Saturday, 7 December 2013

Using Coconut Oil as a Beauty Super Hero

Pretty much everyone knows just how much I love my coconut oil. In fact, some people have even been known to tweet me as "the coconut oil lady". Is my obsession really that bad? Does it really run that deep?

Err, yes, actually. And it just got a whole lot worse...

Although I've been using coconut oil in cooking to replace all my usual fats since the start of the year, I've never really experimented with it on my face and body before. Don't get me wrong, I had heard that it could work miracles on sensitive and troublesome skins, as well as keeping hair glossy and luscious. I'd just never got round to trying it out myself.

Tiana coconut anti ageing moisturiser

All that changed when the lovely people at TIANA sent me a package of wonderful coconut oil beauty treats to try. With the parcel including Anti-Ageing Coconut Moisturiser, Intensive Hair Treatment and Pure Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair, I got started right away.

For those who don't know, coconut oil is a fantastic, natural alternative to cleansers, conditioners and body butters loaded with chemicals and nasties. Used for centuries by those in the know (people in Asia in particular have long loved using it on their locks), it's perfect for so many things. As a beauty product, coconut oil can:

  • Moisturise skin, soothe fine lines and wrinkles and work as an all-over body butter too
  • Work as an intensive hair mask for shiny, strong hair
  • Be rubbed into your hands to use as a gentle massage oil - particularly great for babies and little ones!
  • Work as a healing cream, great at treating minor burns and cuts and acting as a barrier to stop them getting infected
  • Take off make-up, even stubborn eye make-up
  • Soothe chapped and dry hands and work as a cuticle cream
  • Be used as a natural mouthwash
  • Treat spot-prone skin, or skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema 
  • Prevent stretch marks and help to fade old ones
Pretty amazing, right? Seriously, the beauty benefits of coconut oil are endless!

TIANA coconut oil skin and hair

While TIANA's anti-ageing coconut moisturiser and hair treatment were utterly amazing (seriously, nothing has ever left my hair softer or smelling more delicious), it's the Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair which I've been diving into time and time again.

I'd always been a bit sceptical about using coconut oil as a make-up remover and on my face. You see, I have combination skin that can sometimes break out and I was worried that, somehow, it would simply be too oily.

I couldn't have been more wrong, however - it is truly wonderful! Not only does it gently remove every last scrap of make-up (simply heat between your palms, massage in and then wipe away with cotton wool) including my waterproof mascara, but it leaves my skin looking radiant and fresh. It has also zapped away blemishes faster than ANY spot-fighting product I've ever used. Seriously.

I've also been using it to smooth onto my baby bump to prevent stretch marks. Thankfully, my bump is small so I don't have any yet. However, it has left my body ultra soft and seems to do a better job at moisturising it (especially scaly legs) than any luxury body cream or oil I've tried.

I've even been using it on Zayn as a massage oil and nappy rash treatment to amazing results. He loves it and so do I...

At just £7.99 per tub, you can't really go wrong, can you? Get yours by clicking here. 

Sam x