Until a few decades ago, very few people knew about the benefits of using coconut oil. But today, it is easily found, even in supermarkets.
Have you bought some and are not sure how to use it? You don’t know whether to eat it, drink it… or maybe even take a bath with it?
Do not panic! We’ve prepared a handy guide to all the beauty uses of coconut oil for you.
Like that, you will be able to pamper your skin and your hair with coconut oil, and from tonight! Watch the easy guide:
Which coconut oil to choose to get proper benefits?
Before buying your coconut oil, take a good look at the label! Use only cold-pressed coconut oil.
This is because avoid refined or heat-extracted oils, as these processes inhibit the antioxidant and healing properties of coconut oil.
For your homemade beauty treatments, we recommend that you use virgin and certified organic coconut oil. I recommend this one that I use daily for my beauty treatments:
Advantage of coconut oil for hair
Nothing worse than dry, damaged hair, with unruly frizz. But know that coconut oil works wonders because it contains fatty acids that soften the hair.
The best way to apply it is to melt a dab of coconut oil in the palm of your hand – convenient because you also moisturize your hands at the same time.
Part your hair into wide strands and apply coconut oil all the way down the hair, one strand at a time, starting from the roots to the ends. To fully penetrate the oil, run a comb through your hair.
Wrap your hair in a towel and let it sit for at least 15 min, then wash it with a mild shampoo.
For the more patient, you can also put your hair in a bun and leave the mask on overnight, and shampoo in the morning. Indeed, the longer you let the mask act, the softer and smoother your hair will be!
Often, dandruff is the result of an overly dry scalp.
Fortunately, you can easily get rid of dandruff by moisturizing your scalp with a coconut oil treatment.
Every evening, apply a little coconut oil to the hairline and gently massage the scalp.
Leave on for a few minutes, then wash your scalp with shampoo. Most importantly, coconut oil also promotes hair growth!
It is one of the most well-known beauty uses of coconut oil because it contains natural oils that wick water away and prevent frizz from appearing.
To make the hair shinier, smooth a small amount of coconut oil over the split ends and damage.
And to easily detangle your hair with your fingers, just apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the surface of the hair.
Remember that a small amount of coconut oil is more than enough, as it is particularly hydrating.
Benefits of coconut oil for Skincare
Thanks to its lubricating properties, coconut oil is an excellent shaving balm.
Fortunately, because you should know that commercial shaving foams are full of chemicals!
And believe me, you really don’t need chemicals to shave your legs or armpits!
Fortunately, the coconut oil alternative is here! It is inexpensive, it naturally eliminates microbes and also, it leaves a pleasant scent. You will see, it smells very nice.
And thanks to its soothing properties for the skin, your legs will be perfectly hydrated (but without leaving the skin oily)!
If coconut oil is THE ideal remedy for relieving chapped lips, it’s because it keeps in a semi-solid state at room temperature.
And it is so easy! Put a little oil in a mini glass jar, and you’re done. All we have to do is apply this natural balm to our lips throughout the day.
Coconut oil can be used on its own as a moisturizer. But I also advise you to use it as a night cream, on cleansed skin.
Just mix a little coconut oil with your regular moisturizer. The fatty acids in the oil will strengthen the natural barrier of the skin, the hydrolipidic film.
This night cream prevents dry skin from drying out. Plus, the antioxidants in coconut oil are great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Eye makeup remover
Coconut oil is an excellent natural makeup remover. Yes, know that it works perfectly even on waterproof mascara!
Put a small dab of coconut oil on a piece of cotton. Pass the cotton gently over the area of the face to be removed, not forgetting the area under the eyes.
Finish using your usual facial cleanser.
Coconut oil is particularly effective because it instantly dissolves all makeup.
With a big advantage compared to commercial makeup removers: your skin is not only clear and clean but also perfectly hydrated, even the delicate area around the eyes!
Highlighter (illuminator) of complexion
Nothing like a small discreet touch of illuminator on the top of the cheekbones to reduce signs of fatigue on the face.
To brighten the face and brighten the eyes, just apply a small amount of coconut oil over your makeup.
Dab coconut oil on the inner corner of the eye and the top of the cheekbones to bring more radiance and relief to your face.
To make this body scrub, nothing could be simpler. Heat 100 g of coconut oil over very low heat, and remove from the heat.
Add 180 g of brown sugar then a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Note: for a scrub that stimulates the muscles and detoxifies the body, you can replace the sugar with coffee grounds.
Here is a homemade mask for your face that you will love! Just mix 1 tbsp. of honey and 1 tbsp. of coconut oil.
Then apply on the face and neck (clean and dry) and leave on for 15 to 20 min. Rinse off with a warm washcloth.
To make your homemade anti-aging cream, mix together 100g of coconut oil, 220g of shea butter and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Other advantages of coconut oil
Be aware that coconut oil has many other benefits for the skin. For example, you can use it to heal and heal a wound faster, relieve burns and sunburns, or even hydrate very dry skin.
Coconut oil also has powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
To eliminate bacteria from the mouth and dental plaque, make a mouthwash with coconut oil (about 1 tbsp.), for 20 min.
If this treatment seems surprising to you, know that it is based on an Ayurvedic method used for centuries and with proven effectiveness: the gandouch.
Thanks to this treatment, you will have fresher breath, whiter teeth and healthier gums.
But that’s not all! According to this scientific study, mouthwashes with coconut oil can also prevent the onset of cavities.
Have you tried any of these uses of coconut oil for your beauty treatments? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!