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8 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Neha has been writing beauty articles for 5 years. She is passionate about skincare and natural remedies.

Coconut oil sounds to be a strange idea for skin care. But actually this wonder oil is a great way to take care of all skin types.This natural oil is useful in the treatment of various skin problems. From head to toe, it has numerous benefits for body skin care. Following are some best ways to use coconut oil for face and skin.

Coconut in solid form
Coconut in solid form | Source

Natural Face Wash

Antimicrobial properties, lots of antioxidants and strong moisturizing power makes coconut oil an effective natural face cleanser to clean dirt from face. The procedure of coconut oil cleansing method is described below.

Take a teaspoon of coconut oil on your palm. Rub your hands back and forth to warm the oil. Massage the oil on face gently in circular movements for at least 1 to 2 minutes. It should be like a gentle facial massage. This will deeply clean your skin pores.

Now, take a washcloth and put it in hot water. When completely soaked, wring it out to place over your face. Let the cloth sit on your face for one minute and then gently wipe off the remaining oil. You will get a moisturize, clean and clear face this way.

It is beneficial to add few drops of tea tree oil to coconut oil to clean acne prone skin. Your skin may take time to adjust to this new coconut oil face wash.

Chapped lips requires coconut oil care
Chapped lips requires coconut oil care | Source

2. Homemade Lip Balm

Coconut oil lip balm made at home will make your lips soft and heal the chapped, dry lips. Antiviral agents of lauric acid found in coconut oil makes it an effective treatment for dry and peeled lips. Moreover coconut oil is edible and there is no harm ingesting little quantity.

You have to take a tablespoon of coconut oil, one teaspoon of beewax and few drops of olive oil. Olive oil gives a light yellow color to the lip balm. Melt oil and wax together in double boiler at low heat. Stir well until all the ingredients get melted. Pour the mixture into a storage container and let it cool. Use this homemade coconut oil based lip balm daily on your dry and rough lips to get rid of flaky and chapped lips.

You can also gently apply some coconut oil directly to your lips to moisturizer them.

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3. Eye cream for youthful appearance

Coconut oil for eyes is one of the best uses of coconut oil for face. It is a great eye cream which could be used around eyes to get rid of dark circles and wrinkles. A thin coating under the eyes will help to keep the eyes area smooth and aids to make eyes lashes long and thick. Skin around eyes is very delicate and coconut oil is safe to use around eyes.

Coconut oil promotes the production of collagen, which further helps to reduce wrinkles and dryness around eyes. It will hydrate and moisturize the skin under the eyes.

Coconut oil pulling for dental care
Coconut oil pulling for dental care | Source

4. Coconut oil pulling and teeth whitening

Oil pulling with coconut oil is an effective way to reduce the bacterial amount in mouth. It will give relief from gum and teeth sensitivity as well as help to whiten the teeth. Coconut oil pulling improves the overall dental health by killing the primary bacteria causing tooth decay. It proves to be a great mouth wash.

Oil pulling does not hurt nor does it have any downside. It has numerous benefits. You can safely use this oral health technique as daily routine. Oil pulling process is a natural traditional Ayurvedic method of oral care.

It’s a supplement oral health therapy and regular dental visits or oral care should not be replaced by this. Origin of oil pulling therapy is very old. Here is the procedure of how to oil pull with coconut oil is described:

First of all, coconut oil pulling should be done in the morning before you brush your teeth and drink anything. Take 1 to 2 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and rinse around so that it can hit teeth and gums. Do it gently. The push and pull of oil in your mouth will make the hiding bacteria to come out and dissolve in the solution. The milky white color of coconut oil will indicate that bacteria, viruses and other organisms have been pulled off.

Now, after 15 minutes of swishing you can spit the oil out and rinse thoroughly with water. Refined coconut oil is one of the best oils being used for oil pulling preventive rinse. Initially, you can do this for 10 minutes, once a week and gradually increase the time and frequency.

Homemade Coconut Oil
Homemade Coconut Oil | Source

5. Natural Make Up Remover

Coconut oil is a safe and easy way to remove facial make up and eye makeup. It is also effective in removing waterproof make up. You just have to rub a teaspoon of coconut oil on your face and around eyes. A gentle massage with coconut oil will melt away the make up from your eyes and face skin.

Wipe off the eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow; make up base and lipstick with the help of facial cloth. Now rinse your face with water to get rid of extra oiliness on face.

6. Moisturizing Shaving Cream

As coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer and good lubricant, it can be used as a shaving cream. It is safe to use on skin, just rub a small amount of coconut oil on the area you wish to shave before using razor.

7. Skin Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Dry, itchy, flaky facial skin can be improved with coconut oil. Keep a little container of coconut oil in your bathroom and make use of it on dry parts of body such as elbows, heels, knees, hands and T zone on face after taking shower. Coconut oil will act as a great skin moisturizer and make your skin soft and smooth.

8. Treat Acne Prone Skin

Coconut oil can help you to get acne free clear skin. The antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties work to treat the fundamental causes of acne such as candida overgrowth and inflammation. Lauric and caprylic acid found in coconut oil aids in the treatment of acne.

Virgin coconut oil would be best to use on face to get rid of pimples. Follow the oil cleansing method for face to get clear and clean skin. Coconut oil can be combined with honey and little lemon juice to make a coconut oil face mask to apply on acne skin. Do a test patch on small portion of your hand before using coconut oil on face.

Coconut oil is a safe and good way to take care of your skin naturally. Many skin problems can be solved with the consistent use of coconut oil. Various beauty benefits of this oil makes it special in body skin care.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nice hub, Neha. Very informative and useful to know. Voted up!

    • Casey White profile image

      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 2 years ago from United States

      Great hub. Thanks!