DIY BEAUTY: 10 Uses for Coconut Oil

Posted: Aug 12 2015

There are few beauty items that can be considered “cure-alls,” and even fewer foods that can claim that same title. However, Coconut oil is one of those natural superfoods with benefits that stretch beyond the frying pan. Here are ten unexpected natural beauty benefits of coconut oil:
1. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil can remove even the most resistant waterproof mascara. Coconut oil isn’t soluble in water so it breaks right through water resistant make up. Additionally, coconut oil won’t leave your skin dry and flaky. It’s  also great for moisturizing and smoothing your skin.
2. Stretch Marks
While the oil won’t fade or remove any stretch marks, it prevents the dark spots and blisters from forming in the first place. Expectant mothers would be smart to keep a jar of coconut oil nearby to help ward off stretch marks during pregnancy.
3. Teeth Cleaning and Whitening
Coconut oil is also known for its teeth whitening properties. The oil can be used to supplement your existing mouth care routine. Coconut oil's unique chemical make up makes it a great natural option for teeth whitening and an oral rinse. You can either add baking soda and use it as a natural teeth whitener or use alone in liquid form as a mouth rinse.
4. Deep Conditioning
Soothe and hydrate your hair with warm coconut oil as a preshampoo treatment. Apply the oil and let it sit for about an hour before continuing with your hair care routine for the best results. If you suffer from dry scalp, coconut oil can also be used as a treatment for dandruff. Applying coconut oil to the scalp on a nightly basis will help moisturize dry scalp
5. Increases metabolism and boosts energy 
As mentioned in well-being secrets, coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that work to speed up your metabolism in order to burn more fat and/or calories. 

6. Add a little of your favorite lipstick for subtle color
7. Can be used as a natural massage oil
8. Add sugar to use as a natural lip exfoliator
9. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
10. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms

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