Coconut oil is getting a lot of hype — well-deserved hype. Although trends in body and health care come and go, some of them are beneficial and deserve to stay around. Coconut oil is one of those trends, with dramatic properties and molecular makeup that makes it great for so many parts of your body. Coconut oil has many benefits for the body, from moisturizing skin to killing the microbes that like to alight on your skin's surface. Don't miss out on these eight amazing benefits of using coconut oil.
Enjoy Luscious Skin
Coconut oil acts as a mild moisturizer, perfect for use all over your body. All you need is a coin-sized amount to give yourself silky skin. Apply the oil when you step out of the shower so you lock the moisture into your skin.
Coconut oil is safe to apply on extra dry areas, such as elbows, and isn't going to cause you to break out if you use the product on your face. The fatty acids in coconut oil act as a barrier to moisture loss, which will give your skin a healthy glow.
If you have calloused areas of skin, such as on your feet, coconut oil can help with those areas, too. The fatty acids will soften these areas of the body if you apply the oil daily, helping you with uncomfortable dryness or cracks.
By the way, if you've never used coconut oil before and are imagining olive oil's consistency, you won't get the same feeling. Coconut oil is more of a solid butter when it's at room temperature. When you soften it, however, you can get a liquid consistency. Controlling how much coconut oil you apply to your skin is easier when the oil is soft but not completely liquid. Warm the oil with your hands and it will apply to your skin smoothly.
You can also use coconut oil to cleanse your skin. Coconut oil is a great alternative to other cleansers, which often contain too much alcohol and other harsh ingredients that remove the natural oils from your skin. Especially in people with oily or sensitive skin, stripping this natural oil can lead to dryness, breakouts, and an increased production of oil to overcompensate. Rub the oil over your skin like soap, then wash it away with warm water. The oil removes dirt and bacteria without depleting the important natural oils your skin produces.
Get Silky Lips
When your lips are dry and cracked, consider using coconut oil instead of regular lip balm. Although many lip products are safe to consume if they accidentally get in your mouth, these products aren't foods and you don't want to swallow them. Coconut oil will stay on your lips even through eating and drinking, and if you do happen to eat some of it, no big deal. You can make your own coconut oil lip balm to carry with you or simply apply the oil to your lips as part of your morning or evening skin care routine.
When using coconut oil as lip balm, it works well in its solid state, as you can apply it with your fingers the same way you would any other lip balm. Use the oil as often as needed in the winter for chapped lips, especially as an overnight treatment. If you're not a fan of wearing lip balm all day, then limit your coconut usage to night applications. Apply the oil before you go to bed and wipe it off in the morning. You'll still get the moisturizing benefits, leaving you with soft lips all day.
Grow Strong Hair
Coconut oil works wonders as a deep conditioner. Apply the oil to damp hair and massage it into the roots. Then, comb the oil through the rest of your hair. The longer you leave coconut oil in your hair, the more beneficial the oil will be, so wrap your head in a towel or a shower cap and don't touch your hair for at least an hour. Use a minimal amount of shampoo to remove the oil, and if you want, you can use a bit more oil on the ends to protect them from splitting.
You can apply coconut oil to your hair care routine in several ways. First, soften the coconut oil to allow the product to work into your hair. All you have to do is place your container of coconut oil into a bowl filled with water warmer than 76 degrees. The oil will soften and be ready to use in your hair.
Coconut oil is also great for fighting dandruff. Rather than buying dandruff shampoos and conditioners, try a coconut oil treatment instead. You start the same way you did for deep conditioning, but instead of washing the oil out after an hour, you leave the oil in overnight. In the morning, wash the oil out, and your scalp should be more flake-free than it was the day before.
Another benefit of these coconut oil hair treatments is hair strength. If you perform a coconut oil treatment daily, the treatment will strengthen your hair, which is beneficial if you're trying to grow your hair out. If you'd rather make your hair stronger against the sun, coconut oil can help with that part, too. Use a bit of coconut oil in your hair in the morning by running your fingers through your hair and scalp, then brushing or combing to distribute the oil evenly. Coconut oil adds a layer of sun protection that will stay with you all day, with an added bonus: frizz control.
