Over the years, coconut oil has become a staple in everyone’s pantries, and more recently, a popular staple in our bathrooms.
Coconut oil is so versatile. It’s a healthier cooking oil. A teeth cleaner. A superfood used in smoothies and even bulletproof coffees. And of course used on our skin, replacing expensive products filled with chemicals that are doing us more harm than good.
Switching conventional products to natural skin and body care can be tough, for your money, as well as wrapping your head around it all. When starting a non-toxic lifestyle, the easiest thing to do is start slowly, and switch products overtime. A great place to start your switch is your shaving cream.
And guess what you can use instead?
Yep you guessed it- coconut oil.
Why should you use coconut oil on your skin?
- Coconut oil contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help moisturise, soothe and nourish dry skin.
- The oil can treat various skin conditions such as infections, sunburn, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis.
- It is better for the environment and your savings. Coconut oil can help you save money on all the products you use because of its many different uses.
- When used instead of a shaving cream, it can prevent razor burn, glide over your body more easily and help prevent dry skin after shaving.
So by using coconut oil instead of shaving cream, you can get a smooth and silky finish. Perfect for that summer glow when you’re wearing skirts and shorts.
DIY PAMPERING SHAVING OIL
To be used as a shaving cream alternative.
You will need:
2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed coconut oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
In a bowl, combine the lavender and coconut oil and stir well, making sure the lavender essential oil mixes thoroughly.
Apply with your hands and rub into skin, then start your shave. Alternatively, you can put it directly on your razor by dipping it in the bowl and then gliding over your skin.
- Be careful as coconut oil may leave your shower or tub floor slippery. The safest way is to sit in your bath or on the bottom of the shower. Rinse any coconut oil immediately off the floor with your hands or a scrubber.
- Coconut oil may leave residue on your razor. You can remove this by putting it under running hot water.
- Before applying coconut oil to your skin, rub in your hands as the oil softens by your body temperature. This will make it much easier to use with the razor. Alternatively, you may warm the coconut oil before using in the shower or bath.
- If you’re prone to ingrown hairs and irritation, apply a drop of tea tree oil with some coconut oil and rub into skin the next few days after your shave. Tea tree has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
- Depending on the area of your body that you are shaving, you may need to use more or less coconut oil in the recipe above.
- Make sure you regularly change your razors as they harbour bacteria.
Not only will this switch be better for your delicate skin, but it will leave it feeling soft and glowing.
What will coconut oil think of next?!