15 Surprising Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
1. Massage oil
Coconut oil is the perfect consistency to be used as a massage oil. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for soothing sore muscles.
Most toothpastes on the market contain fluoride preservatives and coloring. However, studies are showing that coconut oil contains enzymes that contribute to better oral health and prevent tooth decay. You can even use it to make your own vegan toothpaste.
3. Insect repellent
Coconut oil repels mosquitoes and other annoying bugs. Mixed with rosemary and lemongrass, the oil can be as effective as chemical repellents such as DEET. The oil can also relieve the pain and itch of bug bites. Find out how to make your own bug repellent here.
4. Lip Balm
Rather than use Chapstick or Vaseline -which are toxic and don’t actually hydrate your lips- nourish them with coconut oil.
5. Stretch Mark Prevention
Coconut oil is often used by pregnant women to hydrate their skin and prevent stretch marks. Simply rub it directly into your skin 3-4 times a day and let it soak up.
6. Heal Burns
Coconut oil accelerates the healing process of burns, particularly sunburns. It can also prevent infection and minimize scars by boosting collagen production.
Coconut oil has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It prevents body odor by killing bad bacteria that feed off moisture and produce smelly pits. Coconut oil is actually the main ingredient in natural aluminum-free deodorants. Learn how to make your own here.
8. Fight Dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that can be caused by dry skin, fungal infection or autoimmune disorders (8).
Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against candida yeast. These acids also hydrate the scalp and relieve inflammation (9).
To use, comb coconut oil through your hair, massaging it through your scalp. Cover it overnight with a showercap and wash it out in the morning.
9. Body Scrub
To make a natural body scrub, mix two tablespoons of sea salt or raw sugar with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Use in the shower on wet skin and rinse thoroughly.
10. Makeup Remover
This olive and coconut oil can easily remove the most stubborn waterproof makeup, even eyeliner and mascara. Just pour a little on a cotton pad and wipe it over the makeup you wish to remove. Follow up with face-friendly soap and moisturizer.
11. Facial Moisturizer
Coconut oil actually help fight acne-causing bacteria without clogging your pores. It can also minimizes the appearance of pores and face acne scars.
Believe it or not, coconut oil actually protects your skin from sun damage. It has a natural SPF of 2-8, which can go as high as 40-50 if combined with carrot seed oil or raspberry seed oil.
13. Hair Treatment
Ad mentioned above, coconut oil is safe to use on your hair and scalp. It’s especially helpful for split ends and brittle hair.This mask can also prevent hair loss.
To use, comb 2 tablespoon of coconut oil onto your scalp and work it through your hair until the tips are saturated. Cover it with a shower cap and leave it overnight.
14. Eye Cream
Coconut oil fight dark circles by gently moisturizing the delicate skin under your eyes. It also reduces puffiness and swelling under the eyes.
15. Wrinkle Cream
By increasing collagen turnover, coconut oil firms the skin and slows skin aging. How’s that for an all-purpose beauty product?!