Add a Taste of the Tropics to Winter - 5 Uses for Coconut Oil

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Taste of the TropicsThe days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and winter is slowly creeping up upon us. While we love the cool, crisp days and the prospect of snow, we also enjoy keeping a hint of the tropics in our daily routine. For those of us dreaming of tropical getaways while winter rages on, we suggest adding one of nature's best-kept secrets to your beauty regime.

While often found in the kitchen and used in cooking, coconut oil can also be used cosmetically from head to toe to add some sultry sass to your beauty routine. Look for coconut oil in your local grocery store for a budget-friendly addition to your beauty stash. Make sure to purchase 100% coconut oil, and be aware it is sold in a solid form. The solid coconut oil is easily melted by the warmth of your skin to form a creamy, lotion-like oil. Here are top five ways to use this tropical oil all over the body.

1)    Bath Time Tropical Getaway – On those cold, grey days that have you dreaming of the beach, add some coconut oil to your bath for a sweet-smelling, skin softening soak. Scoop a large handful of solid coconut oil from the container and hold it under the warm, running water until it dissolves. Then hop into the tub and daydream about your next tropical getaway.

2)    Hair Pre-Poo – Hair need a little love during the colder months? To help reduce damage and dryness, add coconut oil to wet hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

3)    Soothe Chapped Lips – Use coconut oil two ways to treat chapped winter lips. Warm the oil and blend with a teaspoon of sugar to create a quick and easy lip sugar scrub. Gently rub the mixture over lips to banish flakes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Follow up with a swipe of pure coconut oil to protect and moisturize lips.

4)    Fight Foot Fungus – Coconut oil has natural anti-fungal properties, so it not only makes a great moisturizer for your tootsies, it may help to fight athlete's foot and toe fungus. To use, warm a bit of coconut oil in your hands, then slather all over your feet before bedtime. Cover with cotton socks and let the oil penetrate the skin overnight. Regular use can help keep feet smooth and fungus-free.

5)    Frizz Tamer – If the dry, winter weather has your hair frizzy and full of fly-aways, use a dab of coconut oil to smooth things over. Scoop a small amount (about a half teaspoon) of oil from the jar and rub in your hands until it melts. Lightly rub the oil through the ends of the hair, avoiding the scalp, for a natural hair smoother. As a bonus, this treatment will leave the scent of coconut in your hair that will linger all day long.

While these are our favorite coconut oil uses, the possibilities are practically endless.  It can be used over the entire body and is safe for adults, kids and even pets! So pick up some of this miraculous oil and fight the winter blues with this moisturizing, heaven-scented oil.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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