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

Updated on April 16, 2017
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Randi was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 15. In the past fewyears 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

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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

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      LOTS OF great infor here Randi: I make most of my own skin care and coconut oil is in most of everything I make. I will try it directly on my feet. Living in Arizona is dry skin...This is great...Voting up, pinning and sharing on facebook.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! Much appreciated as always!

      BTW, I think I will be coming your way on the 29th or 30th (Monday and Tues) Let me know if either one is good for you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My daily beauty routine??? That consists of taking a shower. :)

      Obviously this was written for someone else, so I'll pass it on to Bev and wish you a great weekend.

      bill

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Maybe on your elbows and feet, Bill! I'm sure Bev will appreciate it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Ugh...We are in California on the boat....I thought you were coming later. Monday is the first..Did you mean July...???Hope so... Again this was great review of the benefits of coconut oil..I use it often for cooking...That is another hub..right?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oops, sorry I did mean July!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      When you see the vast amount of benefits of coconut oil it begs the question "Why use anything else?" LOL No need! I LOVE coconut oil as you know and thanks so much for including a link, so kind of you!

      Great info here and I will add it in to all my coconut oil hubs! Voted up ++++ shared!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Suzie, you are my beauty product guru! Thank you so much for your generous comments, votes and share!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I have heard that coconut oil is great, but you have thoroughly covered the subject here in this informative hub!

      I will for sure have to try it out now.

      Voted up and useful

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      safiq ali patel 4 years ago from United States Of America

      It can be good for hair but wrap your pillow up in plastic to avoid grease on the pillow. Coconut oil will sooth scalp and is good for brittle hair and hair that is looking tired and dull.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      A tribute to coconut oil! What a better product to write up. so many good things and at such a reasonable cost as well.

      Great subject and great write up btrb...lots of folks will be thanking you for this one. Plus, I do love to eat coconut!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yummy! I love coconut oil, Randi! I use it mostly to cook with, and I did recently buy some for body lotion. But, I've never thought about using it for the face. If I do, I may eat my face because I just love it so much. LOL. Thank you for a wonderful and useful hub! :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      whatever day is best for you..Look forward to visiting as it has been a long time..We can catch up with life and all that...

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I am going to try some coconut oil as it sounds like it can really help your skin. Great information in this hub!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Great hub, Randi! The best thing about coconut oil as a personal product is that it contains no toxic chemicals. Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for reminding me, Randi, about many of the ways coconut oil can be used both inside and outside our bodies.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      I use coconut oil for my skin, but I didn't know that it was good for canker sores! So much valuable information about one of my favorite ingredients. I am bookmarking this and pinning it :)

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      This is great information. My aunt gave me a jar of Coconut Oil to use in different foods because someone told her it improved one's memory.

      She thinks I should have a better memory evidently.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds great. I love coconut soaps etc and I have coconut oil just sitting so will for sure try it now. Thanks. ^

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      i have always used coconut oil for my hair, but now got to know so much more about it, useful hub and shared.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Faith, I thank you for you're always, kind support and enthusiasm. Coconut oil is very new to me, as well If it hadn't been for my daughter, I wouldn't be using it now!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Welcome to my page, Safiq! Thank you for the "heads up". I have noticed that with certain clothing, also!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mary! Your praise,votes and share are much appreciated! I learned a lot more about coconuts writing this hub, as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol, Abby! Don't do that! If you do use it on your face, use it very sparingly or it does get oily! Thank you for making my night!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a really interesting article. I was aware of the moisturizing properties but surprised at several of the additional uses. You mention it is a natural ex-foliant? I have really dry skin, so use it for moisturizer, but didn't realize it would also help exfoliate? Like I said, very interesting and informative. Gotta go buy!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Wow, absolutely fascinating...I had no idea! I'm definitely going to try it.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Pamela! I hope you like it!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jaye! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      drbj, you are very welcome! I am learning more and more each day!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much TheKatsMeow for stopping by and your wonderful comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bobbi for visiting my hub and sharing your story.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! I hope you like it! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, younghopes and welcome to my page!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Melissa! It's nice to aee you here! I haven't seen you in a while!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, catgypsy, but I must warn you, 2 of my kitties absolutely adore it and can't stop licking it off my legs!

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      Jennifer Suchey 4 years ago

      I love coconut oil. I cook with it, use it to moisturize with and as a hair conditioner. I've written a couple of articles about it, too. I like the things you wrote that I didn't know, like using it for chapped lips, canker sores, etc. I'll certainly remember to use it the next time I give myself a pedicure. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Vishshakha and welcome!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jennifer! Welcome to my sirte and thank you for the follow! I just hopped over to your hubs and if you check out this hub again, you will see, I added your hub! Thank you so much!

