Backpacking Beauty Secrets: all-in-one coconut oil

Congratulations! You are about to discover the magic of coconut oil!

Using multipurpose products when you travel is a must. Let’s take a close look at coconut oil which can be easily found in Asia. You can obviously use it to cook (rich in fatty acids, vitamin E (antioxidant) and antibacterial agents that prevent intestinal infections) but also for so many other things! Indian women have been using coconut oil daily for thousands of years. Discover how I like to use it:

on the face: It works really well to remove eye and face make up, it works perfectly on waterproof make-up. It leaves the skin soft and encourages the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows. Use it as a mask once a week, just apply generously and leave it for a while before rinsing it off with warm water. It will leave your skin softer and it smells so good!

on the hair: heat a few drops in your hands and apply on your hair as a serum after washing and drying them. Coconut oil will make your hair shine, reducing frizz at the same time. Careful! We said a few drops only or it will make your hair greasy and good luck getting them back to normal (once it happened and I had to wash them SEVEN times!). I find it easier to use coconut oil as a hair mask, weekly or even less, massaging a teaspoon of oil, insist on the tips and rub the scalp well to stimulate blood circulation (and therefore hair growth). Leave it for at least an hour before washing it off with a light shampoo.

Have you heard about oil pulling? On an empty stomach, take a teaspoon of oil in your mouth and gargle for 15 minutes. I know it sounds weird and it will feel weird the first time but understand it allows to get rid of all the toxins present in the saliva. It makes the teeth whiter and works against bad breath. Try it after a hangover and feel the magic.

Voilà! Now, all you have to do is buy yourself some coconut oil. Opt for virgin and organic oil. You should be able to find it in most supermarkets or in ethnic grocery stores. I would recommend using a glass jar in cold weather and a bottle in hot climates (plastic if you are traveling). You will see the texture really changes with temperature.

I hope you will find this article useful. Don’t hesitate to drop me a comment and tell me how you like to use your coconut oil.

Read the original French version of this article in my other blog

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