5 coconut oil benefits for your beauty routine

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Europe

Coconut oil is great to cook with, but what about its beauty benefits? Different researchers, beauty bloggers and natural remedy users swear by coconut oil extending a helping hand in self-care routines. Here are 5 wonderful uses of coconut oil that are essential for any beauty regimen.

Condition and shine for luscious locks

Coconut oil helps hair develop a nice shine and softer feel with its healthy fat content. Scoop a quarter-size amount of coconut oil into your hair and toss it back into a bun. Place a towel or shower cap over your head and sleep while the coconut oil works its magic. In the morning, use shampoo as usual to rinse out all of the oil. Hair that is already naturally oily should use coconut oil on the ends instead of being rubbed into the scalp. Continue to deep-condition at least once a week for best results. 

Swap your shaving cream out

It’s true! Coconut oil can be used as an inexpensive, natural shaving cream. Use a generous amount of coconut oil on your underarms and legs - then shave as usual. The moisturizing properties of coconut oil will leave your legs looking and feeling more hydrated than ever before.

Wash away eye makeup

So long are the days of buying and endless supply of expensive eye makeup remover! Dab a small amount of coconut oil onto a cotton ball and gently rub it over the eyes. Wondering about waterproof mascara? Coconut oil wipes that right off too!

Heal skin naturally

Massaging coconut oil all over the body helps skin feel silky and smooth. Coconut oil keeps the skin from drying out and cracking with its hydrating effects. It is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial natural product. Because of this, coconut oil can aid in reducing acne breakouts on the face and rest of the body and keep pores free of dirt. The Vitamin E within coconut oil repairs damaged skin so next time you have a wound, rub a little coconut oil over it.

Protect your teeth

Coconut oil’s most important fat component, lauric acid can do wonders for your smile. Through research, lauric acid has been proven to kill mouth bacteria that causes bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Either swish coconut oil around in your mouth or make homemade coconut oil toothpaste. For making toothpaste, heat half a cup of coconut oil until it becomes a liquid. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and 10 drops of peppermint oil with the coconut oil. Seal it in a container and voilà! You now have homemade coconut oil toothpaste.

Who knew coconut oil had so many uses beyond the kitchen? Coconut oil can be found at any local grocery or health food store and can be bought online. Whether you’re looking to have softer skin, stronger hair or healthier teeth – there’s a coconut oil hack for you to try!

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