7 Coconut Oil Hacks To Help Beautify You From The Inside Out
If coconut oil isn’t already part of your daily grooming routine, it should be: this antibacterial, antiviral superfood can be used from your head to your toes!
In addition to offering dozens of health benefits, the sweet-smelling stuff may become your new best friend when it comes to being your most gorgeous self. This exotic oil has the ability to moisturize, heal, and repair better than many of the store bought products that are overpriced and packed with fillers. If all-natural beauty is your thing, check out these 7 coconut oil hacks that can help beautify you from the inside out.
Note: when using new products, it’s always safest to first try a small amount on your inner forearm in the event of a reaction.
1. Eye Makeup Remover Melt some of this multi-tasking oil in your palms and dab it onto your eyelids with a cotton ball or your fingertips. Gently wipe it off with a warm washcloth, and your mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow will come off with it! In addition to removing makeup, coconut oil conditions eyebrows and eyelashes and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eye.
2. Intense Moisturizer
If you’re prone getting chapped skin on your hands, elbows, or anywhere else, consider using this nourishing oil to soothe dry spots. You can even use it on your face, but since it’s heavy, test it out on a small patch of skin to avoid breaking out or getting too oily.
3. Hair Oil
Coconut oil can help smooth away frizz and treat dry ends. Simply rub a pea-sized amount between your palms until it’s melted and apply to your hair - just make sure to use a light hand so your head doesn’t get greasy. This little trick will leave your hair shiny and smelling like vacation!
4. Body Scrub
Mix one part of this tropical oil with two parts sugar, salt, or coffee grounds for an easy, homemade body scrub that exfoliates and softens skin. If you really want to get fancy, add spices and essential oils for scent. This recipe for whipped gingerbread sugar scrub smells so scrumptious, you’ll want to eat it. Just know that the tub may get slippery after using it, so be careful when getting out!
5. Lip Balm
Dab a bit of the stuff onto your lips for a delicious treatment that will soften cracked lips. The oil leaves a sheen that wears off once it absorbs into your skin, but that just means it’s working its moisturizing magic. You can even keep a small tub of it in your purse to reapply as often as you’d like!
6. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling may seem like a strange concept, but those who have tried it swear by it. This Indian folk remedy dates back thousands of years and involves swishing sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil around in the mouth for 15-20 minutes before spitting it out. Mellow-tasting coconut oil is popularly used in this practice, which is supposed to “pull” toxins from the body. This simple treatment can aid in reducing cavities, tooth decay, and illness-causing germs. It can also help whiten teeth, boost energy, and detox the body. Talk about multi-tasking!
7. Eating it
You may want to consider adding more coconut oil into your diet! There are hundreds of ways to do this, but to name a few: blend a spoonful of it with hot coffee for a frothy, dairy-free latte, use it to roast vegetables in the oven, or add it to baked goods in place of butter. In addition to a host of health benefits, eating coconut oil can help your skin, hair, and nails become clearer, shinier, and stronger! Heck, you may even want to eat it straight from the jar!
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