There is no limit to what you can do with coconut oil. It is so versatile and there’s nothing that goes against it. It is rich in good fats that give us energy, help us fight microbes in our body, and are great for cooking. The oil has a great smell. In fact, it can also be used for your skin, offering many benefits.
Using coconut oil on the skin is a natural way for eliminating various toxic ingredients offered on drugstore shelves. It also saves you big when you use it for taking care of your body. Coconut oil is capable of penetrating deeper into the skin as compared to the normal products due to the lower molecular weight and its unique protein bonding method (source).
You will be amazed to find out how amazing coconut oil is for your skin. You will be able to get rid of all those products in your medicine cabinet and use all or a few of these 20 uses of coconut oil for radiant skin.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Radiant Skin
1. Your Own Body Butter Recipe
Say goodbye to all the fake fragrances and chemicals used in conventional lotions. My own body butter recipe comprises coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and essential oils of choice. This butter is amazing for your skin. Apply it after a shower and keep the moisture locked in.
One reason coconut oil is great for our skin is because of the saturated fats. They help maintain the moisture, as the fat prevents loss of moisture from the pores. The fats provide a smooth, healthy, and consistent tone (source).
2. Body & Facial Scrub
Use your own coconut oil body/facial scrub for moisturizing and eliminating dead. Add some coconut oil into coconut sugar for revealing smoother skin. Repeat a few times per week.
3. Body Oil for Rejuvenating Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, coconut oil could be among the best remedies out there. Just rub some of the oil into your hands, warm it and use it as a body lotion. Apply more on knees and elbows which are more likely to become dry.
4. Natural Treatment for Cold Sores
Do you commonly suffer from cold sores? Dab some coconut oil on the sore and get quickly healed, get relief from pain, and minimize chances of discoloration or scarring.
The oil has 3 fatty acids – caprylic, capric, and lauric acid. They have antimicrobial and disinfectant benefits and protect and heal against microbial infections (source)
5. Natural Cuticle Oil for Manicure
Also, use coconut oil for your at-home manicure. Just rub the oil into the cuticles and it will help in keeping germs away. It will also help loosen the cuticles, allowing easier pushing back or cutting.
6. Detox Bath to Relax Mind & Body
A detox bath can help in ridding toxins while also giving you an opportunity to relax your mind and body. Add a quarter cup each of Epsom salt (great detoxifying benefits) and coconut oil in your hot bath. Also, add some drops of any essential oils (your choice) for great aromatherapy benefits.
7. Get Rid of Diaper Rashes, Pain & Itching
When coconut oil is used on the skin, it helps in easing itching, pain, and redness due to diaper rash. Regular use will keep the problem away. Apply around a tbsp on the area.
8. Soften Your Dry Hands
If your hands are becoming dry because of dishes or working around in the tool shed, coconut oil can be of great help. Always keep a jar of the oil in the garage or sink. Additionally, rub the oil on your hands and keep it in the glove and the skin will become softer and suppler.
9. Moisturizing & Antibacterial Face Wash
Coconut oil has strong moisturizing and antimicrobial benefits. This makes it a great face wash. You will also love my homemade face wash recipe. It helps destroy bacteria (no more pimples!) and hydrates skin for giving a vibrant look and feel.
10. Natural & Safe Deodorant
Do conventional deodorants cause skin irritation? I use this 3-ingredient homemade deodorant. It is an all-natural and healthy substitute for the brands available in the stores and keeps smelling great.
11. Toxin-Free Insect Repellent
Get rid of all the toxic chemicals and have your own repellent made at home. You will get around 8 oz of repellent by mixing 8 oz of coconut oil, 40-50 drops of essential oils, and some of your favorites like mint, clove, citronella, and lemongrass. Apply several times a day without using hazardous toxins and chemicals that can harm your body.
12. Toxin-Free & Safe Lip Balm
With standard lip balms, there’s always the risk of ingesting toxic compounds. It’s best to make your own lip balm like me. I prepare my own lavender mint lip balm that helps fight dry and cracked lips. There are no toxins and I feel safe about it.
13. Coconut Oil for Removing Makeup
You can also use coconut oil around your eyes for removing the makeup. There’s no worry about causing eye irritation. It will also provide additional hydration to sensitive skin, helping reduce wrinkles.
Rub some of the oil gently on the eyelid and wipe the makeup using a cotton pad/warm washcloth.
14. Massage Oil for Sore Muscles
There’s no need to get costly massage oil. You could prepare your own at home. Mix coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Get relief in your sore muscles while relaxing in some meditation.
15. Moisturizing & Anti-Acne Night Cream
Apply coconut oil on your face before going to bed. It will help hydrate and repair your skin when you are sleeping. If you have oily skin or likely to suffer from acne, add some drops into your moisturizer to boost the hydration. It can also be your daytime moisturizer – mix the oil with your sunblock.
16. Moisturizer for Dry & Flaky Scalp
Suffering from dry and flaky scalp? Use coconut oil for your hair and scalp. It will work as a moisturizer, prevent the growth of dandruff, and give you shiny hair. Even when you have dry hair ends, just rub the oil and it will work as a deep conditioner.
17. Simple & Ready Shaving Gel
Replace your shaving cream/gel with coconut oil and enjoy a close and smooth shave. The oil is beneficial in preventing ingrown hair and razor burns while adding moisture. Simply rub on your skin and shave and you can pat dry.
18. Fighting Various Skin Problems
Coconut oil has remarkable anti-inflammatory benefits. More and more people are using it to treat skin problems like psoriasis and eczema among other conditions. According to a current study, 46% of patients suffering from chronic skin disease responded well to treat the condition when they used coconut oil. Only 19% of the patients using mineral oil were able to get a good response. So if you have a skin disease, use coconut oil on a regular basis for alleviating the symptom.
19. Getting Rid of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks appear when the elasticity of our skin gets affected. This mostly happens after pregnancy and weight loss/gain. Coconut oil can be useful in reducing these marks. The oil can help in fading the marks faster while moisturizing the skin, promoting faster healing.
20. Relief from Sunburn
Coconut oil can be used to alleviate inflamed skin. It can help in re-hydrating your skin and reducing redness. Coconut oil is capable of providing a minimal amount of sun protection (SPF 4). So add some red raspberry extract/zinc oxide for a better sunblock to be used when you are out in the sun for longer periods.
Via Dr. Axe