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Five Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Skin Care

Updated on April 3, 2013

For years coconut oil has been one of my cupboard stables. While I also use it for cooking, I mostly use it for my skin care. Coconut oil has many benefits and one of the most important for me is that it’s completely natural. I use organic coconut oil and I can be sure that there are no extra ingredients or no harmful chemicals. It’s so safe that I can even eat it. Actually the only negative thing I have to say about coconut oil is that when I use it I often feel like eating it. But that aside, are you ready to hear how you can use coconut oil in your skin care?

1. A Deodorant

You can use coconut oil as a deodorant. The smell of coconut oil is very light so it doesn’t bother even those who have a sensitive nose or who are allergic to perfumes. It has never left any marks on my clothing. One thing you should be aware of is that coconut oil works as a deodorant; not as an antiperspirant. So if you suffer from heavy sweating, coconut oil may not be strong enough for you.

Using coconut oil as a deodorant is simple enough. Just take a small amount of coconut oil on your hands and spread it on your underarms. You can wait awhile for it to absorb a little but this is not strictly mandatory.

2. A Face Wash

Coconut oil washes away all makeup. I like to use waterproof makeup and there have never been any problems washing waterproof makeup off with coconut oil. I take some coconut oil on my fingers and spread in out and then I put it on my lashes. I gently massage them until I see that the makeup has come off. I like to use traditional face wash to wash off the extra oil but you can also just wash your face with water and pat the face dry. In that case you don’t normally need to add any other cream to your face because there are still traces of coconut oil to keep your skin soft and moist.

I feel that I have to mention the one bonus reason to use coconut oil as a face wash. After I started to use it, I feel that my lashes have grown taller. While I cannot promise that it's the coconut oil doing this, it is worth a try if you have short lashes.

3. A Moisturizer

Instead of buying commercial moisturizer, you can just use coconut oil. It makes your skin soft and glowing and you will smell lovely without any perfumes. And coconut oil works for the whole body. After a shower it makes my skin feel super soft and nice. Coconut oil is also good for your face and I use it both in the morning and the evening.

Coconut oil also works wonders as a feet cream. Before going to bed rub coconut oil on your feet, put on comfy socks and you are ready to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll have feet that are soft like a baby’s.

4. A Shaving Oil

Coconut oil is a wonderful shaving lotion. It will lubricate your skin so the blade will easily glide over your legs and at the same time it moisturizes and softens your skin. This means that after you have done your shaving you don’t need to rush out from the shower to use some calming cream on your legs.

Using coconut oil as a shaving cream is easy. You just go into the shower and when you are all wet you get your coconut oil and put a generous amount of it onto your leg you first want to shave. And then you just shave it. So it’s definitely not rocket science. Then you do the same thing to your other leg. The only thing you should remember is to use enough coconut oil so your whole leg is completely covered. You don’t want to be in the middle of shaving and notice that some part of your leg is not covered. It isn't the nicest feeling.

5. A Face and Body Scrub

Using scrubs will make your skin beautiful, youthful and it gives you a glow. If you want benefits like these, you should use scrubs regularly. (But no more than once a week!) Scrubs will remove the old skin cells that are layering on your skin to make room for new cells. You can buy a scrub from a store or you can make your own using just two ingredients: coconut oil (Surprise!) and sugar.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coarse sugar


  1. Measure the coconut oil and add it to a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave the coconut oil for about 20 seconds and add sugar.
  3. Stir with a spoon until well mixed.
  4. Use!

Don’t worry if the mixture will cool down and separate. When you scoop it into your hands and rub them together a little, it’s ready to be used again.

What is your favorite way to use coconut oil in skin care?

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      sam rodrakes 

      4 years ago

      very nice and effective tips thanks

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      5 years ago

      Nice recipe I have a whole range of coconut recipes to repair skin or treat acne. It is both protective and antibacterial


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