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Do you Know the Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Updated on May 3, 2014

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Do you want better skin, shinier hair and improved health?

Coconut Oil is not only good for your health, there are many benefits of Coconut oil that can be used in your beauty routine, particularly for the hair and skin. Coconut oil, is inexpensive, it smells divine, it's travel-friendly and most important, it works. The benefits of coconut oil can improve the quality of skin and hair in a natural way. This natural ingredient is cheap to buy and readily available.

Because coconut oil, has a small molecular structure, it is easily absorbed through the skin. Coconut oil benefits are not only beneficial for those with mature, dry skin, but for those who are looking for a product that will help prevent wrinkles and rough spots. Coconut oil, has a multitude of beauty uses.

Keep on reading to find out the benefits of coconut oil.

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benefits of coconut oil
benefits of coconut oil

A celebrity favourite?

Miranda Kerr is a picture of health. Pefectly, toned, curvy body. Glossy hair and clear skin. You would expect a crazy diet and expensive products to be the reason behind this right?

Miranda Kerr recently revealed that coconut oil her beauty and health must have. In an interview last month she attributed her blemish-free skin and shiny hair to the miracle oil.

Miss Kerr, 28, who models for Victoria's Secret, said 'I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea'

It's not only Miranda who love the benefits of coconut oil. Gwyneth Paltrow claims to regularly use virgin coconut oil to moisturize her skin after bathing. Whilst Angelina Jolie claims to have a spoonful every morning before breakfast.

Even health advisor Dr Oz is eendorsing virgin coconut oil! Dr. Oz recently ran a two part series on his popular show called Coconut Oil Superpowers.

So it seems using coconut oil is a celebrity favourite that we can all have access to. Read below to find out more health benefits and beauty benefits of coconut oil.

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Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce
Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce

See the benefits of coconut oil for yourself.

Put these tips into action to see an improvement in your hair, skin, health and nails. This huge 32 ounce jar is only $15.29.

Coconut oil benefits are increased when you use extra virgin coconut oil

Check that the lauric acid content is at least 40%

 

Quick Tip

Coconut oil is normally in a solid form if stored at room temparture depending on how hot it is where you live.

You can get the benefits of coconut oil by rubbing between the palms of your hand to melt it enough for use.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for your Hair

benefits of coconut oil for your hair
benefits of coconut oil for your hair

A major one of the benefits of coconut oil is for the hair as it provides natural moisture and nutrition. It helps with healthy growth and keeping the hair shiny. Over time hair will be stronger, more nourishes and softer to the touch.

When you use Coconut oil, it can bring hair back to life by repairing the hair's cuticle and moisturizing the scalp and improving the overall quality and beauty of the hair.

Since I have made coconut oil a staple in my hair care routine, my hair is more manageable, shiny and I have seen an improvement in hair growth.

Conditioner

Coconut oil can be used as a conditioner to smooth and help repair damaged hair. Simply apply to the hair after washing on either dry or wet hair. I like to use coconut oil on dry hair as a leave in conditioner.

I rub a small amount in my palms and apply to the ends of my hair this keeps my hair conditioned and I have seen a considerable reduction in the amount of split ends. Allowing me to go longer without a haircut. Plus my hair smells amazing after.

If your running low on time add some coconut oil to your shampoo so that your hair can be cleaned and moisterised at the same time.

There are also benefits of coconut oil when used to massage the scalp, this helps keep the scalp moisturised and healthy. I like to do this once a week to stimulate my follicles and to promote growth. I have been doing this for two months and have seen my hair grow longer and stronger.

Mask

You can get more beenfits of Coconut oil if you use it as a mask, this works just as good as many expensive hair masks without the nasty ingredients. My favourite way to do this is to mix equal parts coconut oil and honey and apply it all over my head.

This can be left on for as long as needed and the result is soft silky hair. When doing this my hair feels lovely and soft and nourished. After doing this consistently my hair is much shinier and glossier.

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Benefits of coconut oil for you nails
Benefits of coconut oil for you nails

Benefits of Coconut Oil for your Nails

Use Coconut oil to beautify your nails.

One of the benefits of coconut oil is that it can be used to keep you nails in great condition.

Massage coconut oil into the nails to keep them strong, shiny and less prone to breaking.

Massage into cuticles to keep them soft and prevent dry skin around your nails.

You can also mix coconut oil in with your usual hand cream for an extra moisterising treat.

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benefits of coconut oil for your lashes
benefits of coconut oil for your lashes

Benefits of Coconut Oil for you Skin

Skincare

Benefits of Coconut oil for you skin are really effective due to it's nourishing properties.

It can:-

- Reduce liver spots caused by sun damage

- Prevent aging due to it's super hydrating properties

- Leave your skin with a gorgous glow

- Aid in healing and repairing

- Make skin more even textured

-Cure and prevent blemishes

- Smooths skin by acting as an exfoilant and removing the top layer of skin

- It will penetrate deeper into the skin then most creams can, this will strenghten underlying tissues

Coconut oil benefits will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing. It will have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance.