Nourish Your Cuticles
Unless you receive regular manicures, fingers and fingernails tend to be low on the list of care routines. Once you've clipped and cleaned your nails, you probably don't think much about them until one breaks. But hands get a pretty raw deal: Nails pick and pry at objects, and fingers do intense work all day — think of all that typing and texting. Plus, you're dunking your hands in and out of water with potentially harsh soap every time you wash them. Coconut oil provides an easy nail care solution that will help brittle, thin nails stay healthy and will prevent hangnails and cuticle tears.
The way to help your nails is to focus on your cuticles. Use coconut oil to moisturize your cuticles by rubbing a small amount of oil into them each day. Perform this care routine before bed, so the oil doesn't rub off during the day. Overnight, the oil can soak into your cuticles and stimulate your nails. Put coconut oil on your hands, especially focusing on rough patches that happen over the knuckles. A pair of soft gloves will keep your hands moisturized while you sleep.
Naturally Remove Makeup
Getting makeup off is hard work, especially if you invest in waterproof eyeliner and mascara. But, like the best natural cleansers, coconut oil will safely remove your makeup without irritating your skin. You already know coconut oil has amazing moisturizing properties, so remove your makeup with coconut oil while also using the oil as a moisturizer.
The skin around your eyes is especially delicate, so coconut oil is a top choice as a makeup remover. The amount of force you have to apply to get makeup off with soap and water can cause extra wrinkles and imperfections in that delicate skin. These negative impacts won't happen when you use coconut oil.
Coconut oil is especially effective at removing waterproof makeup. The oil helps to break down the makeup, so it's easy to wipe off. Instead of scrubbing or pulling hard at your skin, you should be able to gently wipe your makeup off after applying coconut oil. If the oil does happen to get in your eyes, it won't harm you. Your vision may get a little blurry, and you'll probably have to rinse out your contacts, but that effect will last only until your eyes can naturally wash out the oil.
Replace Your Shaving Cream
Coconut oil is great for shaving for both genders. For best results, save shaving your legs, armpits, and face for the end of your shower when your follicles are opened. Shaving with coconut oil is easier if your skin is dry, so you can save a little water by turning the shower off for a few minutes while you shave your legs. (Guys, go ahead and shave when you step out of the shower, but skip the part where you wet your face again.)
Use a sharp razor and shave with the same care you would with or without shaving cream. The coconut oil moisturizes at the same time it helps the hairs to stand up straight. This application is especially helpful for people prone to dry skin and razor burn. If you want, after you rinse the extra hairs from your body, you can apply another light layer of coconut oil as a lotion after you're done shaving, but you'll probably find that the coconut oil did a great job of moisturizing your skin. To those who have given up on shaving cream because it dries out the skin, try coconut oil for lubrication and spare your body the nicks and cuts from razors.
Use Coconut Oil as a Personal Lubricant
Coconut oil can be used as a lubricant for several intimate needs a woman may face. If you have any dryness or chafing of your skin, coconut oil is safe to use to soothe dry patches. Unless you've experienced a coconut allergy, you'll probably find that the oil works better than commercial lubricant products. Since coconut oil does not contain parabens or petroleum, the oil won't introduce artificial components to your skin. Coconut oil can also used be used for intimate moments.
Get or Give a Great Massage With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil's antimicrobial properties are great for your skin. When you apply coconut oil to the entire body, not only are you eliminating dry skin, but you're also killing harmful bacteria and other microscopic specimens that can harm the surface of your skin and get inside your body. Coconut oil also has some powerful antioxidants. Combined with its moisturizing power, these antioxidants pack coconut oil with some serious anti-aging properties. Another added benefit to using coconut oil is its inclusion of vitamin E, a vitamin that can greatly benefit your skin.
A coconut oil massage is wonderful not only for your muscles, but also great for your skin, too. And since coconut oil doesn't stain fabrics as other types of oil-based products, you can get or receive a comforting coconut-oil massage without worrying about using special sheets or avoiding massages on the couch.
Can you believe that one substance can offer these benefits when you use the product correctly? Coconut oil can benefit your hair, lips, and skin, with moisturizing and sensual properties that can revive and reinvigorate your whole body health. Experiment with one or more of these eight uses for coconut oil and discover what kind of improvements in your body, health, and life you can experience.