I’m constantly raving about all the ways you can use coconut oil in your beauty regimen, so it’s about time I gave y’all a run down of all the ways I incorporate it. I’m certain there are many more ways to use coconut oil than I list here, so if you have more to offer, please leave them in the comments! I love learning new ways to use it!
Basic Coconut Oil Info:
Before we get into the uses, let’s talk a little bit about WHY coconut oil is so awesome. First, it occurs naturally and is made directly from the “meat” of a coconut. It contains medium chain fatty acids which are healthy fatty acids easily broken down by the body in digestion. The active ingredient making coconut oil great for skin and hair is called lauric acid. Lauric acid is good stuff, and breast milk is the only other place where such high concentrations of lauric acid is found.
Lauric acid converts to monolaurin which is why coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, and antifungal properties. This makes it great for use on cuts, scrapes, diaper rash, athletes foot, nail fungus, dandruff, ringworms, eczema, etc. In addition, for skincare purposes, coconut oil functions as an antioxidant which combats premature aging. (Skin naturally oxidizes the fats in skin cells, which is how it ages, and coconut oil fatty acids work to replace those fats.) Basically, the natural fatty acids in coconut oil are like food for your skin.
It comes in a solid form, so you do have to go through a few extra minutes to get it to liquefy. To do that, just place the jar in a sink full of hot water, and within minutes it’s liquefied. Once it cools again, it will return to its solidified state.
Now that you know some cool facts about coconut oil, let’s talk about the stuff you came here for….beauty!
1. SCALP & HAIR MASK
Because coconut oil is antifungal and dandruff is generally due to a fungus, the hair and scalp mask is fabulous! It’s also great for deep conditioning hair, leaving it smooth, soft and silky! Here’s how you do it:
- Place your jar of coconut oil in a sink full of warm water to liquefy it.
- Take a small amount of the oil and massage it into your scalp and hair.
- Pin your hair up for 30 minutes (you can let it stay on longer, even overnight, but it’s oil so it will stain sheets and pillowcases, so prepare accordingly)
- Shampoo out as normal.
2. BATH OIL ADDITIVE
Since coconut oil increases the lipid content in your skin, it’s a great addition to your bubble bath. I usually put about 1/4 cup of coconut oil in my night time bubble bath. It doesn’t leave your skin oily or greasy, either!
3. HOT OIL FACIAL TREATMENT
This is probably one of my favorite at-home facial things to do. Friends with oily skin, don’t worry!! It’s perfectly okay to put coconut oil on your face. “Like attracts like” so certain kinds of oils are actually good for oily skin to help rid the skin of bad oil and aid in balancing natural production of oil. So, here’s how you do it:
- Place jar in a sink full of warm water to liquefy.
- Remove makeup and wash your face as you normally would.
- Coat your face in coconut oil.
- Using a washcloth, wet it with the hottest water you can stand.
- Drape the washcloth over your face to steam until it cools.
- Repeat the previous step anywhere from 4-10 times.
- Use the cloth to wipe your face clean.
This will deep clean your pores as well, and any residual makeup you missed in your regular cleansing will come off onto your washcloth.
4. EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
I make my own eye makeup remover using coconut oil and Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo with filtered water. You can find the full tutorial here.
5. BODY MOISTURIZER
When I have really dry skin in the winter, I put coconut oil on my entire body as a moisturizer. It’s great and seems to absorb fairly quickly. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to leave my skin oily or greasy as you might expect. I have friends who use it on their babies as a moisturizer, for diaper rash, and to treat eczema.
6. SHAVING CREAM
Because coconut oil is a natural moisturizer, it makes for a great shaving cream for women and men alike. It leaves a nice smooth finish post shave, conditions your hair follicles, and moisturizes your skin simultaneously!
7. SUNBURN HEALER
Coconut oil is a great way to feed sunburned skin to aid in the healing process. (Of course, you should always wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher!) You can put the oil directly onto sunburned skin or you can do this:
- Wet a washcloth with Apple Cider Vinegar and rub lightly on the sunburn to help with stinging. (This part is a God-send.)
- Follow up with coconut oil.
Easy, right!? I’ve noticed a drastic difference in healing sunburns using this process!
8. ANTISEPTIC/ANTIBACTERIAL FOR CUTS AND SCRAPES & ANTIFUNGAL FOR NAIL FUNGUS
Just apply coconut oil directly onto the cut, scrape, or nail at issue. The monolaurin contained in the lauric acid disrupts the lipid membranes of bacteria, viruses, and fungus thereby helping to destroy them.
I know there are thousands of other ways to use coconut oil. But I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about coconut oil and how I have learned to incorporate it into my beauty regimen.
Please let me know if you try any of these and how it worked out for you. If you’re on social media, tag me in your pics when you do one of these!
Stay Glittery, Beauties!