Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coconut Oil Uses: Health & Beauty

One thing that I am obsessed with is coconut oil. While it is great for cooking and adding to smoothies, it has a ton of amazing beauty benefits as well.

I use it daily as a night cream, body moisturizer, shave cream, and lip balm. I also use it for oil pulling a few times a week! Since I began using coconut oil as a part of my normal routine I have noticed a tremendous improvement in the way my skin looks and feels.

Below I have listed 20 different ways to use it as a part of your beauty routine. Soon I will also share some of the other ways coconut oil can be used for cooking, around the house, and with your pets! And incase you were wondering, this brand of coconut oil is my favorite!

Facial Moisturizer/Night Cream: Apply coconut oil after washing your face in place of lotion. If you have acne prone skin you may only be able to do this once a day or every few days.

Hair Conditioner: Rub a small amount of coconut oil into the hair and comb it through. Let is sit for several hours (best if left overnight, just wear a shower cap) and then shampoo as normal.

Fly Away Tamer: Rub a small amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and then run your hands through your hair to tame fly aways and frizz.

Body Moisturizer: Rub coconut oil directly onto skin after showering

Stretch Mark Prevention: Apply several times a day to stretching skin.

Shaving Cream: Rub coconut oil on the area to be shaved to replace shaving cream

Foot Treatment: Combine coconut oil with sea salt and scrub your feet to remove dead skin and moisturize.

Body Scrub: Combine coconut oil with sugar and use in the shower.

Make Up Remover: Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the eye lids to remove stubborn eye makeup. Use a washcloth to wipe off the excess and then wash your face as normal.

Make Up Brush Cleanser: Melt a small amount of coconut oil in the microwave. Dip your brush into the oil and then swirl the brush around on a paper towel until the excess is gone. Rinse with warm water and lay to dry.

Lip Balm: Use on the lips for a natural lip balm

Cheekbone Highlighter: Rub a small amount on your cheekbones over makeup

Deodorant: You can make a natural deodorant using coconut oil and a few other ingredients. Check out this recipe.

Sunburn Remedy: Rub coconut oil on burnt skin to soothe and repair sunburnt skin.

Insect Repellent: Mix coconut oil with a few essential oils and you have an all natural insect repellent. Check out this recipe.

Diaper Rash Cream: Apply regularly to a baby's bottom to improve skin and help heal diaper rash

Age Spot Lightener: Rub directly onto age spots

Nail Cuticle Oil: Rub coconut oil over dry cuticles to moisturize and repair.

Lice Treatment: Combine coconut oil with apple cider vinegar for a lice treatment.

Oil Pulling: Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 5-10 minutes before brushing your teeth. This helps to remove bacteria, prevent cavities and whiten teeth.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nail Polish Organization Tip

Today I'm changing it up a little bit here on the blog!

I don't have any food pictures, exercises, or recipes to share but rather a fashion tip! I'm not a fashionista by any means but I do think that this little tip is something worth sharing.

I absolutely love painting my nails. Sometimes I paint them two times a week just because I love all of the different colors so much it's hard to choose just one! I'm always trying out new designs and color combos and this little trick has came into handy, especially when I need just the right color.

Whenever I buy nail polish I stick a toothpick into the jar and then dab a little bit of paint right on top of the lid.

This helps a lot when I am looking at all of my colors at once (see photo below) and it also helps me see what the color looks like when dried. How many times have you caught yourself in the middle of the nail polish aisle with little paint swatches all over your nails?

By adding a little drop of color to the lids I am able to quickly see what colors I have in my box of polish rather than take them all out and look at the bottles. I also love that if I have a big date planned, a wedding, or other event where I want my nails to match my clothes, I am able to match the already dried nail polish to the outfit! I don't have to guess which one will match the best and then be disappointed when it doesn't match the dress!


What do you think of my little life hack? 
Do you want me to share more of my amazing beauty secrets here on the blog? Ha!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Double Chocolate Chip Paleo Protein Shake

As I've stated before, I'm really bad at getting out of bed in the morning. Really, really bad. But this morning I was able to wake up right away with a little help from my needy kittens. They have taught themselves that the alarm corresponds with them getting fed so when the alarm goes off, they jump all over the bed and meow until I get up. Somedays I can sleep through it, others I can't.

What am I supposed to do with all of that extra time? Instead of sit on the couch until it was time for work, I decided to make a healthy and delicious protein shake for breakfast. It included lots and lots of chocolate. What better way to start a Monday morning than with chocolate? I'm pretty sure I will have the best week ever because of it!

A few weeks ago, Artisana was kind of enough to send me a few samples of their coconut butter squeeze packs. I absolutely love coconut so these have been perfect for adding to my morning smoothies or for quick pre-workout fuel.

I have also heard that by combining coconut butter (or oil) with chia seeds you are bound to have a ton of energy! I honestly didn't even need my morning coffee this morning because I didn't feel sluggish after drinking this.

This smoothie can easily be tailored to fit what you have on hand. For instance, if you don't follow a paleo diet, use regular milk & whatever protein powder you have on hand. If you do follow the paleo diet, I highly recommend you check out the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I am able to find them at Meijer and other health food stores and they are soy, gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, casein, potato, wheat, fish, sesame, shellfish, tree nut, and sulfite free! The dark chocolate chips do contain cane sugar, but if you aren't crazy strict on your paleo diet, I say they're ok every now and then ;)


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