Coconut oil is known to contain numerous health benefits and properties and it also has an interesting taste and pleasant smell. Below you can find about some of the uses of coconut oil as a beauty product.
- Best Skin Moisturizer
Coconut oil is proven to be the best natural moisturizer. It makes the skin shiny and soft, reduces scars and stretch marks and it helps in skin rejuvenation. Although at first it seems to be quite greasy, it is easily absorbed in the skin.
You can apply coconut oil on your face as it makes your skin less oily by cleaning the pores from dirt. Use small amount and apply it around the eyes and face.
- Great for Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique which is used against harmful, inflammation-causing bacteria and toxins.
You just need to swish 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth immediately after waking up in the morning before breakfast. Then spit the oil out, do not swallow it as it contains bacteria.
Then brush your teeth, you can even use coconut oil instead of toothpaste.
- Efficient Hair Treatment
You can use coconut oil before or after washing your hair. It is proven that coconut oil reduces protein-loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. This is quite important as the hair is mostly made of protein so it is very important to supply it with enough protein to maintain its healthy look.
The Journal of Cosmetic Science published a study which showed that sunflower oil and mineral oil didn’t have any impact on the protein-loss, unlike the coconut oil.
It is recommended to apply coconut oil before washing to avoid greasy hair:
You should take ½ tablespoon of coconut oil (but the amount also depends on the length and volume of your hair).
Apply the oil in a way you‘ll start from the ends and working your way toward the roots.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes.
Wash your hair well as you usually do.
- Frizzy Hair Care
If you have dry and curly hair which you cannot brush properly then just apply a little bit of coconut oil throughout the hair to prevent the frizz. Be careful not to apply too much coconut oil as it will make your hair greasy.
- Your Leg Shaving Companion
Use coconut oil for shaving legs instead of shaving creams. Just apply a little bit of coconut oil on your legs before you start with shaving. Your skin will stay moisturized, silky and smooth. You can also apply it after shaving to calm down the skin.
- Natural Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus
Coconut oil is able to attack the fungal cell membrane. The fatty acids penetrate into the membrane and disturb its function which causes cell disintegration.
So take some coconut oil and rub it into the affected area.
Wait until it is fully absorbed and dried.
If more nails are affected, you need to wash your hands before applying the oil to the next toe or you can wear gloves. Apply the treatment 2-3 times a day. But you must be persistent if you want to have positive results.
Note: Virgin coconut oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals which are important for skin’s health and hair care, whereas fractionated coconut oil doesn’t contain the same nutrients.
- Easy Eye Makeup Remover
Just apply coconut oil all over you face, wait for a while until the makeup is dissolved and then wash.
- Great for Nail Management
Use coconut oil for gentle nail massage because it can help against rough cuticles. In this way you will also protect your nails from fungal infection. You just need to massage your finger and toe nails with coconut oil whenever you can.
- A Soothing Treatment for Rashes and Burns
It is effective in soothing rashes and burns naturally. Prepare a mixture with coconut oil and tea tree essential oil. Tea tree essential oil contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Just mix 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with some coconut oil and apply the mixture over the affected area.
- Preferable Carrier Oil
The modern life is quite stressful so we all need to relax. A lot of essential oils should be diluted and coconut oil is quite effective as carrier oil. You can use fractionated coconut oil which doesn’t contain long fatty acid unlike the cold-pressed oil.
Prepare a mixture of coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and simply enjoy!
Note: Unrefined, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil is recommended.
You can use it in your bedroom as massage lotion or lubricant as it is known as one of the best remedies for vaginal dryness.
Now that you know how to use coconut oil, you can try it and be satisfied by the results!