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15 Amazing Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of a coconut and it's widely used in cooking and beauty products. It is rich in healthy fat, caprylic acid, lauric acid and vitamin E which are all powerful nutrients that promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Remember to always buy extra virgin coconut oil, though, the regular processed coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog up pores and end up causing acne, blackheads and greasy skin or hair. Let's look at 9 amazing and versatile beauty uses of coconut oil:
1. Coconut Oil for Acne
Believe it or not, coconut oil can be used to treat acne and pimples. Extra virgin coconut oil does not clog pores and helps prevent further acne by pushing out the 'bad' oils that clog pores together with grime, dirt and germs to cause acne and blackheads. Coconut oil contains two powerful nutrients : lauric and caprylic acid that are effective against acne causing bacteria. Coconut oil really works for acne.
2. Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Pat some coconut oil on right after a shower before drying off for baby soft glowing skin. Remember to use just a dollop to avoid having greasy skin. Dab some onto your heels, elbows, knees and other rough spots on your body to soften and smoothen them out.
3. Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner
Who needs to spend extra $$$ for an expensive conditioner when you can pull coconut oil right out of your kitchen? Coconut oil works wonders for dull, damaged and dry hair. It can even tame wild locks and frizzes. Place a little (depending on your hair volume and length) coconut oil on your palms, rub the together and sleek your locks. Work from your hair roots to the ends. If you have an oily scalp or thin hair, concentrate more on your hair ends. Some people have even healed split ends using cocnut oil! Slather some onto your hair ends and rinse off thoroughly.
4. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover
You can use coconut oil as a super cheap and handy make up remover. Coconut oil even removes waterproof mascara very effectively. Place 1/2 a spoonful onto a cotton ball and use it to gently wipe off mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water to remove all the oiliness.
5. Coconut Oil Body Scrub
Using homemade body scrubs sound safe and cheap. Make your own body scrub using coconut oil, brown sugar or baking soda and honey. Store it in a jar and use it everyday to exfoliate, moisturize and hydrate your skin. Massage the body scrub for at least 5 minutes before a shower. After towelling, your body might feel a bit greasy but after some time, the coconut oil will be absorbed, leaving you with softer skin than ever before.
6. Coconut Oil for Dandruff
If you're hesitant to put sulfate containing shampoos on your hair and scalp, coconut oil is the way to go! It will help you get rid of dandruff naturally and fast! Coconut oil also contain antimicrobial and antifungal properties that will keep germs away. Massage a spoonful of coconut oil on your scalp. Place a warm towel to open up your hair follicles and let the goodness sink in. After 15 minutes, shampoo and rinse off with cold water. Use this coconut treatment at least once a week for dandruff free hair!
7. Coconut Oil as a Shaving Cream
You don't need a chemical laden shaving cream when you've got coconut oil! Coconut oil has potent anti microbial and anti fungal properties that will destroy germs. It has healthy fatty acids that will soften and hydrate skin. Slather on some coconut oil on your legs and hands for a smooth shave free of any cuts and roughness. Coconut oil will also act as an excellent moisturizer after the shave, leaving your skin glossy and lubricated.
8. Coconut Oil for Highlighting Cheekbones
Many makeup brands use coconut oil as a base ingredient in their products. It's because coconut oil gives a special sheen and glow to skin. Scoop a little coconut oil out of the jar and use your fingers to brush it over your cheekbones to highlight them and make them look glossy naturally!
9. Coconut Oil Eye Cream
Use coconut oil for an all natural and safe eye cream. What's more is you know you're using something absolutely healthy and safe to use so close to your eyes. Coconut oil will hydrate and moisturize the sensitive area around your eyes, which is drier than the rest of your face and is prone to wrinkles. This amazing oil will smoothen out your wrinkles and moisturize your lashes promoting thicker longer lashes.
10. Coconut Oil for Healthy Nails
Dull brittle nails and weak nails that break easily can all be healed with this amazing beauty oil. Use 2 to 3 drops of coconut oil on your palm and use your other hand to rub the coconut oil onto your nails and cuticles. You can apply it twice - in the morning and at night for healthy nails with a shiny lustre. Be gentle when dabbing it to ensure you don't break your cuticles.
11.Coconut Oil Teeth Whitener
Make your own homemade toothpaste by combining coconut oil and baking soda. Brush gently in a circular motion holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Do this at least twice a day and say hello to shiny pearl whites!
12. Coconut Oil Lip Balm
Got dry flaking lips? Use coconut oil! It has moisturizing and lubricating properties that can heal dry lips and plump them up naturally. The fatty acids in coconut oil lock moisture into dry cells, watering them. Gently slather some coconut oil to your lips to plump them up and moisturizer them. Continue using coconut oil to smoothen out rough cracked lips. When your lips are smoother, use a toothbrush to gently scour the dead cells away.
- To melt coconut oil, simply pop the container into a bowl of hot water.
- Use only a little coconut oil to avoid having greasy skin and hair.
- Its best to use a test patch to ensure coconut oil is safe to use on your body. A few people claim coconut oil can cause them breakouts.So test first by applying some coconut oil to your inner elbow. If there is no redness, itchiness or rash developing, you can use it safely.
13. Coconut Oil Body Scrub
Coupled with sugar or sea salt, coconut oil makes an amazing exfoliating body scrub. Combine melted coconut oil and brown sugar and store it in a glass jar. Use it gently to scrub off excess dead cells and sebum on the skin surface. The fatty acids in cocnut oil will soften and smoothen rough skin.
14. Coconut Oil Foot Scrub
Pamper your feet with this strawberry and coconut oil foot scrub. Mash 2 ripe strawberries in a small bowl and stir in coconut oil until you get a consistent mixture. Soak your feet in warm water before gently massaging this foot scrub on your feet. The mild abrasive texture of strawberries makes it a wonderful foot scrub ingredient. This salacious foot scrub will soften hard heels and leave your feet feeling smooth and soft.
15. Coconut Oil Face Wash
If you've got acne prone or dry skin, put away your chemical soaps and face washes and use coconut oil as a natural face cleanser. Extra virgin coconut oil will not clog your pores. It will push out bad oils deep within your pores and deep cleanse your skin. Wash your face with warm water first to open up pores and let the goodness sink deep. Place some coconut oil onto your palm and use your free hand to massage the beautiful goo onto your face in a circular motion. Rinse with tepid to cold water and pat dry with a fluffy towel. Enjoy the silky soft feel of your skin!
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