5 DIY Coconut Oil Treatments To Try This Winter

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Oh, the beauty woes that come along with cold winter months: dry skin, chapped lips, brittle hair and nails. To combat such unattractive effects of bone-chilling temperatures, we swear by one simple (and inexpensive) ingredient: coconut oil. The multipurpose moisturizer can be used as a makeup remover, blended into an exfoliating scrub or applied alone on problem skin (and that’s just a few options). Here, 5 ways to try the ultra-nourishing oil this season.

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5 Coconut Oil DIYs

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If other removers feel harsh or irritating in the winter, try massaging a teaspoon of coconut oil onto your face, then gently wipe clean with a washcloth and warm water.

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For rough, calloused hands and feet, use coconut oil as a skin-quenching overnight treatment. Apply liberally before bed, and cover with spa gloves and socks to lock in moisture (and to avoid getting it on your sheets). Pro tip: Heat gloves and socks in the dryer for several minutes beforehand for a warm, soothing effect.

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Create a hydrating hair mask by blending half a banana with a tablespoon of coconut oil in a food processor. Apply to your locks, cover with a shower cap and allow it to penetrate for 20 minutes. Wash with a clarifying shampoo to remove.

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Mix one-quarter cup of coconut oil with one-quarter cup of sugar and a hint of lemon zest for an exfoliating body polish that leaves your skin smooth and hydrated.

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Start with equal parts coconut oil and beeswax, and heat each in the microwave until liquid. Mix together in a small bowl and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into a tin of your choice, and wait until the mixture hardens before applying. Pro tip: Keep the balm at room temperature to prevent melting.