Coconut oil is one of nature’s most precious products. This amazing oil gotten from the coconut plant is so versatile and can be used for many purposes ranging from cooking to beauty. In fact, there is barely anything on the human body that this super oil cannot be of benefit to.
Coconut oil contains vitamins such as vitamins D, E, and K and is useful for caring for the skin, face, and hair in super amazing ways. That is why we refer to it as an all in all solution to beauty problems. Coconut oil has a long shelf life and is safe to use by everyone despite their age.
We are going to discuss the beauty uses of coconut oil speaking specifically about the skin, hair, and face.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair
Coconut oil is one of the best options in getting w natural deep conditioner for the hair. There is nothing as amazing as covering up the hair after applying the thick coat of coconut oil and leaving it overnight under a shower cap for it to penetrate deep into the dry hair and washing it off in the morning. This gives the damaged hair a new and improved look.
The application of coconut oil to the scalp as a conditioner or treatment is second to none. When this is applied directly to the roots of the hair, it calms itching and improves hair growth. Coconut oil is also very beneficial for frizzy hair caused by high humidity which is usually uncontrollable or caused by split hair ends. Applying coconut oil to fizzed hair helps put it back in great shape.
Dandruff is one of the major problems of full and thick hair. It also leads to a dry scalp, therefore, the addition of moisture to the scalp and roots of the hair might just be what the hair needs to minimize dandruff and maximize hair growth. And what other natural moisturizers could there be other than coconut oil.
If you need a great and inexpensive natural shaving cream, a combination of coconut oil and Shea butter is all you need. Mix these two natural products and apply them on the area to be shaved and notice how you get a closer shave that leaves the area smooth instead of dried out. Just as we speak about the hair on the head, the hair on our eyes which we call the eyelashes also needs care and attention. Coconut oil can be used as an eyelash growth serum for smoother and long-lasting lashes due to the presence of the many fatty acids in coconut oil.
When going out to places like the beach or areas of high humidity levels, it is important to find ways to protect the fragile ends of the hair from either the weather or chemical elements. This can be done by applying coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin
Coconut oil is a good body moisturizer especially for parts of the body where oil glands are more concentrated. This is because it is very rich in vitamin E and contains some fatty acids which block the skin from releasing more natural oils while adding beneficial moisture to dry skin. It also absorbs quickly and the best part of it is that it has a nice fragrance. So it is like a two-way accomplishment. It moisturizes your skin making it glow and fresh all day long and at the same time provides amazing fragrance to it.
If you are in search of a natural, moisturizing exfoliant, coconut oil with a combination of brown sugar in equal amounts is just what you’re looking for. Apart from using as a body scrub as an exfoliant, applying coconut oil all over the body increases the metabolism of the lipid layer and hydrates it with the omega 3 fatty acids present therein.
Coconut oil can be heated up a bit and a few drops of essential oil like lavender to produce an incredible body massage mix. It also works well for itch relief from burns, bug bites, and bruises it also protects against Mosquito bite and provides a solution for sunburn. It has been confirmed and proven that mixing coconut oil with a bit of oatmeal proffers an instant solution to itchy bug bites and sore sunburns. It even has some antibacterial effects.
Coconut oil is also a great idea for body oil compared to the expensive and harmful based chemical oils being sold out there. Coconut oil contains a natural SPF 4 which makes it a good body oil. With the addition of coconut oil and some other natural substances such as arrowroot powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and any scented oil of choice, natural deodorant for use at home could be made available.
Eczema is always a sore sight to behold on the skin and body. The beautiful thing is that virgin coconut oil has been proven to provide relief from this skin disease and soothe the skin better than mineral oil. Coconut oil also reduces inflammation of the affected areas and reduces itching after it has been applied. The same antifungal and antibacterial properties mentioned earlier also makes coconut oil a good wound salve for minor scrapes and cuts.
Chest congestion, sinus headaches, and stuffy nose could all be taken care of by producing your natural balm with coconut oil. All you need to do is combine some amounts of coconut oil usually two tablespoons with five drops of Eucalyptus oil and 3 drops of peppermint oil, stir all together, and apply a bit on the affected or congested area.
While there are no chemical or natural products that are known to remove stretch marks instantly, regular usage of coconut oil by both pregnant women or anyone else who gas either stretch marks or scars on the skin to prevent dark spots and blisters from appearing. Coconut oil can also be applied at the base of the nails as an oil for the cuticles especially when they get dry to solve the problem of skin peeling. It also ensures that nail and finger treatments or manicures stay on for long. Finally, using coconut oil as a foot cream to take care of dry cracked heels is a great and effective idea as well.
Coconut Oil Benefits for the Face
The omega 3 constituents of coconut oil make it a good lubricant capable of removing even the tiniest make up particles. Even the toughest of waterproof makeup cannot stand the powerful effects of coconut oil as a makeup cleanser. Just ensure to use a gentle cleanser to wipe the face after removing the makeup with coconut oil to reduce acne breakout especially on very oily skin.
Just as it has been mentioned earlier that coconut oil is a great choice for a body moisturizer, it is also great as a face moisturizer. It also works effectively as a facial primer to soften the skin before applying makeup to give a vibrant, glowing look after the foundation is applied.
For Cold Sore treatments, to help in reducing the pain and itching of a cold sore, apply coconut oil to the affected area. It stops the virus causing the cold sore from multiplying on the lips and reduces the cold sores. This leads us to use coconut oil as a lip balm or a lip gloss. Or even as a lip scrub all of which are very good in protecting the lips and providing moisture to the lips as well.
Coconut oil mixed with baking soda make a very good toothpaste and is very effective for whitening the teeth. Using coconut oil alone in the mouth by swirling for about 15 minutes removes bacteria that cause infections and mouth odor, clearing up germs in the mouth. This gives fresh breathe whiter teeth and healthier gums.