Since I have started to use coconut oil my skin is more clear, when I get blemishes they heal quicker and don't hurt as much as the coconut oil soothes. I have also noticed my fine lines and wrinkles are less obvious.

The biggest benefit of coconut oil, has been in controlling my oily skin. As coconut oil properly nourishes my skin, my skin produces less oil.

Lips

Coconut oil can be used to keep lips kissable and soft, use as you would a lip balm. I like to apply before sleep to wake up to plump lips. Add some sugar to your coconut oil for a DIY lip scrub, simply rub into the lips and wash off to reveal super smooth plumped lips.

Moisteriser

Pure virgin coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion available as it not only softens the skin, but protects it against damage, promotes healing and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance. I either apply to bare skin or over the top of my other products to wake up to better skin.

Makeup Remover

Use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover. This really works well and removes all traces of makeup quick and effectively. Healthier, stronger and longer eyelashes are an added bonus

Highlighter

Use a small amount of coconut oil on your cheek bones and other areas you want to highlight for a glow that won't block you pores.

Massage Oil

Use coconut oil as a massage oil for a nourishing treat with a refreshing scent.

After Sun Lotion

Use coconut oil as an after sun lotion to sooth sunburn. This will prevent peeling and the anti-inflammatory properties will keep the redness under control

Stretch Marks

If you suffer from stretch marks use coconut oil multiple times a day to keep areas moisterised.

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benefits of coconut oil
benefits of coconut oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil as Shaving Cream

Coconut oil benefits continue to shaving. If you have sensitive skin, soap based shaving creams and gels will only aggravate your problem. A natural oil is a skin-friendly alternative.

Blended coconut oil that stays in liquid form at room temperature is easiest to use in the bath or shower, but if you have the solid version, simply leave the sealed container under the hot shower for a bit and you will soon have enough melted liquid to apply.

Rub all over your legs (or anywhere else you are shaving) then shave as usual.

You will find that the razor glides smoothly over your skin with the lubrication of the oil, leaving you with a really clean shave and beautifully moisturised skin too.

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benefits of coconut oil

Benefit of Coconut Oil- Longer Eyelashes?

Another benefit of coconut oil can be found when used on eyelashes. The components in coconut oil will have a positive effect on eyelashes.

Using coconut oil on eye lashes will help grow them longer and thicker. Coconut Oil can eliminate brittle eyelashes for good.

To do this, use an old mascara brush that has been thoroughly cleaned. Brush on like mascara, and you’re done.

Find out more tips on getting longer eyelashes here

Longer Eyelashes

benefits of coconut oil eczema
benefits of coconut oil eczema

Eczema Cure?

Benefits of Coconut Oil on Eczema.

You can use coconut oil as a natural eczema treatment and it does work, in fact this is what I do myself. I have been an Eczema suffer since I was little and although it is better now I still occaisonaly get it round my elbows and knees.

Coconut oil has been the only treatment that has worked for me. It immediatley soothes the area and calms the inflammation.

According to a 2008 study published in the journal Dermatitis, virgin coconut oil has emollient properties that help to heal and protect the skin's surface, as well as broad-spectrum antimicrobial components that help to protect against bacteria, viruses and fungi associated with eczema.

. As coconut oil does not contain any fragrance or chemical substances, it is non irritating to eczema sufferers. The moisterising properties helps to clear up the affected area.

Another reason it's great to use coconut oil in this way is because it's a lot cheaper and easier to get hold of then over the counter treatments.

Use can apply coconut oil directly to the affected area or put a spoonfull in the bath.

Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

Great big box will keep you going for ages

 
NOW Virgin Coconut Oil 1000 mg,120 Softgels
NOW Virgin Coconut Oil 1000 mg,120 Softgels

If you prefer to cook with a different oil try taking one of these soft gels to gain the benefits of coconut oil

 
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use coconut oil

Coconut oil DIYS

DIY's are a great way to help incorporate coconut oil in your routine.

Whilst you can use coconut oil on it's own to achieve amazing results, these recipes will help you get more benefits.

These are simple and fun to make and much cheaper then store brought products.

Use coconut oil in the DIY's below to get more out of your coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

Coconut oil can make a great scrub when used with the right ingredients. Try using this twice a week for a refreshing way to exfoliate

1 cup organic coconut sugar

1/3 cup fine ground Himalayan Chrystal or pink salt

1/2 cup cold or expeller pressed, virgin, organic, coconut oil

2-3 tablespoons almond oil1 tablespoon vitamin E oil1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil (or you can use rose essential oil)

Simply mix together and store for whenever you want to use :)

Coconut Oil Body Butter

As coconut oil is so nourishing you can make an amazing body butter with only a few ingredients.

