26 Seconds. That’s all it takes for chemicals in personal care products to enter the bloodstream. Each year women put an average of 500 chemicals in their bodies just from health and beauty products alone – that’s crazy and it’s actually very preventable!
You may think about what you IN your body as far as food, but do you ever think about what your put ON it? It’s very important to keep your body healthy both inside & out!
Three years ago, I cleared out all my chemical-filled moisturizers, hairsprays, soaps, shampoos, face washes etc. Many people think they’ll spend more by switching to natural products, but I’d have to disagree. Regular health and beauty products typically have one specific use, meanwhile I can buy a ten dollar jar of coconut oil and use it for twenty different things! Also, I’ve began to notice drug store products run out but faster than the natural. Rather than buying a million different products, I stick to a few good natural ones and have definitely saved in the long run. Without added fillers (many fillers also contain gluten!) most products last so much long and it’s great to have the piece of mind that no harmful chemical are entering my blood steam each day as I get ready.
Checkout below some of the many ways I use coconut oil daily.
Deep conditioning hair treatment: Using hands, apply a small amount to the tips of your hair. I have fine hair and find my hair gets greasy if I put around my scalp, although I have heard it works well for people with thicker hair. You can also apply coconut oil to the scalp to fight dandruff.
Makeup remover: Simply apply a small amount of oil to a cotton cosmetic pad. I’ve been using coconut oil as my primary makeup remover for years now. After all this time, I’ve notice that the oil has assisted in growing longer, healthier lashes.
Shaving cream: Apply a small amount directly to the desired area, it will provide a smooth shave and keep your skin moisturized.
Face & body cleanser: Make your own body wash by combining 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 cup castile soap, ¾ cup filtered water, 10 drops essential oil. Pour into a dispenser bottle and shake well to mix. Use as body and face wash for clean and natural glowing skin.
Face & body moisturizer: Apply oil directly to skin. You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for a fresh scent.
Lip balm: Apply a small amount directly to lips.
Cuticle softener: Take a small amount and rub into cuticles with fingers. Repeat daily for best results.
Oil pulling (teeth whitening/mouthwash): Also assists in preventing tooth decay, reduces plaque/gingivitis, naturally reduces bad breath. Swish around half a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Allows it to cover your gums, tongue and teeth. Leave in your mouth for 20 minutes, then rinse out and brush teeth. Repeat daily for best results.