Coconut oil is great for cooking, but it may be even better as a beauty product! Many of the natural beauty products in stores these days feature coconut oil as a main ingredient—and for good reason! It’s naturally antibacterial, an excellent moisturizer for both hair and skin, and of course, and it smells wonderful too! :-) But instead of shelling out the cash for those expensive natural beauty products, it’s much cheaper to learn how to use coconut oil in your beauty routine at home!
In fact, there are so many amazing ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine that it would take me days to list them all here! So instead, I decided that I would put together a list of the very best coconut oil beauty hacks, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post! Below you’ll find 11 ways you can use coconut oil to look and feel your very best!
11 Of The Best Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks
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1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling with coconut oil is an easy way to get cleaner, whiter teeth! Just put a tablespoon of solid coconut oil in your mouth, wait for it to melt, then swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Spit the oil out, then rinse and brush your teeth.
Swishing the oil around creates friction that gently scrubs plaque and stains off your teeth. For more information about oil pulling, check out my post on the topic at the link below.
Related: Oil Pulling For A Healthier Mouth
2. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is such an effective makeup remover, it even makes waterproof makeup melt right off! Just put some coconut oil on a cotton ball or pad and sweep it over your eyes to remove makeup. Then follow up by washing your face as usual.
Coconut oil effectively remove makeup while being gentle on your delicate skin. It’s also hydrating too! If you want to go the extra mile, check out the link below to learn how to make a natural makeup remover solution that also contains coconut oil.
3. Moisturizing Body Scrub
Why waste your money on store-bought body scrubs when you can whip one up at home in seconds? Just mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 1 cup of sugar or coarse salt, and stir well. If you want, you can also add 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
Use your homemade coconut oil body scrub once or twice per week to keep your skin super smooth and moisturized! Get more details at the link below.
4. Shaving Cream
Out of shaving cream? You can use coconut oil instead! Just rub some coconut oil between your hands to melt it a bit, then spread it over your skin and shave as usual.
While you can use coconut oil alone as a shaving cream, combining it with other moisturizing ingredients can make it even better! Check out the link below to learn how to make your own luxurious skin-nourishing shaving cream.
5. Treatment For Rough Heels
Has winter dryness left you with rough, cracked skin on your heels? Use coconut oil to help heal and soften heels overnight! Just slather it onto your feet before bed, then pull on a pair of socks. In the morning, your skin will be much softer and smoother.
For the same heel-softening benefits of coconut oil, plus the benefits of more restful sleep, check out the link below! I’ll show you how to make my favorite homemade Sleep Salve.
6. Cuticle Oil
Treat dry, flaky, or peeling cuticles by rubbing coconut oil over them. It will help moisturize the skin around your fingernails and help protect your manicure at the same time.
7. Under-Eye Cream
Eye creams are often among the most expensive beauty items you can buy. Why waste all that money when you can use coconut oil instead? Spread a small amount over the delicate skin under your eyes to minimize dark circles and fine lines.
Or better yet, check out the link below to learn about my multi-purpose “beauty mash” containing coconut oil!
8. Hydrating Face Mask
Whip up a quick and easy face mask that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and rejuvenated! In a small bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and the flesh of half an avocado. Apply the mixture to your face and let sit for 45 minutes. Afterward, rinse thoroughly with warm water.
9. Skin Brightener
Use coconut oil to help lighten age spots and other areas of discoloration on your skin. In a small bowl, mix the juice of one lemon with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub the mixture onto affected areas to naturally brighten and moisturize your skin.
10. Face Highlighter
After applying your makeup, apply a tiny dab of coconut oil to the tops of your cheekbones. It acts as a highlighter that will give you a perfect dewy glow!
11. Beauty Supplement
Work coconut oil into your diet to reap various health benefits, including boosts to your immunity and your energy levels! Coconut oil is packed with lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can protect against harmful pathogens and increase levels of good cholesterol.
You can use coconut oil for cooking as an easy way to get more in your diet. Or mix a spoonful of it into your morning coffee, tea, smoothie, or hot cocoa! (There are also convenient coconut oil supplements you can take, if that’s more your style!)
Do you use coconut oil as part of your beauty regimen?