Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking, it is a great natural oil that also has amazing beauty and skin benefits. Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, plus it makes an excellent moisturizer. Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate hair better than other oils, and it smells like cookies!
Introducing coconut oil to your beauty regimen may not be a new concept, but it is becoming more mainstream. It seems like every product from shampoo to shaving cream has coconut oil on the label. And here’s the thing: you can use it straight from the jar to get some of the same benefits.
Read on to learn 15 coconut oil uses for beauty, skincare and hair care!
Coconut Oil Uses for Hair Care
1. Intensive Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil makes great deep conditioning hair treatment. Treat yourself to a coconut oil hair mask by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil between your hands, then applying it to your hair from roots to ends one section at a time. Comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning. Coconut oil can work wonders for dry, damaged hair to soften hair and restore luster.
One of the most popular beauty uses of coconut oil is a frizz tamer. Because coconut oil is a natural oil, it repels water and prevent frizz. Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas to smooth them out.
3. Hair Flyaway Tamer
Use coconut oil to tame your stray hair flyaways by rubbing a small amount on your hands and patting on you hair. Using sparingly on the ends, so you don’t get a greasy look.
4. Static Reducer
Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.
Coconut Oil Uses for Skin Care
5. Makeup remover
Coconut oil makes a great make up remover. Place some coconut oil on a cotton pad and rub gently in a circular motion around your eye to remove makeup. Coconut oil has antibacterial and moisturizing properties make it a perfect natural eye make up remover.
6. Eye cream
Coconut oil is also great for hydrating the gentle skin around your eyes. It also helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles and leave your eye area baby soft and decrease signs of wrinkles
7. Shaving cream
Coconut oil makes a great for shaving cream. It’s perfect for those of you who have sensitive skin and may be sensitive to all the chemicals in normal shaving creams. Coconut oil also makes for a great smooth shave.
Coconut is a great natural moisturizer. The fatty acids in coconut oil helps lock moisture into the skin, so smooth some over your elbows and other rough spots to soften and heal.
9. Cuticle oil
Dab on some coconut oil to your cuticles if they’ve been been looking a bit dry and ragged. For extra soft cuticles, do this before bed and put on gloves – you’ll wake up to soft, smooth digits.
10. Body scrub
Use coconut oil to make your own body scrub. Just combine equal parts of coconut oil with brown sugar. Coconut oil also has anti-fungal properties, so it makes a great foot scrub too!
11. Face & Body Scrub
Make your own gentle face and body exfoliator with coconut oil and baking soda. You skin will be baby soft.
12. Lip Balm
The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier, locking moisture in and helping your skin hold on to moisture. Using coconut oil as a lip balm will keep your lips soft and smooth.
13. Massage Oil
Coconut oil makes a great massage oil. Because it doesn’t absorb immediately, it allows you to enjoy a massage, not too greasy with a relaxing scent.
14. Tanning Oil
Put some coconut oil in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.
15. Sunburn Care
And if you’ve spent a little too long in the sun, coconut oil is also a great after sun moisturizer. It does a great job keeping the skin moisturized while it’s healing.
16. Natural Deodorant
Apply coconut oil to the areas you sweat the most, or make your own homemade deodorant stick with coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and arrowroot.
Once you’re done your make up, swipe and pat a tiny amount on your cheeks and the bridge of your nose to get soft natural glow on your skin.
18. Face mask
Make a simple mask by mixing equal parts coconut oil and raw honey, and apply it directly onto your face. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. This coconut oil and raw honey mask will leave your skin glowing and super smooth!
19. Scar treatment
Coconut oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants that help heal scars and smooth out skin for a clearer complexion.
20. Makeup brush cleaner
Warm a few tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then dip your brushes in it. Gently rub them on a paper towel to remove the makeup, and rinse under warm water. Because coconut oil has anti-fungal benefits, it will help you keep your brushes bacteria-free.
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Your skin will thank you!