Coconut oil face Masks

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Coconut oil face masks with three ingredients or less

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and moisturiser so it makes the perfect product to help your night-time routine. It can help cleanse your face, hydrate, remove eye makeup, sooth and moisturise lips. These face masks include natural products and coconut oil that will leave you feeling radiant and glowing. It is best to test a patch on your skin before trying any new.

Honey and coconut oil face mask

Honey is packed with moisturising agents, antimicrobial and antioxidants that are great for improving all types of skin. Lemon juice helps tighten and shrink pores and balance skin tone. The coconut oil helps brighten and smooth skin leaving it feeling fresh and smooth.

You will need:

  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    1 teaspoon of raw honey
  •    A few drops of fresh lemon juice
  1.    Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well.
  3.    Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and mix. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
  4.    Apply to your face. Mixture becomes thinner after applying it so be prepared for it to move around and drip off your face.
  5.    Rinse with lukewarm water.
  6.    Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

Avocado and coconut oil face mask

This face mask will have you looking and feeling younger. The avocado works to slow the process of ageing by neutralizing oils and the coconut oil works to nourish and hydrate your skin.     

You will need:

  •    4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  •    1 avocado
  •    2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  1.    Cut avocado in half, remove seed and skin.
  2.    With a fork, mash avocado into a paste.
  3.    Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4.    Add in 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and stir until well combined.
  5.    Apply evenly to face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  6.    To remove, rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Oatmeal and coconut face mask

Coconut oil can help fight acne with its antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a perfect choice for acne-prone skin types. Oatmeal is also known for its powerful anti-acne ingredient and soothing properties. This face mask will soothe inflammation and restore your skin.

You will need:

  •    3 tablespoons oatmeal
  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    ¼ cup warm water
  1.    Add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal into a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add ¼ cup warm water to the mixing bowl and mix until it becomes a paste.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix until well combined.
  4.    Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes.
  5.    After 15 minutes massage gently into skin over entire face in small circular motions for another 5 minutes to help cleanse clogged pores.
  6.    Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Coconut oil and yoghurt face mask

Yoghurt offers plenty of moisture for your skin along with lactic acid that helps dry oily skin by dissolving dead skin cells, stripping excess oil and tightening pores. Yoghurt naturally reduces fine lines and wrinkles by tightening skin and pores. The coconut oil uses its antifungal and antibacterial properties to make your skin balanced and shine-free.

You will need:

  •    2 teaspoons coconut oil
  •    1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  1.    Melt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil if not already in liquid form. 5 seconds in the microwave will do.
  2.    Add 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil into a mixing bowl.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  4.    Mix until well combined.
  5.    Apply the mixture to your face. Ensure the mask is thick. The mask doesn’t keep so you don’t have to worry about using it all.
  6.    Leave on for 15 minutes.
  7.    Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  8.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a natural oil that is made of a unique combination of fatty acids that can have a positive effect on your health. There are many benefits to using coconut oil such as aiding in weight loss, improving brain function, moisturising skin and killing bacteria.

Coconut oil is packed with healthy saturated fats that produce different effects on your body than other fats in your diet. These healthy fats increase fat burning and provide quick energy to your brain and body. It aids in brain function through the use of fatty acids that act as a secondary fuel source that provides to the brain and nervous system. Coconut oil also helps alleviate dry skin because of its vitamin E content and antioxidant action on the body. The anti-microbial properties in coconut oil can also help with acne, eczema, staph infections and psoriasis. Coconut oil also has lauric acid, which is believed to have anti-viral, antifungal and antibacterial properties which aid in fighting infections.

Adding two tablespoons a day to your diet can have a positive effect on your health and applying it to your skin each night before bed can have you feeling like a new person.

Essential oils

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Essential oils have powerful health benefits and are acquired by concentration and extraction of flowers, roots, barks, stems and seeds of plants which contain natural properties.

Ancient civilisations knew about the benefits of essential oils, but it’s only been in the past 60 years that their medicinal benefits have been rediscovered by Western society.  Their surge in popularity is largely due to their benefits for treating a range of conditions, and in the production of beauty and cleaning products.

They became popular in the 1950s in massage therapy, and in the 70s were used extensively as a major part of alternative and holistic health treatments.They are used topically, by mixing with a carrier oil and applying to the skin for absorption, internally, through consumption, or through aromatic methods through diffusion in the air.  These days they are used to treat everything from migraines to stress.  Essential oils created from rosemary or jasmine can boost confidence and calm the nerves when presenting a speech or attending a job interview.

Jasmine, orange and grapefruit can be used as antidepressants due to their properties which can help calm the nerves. Jasmine is also used to help during childbirth.  Rosemary is known to help improve the memory too, and sandalwood helps with focus.  Peppermint is used to boost energy and can help with digestion.  Lemon can also aid digestion, as well as ease mood swings and treat headaches.  Lavender and rose are popular essential oils used to treat stress and reduce anxiety.  Chamomile also helps improve mood and aides in relaxation. It’s commonly used before bed to help sleep.

Bergamot and ylang-ylang are other essential oils used to reduce stress, but also have properties which help improve skin conditions like eczema.  Ylang-ylang is also known to ease nausea.  Tea tree fights infection and boosts immunity.