Really! Ever since I bought my first jar of 100% certified organic Virgin Coconut Oil initially meant for kitchen use only, I’ve been neglecting my complicated serums, moisturizers and eye creams. Even my body lotion and night lip balm have been feeling unloved and forgotten on my vanity shelf.
Most of us have heard or read about the multiple wonders of using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for beauty. It’s rich in essential fatty acids that can nourish the most troubled type of skin and hair. I’m not going to list you all those benefits and uses now but rather just share with you how I’ve since been abusing my jar of VCO and greasing all my door knobs among a lot of other things.
1. Skin Moisturizer for morning, noon and nighttime. If you’ve read my last skincare routine post (which is not updated anymore), you probably have an idea of how complicated my usual skincare routine is. But all those serums, oils and eye creams had ran out and I was left at the mercy of my Nui 100% certified organic VCO. It wasn’t an instant click but now, I am loving it! My skin is so soft, plump and well-moisturized.
2. Emergency lip balm. To my horror, I forgot my Mukti Lip Balm when I stayed at MBS Hotel a few weekends ago. I never, ever, never sleep without any lip balm on. I was almost resigned to waking up with a pair of dried prunes for lips until I remembered the jar of VCO in my bag. I used it as lip balm for the first time and surprisingly, although the texture was a bit runny, it protected my lips quite well.
3. Body Moisturizer. I’ve been going through a very rough patch with my skin lately. And it’s not figurative. My skin, especially on my arms and back have been having lots of rough patches. My eczema and chicken skin are back and most of my body lotions seem to be making my skin worse. Although I don’t think the VCO is doing anything to remove the patches, it’s been helping me manage the itch and make my skin less rough.
4. Intensive scalp and hair treatment. I am not particularly fond of VCO for my hair. It’s great–no doubt about it. Afterall, it’s one of the few oils out there that can actually penetrate the hair. But it’s so heavy that it only gets fully washed off after three washes. However, it still is one of those very few hair oils I’ve tried that really ‘heals’ the hair and soothes my scalp… after the 3-day grease ball period.
Sometimes, when I’m incredibly tired at night, after washing up, I just dab and apply VCO all over my face– my eyes, my cheeks, my lips down to my neck. And that’s it; I hop straight to bed and sleep. No serums, no eye creams, no lip balm.
I know VCO has a lot more uses for beauty. It can be used as an eye-makeup remover, leave-in moisturizer, emergency lipgloss, cuticle softener and eyebrow and eyelash conditioner among a lot of other things. But as it is now, with just my four main uses for VCO, I seem to run out of my supply pretty quickly already.