While the world is just waking up to the wonders of coconut oil, for most Indians it has been synonymous with the good old ‘champi’. However, we think this magic potion doesn’t get enough credit. In fact, there’s more to coconut oil than meets the eye. It can be quite the hero when it comes to vanity, and most of us haven’t explored its true potential. Here are five ways to put that coconut oil bottle to good use. PS: these don’t include your regular head oil massage.
Take off waterproof mascara
While there’s no denying that waterproof mascara is a boon to (wo)mankind, we’ve got to agree that it is a pain to take it off at the end of the day. Here’s where coconut oil works like a dream. All you need is a few drops of the oil on a cotton swab. Hold this against your lashes for a minute and watch the most-resilient mascara melt away. Taking off waterproof mascara doesn’t get any easier.
Use as a moisturiser
Ditch your regular lotion, and go desi with coconut oil. Not only does it have a mild, sweet smell, but it also makes for an excellent moisturiser given how rich it is in fatty acids. The best part about this is that it gets absorbed quickly, so you don’t need to worry about it staining your clothes. You can also warm it up to use it as a soothing massage oil by adding a few drops of essential oils to it. A word of caution though, avoid applying it on your face if you have oily skin since coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores.
Clean your makeup brushes
We all know the struggle of cleaning makeup brushes, especially the ones used for cream-based products. And let’s not even get started with the brushes used for gel eyeliners. Well, the best way to clean these brushes is to soak it in a coconut oil-soapy water mix (in a 1:2 ratio) before scrubbing the grime off it. For gel liner brushes, add a few drops of coconut oil on a cotton swab. Now wrap it around the bristles for a few minutes until the gel liner melts and comes off on the swab.
As a hair protectant
Nothing protects your hair from getting battered in the sea or in the pool better than coconut oil. Apply it liberally from root to tip, soaking every strand, and then tie it into a braid or a top knot. Now, go have fun without worrying about your hair getting tangled or frayed. Coconut oil acts as a barrier between your hair and the salt and chemicals. You’ll notice that your hair remains luxuriously silky without it getting stiff and crunchy after your pool sesh.
Use as a breath freshener
If you’ve not heard of oil pulling yet, here’s what it means. Take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth on an empty stomach for at least 20 minutes. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice known to flush out toxins from your body. It helps improve oral health by clearing up the germs in your mouth thereby giving you healthier gums, whiter teeth, and fresher breath. Why coconut oil though? It has antifungal as well as antibacterial properties and works wonders with this technique.