Admit it, about a year ago, 99% of us hadn’t even heard of coconut oil. Upon hearing the word coconut, we usually just experienced flashbacks about the coconut rum-filled regrets from high school or the makeshift Hawaiian bras that all of us ladies have secretly (or not so secretly) tried on before. However, nowadays we can barely go a week without hearing the word coconut oil being name-dropped by celebrities and the media as the new “miracle food.” I’m not ashamed to confess that I am among those gals who have jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon over the past year, and I have happily used the product for many different purposes. Unfortunately, over this past week on my last spring break, I wasn’t reminded of the numerous benefits of coconut oil, but instead of a downside to using it incorrectly. Check out the list below, where I’ve rounded up my favorite uses of the tropical oil as well as a few pointers to make sure you’re getting the best out of your purchase and don’t make the same mistake I did!
- It’s great for baking yummy (and healthy) treats- it’s a great replacement for vegetable oil
- Put a little into your morning coffee or tea instead of creamer… it may seem scary but actually tastes GOOD
- Use it as a delicious-smelling body and face moisturizer- it won’t dry out your skin later since it isn’t made with water
- It will give your hair the tropical vacation it deserves- it’s a great conditioner for the dry ends and adds shine
- Use it to remove your eye makeup- super moisturizing and gentle on that delicate skin
- It’s a fantastic lip balm- it tastes yummy too
- Yes, it does serve as a great tanning oil but it only has SPF 4 and won’t protect your skin from high-intensity sun without any other sunscreen— this is where I made my mistake on my spring break cruise, as I relied only on the oil to protect my fair skin on the first day
- Make sure the type you get is extra virgin, non-hydrogenated, non-bleached, unrefined, and non-deodorized (you also might as well get organic to ensure perfection)
- Eat it in moderation- since it IS still an oil and high in saturated fat
- Be aware that it liquefies when the temperature is above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so store it depending on how you want to use it
This is the kind I use!