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6 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair and Skin

Updated on April 3, 2017
All natural coconut oil can help treat your hair and skin.
All natural coconut oil can help treat your hair and skin.

1. Prevent Dandruff with Coconut Oil

One of the amazing benefits of coconut oil is that it can be applied to the hair to treat dandruff. The natural oil has been used as a traditional remedy in India to prevent dandruff and maintain hair moisture. In the past, they used to use a boiled mixture of leaf juice and coconut oil to prepare to put on the hair after letting it cool down.

The effectiveness of coconut oil for preventing dandruff is also used today as a natural remedy to those embarrassing white flakes on your shoulders. Instead of wasting money on expensive dandruff control shampoos and conditioners, applying coconut oil is proven to be just as effective — without applying harsh chemicals or toxins to your hair and skin.

In Bruce Fife’s book The Coconut Oil Miracle, it highlights more benefits of using coconut oil to control dandruff and explains how to use it on your hair. The process is very easy to follow.

By rubbing two or three teaspoons of coconut oil into the scalp and letting it soak for at about 15 to 20 minutes every few days, it can significantly reduce dandruff.

If you prefer a faster solution, you could always try applying a small amount of coconut oil to your hair after taking a shower or bath.

Test and see what method works best for you. Some people find that applying the oil after a shower can make it look too greasy. Therefore, make sure to experiment and discover which process is ideal for your hair type.

2. Apply Coconut Oil to Prevent Lice

When mixed with other natural oils, coconut oil can also be an effective treatment for hair lice and help prevent lice from occurring.

Studies published by the European Journal of Pediatrics and the Israel Medical Association Journal found high success rates with patients who had undergone natural treatments with coconut oil.

The mixtures that were proven to be most effective were:

  • Coconut Oil with Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Coconut Oil with Anise Oil
  • Coconut Oil with Tea Tree Oil

Mixing coconut oil with all three of these other natural oils in one complete solution would provide a powerful remedy to stop and prevent lice outbreaks.

If you consider this lice treatment, you should try to treat your hair with the coconut mixture every day over a period of one to two weeks in order to solve the problem completely.

Prevent dandruff, lice, and hair loss with coconut oil.
Prevent dandruff, lice, and hair loss with coconut oil.

3. Use Coconut Oil to Prevent Hair Loss

As another traditional Indian remedy, the mixture of coconut oil and leaf oil also slowed the process of greying hair and prolonged hair longevity. Using this method, hair loss could be reduced over an extended period of time into old age.

If you simply massage one teaspoon of coconut oil into your hair for about 10 minutes, it will enhance blood circulation and promote hair growth.

You can repeat this process 3 or 4 days every week, depending on how much time you have. This will strengthen the hair, make thin hair much thicker, and keep your hair follicles healthy.

4. Coconut Oil Protects the Skin from UVB Rays

One of the other amazing benefits of coconut oil is its ability to act as a mild natural sunscreen.

Interestingly, coconut oil has a natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor) level of 4 if left on the skin or hair. Since it is a relatively low SPF, you should certainly use a higher level if you plan to be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. Doctors recommend SPF level sunscreens of anywhere between 30 to 50.

Consider the chart below. You can see how coconut oil's SPF compares to other SPF levels of sunscreen. Despite being better than nothing, you should apply a proper sunscreen to protect yourself more effectively from the sun's harmful UVB rays.

This chart depicts the approximate percentages of blocked UVB rays after 1-hour of sun exposure for each SPF level.

Sunscreen Protection Chart

Sunscreen SPF
Percentage of UVB Rays Blocked
100
99%
70
98.5%
50
98%
30
97%
15
93%
10
90%
*4
75%
2
50%
*Coconut oil has a very low SPF factor of 4 and only blocks 75% of harmful UVB rays. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use sunscreens with at least 30 SPF or higher.
Coconut oil has a relatively low SPF factor.
Coconut oil has a relatively low SPF factor.

5. Coconut Oil Moisturizes Skin

Coconut oil can also be used as a natural moisturizer for your skin. One study done by Aguero and Verallo-Rowell in 2004 found that extra-virgin coconut oil was just as effective as mineral oil when used to moisturize the skin.

It was also proven to be safe and did not have any serious side-effects. Patients who applied coconut oil found that their skin was significantly smoother and it had increased levels of surface lipids.

As a result, the people’s skin was noticeably less dry and naturally hydrated.

6. Coconut Oil Can Treat Acne

If you have acne-prone skin, coconut oil can be a natural remedy to combat the problem. Many acne medications and products include coconut oil infused in their compositions. Before applying it to your skin, like any treatment, it is advisable to test a small area of your skin with the oil first to see how it reacts to the application.

In The Coconut Oil Miracle, people have reported that coconut oil can help with acne outbreaks, reduce blemishes, and heal scarring caused by pimples. By applying coconut oil, there are additional skin benefits, such as faded wrinkles, sunspots, and other skin discolorations.

Besides being an effective acne solution, coconut oil is also useful for healing minor cuts, burns, and other skin issues like insect bites.

Conclusion

To sum up, coconut oil has been proven to be an effective solution for health issues relating to your hair and skin. It can help with preventing dandruff, lice, and hair loss. If you apply it to your skin, it can act as a low-grade sunblock, a natural moisturizer, and acne treatment.

For more information about using coconut oil in your hair, check out this article about the Proven Benefits of Coconut Oil as a Deep Hair Conditioner.

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      Lanecia Smith 2 months ago from Ohio

      These are great tips on ways to use coconut oil. I had no idea you could use coconut oil to treat acne, it's a miracle in a jar! Can't wait to try these out.