every couple years.

If the towel is properly taken care of, the lifespan of the towel can range. Although if the towel is used regularly, it may need to be replaced every 2 years.

Towel care best practices and how to wash towels

  • Wash body towels together. Food for thought: don’t wash with that bacteria-laden towel you used to clean dog pee or with the jeans with the caked-on cow feces.
  • When washing towels, never use fabric softeners, as the waxy buildup can deteriorate the fibers and decrease towel absorbency.
  • Wash with hot water, which can help kill some germs.
  • If you must re-use any towels, be sure to hang-dry them on a rack or towel hooks so your towels become fully dry. The slightest dampness can result in mildew or mold and cause illness.
  • We’re not saying don’t use health club towels. But it wouldn’t hurt to use your own.

 

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Why So Salty? How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes and Puffy Eyes

Consuming foods with high levels of salt is linked to under-eye bags.

What comes to mind when you read the word “micronutrient”? To most, it’s a foreign word, but to the nutritional community it refers to crucial vitamins and minerals that every human needs in order to function and survive.

Common salt contains sodium, which is a micronutrient essential for human life. But it’s a double-edged sword. Consume too little salt, and you could experience headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, and worse, potentially life-threatening conditions. Consume too much salt, and you’ll experience blood pressure, edema, loss of calcium, and a whole host of other conditions that can also be potentially life-threatening.

Over Indulgence in Salt = Bags Under Eyes

In the beauty realm, excess salt intake is known to cause the body to retain water and bloat, which affects your under eye appearance.

So what’s a person to do? First, examine your diet by recalling what you consumed and referring to the nutrition facts to determine the culprit. Seriously, you have no excuse… Smart phones have made it absurdly easy to track macronutrients and micronutrients with apps like My Fitness Pal, Loseit, Sparkpeople, etc.

It’s also known that processed foods tend to contain too much sodium. Be aware that the frozen food section of your grocer is laced with higher levels of sodium in order to preserve the food for longer periods of time. Additionally, fatty meats, canned beans, and other foods you may not expect can contain high amounts of salt.

So are you serious about getting rid of those puffy eyes? Really serious? Your first step should be to prepare fresh, home-cooked meals.

After that, if you find that salt has still stolen your glow, give these home remedies a try:

  • Drink water. Salt causes the body to be dehydrated which leads to water retention. To de-bloat and de-bag, drink plenty of water.
  • Eat potassium-rich foods. Bananas, avocados, spinach, sweet potato, coconut water, yogurt and other potassium-rich foods will reduce water retention.
  • Drink a diuretic such as no-sugar-added cranberry juice. Cranberry juice will help your body pass excess sodium and water.
  • Apply cool cucumber slices or tea bags over the eyes for 20 minutes daily. The combination of cool + vitamins soothes the skin and reduces swelling of fragile under-eye skin.
  • You can also apply chilled spoons or frozen bags of peas if you’re in a real time-crunch. If you can’t find 20 minutes per day, how about 5 minutes? We know everyone can manage that. Your eyes will respond to the TLC, we promise. 🙂

Most importantly….for Eye’s sake, put down the salt! Also let everyone know in the comments what other life hacks you have for treating under-eye bags!

Other resources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/475031-sodium-and-puffy-eyes/
http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-micronutrients-definition-types-foods-importance.html