Let’s face it–skincare products can be pretty expensive, and the truth is there’s not much good evidence proving them to be better than all natural alternatives. In fact, plant-based oils can help to balance out the natural oils of the skin in ways that keep it healthy and youthful looking, with coconut oil being a big favorite among natural wellness enthusiasts.
You can apply coconut oil directly to the skin right from the jar, or try using some of the following simple recipes for a little extra healing action on areas of your body that need it the most.
Coconut Oil Nighttime Face Moisturizer
Most of us want to help our faces stay properly hydrated while keeping pimples and acne out of the picture. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that make it one of the most popular essential oils to use for keeping skin clear, and combining it with coconut oil makes a powerful and all natural mixture that both cleanses and moisturizes.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 – 6 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix the two ingredients in a glass bowl or container using a spoon. Apply a small amount to the face at night before going to bed by rubbing it gently into the skin, the way you would use any regular face moisturizer.
Starting with a small amount is always a good idea since the oil will melt and get very greasy as it comes into contact with your warm skin. If you end up using too much, you can always dab some of the excess off with a clean face towel.
Coconut Oil Body Moisturizer
Believe it or not, showering daily can really dry out the skin–especially when we use harsh soaps or body cleansers. Areas like the arms, legs, back, chest and stomach that don’t typically sweat as much as other places like the armpits and groin, so they can often be robbed of their natural oils due to over-washing. Moisturizing daily can help replenish and preserve that protective layer that your skin needs to stay healthy.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Add the coconut oil to a large glass boil and use a hand mixer to whip it for about 3 to 5 minutes. The consistency should turn to something that’s white and fluffy, like frosting. Apply it to the skin the same way you would with any moisturizer.
If you like scented moisturizers, you can always add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell nice. Try essential oils like lavender, vanilla, jasmine, rose or orange.
Coconut Oil Foot Moisturizer
Hard, dry skin on the feet can be stubborn to eliminate for good. In addition to this, many people end up mistaking foot fungus for dry skin. Yuck! Peppermint oil has antimicrobial properties that can work with coconut oil to naturally eliminate mild cases of fungus while providing a cooling effect that can soothe tired feet.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 – 6 drops peppermint essential oil
Use a spoon to mix both oils in a small bowl or container and then apply a small amount directly to clean feet. Consider spending some extra time rubbing it into areas of the feet where the skin is thicker, like around the heels and any callouses.
You can make larger batches of the above moisturizers and store them in a mason jar. Coconut oil turns to liquid when it gets pretty warm, so remember to keep it in a cool place!