Coconut Oil: One of 2014’s most-talked-about oils for internal and external health benefits, for good reason. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids from saturated fats, unsaturated fats, vitamin’s E and A. Before the internet craze on this super ingredient started, people had been using it as a natural component in beauty routines for years. Non-toxic, non-harming, nourishing and effective; what’s not to like? 

Here are 7 Ways To Incorporate Coconut Oil Into Your Beauty Routine:

1. Lotion/Moisturizer. Tip: Use sparingly, a little goes a long way.
2. Natural Deodorant. Try this recipe for a great variation.
3. Make Up Remover. Tip: Warm between your palms & apply with cotton pad.
4. Shaving Cream. Just add water.
5. Lip Balm. Apply lightly for a moisturizing shine!
6. Toothpaste. Try this recipe for a great variation
7. Wrinkle Remover. The fatty acids present help fight wrinkles.

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Could it be that older women are becoming the new faces of beauty? Absolutely. After years of living in a culture where being over 50 meant being invisible, things are changing in a very real way. I, for one, am inspired by this. The cosmetic company NARS, announced recently that 68-year-old British actress Charlotte Rampling would be their new face of beauty and will appear in a black-and-white campaign to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary in September.

Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs
Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs followed suit with the announcement that 64-year-old American Horror Story actress Jessica Lange would be the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer ’14 campaign stars a range of women, including 70-year-old Catherine Deneuve and the Olsen sisters, through their fashion line, The Row, have chosen Linda Rodin to be their model and represent their brand.

Linda Rodin for The Row
Linda Rodin for The Row

We make up a large part of the market, so why not feature women who represent that for us? I am part of a theatre company (Rogue Machine Theatre) and the age range is anywhere from 15 to 85 among the company members. I never feel too old. I am constantly inspired by younger people. I have never understood the need to be separate.

I love that older women are being seen and marketed as beautiful, sexy, and desirable. I want to feel like that. What I don’t want is to go to the play Menopause, the Musical with my girlfriends, and afterwards, share funny stories about our dry vaginas.

I’d rather be wearing my Agent Provocateur stockings, a great dress, drinking a nice Cabernet, and thinking about sex. I want to experience my age in the best way possible. I believe that there is a depth and richness there that is sublime.

When artist Beatrice Wood, age 105, was asked the secret of her longevity, she would simply say “art books, chocolates and young men”.

That’s what I’m talking about.

After being mauled by little fingers all day, sometimes you just need to be rubbed the right way. You know how your husband sweetly offers to give you a massage, slides his hands across your back for a few minutes and falls asleep?

That’s the wrong way.

Do yourself a favor, forget about getting dinner on the table tonight, and get yourself on a table for one of these treatments instead:

1. Body scrub.

Yes, in the hands of a professional, your skin can be as soft and sweet as your baby’s. Try the Hacienda Retreat at The Fairmont Princess and mark my words – you will never again scold your kids for playing with their food after delighting in the lovely sensation of being dusted with yellow corn, kneaded with lime zest, spearmint and lemon and swaddled like an infant to let it all marinate. This exfoliating/moisturizing/massage treatment left me feeling like mush, and I even took home some of the yummy products to bring me back to this happy place whenever I need to relax.

2. Pedicure.

Can you imagine having your feet lovingly tended to for 80 minutes? For moms who can barely sit down for five seconds without someone needing something from them, the Hot Stone & Honey Pedicure at Miraval is a transformative experience. Hot stones melt away tension, and yummy scrubs, gels and oils rejuvenate your calves, ankles and toes. You then get to choose one of the gorgeous Deborah Lippman polishes which will make you smile every time you look down at your feet – even if it’s because one of the kids has stepped on them.

3. Massage.

Moms know there is nothing more special than being kneaded. For a really unique treatment, the Holistic Massage at the Phoenician blends three techniques of your choice for a totally different and custom experience. Try combining hot stone, deep pressure and Reiki to literally give you back your energy. It awakens both your mind and body, and completely renews your spirit. I can’t tell you exactly why it all works – Reiki is fascinating to me – but it does! It’s simply invigorating.

4. Exfoliation.

Sometimes you just have to strip away the top layer to get to the good stuff. Proving that everything we tell our kids isn’t necessarily true, the Sticks and Stones treatment at La Costa will not break your bones – it will actually soothe them. Hot stones send healing heat deep into your muscles, then your skin is polished with a bamboo scrub until it’s oh-so-smooth and a rich, herbal lotion is massaged into your body. You’ll be ready to face the rest of your busy day, but won’t be able to stop admiring your silky

5. Aromatherapy.

Exchange the daily smells that make up your life – dirty diapers, wet dogs, leftovers sitting in the fridge – for the heavenly scents of mint, tangerine, cardamom, lemon blossom wafting over you throughout the Hamman Experience at Hotel Valley Ho. This signature treatment cleanses, mists, exfoliates, massages and moisturizes. As a mom, you’ll appreciate the multi-tasking and, more luxuriously, the multi-basking.