Summer’s almost here! But before you throw on a bikini and head to the beach you may want to invest in one summer essential that’s sure to solve those troublesome (and often embarrassing!) beauty problems that many of us are faced with once the mercury rises. Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts Brynley King shares her top tips for tackling seven of your most cringe-worthy summertime dilemmas – and the best part? All you need is one jar of coconut oil!
Let’s get the most embarrassing out of the way first, shall we? Chafing is a common problem that many people experience during our steaming Aussie summer – and it’s not just the thigh area that can fall victim to the dreaded chafe. Fortunately, coconut oil can be used on any part of the body to not only prevent chafe from occurring but also to heal sore and inflamed skin. It’s also perfect to use on infants as an all-natural alternative to nappy rash cream.
Forgot to slip, slop, slap and now you’re looking less like a bronzed goddess and more like a tomato? The properties found in coconut oil are known to relieve the pain of a bad burn plus heal the skin and limit peeling at the same time. Try patting a washcloth splashed with a little apple cider vinegar on burnt skin to relieve stinging before generously applying coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil to the affected area. The peppermint oil helps to cool the skin while the coconut oil heals and protects.
A pop of colour on the lips can make any outfit go from good to great, but if your pout has been receiving a little too much sun, wind and salty air, even the most moisturising lipsticks aren’t going to glide on as they should. Coconut oil works as an incredibly nourishing 100% natural lip balm and Pacific Islanders have been using it for centuries. Feeling creative? Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil with ¾ teaspoon of honey for a sweeter, DIY lip treatment.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs aren’t pretty but for many people they’re inevitable after any type of shaving, waxing or hair removal. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal which makes it a miracle pre and post hair-removal product. Replace shaving creams or soaps with coconut oil for your closest shave yet before rubbing a decent amount into the area after your shower; and you can say goodbye to painful, unsightly bumps – for good!
Unfortunately, humidity = frizz. Luckily your new beauty Holy Grail works wonders at smoothing and conditioning unruly tresses. Before bedtime, apply a good dollop of oil to your lengths and ends, tie in a topknot and leave in overnight for a super nourishing and inexpensive hair treatment or use as an anti-frizz hair serum by applying a pea size amount to dry hair. You can also protect blonde locks from chlorine damage (green hair is never in fashion) by wetting the hair and evenly distributing coconut oil from roots to tips, which seals in moisture and creates a barrier against harmful pool chemicals.
For many, this time of the year means outdoor barbeques, picnics and the occasional game of backyard cricket, however, it also means the mosquitos are out in full force. If these pesky little bloodsuckers make you itchy just thinking about them, then coconut oil may be your new best friend. When applied to an insect bite, the oil is known to work faster than calamine lotion at stopping the itch and reducing swelling. Plus, if you dab it on the area regularly it works to speed up the healing process too.
Winter can play havoc on our skin, as we often neglect our moisturising routine in favour of hiding our pins under jeans and tracksuit pants. Come summertime, why are we then surprised when we pull on a pair of shorts only to discover our limbs aren’t quite as smooth and supple as we’d like? Bid dry, flaky skin farewell by mixing coconut oil with raw sugar for a DIY body exfoliator, then use the oil on its own as an all-natural, paraben-free body moisturiser.
For more coconut oil tips grab your copy of ‘Going Coconuts’ plus Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at www.naturepacifc.com
Stacey has 10 years experience in both print and digital media. Her many roles in the Australian media industry include being a freelance web editor for several women’s lifestyle magazines, editor and social media manager for leading fashion and beauty website, 2threads.com and deputy chief sub editor of madison magazine. She has also worked on The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and the Canberra Times.