Coconut oil is immensely popular all over the world and not without reasons. It has a delicate taste and offers a number of health benefits. Not only is this oil used in tropical countries where they grow in abundance, but also in Australia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. people are swearing by it. If you have not used this oil yet then let us discover 10 different ways you can start using it right away.
These are TOP 10 Surprising Beauty Uses of Coconut Oil:
10. For dental health
Coconut oil can easily fight bacteria in the mouth that can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and dental plaque. As per a study, just swishing with this wonderful oil for only 10 minutes helps reduce bacteria in the mouth as effectively as does an antiseptic mouthwash. It has also been noticed that swishing with coconut oil daily can greatly reduce plaque and inflammation in those suffering from gingivitis. So, together with using the right toothpaste, make sure you also coconut oil to enjoy good dental health.
9. For great hair
Coconut oil is solid and creamy at room temperature and when you heat it to 76 degrees Fahrenheit it turns to liquid. When taking a shower, just keep the jar under the warm water and let it melt. Now shampoo your hair the way you normally do and then take a generous amount of coconut oil and apply it to your wet strands and let it stay for about five minutes. Then rinse your hair with water. Once your hair dries you will notice it looks soft, shiny, and beautiful.
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8. As a body moisturizer
The creamy texture of coconut oil makes it a perfect and light body moisturizer. Just scoop a little bit of the oil, rub it in between your palm and apply it to your whole body right after you take a shower. This will help the oil get properly absorbed. The light tropical scent of the oil is loved by many, however, if you do not like the smell, you can add a few drops of lavender or peppermint oil before applying it on your skin.
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7. For soft lips
Nobody likes chapped lips and this is something you are most likely to experience during winter. Here too the wonderful coconut oil can come to your rescue. Just take a little oil on your finger and apply it directly to your lips. Make sure you use this every night and let it stay. You can apply it like a lip balm during the daytime as well and keep your lips well moisturized.
6. For your eyes
The skin under the eyes is very delicate and thin, and thus easily attracts problems like dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. If you do not want such problems to emerge and do not want to spend a huge amount on under eye creams then start using coconut oil right from now. Just take a little bit of this oil and rub it between two fingers to warm it slightly and then pat it on the skin under your eye. Do this before going to bed every night.
5. As a highlighter
Who does not like a perfectly fresh and glowy skin? If you do not have a glowing skin naturally then coconut oil can still help you achieve the look. All you need to do is take a little coconut oil (liquefied) and apply on top of your upper lips, on top of your eyebrows, and on top of the cheekbones. This will help make your skin look attractive, soft and glowing.
4. As a body scrub
Combine half a cup of sugar or sea salt with half a cup melted coconut oil. Now, rub it all over your body in circular motions and then wash off with warm water. This scrub will help get rid of any dead skin cells and also moisturize your body. The result will be baby soft skin that you will love to touch again and again.
3. As a makeup remover
Just using a little coconut oil can easily get you rid of all makeup, no matter how many layers you have applied. Simply warm a bit of the oil and apply it to your skin directly. Now remove the oil using a warm washcloth and you will notice all your makeup has vanished. Remember to wash your face with a cleanser afterward and then moisturize it with your choice of moisturizer.
2. For removing stains
You can use coconut oil to get rid of stains including spills on furniture and carpet. Just add one part baking soda to one part coconut oil and mix it well to form a paste. Apply this mixture to the stained area, let it stay for 5 minutes and then wipe away.
1. As a shaving cream
Have no shaving cream left, but need to shave immediately? Well, you can give coconut oil a try. Simply warm the jar and allow it to liquefy and apply the oil to your leg. Now use your razor and you will be amazed by the results – a close shave, and soft and smooth skin.
The humble coconut oil indeed can prove to be of help in many different ways despite it being so inexpensive. If you do not have a jar of this oil yet, invest in one, and you will surely never regret it.