In the last couple of years, the popularity of coconut oil has increased enormously. I used to use it for cooking, but now I use it for so many other things as well! Coconut oil is not only very effective in the kitchen, but it is also essential as a beauty product for your skin, hair and even your teeth. In this list I will share with you the 11 best beauty uses for coconut oil. I did not know that you could even use it for #7!
1. Eye cream
The skin underneath your eyes is very thin and can be very sensitive. It can be so sensitive that you will notice dark spots and lines around your eyes way faster than any other spot on your face. This is why it is advisable to give the skin around your eyes extra treatment. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive eye creams, you can use coconut oil and have the exact same effect. Apply a little bit of coconut oil on your fingertips and your eye, massage it onto the skin under your eyes. This way you will protect your skin in the best way possible.
2. Wrinkle cream
When we get older it is inevitable to not get wrinkles. Luckily, there are many ways to make them less visible or to even get rid of them. Coconut oil is one of those products that you can use as a perfect solution against wrinkles. It keeps your skin hydrated and reduces the dark spots underneath your eyes. Rub a little pit of coconut oil under your eyes and afterwards, especially put focus on the spots where you have wrinkles.
By applying a small amount of coconut oil on your face, you provide your skin with a boost to improve the texture of your skin and as a result, let the wrinkles become less visible or even make them disappear. Try not to use too much of the oil and that it doesn’t get in your eyes. If this happens, your vision will become blurry for a while because of the thickness of the oil. Nothing serious but probably something you would like to avoid. Nevertheless, coconut oil is a perfect remedy to get rid of your wrinkles once and for all.
3. Hair conditioner
Coconut oil is the best ingredient to hydrate your scalp and get rid of split ends. Research shows that coconut oil has the ability to treat damaged hair from the inside out. So it is not surprising that Indian women apply the oil to their hair and scalp before washing their hair. In India, long and thick hair is a sign of power and beauty and this is why Indian women take very good care of their hair, with as a result, them having beautiful, shiny and long hair!
4. Skin oil
Coconut oil does not only work for your hair, but it is also a perfect remedy for your skin. The oil feeds your skin from the inside out and provides it with extra hydration. I have replaced regular body lotion with coconut oil years ago because you can use the oil on your entire body. By mixing the coconut oil with an essential oil you can make your own homemade body lotion. The only thing that you need is a little bit of coconut oil and an essential oil. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it on for about a minute. The result? A soft and shiny skin that no body lotion will ever give you!
5. Teeth whitener
Through an extensive consumption of tea, coffee, wine and other food coloring it is inevitable that your teeth will start to discolor. To restore your white smile without having to go to the dentist, you can use coconut oil to whiten your teeth the natural way. Besides, the oil is also very healthy for your teeth. Coconut oil is also a good alternative to use as a mouthwash or toothpaste because it works as a disinfectant. A good way to use coconut oil as a mouth care product, is by using the oil pulling technique. This means that you rub a little bit of coconut oil on your teeth and run it through your mouth like mouthwash. Do this for about 10 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. You can use this method up to once a day.
6. Eye makeup remover
With the use of a little bit of coconut oil you can easily remove makeup, even waterproof mascara, without irritating your eyes or skin. Apply a little bit of the oil on your fingertips and massage it in by moving your fingers in circle movements. Rinse afterwards by using lukewarm water and dry your face by using a towel. When all the eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara is removed from your face you can wash it just like you normally would.
Some people use coconut oil as a remedy for bad skin. It might not seem like a logical choice to use oil if you suffer from acne because oily products mostly are the reason why your pores are clogged in the first place. However, coconut oil has two very important advantages that make it the perfect remedy for your skin! The oil has an antibacterial function because of the presence of lauric and caprine acid in its ingredients. The moment that you apply the oil to your skin the ingredients turn into monocaprin and monolaurin. These substances replace the protection layer of your skin instead of damaging it unlike many other soap products. This way you provide your skin with an additional boost to keep it healthy and smooth.
8. Shaving cream
Shaving cream is not only expensive, but it also contains many chemicals that a lot of people are allergic for. Coconut oil however, is a lot cheaper and is a natural antibacterial remedy. If you have a delicate skin it is best to use creams that are oily so that you don’t develop red spots after shaving due to irritation of your skin. Shaving oil is a very good product to use if you want soft feeling skin after you shave. The problem is that shaving oil can be expensive and otherwise pretty hard to come by. As an alternative you can use coconut oil instead. Heat the coconut oil for a very short period of time just until the point that it melts. Apply it on your legs and shave like you would normally do. As a result? Shiny and soft legs all summer long!
9. Homemade deodorant
We are all aware of the fact that sweating is natural, everyone sweats. It is however, unfortunate if sweat comes with a bad smell. Instead of trying to get rid of these smells with a chemical deodorant, you can also make your own homemade natural deodorant with coconut oil. The oil is actually the perfect product to neutralize odors. Also, deodorants that you can buy at the store can cause rashes or irritation if you have a sensitive skin. With this homemade coconut oil deodorant you don’t have to worry about that anymore. After coming out of the shower just put a little bit of coconut oil under your armpits and you will immediately feel the results.
10. Lip balm
On a daily basis our lips have to endure a lot. However, in comparison to the rest of your body, the skin on your lips is a lot thinner. Start your day by applying a bit of coconut oil on your lips and you will immediately feel the results. Coconut oil is also the perfect product to keep your lips moist. By using coconut oil for your lips you will have a natural remedy for healthy looking lips and you will never have to buy expensive and chemical lip balm ever again!
Having dandruff can be a horrible pain. Luckily, we have coconut oil to help us get rid of it. I know that there are a lot of anti dandruff products on the shelves but coconut oil is much more effective. I can guarantee you see results instantly! Wash your hair like you would do normally but don’t use conditioner. It is very important that you dry your hair properly after your shower before you apply the coconut oil. The moment that you hair is dry, rub the coconut oil on your scalp and massage it in. Be careful not to get the coconut oil in the rest of your hair. Rinse the coconut oil out and wash your hair again with shampoo. Repeat this process once a week until the dandruff completely disappears.