So it’s a fact that’s pretty solidly cemented into our minds by now: Coconut Oil is a wonderful natural ingredient, and it also happens to be one of the most versatile oils out there!
You’ve probably read more than your fair share of articles about all the ingenious uses of coconut oil, but we’re betting that there are still a few that’ll surprise you.
Even More, Reasons Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil As Part of Your Daily Routine! So here’s a handy little list of all the great things coconut oil can be used for. Check it out…
14 Surprising Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Hair Mask
Coconut oil is great for when you want to give your tresses a little TLC. Whether you choose to use it on its own, or mix it with some raw honey, applying it to your hair as a mask will leave your locks feeling soft, smooth, and frizz-free.
2. Body Scrub
We’ve got a great recipe for coconut and rose sugar body scrub, and we’re betting that your body will thank you for trying it out! Go for the glow and give your lackluster skin the boost it wants and needs.
3. Face Mask
If your face looks a little dull, it might well be time to whip up a good old DIY face mask. All you need is a little coconut oil and some raw honey. By applying the mixture to your face and leaving it on for 20 minutes to work its magic, you’ll boost your skin’s hydration levels and clear away any surface bacteria.
4. Bath Soak
Adding a scoop or two of coconut oil to your bath water can help combat dry skin. You can also try adding some good old Epsom salts to give your muscles a soothing soak, or make it even more rejuvenating by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the tub!
5. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is a great weapon to use when you’re battling with removing heavy makeup. All you need to do is to rub some coconut oil onto the area you’re targeting and then wipe it off with some cotton wool.
6. Shaving Cream
Not keen on using commercial shaving creams? No worries, because coconut oil can do an even better job while also nourishing your skin! If you’re aiming to get a really close shave and give your skin a hydration boost, just apply some coconut oil to your skin before shaving. This works exceptionally well for those of us with sensitive skin. Hello, gorgeous legs!
7. Acne Control
Coconut oil can help cut down on the redness and pain that comes with acne-related inflammation. By applying a thin layer of coconut oil to your face after cleansing, you’ll be moisturizing your skin while also eliminating any bacteria that might be present on the surface of the skin.
A great way to soften those cracked heels and get rid of unsightly calluses is to use coconut oil every night before bed. It’ll help deodorize your feet as well since it has antibacterial properties, and the fact that you’ll wake up with softer and smoother feet is an added bonus!
9. Polish That Silverware
Applying a thin layer of coconut oil to silverware items around the house can help you restore their shine. You can even remove rust and rust-stains if you give your silver a good polish using some coconut oil. All you need is a little patience, determination, and (of course) coconut oil; and your silver will be shining in no time!
10. Zipper Un-Sticker
Stuck zippers are frustrating, and just plain useless unless of course, you treat them with coconut oil. Coating stubborn zippers with a thin layer of coconut oil will help lubricate them and get them working again.
11. Hairball Banisher
We love the furry friends that most of us have as companions in our homes (yes, the cats and dogs), but what we don’t love as much as the hair they shed. Black dress plus white cat hairs? Bad combination. One way to cut down on those hairballs is to use coconut oil on your pet’s fur, which will help moisturize their skin and prevent excessive shedding.
12. D.I.Y Nut Butter
Got fresh nuts? Good, all you need now is some coconut oil and a blender, and you’re all set to make your own, healthy nut butter. We love the idea of making our own nut butter, the fact that it’s homemade cuts out the need to buy commercial products which contain all sorts of added flavorings and preservatives!
13. Flu Buster
By consuming coconut oil on a daily basis, you may help boost your white blood cell count, which can help prevent or fight common colds and the flu.
14. Lice Destroyer
There are some folks that believe coconut oil is, and always will be, a natural remedy to get rid of lice quickly. You can try it for yourself by giving your hair a rinse down with some apple cider vinegar and then allowing it to air dry. Once it’s completely dry, apply coconut oil to the lengths of your hair as well as your scalp. Leave it on for at least 12 hours (you can stretch it out to 24 hours if you’d like), and then rinse thoroughly.
With 8 great beauty uses and 6 uses for around the home, it’s clear to see why coconut oil is the queen of oils. It offers us so many possibilities, and the best part about it is that it’s affordable and easy to use. We hope that this post has inspired you to start using coconut oil as part of your beauty routine and around the house, if you haven’t done so yet!
Author Bio: Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical-free and her diet as unprocessed as possible. You can find her work at Gold Mountain Beauty where she is responsible for the blog.