Coconut oil is just one of those superfoods that everybody loves but it’s not just good for our bodies on the inside. Coconut oil has a bunch of uses for our skin and hair. Its moisturizing properties and unique composition make it extremely versatile. Soon you’ll want to replace most of your bathroom cabinet with just a jar of organic raw coconut oil.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties which have been shown to reduce dental plaque and gingivitis.1 The process of using oil for dental health is called oil pulling. Simply take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swill it around in your mouth for a good 5 minutes. This process helps pull out the bacteria which cause decay and keep your pearly whites healthy.
2. Shaving Cream
Shaving cream doesn’t necessarily have to lather. Reduce the likelihood of nicks and cuts with coconut oil. Coconut oil can give you a smooth barrier for your razor to glide over your skin. Not to mention, it will help keep your legs moisturized as you shave.
3. Lip Balm
Coconut oil provides a soothing balm for cracked lips. Since it stays semi-solid at room temperature you can carry it around in a small container. It makes a barrier on the skin of your lips that doesn’t allow any moisture to escape.
4. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is just the right thing to help you get all of that waterproof mascara on. Put some coconut oil on a cotton pad or makeup pad and simply wipe away. Remember to be gentle with your eyelashes to prevent breakage. Once you’re done simply wash your face as normal.
Ditch the storebought scrubs that have a million ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Simply mix together half a cup of coconut oil with a handful of sugar or salt. Throw in a few drops of essential oils and you’re ready to go. Exfoliate your skin the natural way.
Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer on its own. Once you get out of the shower, simply rub down your body with coconut oil and let it absorb into your skin before putting on your clothes. It locks in moisture and prevents water from escaping.
Anti-Frizz Hair Serum
You can use a small amount of coconut oil after you wash your hair. Put some on the ends and through the strands of your hair for extra shine and moisture. You can also dab a small amount of coconut oil on your baby hairs and flyaways. Make sure to use a small amount always since it can make things look greasy if you’re not careful.
8. Hand Cream
Keep your hands supple and smooth with coconut oil. It may not be practical to carry around, but at home, place a small jar of coconut oil next to your sink. After washing your hands, you can use some to moisturize and re-hydrate your hands.
9. Scalp Moisturizer
Coconut oil really is a wonderful product that takes care of almost every single aspect of our bodies. Right from nutrition to beauty. Start making use of these simple tips today.
|↑1||Peedikayil, Faizal C., Prathima Sreenivasan, and Arun Narayanan. “Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis—A preliminary report.” Nigerian medical journal: journal of the Nigeria Medical Association 56, no. 2 (2015): 143.|
|↑2||Rele, Aarti S., and R. B. Mohile. “Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.” Journal of cosmetic science 54, no. 2 (2003): 175-192.|