Coconut oil is one of the very few food that can be called a super food. They are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In this article, we’ll discuss about beauty benefits of coconut oil.
Health benefits of coconut oil includes weight loss, more energy, better brain functions, etc. But these aren’t the only benefits of coconut. It is also a fantastic beauty product.
Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil
1. Body Oil
If you have dry skin, coconut oil is a good remedy. It’s creamy texture make it a fantastic moisturizer. Rub coconut oil in your hands and apply it to your body after you get out of the shower. Pay particular attention to your knees and elbows. They get drier than other spots.
If you want a massage mix, you can add few drops of peppermint or lavender oil.
2. Lip Balm
You can use coconut oil to treat dry chapped lips. Coconut oil nourishes the lips and provides some protection from the sun. It is also safe to consume. As a result, you won’t get exposed to any unhealthy ingredients that many commercial lip balms contain.
If you want to use them throughout the day, scoop some into a spare contact lens holder, or a plastic or aluminum pot.
3. Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner for all types of hair. If outperforms sunflower and mineral oil in benefits for hair. You can use it both as a leave-in conditioner or as an intensive conditioner for a couple of hours.
After shampooing your hair, apply a generous amount of coconut oil in your hair. Pay attention to the hair shaft and ends. If you have thin hair, start with ½ teaspoon. Don’t use too much. Otherwise, it will weigh your hair down. After five minutes, rinse your hair.
4. Cuticle Softener
Apply a small amount of coconut oil in each of your cuticles using your finger. Let it sink in. The coconut oil will loosen the cuticle and strengthen the nail. Your hand will look more youthful.
Coconut oil will also help keep the germs at bay and reduce your risk of developing fungal infections. If you go to a manicure salon, always try to apply coconut oil in your cuticle after coming home. You may come into contacts with virus and bacteria that sometimes live in salon equipment. Coconut oil will provide a line of defense.
5. Cheekbone Highlighter
You can use coconut oil instead of makeup to lit your skin. Just apply a small amount of coconut oil on top of your cheekbones and eyelids. You will get a natural, youthful glow. You also won’t have to use any expensive makeup removal.
6. Wrinkle Reducer
You have very delicate and thin skin under your eye. They’re prone to puffiness, dark circles and lines. Before going to sleep, apply just a touch of coconut oil underneath your eyes. You will wake up looking fresh. You won’t have to use expensive eye cream.
You can also combine coconut oil with frankincense oil to fight premature aging.
7. Makeup Remover
Just a teaspoon of coconut oil is enough to remove a day’s worth of makeup with ease. Rub coconut oil gently in your skin in a circular motion, your makeup will liquefy. Then wipe off with a warm cloth or rinse with warm water.
As a bonus, coconut oil won’t sting or irritate your eyes like many commercial makeup removers.
You can also make your own coconut oil makeup wipe removers. Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and lay a cotton pad in the oil. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, store them in a container or plastic bag.
8. Body Scrub
You can create your own coconut oil body scrub at home to remove dry skin. Just combine an equal amount of coconut oil and sea salt or organic coconut sugar. Then rub it over any rough patches of skin. You can also add lavender oil to the mixture to get a faint tropical scent.
Do this twice every week to moisturize your skin and remove dead cells. Your skin will also be less likely to develop acne, blackheads or other rough patches.
9. Oil Pulling
With oil pulling, you can improve the health of your teeth and gums. Oil pulling reduces the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth. It also helps you get rid of bad breath too.
Here’s how to do it: Put a teaspoon of oil in your mouth immediately after waking up in the morning. Swish the oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes (don’t swallow). Then spit out the oil (not in the skin), and brush your teeth.
10. Shaving Cream
If you run out of shaving cream, you can use coconut oil. Warm a dab in your palm and rub it in the shaving area. Then shave, rinse, and pat dry. Coconut oil will help prevent ingrown hair, razor burn, and other skin irritation.
Also, remember not to shave in the shower. Coconut oil is slippery. As a result, you will have a hard time holding the shower.
Coconut oil is creamy solid at room temperature. So will have to turn them into liquid before using them. Rubbing them in your palm will do the trick.
Also, always buy organic, unrefined coconut oil. They are extracted from fresh coconut meat. Refined coconut oil is extracted from coconut that is not fresh. They lose many benefits.
Let me know if you know any other interesting use of coconut oil.