Your Go-To List: 101 Uses For Coconut Oil That Will Change Your Life
If you are well into healthy eating and beauty care, you probably use coconut oil a lot. If not, you should start using it. We give you 101 great reasons to do so. You will love it, and the way it fits in your personal care and household cleaning products.
Although it has been used for quite a while, coconut oil enjoyed some bad reputation for really long. It is 90% fat, and health gurus claimed it to be ‘unhealthy.’ But, this fat is actually the thing you need, as coconut oil is super-packed with nutrients, and it enhances your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. It is also abundant in antioxidants and antibacterial agents.
When it comes to beauty care, cosmetic-grade coconut oil has the power to soothe and moisturize skin. Moreover, you could use it to improve your hair quality.
The list of benefits provided of coconut oil seems to be never ending, but we give you its greatest 101 uses. It is great for your skin, body and even your shoes and bags. Coconut oil is a safe, natural and aromatic agent, so you better get some soon, and get your everyday life to a higher level. You are about to witness a miracle.
Body and skin care
If you have not bought some coconut oil yet, it is time to buy a bottle or two, but make sure you use cosmetic-grade product, as it works best for topical applications.
Fractionated coconut oil
It is coconut oil, but with its long-chain triglycerides removed, which means it only has medium-chain triglycerides. This oil has a longer shelf life and better stability, so it works great for your home DIY treatments. Fractionated oil does not clog pores, unlike virgin coconut oil, and it provides an amazing antioxidant potential, which protects your skin and prevents premature aging.
We give you some amazing benefits of coconut oil regarding your hair, skin, and body.
- Skin moisturizer
Use coconut oil instead of your regular lotion. Use its refreshing and healing potential. You can apply it on any part of your body, plus it combines well with essential oils, and offers a brilliant aromatherapy effect. You need a coin-sized dollop. Rub it well, and let it dry for a minute. It feels amazing on your skin, right?
- Face mask
Make your own coconut oil face mask to improve your skin complexion. Combine coconut oil and raw honey, preferably a tablespoon each. Apply the mask on your face, but keep in mind that it may drip, as coconut oil melts easily. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and remove the mask with warm water.
- Diminish wrinkles
Coconut oil is the best anti-aging product. Apply a tiny bit on your lines and wrinkles to rehydrate and soften your skin, and improve its general texture.
- Puffy eyes
Yes, coconut oil can help you get rid of puffy eyes. And no, we are not talking about magic. Just a touch of coconut oil will save you from all the puffiness in the morning.
It is definitely the number one product for your scalp, split ends, and shiny hair. Put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil into a small bowl. Place it in a larger bowl that you have already filled with warm water. Let it melt, and apply on damp hair. Carefully massage your roots. Spread the oil towards your hair ends, and wrap your hair loosely using a soft towel. Keep it this way for an hour, and rinse off with a mild shampoo.
- Anti-dandruff treatment
No, you will no longer need to buy expensive shampoos and conditioners. Use coconut oil instead. Apply it on your hair, but let it act overnight. Wash your hair next morning, and there you have it – healthy, flake-free hair. Do the treatment once a week, and you will soon notice some great results.
- Hair growth
Coconut oil is more than a moisturizing agent. It will strengthen your hair and prevent further breakage. Use it on a daily basis.
- Protect hair from dangerous sun
Apply a small amount of coconut oil onto tour hair in the morning. Carefully spread it towards your hair ends, and brush your hair. This will protect your beauty from sun and it also provides an excellent frizz control.
- Detangle hair
Do not reach for your brush. Just dampen your hair and apply some coconut oil. Let it do its job for several minutes, and comb through your tangles. Say goodbye to annoying tangled hair.
- Shaving cream
Regular products usually dry the skin, but coconut oil does the opposite. Use it to moisturize your skin and ease shaving. It works great for those who deal with dry skin and razor burn. Now you can make your own shaving cream using coconut oil. Follow the instructions below.
Coconut oil is the only product you can use both as shaving cream and aftershave. It will soothe your skin, and relieve razor burn.
- Lip balm
If dry weather is giving you cracked lips, it is time to use coconut oil. It provides an excellent protection against sun damage. Use solid coconut oil, as it is easy to apply it in this form. Apply it same as you do with your regular lip balm.
- Exfoliating body scrub
Combine coconut oil and other great ingredients into an all-natural body or face scrub. Here is a nice recipe:
Melt half a cup of coconut oil. Add in 2-4 tablespoons of sugar, and transfer the resulting mixture into muffin tins. Soap molds work great as well. Let it solidify in your fridge, and then you can take it out of the molds. Slice as much as you need, and exfoliate your skin. Make sure you dampen it first. Rinse off with water, and apply a soothing moisturizer.
- Exfoliate your face
Combine equal parts of baking soda and coconut oil. Use this mixture to exfoliate your face, and remove any dirt and dead skin. You will be amazed with your bright skin complexion.
- Foot exfoliator
Warm days are on their way, so you better take care of your feet. Combine 2 parts of coarse sea salt and one part of coconut oil. Scrub your feet well.
- Exfoliate your lips
Another exfoliating benefit. Combine one part of coconut oil and 2 parts of sugar, and carefully exfoliate your lips.
- Remove makeup
Coconut oil will not irritate your eyes, unlike other products. It breaks down your make up, and you will have no trouble removing it. Massage some coconut oil over your makeup and wipe it off! Rinse well. As you can see, there is no makeup on your face.
- Cheekbone highlighter
A touch of coconut oil on your cheekbones will give you a youthful glow.
- Lotion bar
Make your own lotion bar. Here is a nice recipe:
Put a cup of coconut oil, a cup of shea butter, and a cup of beeswax in a mason jar that fits these amounts. Set it in a small saucepan that you have already filled with water. Heat the water until the ingredients melt completely. Turn the heat off, and stir in a teaspoon of viamin E oil. Stir well until you get a homogenous mixture. Transfer it into molds, and let it cool completely. Do not your bars out of their molds before they cool completely.
Use coconut oil to make your own deodorant, because it is quick and easy.
Use half a cup of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Put the ingredients in a jar with a lid, and place it in a pot that you have already filled with water. Heat up until the ingredients melt. Take the pot off the heat, and stir in a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and half a cup of arrowroot powder. Stir well so the ingredients are well combined. Separate the mixture in muffin tins. Let it cool before you take out your deodorant bars.
- Massage oil
You would really enjoy a massage right now. Use coconut oil instead of your regular massaging oil. Its moisturizing and antioxidant power will benefit both your muscles and skin.
- Soften rough elbows
Coconut oil works well for dry and cracked elbows. Rub some of the oil on your elbows to soften them. Do this twice a day, and your skin will be softer than ever.
- Work on your cracked heals
Coconut oil does miracles to cracked heels. It is a natural moisturizer that will soften your heels and prevent any further cracking. Use it regularly.
- Nail and cuticle care
Getting a manicure can be really pricey, but your cuticles sure need regular treatment. Rub some coconut oil before bedtime. Your cuticles will get the attention they deserve while you sleep. This treatment will also give you stronger nails.
- Stretch marks
You cannot just erase these, but treating them with coconut oil will reduce their appearance.