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      Jennifer Suchey 4 years ago

      Sweet! I'll link yours too. ;) Have a great one.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jennifer! You too:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Amazing! Thanks for all these great tips for using coconut oil as a beauty aid. I'm going to go get some!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Coconut oil has a plethora of useful purposes and I have used it myself. This was a very informative and useful article with excellent tips! Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Thanks for the substantive information about coconut oil! Hawaiians had all types of uses for the coconut. It was one of the original 25 "canoe plants" that the ancient ones brought from southern Polynesia when they first settled Hawaii. But you have found so many more uses that can make our everyday lives a little easier and better. I'm gonna look for coconut oil the next time I go grocery shopping! Voted up, useful, interesting, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Rebecca! I really like it! I am now exploring all of the benefits in drinking it.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Rose! It os true. There are way more uses that I didn't include, also! I appreciate the comment and vote!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I am honored....by your visit...your comments....your votes....and shares! Truly appreciated! I am looking forward to checking out your hubs! If I can't come visit, at least I can have ti vicarious pleasure by reading what you share about your beautiful state!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well my ravishing Randi - if you were to apply this coconut oil with your own gentle soft hands in a massage I would be the happiest man in Hubland and beyond (especially the beyond part) .......we really must get together and do lunch my fine lady.

      Just woke up from night shift sleep and both cats are outside everyday enjoying their summer holidays and I hope sincerely that everyone is well in your family both four and two legged, lol.

      I sent you a nice card last week on FB - did you see it and I will send another one right now to prove that I am your Canadian knight in shining armor. Congratulations on your perfect 100 score - I had that score for a few days last week for the first time ever in 3 years here.

      I hope you are having a good summer so far but it's seems to be going so fast or are we just getting older ..... or better??? lol

      Always so nice to spend some time with you and sending you 3 hugs from the three of us - Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time 12:35pm with first cup of coffee and some night wake up classical music after night shift sleep

      I will post and link madly and gladly your FB main page with bio and introduction for everyone to see and read

      Have a wonderful day my friend and look after your family

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah. C olin, you have no need to prove to me that you are my "Knight in Shining Armour" In fact, true to Murphy's Law, you WOULD be him because you are so many miles away!

      Enjoying my first cup of coffee and a few, well deserved, moments of quiet (other than the sound of kitty litter scratches...music to my ears!)

      I did get your lovely link both last week and this. I even answered them! Thank you, thank you, dear Colin!

      You are a 100 in my book everyday!

      You have a lovely day, as well!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I was thinking about getting some retinol based moisturizer for my fine (very fine! LOL) wrinkles, but maybe I should use coconut oil instead. I have some already. I've been putting it in my dog's food to help his skin. I pamper him more than I pamper myself. LOL. Great hub! Pinning to my health board!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Victoria Lynn! I am still a "newbie" to coconut oil but I am thrilled so far! Last week we took a short trip. My makeup bag was so much lighter. I btought a small container of coconut oil. It replaced: sunscreen, face nd body moisturizer, hair conditioner, make-up remover, lip balm, hand cream and on and on!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's cool, btrbell, that it replaced so many things. I really need to use coconut oil more!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to try these tips, Randi. I keep coconut oil in the house. Question for you: I have oily facial skin. If I use this as a moisturizer, will it make my skin more oily?

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      "They" say it won't, Shauna, but in my experience, it will. I have very dry skin but I can still feel an oily residue if I use it on my face regularly. If you decide to use it as a make-up remover, just be sure to rinse it off very well. I would recommend occasional moisturizing with it as it is non allergenic and very good for your skin. It is, btw, beautiful in your hair but I only use when I know I will be ashing it that day. Again, a little greasy! I do, however love it as a deep conditioner for my hair, so I try to time it for when I want that shiny brilliance for a few hours, then home to shampoo! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Randi!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have been mixing coconut oil in my oatmeal since i read Shauna's piece on coconut oil and alzheimer's disease. I will now try it as a skin moisturizer. Thank you for sharing this.. Is the Louna the one to use or should i get the other?

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Ruby, for stopping by. This was written after I purchased my first container of coconut oil. Since then I have v learned that you will benefit more from non refined or organic. You can get them at, Sprouts or Trader Joe's. I have even seen organic at some Walmart stores for a similar price. Good for you adding it to your cereal! Great idea!

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