Coconut oil has been on the scene for quite some time now. Below are some of my favorite uses for coconut oil. Which have you tried?
I use coconut oil every night as my makeup remover and face wash. I have a small container in my bathroom that I grab each evening before I wash my face or hop in the shower (Tip: remove your makeup before washing your face). I use a cotton facial pad with the coconut oil and it works perfectly.
Coconut Oil can be used as a body lotion. Use it where you have the driest skin – like your cuticles and elbows.
You can sub coconut oil in dishes rather than olive oil and it can also be used for baking! I replace it as my butter too, spreading it on gluten-free toast – my favorite brands are Canyon Bakehouse and Udi’s!
A spoonful of coconut oil gives you a boost of energy, so you can add that to your smoothie for your morning or afternoon caffeine fix, rather than grabbing a caffeinated beverage. I was turned onto this from one of my good friends after she fell in love with the addition to her smoothie!
Oil pulling involves swishing 1 Tbsp. of oil in your mouth for 5 – 20 minutes. Word on the street is that oil pulling with coconut oil leads to fresher breath because it kills the microorganisms that cause bad breath. Who doesn’t love that? The technique is also thought to lead to whiter teeth, which I’m all about because Crest White Strips can be pricey!
*I just started oil pulling (for 5 minutes — I don’t know if I can make it 20), so I’ll let you know how it works out.
Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil
I’m sure you’ve seen coconut oil for sale at your local grocer, so you may wonder what the difference is between the various brands.
Skinny Coconut Oil is the only 100% raw coconut oil on the market and is extracted issued a patented system that maintains the integrity of the enzymes (so you can gain all the benefits it has to give!). Another great thing about this brand is that Skinny & Co coconut oil is their “Healthy People Change the World” initiative in which they send 10% of their profits back to Vietnam where they harvest the coconuts and extract the oil.