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World Coconut Day: 6 ways to use coconut beauty products

There is so much to love about the exotic coconut. World Coconut Day (falling on 2nd September) seeks to celebrate all that coconuts have to offer. Here, we look at the benefits of coconut beauty products.

Why coconuts?

Ingredients to make a DIY body scrub using coconut beauty productsCoconuts are incredibly versatile and effective for incorporating into your beauty routine. With rich moisturising properties and antioxidants, coconuts can provide fantastic nourishment for your hair and skin. World Coconut Day is a great time to discover more about how you can use coconut beauty products every day.

Hair treatments

Coconut oil can work wonders as a hair mask. If you have been spending your money on fancy hair treatments, it might be time to go back to basics and nourish your hair and scalp as nature intended. Especially helpful for those with dry and damaged or chemically treated hair, you simply melt the oil between your hands and then massage it into your hair from root to tip.

Work in sections and then wrap your hair in a towel for fifteen minutes to half an hour - you can leave it on for longer if you like, with some people even suggesting an overnight hair mask for maximum shine. You may have to shampoo your hair a couple of times to rinse the mask out, but afterwards, your hair should feel healthier and look glossier, all thanks to coconuts!

Cleansing makeup remover

Do you find yourself struggling to find a makeup remover that suits your skin and removes all traces of that stubborn waterproof mascara? Coconut oil is a fantastic alternative to the makeup removers you might buy at the beauty counter. Simply warm some solid coconut oil in your palms until it melts a little and gently rub it into your skin and apply it to any areas of makeup. You can use a muslin cloth for this. Allow the coconut oil to do its work, then rinse off and wipe clean. You will be left with cleansed and moisturised skin.

Moisturiser

Coconut oil is a highly effective moisturiser that you can use all over your body. You can use it to give your face a hydration boost and provide a primed surface before you put on your makeup. You can also apply it to dry areas of your body, such as elbows, knees, and feet, or treat cracked and dry hands with it. Use coconut oil sparingly, though - a little goes a long way (meaning amazing value for money).

Body scrub

Are you enthusiastic about exfoliation? Sloughing off dead skin cells with a quality exfoliator creates a beautiful base for the rest of your head to toe skincare routine. You can create your very own body scrub and exfoliate in a more natural way using coconut. You can simply combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of coconut syrup or coconut honey, 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar, and half a teaspoon of salt to make the scrub and enjoy a decadent exfoliation experience, free from harsh chemicals or unexpected ingredients.

Shaving balm

Are you unsure of which shaving foam or balm is best for you? Then why not take a chance on coconut oil? You can use it to create a smoother shaving experience or to soothe your skin post-shave. Coconut oil creates a protective barrier between your razor and skin, giving you an easier shave that leaves you less likely to accidentally nick yourself while providing your skin with a moisture boost.

Lip balm

You can even use coconut oil as a lip balm. Simply slicking a thin layer onto your lips can help to prevent drying, cracking and chapping that can happen (especially in the winter months) while infusing your lips with hydration. Here is a little extra beauty hack - if you combine coconut oil with coconut sugar, you can create a homemade lip scrub that can help to remove dead skin and leave your lips smooth and lovely, perfect for wearing lipstick or going all-natural.

As you can see, there are so many ways to gain the most from coconut beauty products. Whether you choose to put on a moisturising hair treatment for glossy locks, remove your makeup the natural way, nourish your skin, exfoliate, soothe recently shaved skin or protect from dry lips, you can celebrate World Coconut Day easily. Explore the full Coconut Merchant range to discover even more ways to bring coconuts into your daily life.
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