Beauty trends come and go and change over time. Some people swear by using mayonnaise for hair conditioner while others use cucumbers to reduce the puffiness around their eyes. But there is one beauty staple that survives through time, and that’s coconut oil. The health benefits and general uses for coconut oil are plenty. Here are nine reasons why coconut oil is a fantastic and versatile remedy to cater to all your beauty needs.
Shaving Your Legs
Sometimes using regular shaving creams can lead to a slippery, foamy mess. They tend to dry out the skin, causing the extra step of moisturizing after a shave. Using coconut oil covers both of those steps. You’ll skip out on the harsh chemicals, too.
Deep Conditioner for Your Hair
When hair becomes extremely damaged, it can become dry, brittle and break off. This can be a result of too many heat or color treatments. But coconut oil works as a great deep conditioner because it penetrates your hair shaft more effectively and provides better moisture. You can apply it and let it sit for a half hour or even overnight before rinsing it out.
Removing Eye Makeup
Lingering makeup from the party last night does not make for a great next day look. By using coconut oil, you can remove all of that makeup without having to scrub your face. Gently apply the coconut oil on top of the product and let it sit for all those stubborn waterproof areas before gently wiping away with a cotton pad.
As a Body Scrub
Smooth skin is a desirable feature for many people. It not only looks good but feels good. But you don’t have to buy those expensive scrubs; you can use coconut oil to make your own. It will be cheaper and a more natural alternative. All you need is the coconut oil, melted into liquid form and a coarse grain (either sugar or salt). You can even change the scent of your scrub by adding vanilla extra or a fragrant essential oil.
For Your Dental Health
While good hygiene and diet are important in oral health, coconut oil is a great addition to your health toolkit because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is why it’s used for a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling helps clean the lingering germs in your mouth. It’s also a breath freshener. All you have to do is swish about a teaspoon of the oil for 15-20 minutes, and you’ll have fresher breath, healthier gums, and even whiter teeth.
Relief for Skin Irritation
Whether you suffer from summer bug bites or dry winter skin, coconut oil can help ease your pain. It can also be used as a soothing, cooling agent for burns. Just apply the oil on top of the irritated area.
As a Dandruff Preventer
There are many products on the market offering relief from dandruff. There are specialized shampoos, conditioners and creams all meant to stop dandruff from forming. However, because of the mix of chemicals, they can sometimes cause the scalp to dry out and instead cause it to form. To relieve an itchy, flaky scalp, rub a bit of coconut oil into your scalp before covering it for 30 minutes and rinsing it out. Repeat this process each time before you wash your hair.
Use it as a Whole Body Moisturizer
The benefits of coconut oil are not limited to one area on your body. You can use it on your hair, your skin, your face and even your hands to help alleviate any dryness. It has been shown to prevent water loss in damaged skin as well as cause accelerated healing. You can use it in its raw, pure form and rub it gently over your entire body for greater moisturizing. Or you can use the oil as a base for your own homemade lotion.
Reducing Stretch Marks
Unsightly stretch marks are a common cause for embarrassment and covering up our skin. While the coconut oil will not completely erase any tiger marks, it will help make them less noticeable. Rubbing a small amount of coconut oil over stretchmarks will prevent dark spots from forming. It’s also good for scar visibility reduction.