1 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)

Drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Whip on high speed with your KitchenAid mixer whisk for 6-7 minutes

Coconut Milk Shampoo Recipe

I1/2 cup Coconut Milk (full fat, creamy)

2/3 cup Liquid Castile Soap

1 tsp Castor Oil

1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil

15-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice)

mix together and use for soft hair.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is also effective when used for oil pulling. This has a multitude of health benefits, I have wrote a separate lens about this to find out more check out the lens below.

How to use Coconut Oil Video

Watch these videos for more benefits of coconut oil. There really so many ways coconut oil can be used.

Have you tried Coconut Oil? - What's your favourite way to use it?

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      Merlian 17 months ago

      How wonderful!!!

      Thank you for sharing

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      rapisgame123 19 months ago

      Besides coconut oil there are more things that can help you grow your eyelashes and it is called Idol Lash . Also works on eyebrows , if you'd like to check it out please go to :http://greenaids.com/how-to-grow-eyelashes/

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      I use coconut oil for oil pulling among other things. Works wonders! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      shinebrightly 3 years ago

      I use coconut oil for any and everything I can slather it on. Love it for cooking too. I especially love it for oil pulling. If I run out of coconut oil I feel like an abandoned puppy left on the side of the highway. :(

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      aee223 lm 3 years ago

      I use it for hair, its healthy..

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      shatabdi85 3 years ago

      I use it from my childhood.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I use it a lot these days; recent discovery. Very beneficial!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      We use it a lot and I was glad to find your tips for more ways I could use it.

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      So far, I like using coconut oil in my hair and as a moisturizer. Thanks for the tips on other ways to use it!

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      appelonia 3 years ago

      My hands, my face, I eat 2 teaspoons every day, and I use coconut oil for oil pulling.

      This is a great product.

      Thanks for this really good lens!

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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      CathyLee 3 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I think this is worth to add, coconut oil can play an important role for wrinkles and fine lines. Though, wrinkles are impossible to stop, using it as moisturizer could can help the development inevitable.

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      viktorija mikal 3 years ago

      Brilliant article! Can't wait to try this miraculous oil :))

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Love coconut oil. I do oil pulling and gurgle VCO for about 5 minutes! So refreshing! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      appelonia 3 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. What good info. Great work!

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      khushpreet11 3 years ago

      nyc

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      HayleylCanning250 3 years ago

      @InSearchOf LM: That's ok and thank you :)

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      InSearchOf LM 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and great job on this lens!

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      HayleylCanning250 3 years ago

      @Jimmy432: Thank you, include a link to your blog and I'll check it out :)

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      Jimmy432 3 years ago

      Just did an article on benefits of coconut oil on my blog. Wish I came across your article earlier to include some benefits you`ve mentioned. All in all, a great list!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      I love the use of natural products. They are so much safer when used properly.

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      Angela Hobbs 3 years ago from The TARDIS

      Awesome, thank you for this. My other half suffers from this skin disorder, and it seems nothing really helps. We will try this for sure!

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      emma_07 3 years ago

      I prefer beauty that comes from the ingredients of nature. I truly love all your lenses.Thank you for squid liking my lens. I deeply appreciate it.

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      completeskincare 4 years ago

      My sister just received her coconut oil in the mail and is trying to get me to try it. After reading the info on this lens I just might try it!

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      JonTek 4 years ago

      great lens! I am going to try coconut oil on my son's eczema.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have some sun damage after years of sunbathing - I'm going to try using coconut oil and see what happens. Thanks for the tip!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Coconut oil is a great product, love it, thanks for sharing

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      I have been checking up on coconut oil lately and plan on using it for consuming besides all the other benefits for the skin. Great information on how to use it for hair.

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      vicky71 4 years ago

      We use coconut oil. Thanks for an informative lens.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wonderful information! I have used olive oil for years in many of the same ways, but I currently have a jar of coconut oil in the pantry and I will give this a try! :)

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      M.Iqbal 4 years ago from Colombo

      Will pass this onto my daughter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks! I have to try this!

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      click2CYtoday 4 years ago

      You can also use coconut oil for "oil pulling". It was a technique started by Dr. Mayo, founder of Mayo Clinic, and it really helps clean the insides out!

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      MoneySaver89 4 years ago

      Coconut oils is great for the body overall. Thanks for sharing!

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Great article, I make my own cream with coconut oil. It is a natural miracle.

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful information. I've been using coconut oil more often and have been feeling the good results.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice article. I have used coconut oil on my rough farm hands for years. Works well they are always soft now.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. Never knew these things about coconut oil before. Only thing you need to do is edit for typos. Maybe put up a video or two as well.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi the more I read about coconut oil the more I like it.

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      orcamom lm 4 years ago

      I was never sure how to use coconut oil - this lens has helped, thanks

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      shana273 4 years ago

      Very helpful. I will have to try coconut oil.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice lens! I sometimes use coconut oil :)

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      neverasbad 4 years ago

      I use coconut oil as a sunblock and moisturizer. Get the Organic version. Preferably unrefined.