10 Ways To Use Coconut This Winter Season For Flawless Skin And Hair15th January 2019
Feeling cozy in the bed and playing with snow perfectly defines how we imagine the winter season but when you flip the coin, the story is completely different. The cold winter breeze can rob your skin of the moisture and leave your hair lifeless. Chapped lips and itchy scalp are common during this season. While those store-bought expensive jars can help you to an extent, they cannot compete with this one ingredient that can be easily found in Indian kitchens. We are talking about coconut. This superfood has a peculiar mixture of fatty acids which makes it an excellent natural moisturizer. Its anti-bacterial properties can do miracles for your skin and hair during this season. So, here are 10 ways how you can use coconut for better hair and skin during winters:
Indian women are known for their gorgeous locks and many attribute all the credit to coconut oil and milk. Here are a few hair masks that you can whip up with simple ingredients to nourish your hair during the winter season.
1. Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar Mask
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mix all the ingredients together and use it to gently exfoliate your scalp. Massage your scalp with soft hands for 5-7 minutes and wash your hair the way you usually do.
This hair mask works as a gentle exfoliator. This hair mask is perfect for those who have to deal with the problem of dandruff during the winter season. Brown sugar will help you to get rid of the dandruff and coconut oil will moisturise your scalp.
2. Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Mask
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Fresh Pulp of Aloe Vera
1 Vitamin E Capsule
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Blend all the ingredients together to form a mask of thick consistency. Apply it all over your scalp and hair. Keep the mask in your hair for at least 30-45 minutes. Use a mild shampoo to wash your hair and follow that up with a conditioner.
Your scalp can get itchy during the winter season and this hair mask will help you to deal with that. Aloe Vera has cooling properties and coconut oil is antibacterial in nature. Vitamin E will provide that extra dose of nourishment to your hair.
3. Coconut Milk Rosemary Olive Oil Mask
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 cup Olive Oil
3 tbsp Rosemary Leaves
Infuse rosemary in olive oil for a few days and strain the mixture. Mix equal parts of coconut milk and infused oil mixture. Warm the concoction and apply it all over your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a warm towel and wash off with a mild shampoo.
This hair mask will condition your hair and prevent them from the rough and cold winds of the winter season. This is a miracle mask for dry and brittle hair.
4. Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Mask
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp Honey
Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste. Apply it generously over your scalp. Let it soak for 20-25 minutes and use a mild shampoo to wash it off.
Apple cider vinegar gently removes the oil and dirt build-up that is common during the winter season. It also improves blood circulation which leads to healthy hair growth. Coconut oil and honey are antibacterial in nature and balance the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar.
5. Coconut Cream and Banana Mask
2 tbsp Coconut Cream
1 ripe Banana
Mash the banana and mix coconut cream into it. You can use coconut milk to bring it to the right consistency. Apply this hair mask all over your hair and wash it off after 1 hour.
Rough winter winds can make your hair dry and more susceptible to breakage. This hair mask is packed with natural fats which will not only bring the shine back to your hair but also provide them with enough strength to tackle the rough environment.
If your skin looks parched during the winter season and no amount of creams and serums can save you, then you should give these DIY coconut oil skin care products a try.
1. Coffee and Coconut Oil Scrub
1 tbsp Coffee Grounds
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tsp Brown Sugar
Mix all the ingredients together and use it to gently exfoliate your body. Take a warm shower once you are done.
This is one of the most loved homemade scrubs that women all over the world swear by. It improves circulation which helps in reducing the size of cellulite. Use it to get supple skin.
2. Green Tea and Coconut Oil Face Mask
1 tsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Green Tea Leaves
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it all over your face and neck. Use warm water to remove it after 5-10 minutes. Pat dry.
This is face mask has everything that one needs for glowing and radiant skin. This detoxifying mask will help you to deal with dull and dry skin.
3. Avocado and Coconut Oil Mask
½ ripe Avocado
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
½ tsp Nutmeg Powder
Mash the avocado and mix coconut oil and nutmeg powder in it. Clean your face with a warm damp towel and then apply this mask. Rinse it off with cold water after 15 minutes.
Winter skin looks dull and parched. When your skin is in desperate need for hydration then go ahead with this mask. Apply this mask on your face and you will not feel the need to touch any face cream for a very long time.
4. Honey and Coconut Milk Face Wash
½ cup Raw Honey
½ cup Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Liquid Soap
Mix all the ingredients together and pour it into a glass bottle. Make sure that you never shake it. Use it like a normal face wash.
Using a normal face wash during the winter season can do a lot of damage to your skin. This face wash will remove the dirt from your face without damaging the natural pH level of your skin.
5. Coconut Milk and Lavender Body wash
¼ cup full fat Coconut Milk
1/3 cup Liquid Soap Base
A few drops of Lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together and pour it into a bottle. Shake well before using it.
Your body needs something nourishing in winters. Normal body wash and soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils. This will help to restore the pH balance of your body. This body wash has healing properties as well.
All hail the mighty coconut if you want shiny hair and supple skin during the winter season. Coconut has an amazing mixture of naturally occurring fatty acids. Our skin easily accepts coconut fats which makes it a must-have when the cold winds come knocking on the door.