You may have already made the switch to coconut oil in the kitchen, but did you know you can also swap out some of your beauty products for the wonder oil? This do-it-all ingredient can be used to moisturize skin and remove makeup, but that’s just the beginning. Here are all the ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine (until we discover more!).
Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Do you know the reason for long and shining hair of women in tropical coastal regions? Yes, it is coconut oil. Women in tropical coastal regions of the world use coconut oil for their hair almost daily. This thick butter-like oil help in healthy growth of hair and makes your hair shiny.
It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which if unchecked can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair. This is the reason why it is used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. Now you must be thinking how to use coconut oil for your hair? Just apply it topically on your hair or use a coconut oil hair mask.
Worried about damaged hair? Again coconut oil is the solution. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. Research studies indicate that it provides better protection to hair from damage caused by hygral fatigue.
By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is dandruff free, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs (yes, some people do get lice in their hair).
It is an excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of this oil. Therefore, it has been safely used for thousands of years for preventing dryness and flaking of skin.
It also helps in treating various skin problems, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For this exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care. What more? It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging. The credit to this benefit goes to its well-known antioxidant properties.
Coconut Oil is useful for weight loss too. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest as compared to other edible oils and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.
Coconut oil is also good for improving your immunity. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Uses Of Coconut Oil
1. Acne Control
Coconut oil can help cut down on the redness and pain that comes with acne-related inflammation. By applying a thin layer of coconut oil to your face after cleansing, you’ll be moisturizing your skin while also eliminating any bacteria that might be present on the surface of the skin.
2. Shaving Cream
Whether it’s your legs or your face you’re shaving, coconut oil is an excellent replacement to commercial shaving cream. It is rich in vitamin E and will leave you feeling moisturized and smooth.
3. Eye Makeup Remover
One of the easiest and most natural ways to get that stubborn waterproof mascara off. Just gently rub on your eyes and wipe off with a towel.
4. Whitening Toothpaste
Mix with a bit of baking soda to really get pearly whites! You can also add a bit of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil for a more “toothpaste like” flavor. It will leave your teeth feeling super clean, smooth, and most importantly, whiter!
5. Body Moisturizer
Yep, slather it on after your bath or shower to help your skin feel extra moisturized. And you can even put on your lips instead of chapstick!
Add a bit of sugar or salt to the coconut oil to create your own natural exfoliating scrub. Your skin will thank you for leaving it so smooth! (Oh and word has it, you can use this exfoliator on your face too!)
7. Eye Cream
Eye creams can be super pricey, but this is a great, inexpensive and natural option that actually helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging. Just dab a bit around the delicate eye area before bed.
8. Stretch Marks
This is great for all the pregnant ladies out there. Rub it on your tummy daily for an easy and natural way to help keep those stretch marks at bay from the ever-growing baby belly.
9. Diaper Rash Cream
If your poor little baby boo has a red tush, coconut oil will help soothe that discomfort away. And while we’re at it, you can use coconut oil in place of a barrier/diaper cream, on cradle cap, and even on baby acne!
10. Hair Mask
Coconut oil is a creamy solid at room temperature, and turns to liquid when heated to 76°F. While in the shower, melt your coconut oil by running the jar under the warm water. Then, after shampooing, apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.
11. Face Mask
If your face looks a little dull, it might well be time to whip up a good old DIY face mask. All you need is a little coconut oil and some raw honey. By applying the mixture to your face and leaving it on for 20 minutes to work its magic, you’ll boost your skin’s hydration levels and clear away any surface bacteria.