It is not surprising that many people have become addicted to coconut oil, for it is the ‘do-everything’ oil with next-to-zero drawbacks.
Coconut oil is loaded with good fats that provide energy, are able to fight microbes in the body, and are excellent for cooking. It even smells amazing!
Did you know that coconut oil is also a ‘must-have’ for skin?
That is right. You can reap coconut oil’s benefits from the outside-in. Not only is applying the coconut oil on your skin an all-natural method to eliminate a lot of the toxic fare that is found on drugstore shelves, but it’s also a cost-effective way to take good care of your body.
Coconut oil is also able to penetrate your skin on a deeper level than your average cosmetic product can because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins.
I predict that you will be surprised to read just how great coconut oil is for the skin. Soon, you will be able to throw away those extra products in the medicine cabinet and try most, if not all, of these
20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Healthy Radiant Skin
1. Body scrub
Coconut oil deeply moisturizes your skin layers while getting rid of dead skin cells. To make a scrub, just mix some coconut oil with some coconut sugar. It will reveal a smoother and nicer skin after each scrubbing.
Try it a few times a week.
2. Body oil
If your skin is seriously dry and broken, then coconut oil is one of the best remedies. Rub coconut oil in hands to warm it up, and then use it in lieu of body lotion. Focus on spots like elbows and knees that tend to get even drier than other body spots.
3. Body butter
Skip the chemicals and fake fragrances found in conventional lotions and whip up your own instead. This homemade body butter recipe uses shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and essential oils of your choice for a butter that’s great for your skin. Slather it on after the shower to lock in the moisture.
Why does coconut oil for skin work so well? In part, it’s due to the saturated fats that help the skin stay moisturized, with the fat preventing moisture loss through the skin’s fine pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.
4. Cold sore treatment
Are you prone to cold sores? Dabbing coconut oil on them can help speed up healing time, alleviate pain and reduce the risk of scarring or discoloration. Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids:
1. capric acid,
- caprylic acid, and
- lauric acid
These acids possess both disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, helping to protect against, as well as heal, nasty microbial infections.
5. Cuticle oil
Coconut oil can be used in your next ‘done-at-home’ manicure. Gently rubbing the oil into cuticles helps keep germs at bay and will easily loosen up cuticles, making them easier to push back or cut.
6. Detox bath
A good detox bath is a great way to eliminate toxins while allowing your body and mind to unwind. Create a simple detox bath with coconut oil by adding ¼ cup of quality salts (excellent for detoxifying) to ¼ cup of coconut oil into a hot bath. For added aromatherapy benefits, include a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
7. Diaper rash guard
Topical use of the coconut oil on the skin eases the pain, and eliminates itch and redness of diaper rash. Using it regularly can also help keep this nuisance at bay. Use about a tablespoon over affected areas.
8. Dry hands
If doing the dishes or tinkering around the tool shed is taking its toll on your hands, coconut oil is a great remedy. Keep a jar by the sink or in the garage to restore your nice-looking hands.
Bonus: rub coconut oil over hands and then cover with gloves to get skin soft and supple even more quickly.
9. Face wash
Coconut oil, with its antimicrobial properties and moisturizing abilities, is perfect to clean your facial skin. I love my homemade face wash recipe. It’ll kill any bacteria (saying goodbye to pimples!) while hydrating skin to keep it looking and feeling vibrant.
10. Deodorant substitute
If traditional deodorants irritate your skin, using coconut oil is a great alternative. It’s a healthy alternative to store-bought brands that’ll keep you smelling fresh without causing irritation and rash.