Coconut oil is much more than just a fad. Sure it’s popular right now, with many of beauty products today featuring this natural ingredient, but that’s because it’s really very effective. Natural, raw coconut oil is nutritional and hydrating, and has a wide range of beauty uses. Take a look at these 12 ways coconut oil can be used as a natural beauty product, and see how it can change your daily routine.
1 – A natural hand moisturizer
Raw coconut oil is hydrating, making it a fantastic natural product for moisturizing the skin. The thick, solid nature of raw coconut oil at room temperature makes it perfect to use as a hand moisturizer. Simply keep a small plastic tub of raw coconut oil near your bed, and moisturize each night by taking a small scoop and working it into your hands.
Room temperature coconut oil should have the consistency of butter, making it easy to work into the skin.
Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist, explains that coconut oil is more effective as a moisturizer, than most commercial moisturizer brands, which contain petroleum-based ingredients that actually suffocate the skin.
2 – Soothe skin after a shave
Whether you’re a man shaving your face every day, or a woman shaving your legs each week, coconut oil can go a long way in soothing your skin and avoiding irritation after each shave. This natural, raw oil helps put moisture back into your skin, and even helps your razor glide effortlessly across your skin – making it ideal for before-and-after skin treatments.
Even when shaving daily, you can maintain hydrated, healthy and radiant skin.
3 – Enjoy healthy, silky-smooth hair
Coconut oil is often used in commercial beauty products for the hair, and natural oil can be used by itself for creating healthy, smooth hair. Combining quality shampoo and conditioners with raw coconut oil can help protect the hair cuticles. Washing every day can strip the hair of natural oils and sebum which protect the hair from damage. Coconut oil can replenish and fill holes in the hair cuticle, protecting the hair from any further damage.
To use it as a deep conditioning treatment, apply the raw oil to your hair and comb it through thoroughly, from root to tip.
4 – Repair split ends
There are no credible studies that prove that coconut oil can stimulate hair growth, but it can in fact contribute to hair length by repairing and reducing split ends. Using coconut oil as a conditioner for your hair will reduce the amount of split ends you have, giving your hair the protection and nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong.
The better your protection against split ends, the longer your hair can grow, and the better it will look.
5 – Enjoy a thorough clean
Coconut oil can even be used as a skin cleanser. With natural antibacterial and antifungal qualities, this oil is perfect for cleansing the skin and keeping a radiant, healthy glow. Using coconut oil as part of your cleaning and cleansing routine will help cells regenerate and new skin cells will stay healthy and strong.
6 – Fight acne naturally
A study from 2009 showed that the antibacterial nature of natural coconut oil has proven effective in helping treat acne. Currently there are no sure ways to totally cure acne, but raw coconut oil is extremely effective in killing the bacteria that often causes the severe effects of acne breakouts.
The study showed that natural compounds in coconut oil, including lauric acid, are able to permeate bacterial membranes, and therefore effectively kill off the bacteria and reduce inflammation surrounding acne blemishes.
7 – Highlight your cheekbones
It sounds bizarre, but coconut oil is great as a natural highlighter, helping brighten up your cheekbones and add a healthy, natural-looking glow.
By applying a small amount of coconut oil over your makeup, you can create a subtle shine that is noticeable for hours. Simply apply by dabbing a small amount of coconut oil right over-top of your makeup and don’t smudge or shape it. Leave it alone to rest naturally on top of the makeup.
8 – Remove your eye makeup
Always struggling to get rid of waterproof mascara? Coconut oil is the perfect way to get rid of your makeup without irritating your skin. Simply take a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton ball and apply it gently over and under your eyes, lightly sweeping the skin. The oil will break down the eye makeup in a way that water cannot, leaving you with bare, healthy and hydrated skin.
9 – Exfoliate with ease
Create your own natural body scrub with coconut oil and sugar. Simply take half a cup of coconut oil and melt it over an extremely low heat. As it becomes completely liquid, combine it with a cup of salt or brown sugar, and stir the mixture until it is mixed as thoroughly as possible.
You can also add some essential oils if you’d like, giving it a great custom scent. Let it cool down and you’ll have your own natural, exfoliating scrub. Use it in the shower and you’ll easily get rid of dry skin, helping new cells come to the surface, showing off your radiant, natural glow.
10 – Get rid of lice
Got head lice? Coconut oil is great for naturally getting rid of your lice, as long as you combine it with some other natural ingredients. Simply add apple cider vinegar to your hair, working it thoroughly through your hair and into the scalp. After this apple cider vinegar rinse, apply coconut oil all over your head and allow it to sit for between 12 and 24 hours. To sleep with it on, wear a shower cap.
The coconut oil will help suffocate the lice and hydrate your scalp and hair at the same time!