15 Surprising Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
Personal hygiene products and cosmetics regularly cover up brutal chemicals that are retained into your skin and advance into your circulatory system.
The David Suzuki foundation reports that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including cancer-causing agents, pesticides, regenerative poisons, and hormone disruptors .
Even natural skincare care brands like Burt’s Honey bees and Lavish use known chemicals in their products.
1. Massage oil
Coconut oil is the ideal consistency to be utilized as a massage oil. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for soothing sore muscles
Most toothpastes on the market contain fluoride additives. However, many studies are showing that coconut oil contains enzymes that contribute to better oral health and prevent tooth decay.
3. Insect repellent
Coconut oil repels mosquitoes and other irritating bugs. Mixed with rosemary and lemongrass, the oil can be as effective as chemical repellents, for example, DEET. The oil can also relieve the pain and itch of bug bites.
4. Lip Balm
Instead of using Chapstick or Vaseline – which are toxic and don’t actually hydrate your lips – nourish them with coconut oil.
5. Stretch Mark Prevention
Coconut oil is often used by pregnant women to hydrate their skin and avert stretch marks. Simply rub it directly into your skin 3-4 times each day and let it douse up.
6. Tattoo Healing
Tattoo artists suggest that you use a thin layer of antibiotic or vitamin E cream for the first week after getting a tattoo. Although they prevent infection, these cream can leach out your fresh ink and distort your tattoo. Instead of using antibiotic or vitamin E, use coconut oil to heal and nourish your skin.
7. Heal Burns
Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of burns, especially sunburns. It can also minimize scars and prevent infection by boosting collagen production
Coconut oil has powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. It prevents body odor by killing bad bacteria that feed off moisture and produce smelly pits. This oil is actually the main ingredient in natural aluminum-free deodorants.
9. Fight Dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that can be caused by dry skin, or even fungal infection or autoimmune disorders .
Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic, Capric and Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against candida yeast. These acids also hydrate the scalp and relieve inflammation
To use, comb coconut oil through your hair, massaging it through your scalp. Cover it overnight with a showercap and wash it out in the morning.
10. Body Scrub
To make a natural body scrub, mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt or raw sugar with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Use during showering or on wet skin and rinse thoroughly.
11. Nail Strengthener
Nails can get bristle and dry, just like your hair. While nutrition is very important element of nail health, it’s a good idea to rehydrate them during the dry season with coconut oil.
Just rub a little coconut oil on each nail and let your body soak it up.
12. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil can easily remove the most stubborn waterproof makeup, even eyeliner and mascara. Just pour a little on a cotton pad and wipe it over the makeup you wish to remove.
13. Facial Moisturizer
This oil actually help fight acne-causing bacteria without clogging your pores. It can also minimizes the appearance of pores and face acne scars.
Coconut oil protects your skin from sun damage. It has a natural SPF of 2-8, which can go as high as 40-50 if combined with raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil.
15. Wrinkle Cream
By increasing collagen turnover, coconut oil firms the skin and slows skin aging. How’s that for an all-purpose beauty product?!