By now you’ve heard how good coconut oil for you. It smells delicious and is very affordable.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturizing, and according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, therefore many women swear by its many uses for their body, hair, and nails.
You can purchase coconut oil that hardens at room temperature or fractionated coconut oil is that stays in liquid form.
Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is popular as a carrier oil in skincare recipes using essential oils because it can easily be put in a roller bottle.
Also, the great thing about coconut oil is that it will last a long time without worry about it going rancid. Store your coconut oil in a container with a tight lid and store under the counter.
Keep reading to learn how you can use coconut oil to save money and time by hacking your beauty routine.
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1. Use Coconut Oil As A Moisturizer
While there are a lot of different DIY products you can make by using coconut oil as an ingredient, you don’t necessarily need some fancy balm or concoction just to get good use out of it.
All you really need to do is keep a container of it in your bathroom then use a little bit in the palm of your hand whenever you need some moisturizer.
It is a great option for ashy elbows, and dry ankles, or to moisturize any part of your skin when you’re in a pinch.
Coconut oil is safe to use on burns, cuts, and crapes, as long as you don’t have an allergic reaction to it.
This means while other lotions that are scented or have harsh ingredients that may burn your skin, you can use coconut oil to moisturize without making matters worse.
2. Use Coconut Oil For Shaving
If you have trouble getting your regular shaving cream to work on your skin, or it leaves behind dry and bumpy skin afterward, then coconut oil just might be the right answer.
By keeping a tub of coconut oil in the bathroom, you have easy access to it when you need to shave.
You can use it in its solid form by rubbing a small amount on your face, legs, or other areas that need to be shaved, and just using your favorite razor.
This not only gives you a slick and smooth surface for shaving but the oil leaves behind soft skin afterward that is moisturized.
3. Mix Coconut Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil To Rid Cellulite
I’ve seen variations of DIY cellulite cream.
The 2 things in common in most of them is coconut oil and grapefruit essential oil.
Watch Dr. Axe’s short video to see how this simple recipe is made.
- 30 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (get it here)
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- Glass Jar with lid
Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Rub into cellulite-prone areas 5 minutes daily.
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4. Wash Your Face With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can also be a really good facial cleanser.
Since it is natural and moisturizing, it not only gets rid of dead skin cells from your face and works to remove makeup and other dirt on our face, but it will leave it well moisturized afterward.
You might even find that you don’t need another moisturizer after you have washed your face with it.
5. Soften Your Cuticles With Coconut Oil
Massage coconut oil into your cuticles regularly to strengthen cuticles and help with nail growth as it is very nourishing for weak and brittle nails.
DIY Nail Serum Recipes Here
6. Soothe Your Nose When You Have A Cold
You’ve got to know what I mean by this one! You know, you blow your nose so many times that it starts to get flaky and dry.
The next time you get a cold rub coconut oil on your nose to protect your skin from abrasive tissues and help prevent flaky, chapped skin.
Coconut oil is even safe for newborns and children so making it great for moisturizing little noses.
7. Use Coconut Oil In Your Bath
All you need to do is bring a jar of coconut oil into the bathtub with you.
When you get in the bath, before sitting down in the water, apply the coconut oil to your skin. Let it absorb until dry, then soak into the bath and it will keep working its magic.
After your bath, your skin will be soft and you don’t have to rinse off the coconut oil.
8. Exfoliate With A Coconut Oil Body Scrub
You can make your own body scrub with coconut oil and brown sugar to exfoliate dead skin cells on your face and body.
- Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil over low heat
- Add 1 cup brown sugar and mix well.
- Add your favorite essential oils and store them in a glass jar.
9. Relieve Insect Bites and Stings
Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve the pain or itch caused by insect bites or stings.
It may also decrease the risk of infection and swelling.
Rub a small amount onto the bite and cover it with a bandage.
Learn which essential oils repel bugs and what to use instead of DEET
10. Relieve Sunburns With Coconut Oil
Our go-to sunburn relief treatment is coconut oils and lavender essential oil.
I typically just mix it together in my hand (or you can mix it in a glass dish or jar) and apply it liberally to sunburned areas.
It’s amazing how soothing this is.
My girls got a little red a few times but when I applied this to their faces before bed the redness was gone by morning.
Learn more ways to use essential oils in your beauty routine
11. Remove Your Eye Makeup With Coconut Oil
Take either regular coconut oil or fractionated coconut oil on your finger and gently apply it to your eyes lids and lashes.
Some people like to use cotton balls to do this but I usually use my fingers. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.
Note: I wear contacts so I’m extra careful but it’s what I use to remove waterproof mascara.
12. Moisturize A New Tattoo With Coconut Oil
I don’t have tattoos but if you do then slather on a bit of coconut oil to help speed up the healing process.
Coconut oil has proteins that actually help to repair skin cells.
13. Clean Your Teeth And Gums With Coconut Oil Pulling
With oil pulling, you put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, then start swishing it around.
Focus on pushing it back and forth between your teeth with your tongue, which helps to clean between your teeth and around your gumline.
Obviously, oil pulling should not replace brushing and flossing your teeth, but it can be a great addition to normal oral health care.
14. Mend Split Ends With Coconut Oil
Many people use coconut oil to moisturize their hair or use it as a hair mask by leaving it in overnight and rinsing out the oil in the morning.
You can do this, but really just applying it to your ends is going to help with those pesky split ends.
- Towel dry your hair after you have washed it.
- Grab a small amount of coconut oil right from the jar, then work it through your hair, just applying to the middle through to the ends.
- Avoid applying it near your scalp as you already have natural oils there.
- Wrap your hair in a towel and then rinse it out in about 30-60 minutes.
Do this about once a week or so and your hair will thank you.
Read more ways to use coconut to nourish your hair here
Bonus 15. Smooth Your Feet With Coconut Oil
Slather on a bit of coconut oil on your toes and heels and put on comfy socks. Leave on a few hours before removing your socks.
We’ve found coconut oil very helpful for healing cracked heels. I always sleep in socks so I do this before bed and wake up with softer feet.
Add your favorite essential oil to the mix.
Lavender for relaxing or citrus for energizing.
Tea Tree is great if you are dealing with any type of fungus.
Coconut Oil Uses Are Endless
As you can see there are many ways you can use coconut oil in your beauty routine.
It’s inexpensive and nourishing without toxins and there are many brands to choose from.
You tell me, will you use coconut oil in your beauty routine?