Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Oil
I was of course skeptical at first and wanted to test out the uses for coconut oil for myself. I headed over to the health food store to make sure I was getting 100% organic oil with no chemical fillers. I left with a $10 tub of the stuff. It smells so good I immediately wanted to spoon it into my mouth. Best part is you can! Let’s get into the beauty benefits of coconut oil.
For the Skin
Coconut oil’s most obvious use is skin moisturizer. I slathered some on my body after a shower and honestly thought I was going to have to hop right back in to wash it off. To my surprise it absorbed very quickly. It left my skin glowing and soft.
It keeps my legs smoother, longer so I don’t have to shave as often. I use it on my face sometimes when it gets really dry. Just be carful not to use too much. Its not pretty. Besides smoothing dry patches, it will balance your skins natural oils so even if your skin is on the oily side, it’s still safe to use. It is also known for reducing sunspots and eye puffiness.
For Your Pits
I know, I know, how is putting oil on your pits going to ever work on a hot day? I heard that it could be used as a deodorant but really wasn’t convinced at all. I was not willing to take the chance of sweating and smelling all day, so naturally I tested it on my husband first.
He started getting a bad reaction to his deodorant a few months ago. It was burning his skin and leaving a rash. We spent so much money on many types of deodorant while trying to find a solution. In desperation, he agreed to give it a shot.
Ends up it’s not strong enough for his man scent but it totally worked for me. I offer free armpit smells to anyone who doesn’t believe me. It’s a hit at parties. There are many recipes online to make deodorant by adding baking soda to the oil which is more affective.
For Your Beauty Routine
It takes makeup off like a dream. Even the ever so stubborn eye lash murderer named waterproof mascara. It also relieves chapped lips with one application. Seriously, just try it. I put some in an old contact lens case and carry it around in my purse.
There are some fun recipes to make a lip stains or adding a little sugar to makes for a great lip exfoliant. I am a dedicated nail and cuticle bitter mostly because my hands are so dry. It makes a great cuticle cream and prevents me from picking at my fingers.
For Your Va-Jay-Jay
Yes, you can put it on, and in, your hoo-ha. It works as a great natural lubrication and as an added bonus it tastes good! It’s antibacterial and antiviral properties won’t mess with your natural flora down there.
To my surprise it can also be used topically for UTI’s and saturating a tampon in the stuff can help with yeast infections.
For Your Teeth
I have not tried this myself because I’m pretty convinced I will gag within minutes but Kelley does it regularly and loves it. So, what is this oil pulling craze? It is an ancient dental technique where you swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes.
This supposedly draws out toxins from your body, improves oral health and can whiten your teeth. Make sure not to swish too aggressively like you would mouth wash, your jaw will definitely get tired. Be sure to spit it in the garbage because it can solidify in your drain. It is also know to help with hangovers as well as sleep and skin issues.
For the Sun
*This is just my experience. I am not a health care professional. Keep in mind, it does not have complete SPF protection.*
It works as a natural shield to protect you from the sun and is great for everyday use on your face and body. I thought I was going to burn to a crisp going out on a hot day with shiny oil all over my body but I decided to try it anyway.
I was hosting a Memorial Day BBQ so, I was out in the sun for most of the day. To my surprise, I did not burn at all. It was 85 degrees and the uv index was 8 so I should have been a lobster. Remember, this is just my experience. My skin is not super sensitive and I’m Sicilian so I can take some sun.
For Your Locks
Coconut oil works miracles on dry hair and spilt ends. I have been rubbing a little into my ends and it really does help seal the cuticle. Even use it as a leave in conditioner but only in small amounts. You don’t want to look like a grease ball! Once a week, I use it as a deep conditioning mask. Coat your hair and leave it in for about 15 minutes before you hop in the shower.
For First Aid
It can be used topically to heal minor cuts, scrapes and burns as well as reducing the chance of scarring. Got a bug bite? Use it to stop itching, burning and inflammation. It also have anti-fungal properties.
Here are a few more great ways to use it that I haven’t tried yet:
- Helps sooth psoriasis or eczema
- Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds and eat it for an all-day energy boost
- Helps reduce appearance of varicose veins
- Naturally clears up cold sores
- Great for reducing stretch marks
- Anti-fungal cream
Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately as nature’s cure for everything. Besides smelling so amazing, it’s great for health and beauty. I love it for travel because it’s so versatile and can be used for a multitude of things. This is what I use but there are many brands out there. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do immediately.