The scorching heat of summer, apart from draining our energy, brings with it many other problems like oily skin, pimples, damaged hair, dirty nails and many more, coconut oil can come in handy as a better alternative. This oil has been used for centuries in our Indian homes, it is also known to have properties that can deal with fungal infections, prevent hair breakage and make your hair healthy, as well. Apart from haircare, coconut oil also works wonderfully for the skin.
Beauty benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil is loaded with antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, which makes it a perfect fit for your beauty regimen. You can use coconut oil as a moisturiser, scrub and hair oil depending on your skin type and problem. The antioxidants present in coconut oil can help keep the skin fresh. Along with this, it also reduces inflammation because it contains fatty acids. This is a lot better than skincare products out there.
How to use coconut oil in summer:
1. Hydrates your skin
According to studies, there are many mineral elements present in coconut oil, which can be highly effective in improving the hydration of your skin. So, when your hands and feet need nourishment, try this as a remedy.
How to use
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil and apply on your arms and legs to moisturise your skin. Gently massage with your hands and massage to get a smooth skin. If you do this before bathing or massage the skin before sleeping at night, then it will be more beneficial.
2. For treating dry and frizzy hair
Due to heat, people’s hair often becomes split, dry and lifeless. In such a situation, a healthy scalp massage can work wonders to get back the shine and softness to your hair.
How to use
Pour some coconut oil in your hands and gently massage it on your scalp and hair. If you have problems related to dandruff in your hair, then add clove and camphor to it. Your hair will always be clean, beautiful and healthy.
Use as a face wash to fight acne
Coconut oil contains a good range of fatty acids, which have antibiotic properties in the oil. These can help protect against harmful skin infections like acne. With this you can make DIY face wash at home.
Melt coconut oil in a pan and add 1 tbsp of baking soda. Now add 5 tbsp of any essential oil which is suitable to apply on your face. Store this homemade face wash in a jar and keep using it instead of soap.
Use for scrub
Scrubs gently exfoliate the skin and remove all the dead skin cells. Coconut oil is a perfect substitute. Add it to your homemade body scrub. Using coconut oil on your body will make your skin soft and smooth.
Mix together 1/2 cup coffee grounds, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil and store in an airtight container. You can use this scrub to remove sweat, dirt, and makeup. This will clean every single pore of the skin and help you get a glowing skin.