What if I told you, you could have a great skincare and haircare product that is also useful around the house and you could eat it, too? You may have heard it before, but coconut oil has so many uses. It’s free of all the nasty chemicals that go into most products and as skincare this is especially important as our skin absorbs much of what is put on it. As singers we also want to avoid fragrances or any other chemicals that cause sensitivities that can affect our voices. You can make fancier versions of the face products with essential oils and cocoa butter, but I never seem to have the time and find that plain organic virgin coconut oil is just fine. So here are some of the ways that I use it. If you have different uses that I haven’t listed I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment below.
Sports (I’ve used coconut oil in triathlon – DO NOT use a bicycle chain lubricant)
And finally don’t let us forget that coconut oil is a great oil in the kitchen with many health benefits. Healthy doesn’t mean we should go overboard with it – we still should only be having 2 to 3 servings of healthy fats a day. Coconut oil is the best option as a cooking oil since it is stable at high heat and won’t break down into trans fats and other carcinogenic products. I use it in baking, including in my pie crust (the recipe was recently posted on my facebook page), since hydrogenated vegetable shortening is not healthy by a long shot and should be avoided like the plague. It’s also nice for spreading on toast.
The best thing about this is that it can save you a fortune! A 1.6 L tub costs only $25. How much do you spend on tiny bottles and jars or skincare products? And I’ve had better results with it than with all the products with their claims for smoother, younger looking skin and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. One more bonus: Carrying only one product will also save you a lot of space when traveling.
So tell me, what do you use coconut oil for?