HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­tara Bose is a model turned fash­ion and beauty con­sul­tant. A pop­u­lar blog­ger, an­chor, and voice over artist, she main­tains a deep con­nec­tion with the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try and is pas­sion­ate about dis­cov­er­ing and cel­e­brat­ing as­pir­ing tal­ent as well as p

There’s noth­ing more de­pend­able than us­ing prod­ucts that has been passed down through gen­er­a­tions. Co­conut oil is one such thing.

When it comes to cos­met­ics, we think good brands mean quicker re­sults. We don’t think twice be­fore splurg­ing on prod­ucts that make con­vinc­ing prom­ises, even if we have ab­so­lutely no idea what goes into it (as long as the in­gre­di­ents sound fancy). Let’s shut out the ad­ver­tise­ments, think smart, and go nat­u­ral. So what’s our star prod­uct this week? We’re go­ing old school with some co­conut oil. Here are 10 ways you can in­clude it in your beauty rou­tine.

Scalp con­di­tion­ing –

For­get fancy con­di­tion­ers and scalp treat­ment oils; treat dry scalp and dan­druff with some warm co­conut oil. Mas­sage it in and let it soak for at least an hour be­fore wash­ing your hair. If you are look­ing for a more in­ten­sive ther­apy, you could also wrap your hair in a towel and leave it overnight.

Makeup re­mover –

Face caked with lay­ers of makeup? All you need is some co­conut oil and cot­ton. Put a gen­er­ous amount of co­conut oil on your cot­ton and sim­ply wipe clean. The best thing about us­ing co­conut oil as op­posed to other makeup re­movers is that it ac­tu­ally hy­drates the skin and leaves it soft and sup­ple. Just wash off with wa­ter - no ag­gres­sive scrub­bing re­quired.

Lip balm –

Noth­ing works on dried lips like co­conut oil. And no, you don’t need to worry about spills as it can re­tain the per­fect semi-solid state in nor­mal tem­per­a­tures. Store it in a pocket-friendly jar or even your con­tact lens con­tainer so you can carry it around wher­ever you go. A per­fect trick to make the most of lip colour and co­conut oil is to scoop out the re­main­ing bits of your lip­stick and mix it with co­conut oil; you’ll have your very own tinted lip gloss.

Highlighter –

Want to achieve the per­fect dewy look? Work it with some co­conut oil. Take a small amount on your fin­ger­tips and sweep it over your cheek­bones af­ter you are done with your usual makeup. It’ll look nat­u­ral, it isn’t harm­ful to your skin, and it’ll give a beau­ti­ful sheen to your cheek­bones.

Foun­da­tion base –

Co­conut oil works won­der­fully as a primer too. That’s pretty much why a lot of makeup brands even have this se­cret in­gre­di­ent in their prod­uct. Just that you can skip the other harm­ful in­gre­di­ents and go ab­so­lutely or­ganic with co­conut oil. Take a lit­tle on your palms and ap­ply all over your face. Just en­sure it’s not a very heavy layer.

Cu­ti­cles –

Cu­ti­cle oils are great; but do you know what else works equally well? Co­conut oil, of course. It’s a per­fectly in­ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive. Ap­ply it ev­ery night and you’ll see a vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence in no time.

Face and body mois­turiser –

Ap­ply­ing or­ganic co­conut oil reg­u­larly can do won­ders if you have dry skin. How­ever, if your face is prone to pim­ples and tends to get oily eas­ily, you might want to skip this method for your face. For those who have com­bi­na­tion skin, the best way to go about with co­conut oil is to only ap­ply it to the ar­eas that are dry. It’s great for the rest of the body though, es­pe­cially those dry patches on your el­bows or knees.

Makeup brush cleaner –

The logic is sim­ple, if it works well to take off makeup from your face, it should work equally well to take off makeup from the brushes and sponges. Sim­ply mix it with a good an­tibac­te­rial soap and your brushes will be as good as new (and soft too).

Stretch marks –

For those of you who’ve lost weight (a lit­tle too fast but hey, you’ve shed those pounds so who cares) and are now stuck with those an­noy­ing stretch marks, reg­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion of co­conut oil can help fade away those scars.

Oral hy­giene –

It’s a lit­tle strange, but yes, co­conut oil can also help main­tain good oral hy­giene. Oil pulling can de­crease plaque buildup and get rid of bad breath. On the other hand, if you’re aim­ing for those sparkly whites (and want to try an un­con­ven­tional route) try mix­ing co­conut oil with some bak­ing soda and cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil, and use the paste to brush your teeth. We don’t want to stay how it tastes though. —HiWeek­end@time­so­fo­

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