These days, we can't get enough of coconut oil. In smoothies, as electrolyte-rich beverages and even melt-in-your-mouth coconut chips, could coconut oil be the perfect food?
So perhaps it's a no brainer that what's good on the inside is also good on the outside—your skin, that is.
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid that's said to raise the body's metabolism as well as offer antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, says Lori Schmidt, esthetician at The Oaks at Ojai, an award-winning spa destination in Ojai, California. Not only that, but "it's one of the best eye makeup removers I have found. No stinging or messy drips."
Schmidt created the following exclusive recipe for Delicious Living readers as an after-shower conditioner to hydrate and protect hair's delicate ends. This recipe could be used instead of somewhat costly argan oil.
Bonus: The mixture can also be used as a lotion.
"This silky oil is a concentrated moisturizer that magically vanishes into the skin," says Schmidt. "A mere spoonful can cover my whole body. Yet unlike the cocoa butter that we used to tan with in the '70s, this is non greasy!"
DIY: Coconut Oil Lotion and Hair Conditioner
You will need:
- A food-grade coconut oil that's extra virgin and not hydrogenated, bleached or refined. Schmidt used Trader Joe's brand.
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil. Schmidt chose rosemary.
1. Measure 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut oil into a food processor or blender and whirl until smooth and creamy like whipped butter.
2. Optional: Add 4-5 drops of essential oil of your choice and whirl again for a few seconds.
3. Apply directly to skin or to the ends of dry or wet hair.
The mixture should be stored at room temperature and can last a long time... but it probably won't!
Photos by Lori Schmidt