Since my recent discovery & obsession with oil pulling, I’ve been intrigued with the multitude of benefits coconut oil offers. I’m completely blown away by all the different benefits & uses for coconut oil! I wanted to dedicate today’s post to all of the different uses for coconut oil, but since there are SO MANY I decided to focus on just the beauty benefits of coconut oil for today. We’ll have plenty of time to cover more coconut oil uses later =)
So here they are, 10 Amazing Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil…
1. Coconut Oil Use: Hydrating Cream
Apply coconut oil directly to skin for it’s incredible healing & hydrating properties. Coconut oil has natural SPF protection (approx. 4 SPF) & it helps protect skin from free radicals. Coconut oil penetrates deep into skin tissue for intense hydration, helping to firm & brighten skin tone. It’s also packed with vitamin K & E, which have properties that help protect skin from pre-mature aging.
*Apply it to your lips for a natural chap stick too!
2. Coconut Oil Use: Lighten Age Spots
Apply coconut oil to dark marks, scars & age spots to help lighten them and reduce their appearance! The natural vitamins in coconut oil have intense healing properties for skin.
3. Coconut Oil Use: Reduce Friz & Split Ends
Rub a bit of coconut oil between your palms and apply to friz & fly-aways to keep them at bay! Use a little coconut oil along with your regular conditioning treatment, it naturally penetrates the hair shaft, increasing elasticity & leaving hair super smooth.
4. Coconut Oil Use: Makeup Remover
Use coconut oil to naturally remove makeup and rid skin from the day’s toxins. Coconut oil does double duty as it hydrates skin & increases elasticity, revealing a brighter complexion.
5. Coconut Oil Use: Prevent Stretch Marks
Use coconut oil to prevent & reduce stretch marks associated with pregnancy! Coconut oil is made up of beneficial nutrients & tiny molecules (smaller than any other oil), which allow for faster & deeper absorption into the skin’s tissue. Vitamins and natural acids in coconut oil improves skins elasticity, which helps to prevent stretch marks.
6. Coconut Oil Use: Gum Health & Whiter Teeth
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which battles against bacteria that causes plaque & yellowing. Brush your teeth with equal parts baking soda & coconut oil for whiter teeth and improved gum health. Coconut oil also contains anti-fungal properties that naturally freshens breath!
* I’ve personally experienced significantly whiter teeth by “swishing” coconut oil (aka “oil pulling”). Read about my experience with coconut oil pulling here.
7. Coconut Oil Use: Overnight Face Mask
Apply coconut oil to your face before hitting the hay, you’ll wake up with smooth, glowing skin! Coconut oil is a natural detox. Vitamins K & E protect skin from aging, help keep it hydrated, and reduce fine lines & dark spots.
8. Coconut Oil Use: Exfoliating & Smoothing Body Scrub
Mix equal parts coconut oil & sugar and apply to your body in the shower. The sugar and coconut oil work together to soften & buff away dead skin!
9. Coconut Oil Use: Reduce Spider Veins
Apply coconut oil daily to spider veins & watch as their appearance is drastically reduced. The tiny molecules in coconut oil are able to penetrate deep into tissue and heal broken capillaries.
10. Coconut Oil Use: Cure Acne
Apply coconut oil to skin at night to help reduce acne breakouts. The lauric & capric acid penetrates skin, killing acne causing bacteria. Use coconut oil as an acne spot treatment too; it’s anti-microbial properties will help shrink pesky pimples. Vitamins K & E also help prevent and reduce scaring & skin damage due to acne!