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How to Use Coconut Oil on Hair and Skin

Go Ahead and Put Coconut Oil on Your Shopping List For Fall

The following post was written by Amanda Mae who blogs at Southern Glamourista and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.

With Summer coming to an end and Fall just around the corner, there are a few things you need to do prep your skin. The sun always dries up my skin during the summertime and then the cool air from the Fall only adds to the dryness. So you definitely want to make sure you moisturize that skin from head to toe before it really starts getting cold. One of my favorite products to use is something that you can find at your local grocery store and use it to cook with — or a ton of different ways on your body. It is the ever-so-famous coconut oil! Find out more about this multitasking product when you keep reading.

I know everyone and their mother has heard about the million different ways you can use coconut oil by now, but in case you haven't, then this post is for you. I am here to tell you that it seriously does work. I love rubbing a small amount all over my body to really get my skin looking fresh and extremely moisturized. You don't have to use a ton to make it work. I usually put it on when I am in the shower because unfortunately I found out the hard way that it can get a little messy and slippery if you use too much. Plus, this way I am already in the shower, so I don't have to clean up anything; I just turn the water on and poof, it's down the drain in under three seconds. You can either rinse it off after you have rubbed all over or just keep it on and get out of the shower. It will dry within a few minutes and you smell like coconuts for the rest of the day!

Your hair has probably also dried out a lot from the sun's rays. You can also use coconut oil in your hair as a deep conditioner to get some moisture back in those locks. I would only use it from the bottom of your ears down to the ends of your hair. If you do it on your scalp, you are probably going to look like a greaseball. And that look isn't very cute.

Depending on how badly your hair needs to be moisturized, I would leave it on for anywhere between 10 minutes to about an hour. I usually throw my hair up in a towel and go do things around the house: check my email or catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Then you just go rinse it out. Keep it mind it may take a while for it to completely wash away.

There are a ton of other ways to use coconut oil: as a makeup remover, lip balm, or night cream. But all of that is for a whole other post. So don't forget — especially since the seasons are changing — to moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize!

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