It’s funny to think that just a few years ago I’d never even tried coconut oil, and now it has replaced dozens of different products in my home! While I use it in cooking and cleaning, my most common use of it is in DIY health and beauty products! I’ve already shared MANY of those on the blog.
Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason. It’s naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and it smells delicious!
There are so many amazing uses for Coconut Oil that if I tried to list them all I would be typing all day…and night! So I decided to share just my personal favorites….starting with my most recent anti-aging discovery that I’m dying to share!
I ran across this idea in a recent issue of Prevention magazine and thought it was such a brilliant idea I had to try it. I’d been hearing so much about retinol lately and wanted to give it a try anyway.
My Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment
After washing your face, do a gentle exfoliation with baking soda and water. The tiny granules of baking soda buff away pore-clogging dead skin cells and are gentle enough for all skin types. Exfoliating allows the next product you use on your face to penetrate deeply.
After exfoliating, apply your nightly retinol cream (a form of vitamin A that penetrates to the lower layers of skin where it helps rebuild collagen and elastin) and lock it in with coconut oil!
The oil creates a moisture barrier, sealing the powerful anti-ager into the skin and preventing the air from making it dissipate. You can also alternative nightly between the two.
It’s like a one-two punch for your skin and I’ve been very excited with the results! My skin feels so much softer and I’ve definitely seen a decrease in fine lines. yay!
Here are some of my other FAVORITE ways to use coconut oil in my health & beauty routines:
Put a tablespoon of solid coconut oil in your mouth (it will quickly melt) and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. The oil will draw impurities from your body and as an extra benefit, it whitens your teeth over time. Spit out the oil (do NOT swallow,) then rinse and brush. Read more about Oil Pulling For A Healthier Mouth.
Even waterproof mascara melts away when you use coconut oil as a makeup remover. Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes. The oil does a great job breaking down makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.
Moisturizing body scrub
Don’t waste your money on store-bought body scrubs when it’s SO easy and inexpensive to make your own. Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1 cup sugar (or salt) and stir well. Add 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil for a real treat! Use 1-2 times a week for amazingly smooth skin! Read about my Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub.
Traditional deodorants and antiperspirants contain ingredients that can be hazardous to your health. Just dab a tiny bit of coconut oil on your finger and rub it on your underarms just like you would with any deodorant. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria.
Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles so you’ll get a closer shave. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs. If your coconut oil is solid, simply warm it up between your palms before applying to the skin.
Soften cracked or rough heels
This is a lifesaver for me during cold winter months! Rub on your feet at night, put on socks, and in the morning you will have super soft feet. Plus, due to it’s anti-fungal properties it is great for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
Treat dry, flaky cuticles by rubbing coconut oil into your nail beds. Use your fingers to massage some oil into the area—it’ll moisturize your hands in the process! It will also help your manicure last longer.
Makeup brush cleaner
Use melted coconut oil to clean your hair and makeup brushes. Dip brush in coconut oil. Swirl the brush on a paper towel or washcloth to get majority of the product off of brush. Rinse with warm water and let dry. Coconut oil will protect and nourish the bristles while still getting out the grime.
Again, don’t waste your hard-earned money on expensive eye creams. Use a dab of coconut oil on undereye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.
Apply nightly (after removing your makeup) with a clean mascara wand or a cotton ball. Leave on overnight. When you wake up, wash your face normally. If you continue to do this routinely every night for 2-3 months, you should start to notice your lashes growing thicker and longer!
Permanent makeup / tattoo healer
I recently had permanent makeup (same technique used as getting a tattoo) applied to my lips and coconut oil is all I put on them for weeks afterwards. It helps speed healing and prevent infection.
Mix 1/2 of an avocado, 1 tsp coconut oil, and 1 tsp honey. Apply to face, leave on for 45 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Coconut oil will soften, smooth and lubricate skin, break down dead cells, heal acne and hydrate skin. Avocado contains vitamins such as Vitamin C, A and E, which are essential for healthy skin.
Mix the juice of one lemon (or 1 drop of lemon essential oil) with a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub into dry and dark elbows and knees. The lemon juice will naturally bleach the skin and lighten it, while the coconut oil will moisturize.
A tiny amount on your fingertip spread on top of your cheekbones after you’ve applied makeup, works to highlight and add an extra glow, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient.
And last but not least…..
Beauty from the inside out
Mix a spoonful in your tea, coffee, or smoothie every morning for a little extra energy throughout the day and as an immunity boost. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid that actually helps increase immunity and fight infections, making it essential to our daily diets.
You can also mix it in your hot chocolate for an extra special treat. YUM!
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