A woman’s beauty bag can consist of anything from eye makeup remover, toner, moisturizer and several other specific skin care products. But, one all-natural beauty product can replace at least half, if not more, of the items adding excessive bulk to your beauty bag.

15688688_mlWhat is this multifaceted wonder product? It’s coconut oil, of course! Several people cook with it, but never think to add it to their beauty regimen. It is completely edible and 100% safe to use topically. It is all-natural and void of petrochemicals and other harsh ingredients that could adversely affect skin.

Coconut oil is among the most common ingredients found in sun tan lotions, moisturizers and hair care products, with good reason. Coconut oil is both an excellent moisturizer and skin-protectant, containing a natural skin protection factor (SPF) of 6. The naturally occurring vitamin E, essentially fatty acids, and powerful antioxidants give coconut oil the competitive edge against other common beauty products. Coconut oil compliments your skin, working along with your skin’s natural oils to effectively nourish dry skin and prevent wrinkles. The antioxidants help protect against free radical damage caused by environmental factors—common wrinkle inducers.  It even helps keep skin’s connective tissue stay supple, preventing sagging skin. Best of all, coconut oil is long lasting, penetrating deep into the skin, unlike regular beauty products that contain mostly water that quickly evaporates. Coconut oil helps banish the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your face and body appear smoother, contributing to an overall natural glow.

Here are 6 ways to nourish, protect, and restore skin’s beauty with coconut oil:

Coconut oil skincare

Eye Makeup Remover: Take a dab of coconut oil and massage gently and carefully around eyes, being careful not to get   it into eyes. Take a moist microfiber towel and gently wipe clean.

Face Wash: Take a dab of coconut oil and rub into your hands, then gently massage it into your face. Splash your face with lukewarm water, then wipe with a moistened microfiber towel. Pat dry.

Face Moisturizer: Take a dab of coconut oil and rub into your hands, then gently massage into your face and neck. Oil will be absorbed in minutes. It will not leave you greasy.

Face Scrub: Coconut oil can be used along with raw coconut sugar and your favorite essential oil as an invigorating body scrub to loosen dry, dead skin. Formulate 1 to 1 ½ parts coconut oil, to 1 parts sugar, and a few drops of essential oil, for the perfect, all-natural body scrub.

Full Body Lotion with SPF: After showering, massage your entire body with a light coat of coconut oil. It’s especially good for dry, cracked heels. Massage heels and place socks on your feet.

Hair Gloss: After styling your hair, apply a very thin layer of coconut oil to the palms of your hands then rub onto the ends of your hair. You may also gently massage your scalp with coconut oil, prior to shampooing to help prevent dry scalp conditions.

*Be certain to use products that are organic and expeller-pressed. 

Inspire Health recommends: Tropical Traditions Organic Expeller-pressed Coconut Oil 

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is a high-quality oil that is both organic and expeller-pressed. This means only organic coconuts are used, so no chemicals or pesticides are found in the oil. Its expeller pressed, never heated so all beneficial elements stay intact. Tropical Traditions gives special attention to processing, so they can deliver a high-quality product to its consumers. Visit www.tropicaltraditions.com to see this and other products they offer. 

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