8 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a go-to beauty product. It’s all-natural, moisturizing, and gentle on the skin. Plus, it has healing properties and smells amazing!

We searched for affordable and straightforward ways to switch up everyday products and found you can frequently opt for extra virgin coconut oil instead of what you’re currently using.

Here are some of the most common uses for coconut oil that are so amazing and simple – we definitely recommend you try them out!

Moisturizer

Most drug store moisturizers contain a lot of water, meaning that when you put them on, your skin feels very plump and moisturized. After a couple of minutes, however, the water evaporates, leaving you with some dry patches of skin. Coconut oil makes for a fantastic moisturizer. It’s easily absorbed and locks in moisture longer, so you can feel like a soft and smooth goddess all day!

Removes waterproof makeup

If you love using waterproof mascara and eyeliner, coconut oil is your friend. Most eye makeup removers can be very harsh around our sensitive eye area, not to mention the constant rubbing with a cotton ball every night can cause wrinkles.

To avoid all that unnecessary irritation and possible future wrinkles, take a dab of coconut oil and melt it in your fingers. Gently rub your eyes and massage the makeup away. You will end up looking like a moisturized panda, but that’s okay! Next, take a cotton ball and gently wipe off the excess oil. Your makeup will come right off.

Gentle exfoliator

If you’re not a fan of the store-bought exfoliators that tend to be harsh and full of unknown ingredients, coconut oil is a great way to gently and naturally exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells.

Take a little bit of coconut oil and massage your face and neck very well, then take a very soft and wet washcloth and rub your face gently in small circles.

Hair mask and conditioner

If you have dry hair or sun-damaged hair, coconut oil can be used to condition your hair before or during a shower. It helps moisturize and smooth your hair while getting rid of flyaways when it’s dry. It also infuses your strands with extra protein.

Treats acne scars

Coconut oil is a great way to treat acne scars because of its antibacterial properties. You can rub it on your face as an overall moisturizer or dab some on targeted areas after washing your face.

Heals cuts and razor burns

Let’s not forget about our bikini area! It’s always the last place we think about moisturizing and exfoliating even though it can be where it’s needed most. Coconut oil is a great way to treat any razor cuts and burns after shaving. It adds an extra antibacterial bonus as well as moisture. Don’t forget to exfoliate before shaving for better, long-lasting results.

Fights dandruff

Dandruff can be a big issue, especially during wintertime. Our skin tends to get dry and flaky, and dandruff is a very embarrassing result. Luckily, coconut oil is a great way to get rid of dandruff. Massage your scalp with coconut oil before you take a shower and continue this process until your dandruff clears up.

Illuminating primer

We talked about how good coconut oil is as a face moisturizer. As a bonus, use it as a moisturizer/primer before your makeup. A little bit goes a long way and will give you a smooth and glowy finish!

Keep this up, and you will end up switching out many of your beauty products for one trusty jar of coconut oil.

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