ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil in Your Daily Beauty Routine.

Updated on April 16, 2017
btrbell profile image

Randi was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 15. In the past few years, she has discovered many natural treasures in her quest for health

Coconut Oil has Medicinal Properties.

While this article is concentrating on topical uses for coconut oil, there are also many benefits when taken orally or used in food preparation. In many cases, using both topical and oral coconut oil provide complete benefits.

Topically, coconut oil provides a chemical barrier that protects and heals infections.

As a moisturizer, it provides real moisture (not added water that you will find in store bought moisturizers.)

Coconut Oil is an anti-oxidant and has anti-aging powers.

Coconut Oil is not Just for Cooking!

Coconut oil has been used in the kitchen for hundreds of years but in the past few years, it has taken on a whole new role. It is being used as anything from skin moisturizer to wound repair.

While I was aware that it was used in certain creams, sunscreens and lipbalms that I was purchasing, I had no idea of how many uses it had on its own!

When my daughter became pregnant, she diligently researched products that could address her needs without posing any danger to her baby. She discovered that pure coconut oil had properties that could diminish her stretch marks, help prepare her nipples for nursing and more.

This intrigued me, so I decided to delve further!

A raw coconut!
A raw coconut! | Source

Even More Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Some of myfellow hub writers have some great suggestions for coconut oil:

Try Abby Campbell's crabcakes in her Best Healthy Crab Cake Recipe, she uses both coconut and coconut oil. And while you are there, check out the rest of her healthy hubs!


Suzie HQ is always cooking up something good for our skin. Her "recipes" often include coconut or other essential oils! Be sure to read about Homemade Shampoo Using Coconut Milk and Castile Soap

Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer.

Coconut oil is a great all over moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way. You can use it from head to toe. It provides deep moisture and helps strengthen underlying tissues. It removes the excess dead cells on the skin's surface that make your skin rough and flaky in texture.

As a facial moisturizer, coconut oil not only moisturizes, it also can reduce wrinkles and fade age spots.

Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. It will also keep your skin from drying up while giving you a deeper tan.

Conversely, coconut oil is great on burns and sunburnt skin. It is soothing and promotes the healing of burn and blisters.

Coconut Oil to Soothe and Heal.

Coconut Oil can also be used to:

  • Heal Canker Sores. Canker sores are caused by acidity and coconut oil neutralizes it. While this is definitely an area for oral coconut oil, it can be used topically to soothe and speed up the healing process.
  • Chapped lips. Coconut oil will soothe sore, dry lips and leave a bit of a shine. It has almost no flavor and barely any scent.
  • Wound care. Coconut oil can be used for healing wounds. Its natural properties will both soothe and speed up the healing process.
  • Yeast Infections. Oral coconut oil is great for healing yeast infections and at the same time, rubbing a bit of coconut oil on the area will soothe, relieve itchiness and aid in the healing process.
  • Heals fungus under finger and toenails.
  • Provides healing properties for eczema and psoriasis.

This coconut oil has the consistency of Crisco with small granules in it!
This coconut oil has the consistency of Crisco with small granules in it! | Source

More Uses of Coconut Oil

Here are some more:

  • Nail Conditioner. Rub into your nails and cuticles during a manicure.
  • Hair conditioner. Put a few drops of coconut oil in your hair to condition and add shimmer.
  • Make up remover. A little bit on a cotton will remove make up and leave your face moisturized.
  • Face cream. a great natural face cream with no added fragrance or chemicals.

Coconut Oil for Pre and Post Natal

Coconut Oil has many uses for a soon to be or new mom:

  • Rub the coconut oil on stretch marks to reduce them and give your skin more elasticity.
  • Rub the oil on your nipples to condition them before baby is born. Use it on your nipples to prevent cracking and relieve soreness from nursing. (Oral coconut oil will enrich the milk supply.)
  • It can be used to relieve the symptoms of diaper rash.
  • Because of its ability to soothe and help heal wounds, it is good for any perineal soreness.
  • Relieves soreness and swelling of hemorrhoids
  • Removes cradle cap on babies.

Coconut Oil and its Competition

Click thumbnail to view full-size
I found this tub of coconut oil, which resembles mayonaise,  in the baking section of my grocery store for about $6.These are only some of the products, coconut oil is replacing in my house.
I found this tub of coconut oil, which resembles mayonaise,  in the baking section of my grocery store for about $6.
I found this tub of coconut oil, which resembles mayonaise, in the baking section of my grocery store for about $6. | Source
These are only some of the products, coconut oil is replacing in my house.
These are only some of the products, coconut oil is replacing in my house. | Source

Have you replaced any of your beauty products with Coconut Oil?

See results

Even More Uses for Coconut Oil!

You can make your own toothpaste by mixing coconut oil with baking soda.

Use coconut oil as a shaving cream and you won't need to moisturize afterwards.

Coconut Oil is a natural exfoliant.

Before bed, slather your feet with coconut oil, add a pair of socks and see how soft they are in the morning.

Rub some into dry, cracked elbows.

A Few Fun and Interesting Facts about Coconuts!

  • Coconut Oil is cholesterol and trans fat free.
  • 50% of the "good" fat in coconut oil is called lauric acid and it supports healthy metabolism.
  • Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma and is a universal donor and is referred to as the "fluid of life." It was used in the Pacific War and World War II.
  • Coconuts are non allergenic and do not harm red blood cells so can be used to hydrate and correct potassium deficiencies.

© 2013 Randi Benlulu

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)