5 Amazing Coconut Oil Uses That Benefit Skin and Hair
When you think about the health benefits of coconut oil, we're going to guess that the last thing that comes to mind is lathering the edible plant grease all over your face. Or your arms. Or your hair. But a growing body of research, countless experts, and an army of natural-beauty devotees swear by the stuff for just about everything.
Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It's naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells like cookies.
Coconut oil makes for one of the best self-care products for its multi-use. Here are five amazing coconut oil uses that benefit skin and hair.
Remove Eye Makeup
Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you're done, wash your face as usual.
Soothe Dry Hands
This won't work for dry digits when you're on the go, but at home, coconut oil for skin can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands. You can get a jar at your local grocery store, or try this organic coconut oil by Conscious Coconut ($16.50). Keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil by the kitchen sink and put a little on after washing your hands to keep them soft and moist.
Nourish Cracked Cuticles
Massaging coconut oil into your cuticles and the skin around your nails can bring some much-needed moisture to an oft-overlooked part of the body. The benefit? You'll fend off cracked skin, prevent hang nails, and have healthier looking nail beds.
Hydrating Night Cream
Keep your skin hydrating and repairing itself while you sleep by applying coconut oil gently on your face. If you're prone to acne or have very oily skin, try adding a few drops to your normal moisturizer instead to amp up hydration without adding too much extra oil.
Create A Luscious Body Scrub
Here's a little DIY self-care idea and secret: That store-bought body scrub you save for special occasions? It's a waste of money. That's because you can make one yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. We love to do this for an ultimate self-care staycation! It's wonderfully moisturizing, great for the skin, inexpensive, and blissfully absent of chemicals you can't pronounce.
To make your own, melt ½ c of coconut oil at a very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oil or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you'll want to eat it.