One of the most misunderstood beauty ingredients is coconut oil. That’s because it’s not an oil at room temperature, but bears a close resemblance to lard.
In order to use this magical ingredient that does everything from making your biscuits healthier fare to getting the frizz out of your hair, you have to warm it.
Then it becomes the magic elixir you can use for a wide assortment of beauty treatments, including making a good and effective moisturizer and makeup remover.
Why These Ingredients
Coconut oil has many uses, particularly when it comes to making natural beauty products. That’s because it’s both antibacterial and antifungal.
It’s also great as a moisturizer and can make hair shiny healthy. It also smells great. In fact, you’ll find many beauty products scented with coconut.
You add to one other simple ingredient to the coconut oil, and you have a beauty product. That ingredient is vitamin E. Vitamin E has an almost magical effect on scars and stretch marks.
Just rub it on, and they slowly disappear. However, it also is a moisturizer and contains antioxidants that can protect your skin. It also can help reduce the puffiness under the eyes.
When you mix organic coconut oil and vitamin E together, you get a dynamite treatment that not only is good for an eye cream but is also great for removing makeup. I even enjoy making it. That’s because it’s easy.
- 1/2 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
- vitamin E oil (or in gel capsule)
- Put water in the pan and let it come to a boil. Turn it off. Scoop out ½ cup of coconut oil and put it in the smaller container then set it in the pan of water to warm it to melting.
If your home is warmer than 76 degrees, you won’t have to use this step at all, since the lard like coconut oil becomes a light colored liquid at that temperature.
- Once the coconut oil melts, it’s time to add the vitamin E. Use a pin to make a hole in the gel capsule and squeeze the contents into the melted coconut oil.
Mix it thoroughly. For the jar above, I used 3 – 5 capsules. I use 1 capsule per side when using eye contact containers.
- Wooden skewers make an excellent mixing tool since you use them once and throw them away. You’re done with the magic elixir.
To return the mixture to a solid state, you can refrigerate it for approximately an hour. Put the lid on and store it on the shelf once it hardens, the oils will not become rancid.
I like to leave it in the refrigerator during the summer, for a cool refreshing treat, but when winter winds blow, nobody wants cold oil on their face.
- The mixture makes a great eye makeup remover and also a light moisturizing eye cream.