Coconut oil boasts a plethora of nourishing properties and health benefits, gentle taste and alluring smell. In this article we present you some of the uses of one of the best natural things – coconut oil in cosmetics and body care.
- Best Skin Moisturizer
Coconut oil is the best natural moisturizers.We are talking about the most common use of coconut oil. It makes your skin soft and shiny. It reduces scarring and stretch marks and rejuvenates the skin. At first it tends to have a greasier consistency, but it quickly absorbs into the skin.
Coconut oil can be used for the face because it makes your skin less oily by pulling out the dirt and unclogging the pores. Start with a small quantity and apply around your eyes and face.
- Great for Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a way to cleanse the mouth of harmful, inflammation-causing bacteria and toxins.
- You just need to take about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil when you wake up in the morning and before you eat anything;
- Swish around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes;
- Spit out the oil, don’t swallow it, because it it’s full of bacteria;
- Brush your teeth ( you can use coconut oil as a toothpaste).
- Efficient Hair Treatment
Coconut oil can be used as a pre-wash or post-wash treatment. It has been found to reduce the protein-loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. Since hair is mostly made of protein, supplying enough protein is essential for healthy locks.
The experiments from a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that mineral oil and sunflower oil had no effect at all on the protein-loss, while coconut oil made a significant difference.
It’s best to add some coconut oil as a pre-wash, as you can avoid the greasy effect:
- Take ½ tablespoon of coconut oil (the amount also depends on the length and volume of your hair).
- Apply the oil, starting from the roots and make your way down to the ends.
- Leave the oil on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse your hair well and wash as normal.
- Frizzy Hair Care
Dry, curly hair tend to lift when you brush them, so you just need to put a little bit of coconut oil on your fingers and run them through your hair to prevent the frizz. Do not use too much coconut oil, as it will make the hair greasy.
- Your Leg Shaving Companion
Instead of using expensive shaving creams, you can use coconut oil for shaving your legs.You just need to apply a little bit of coconut oil on your legs before you start. It leaves the skin moisturized, making the legs smooth and silky.You can also use it as a post-shaving treatment to calm down the skin.
- Natural Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus
Coconut oil works its magic by targeting the fungal membrane. The fatty acids insert themselves into the membrane and disturb its function, which eventually leads to cell disintegration.
- You just need to take a bit of coconut oil and rub it onto the affected area. A tiny layer of oil will suffice.
- Let it absorb and dry.
If you have more than one nail that needs treating, wash your hands before applying the oil to the next toe, or wear gloves, and repeat two to three times daily.It’s very important to be patient so don’t skip a session.
Note:Virgin coconut oil contains vitamins, antioxidants and minerals which are beneficial to skin and hair care products, whereas fractionated coconut oil does not contain all of the same nutrients.
- 7. Easy Eye Makeup Remover
You jus need to spread coconut oil with your fingers all over your face and neck and leave it on for a few seconds to allow the makeup to dissolve and then wash.
- 8. Great for Nail Management
Coconut oil is very good for gentle nail massage and can help you tame the rough cuticles. It is great fungal prevention. Simply apply a bit of oil on your finger and toe nails and massage as often as you wish.
- 9. A Soothing Treatment for Rashes and Burns
Coconut oil is the perfect thing to soothe rashes and burns naturally. Mix coconut oil with tea tree essential oil. Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.Combine 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a little bit of coconut oil and message gently over the rash.
- 10. Preferable Carrier Oil
We all get stressed and need a way to relax. Many essential oils need to be diluted, and coconut oil works great as a carrier oil. You can use fractionated coconut oil, which has some of the long fatty acids removed and unlike the cold-pressed oil, which solidifies when temperatures drop, stays liquid.
Just mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of your preferred essential oil and enjoy the multiple benefits.
Note: The best option is to use unrefined, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil.
Don’t forget you can extend the use of coconut oil into your bedroom and use it as a massage lotion or a lubricant because coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for vaginal dryness.
Now, when you explore all the benefits and aromas of coconut oil, you’re bound spending more time in your bathroom . So, we suggest you to warn anyone you might be sharing your bathroom with or better ask them to join in your coconut love affair.