I love the way that coconut makes my skin feel plump, soft, and supple. While ideal for dry and aging skin (virgin coconut oil is great for smoothing wrinkles!), even acne-prone skin can benefit from a coconut face mask. Coconut oil for skincare has become renowned because of the many benefits it offers.
Try one of these homemade skin care recipes, whichever one is best for your skin type. Also, try adding coconut milk to smoothie recipes (coconut milk, cocoa powder, banana, raw honey, and ice is a personal favorite) and using nourishing coconut oil in place of butter for baking. Coconuts have vitamin C and E as well as zinc, all important beauty nutrients.
For a coconut mask for dry skin and for defeating fine lines use:
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 inch of a ripe banana, mashed
3 drops of frankincense essential oil
Whip all ingredients together with a fork or spoon and apply to a clean face. The banana adds some antioxidant action while the frankincense is good for cellular regeneration. Rinse off after 20 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize.
For a coconut face mask for acne, combine the anti-bacterial action of virgin coconut oil, raw honey, and tea tree:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 drops tea tree essential oil
For a powerful mask, use extra virgin coconut oil and manuka honey. Manuka is expensive, but it has strong anti-bacterial properties and plenty of amino acids and other nutrients to feed the skin and promote healing.
Coconut for sensitive skin use:
1 tablespoon of pure (not light) coconut milk
1 tablespoon oat flour (or enough to make a soft paste)
3 drops of lavender essential oil
Stir all the ingredients together. Start by gently cleansing and patting the face dry, then apply. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, letting your skin drink in some serious coconut milk moisture. Oat and lavender both act to calm and soothe. Rinse with cool water and put on your facial moisturizer. Remember, for all coconut face masks, make sure your milk or oil is at room temperature before preparing.
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