Lately, coconut oil as been all the rage—some people seriously swear by it. There are said to be countless uses for coconut oil in terms of health and beauty benefits. This week we have decided to test out some of the most popular coconut oil uses and report back to our readers. Are you already an avid coconut oil user? Read on and see if our favorite uses are the same as yours. Haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet? By the end of this blog post you probably will! Keep in mind, at room temperature coconut oil is a solid substance. For most uses, you will want it to be mushier or even in liquid form. By simply scooping the solid coconut oil into your hand it will begin to melt and liquefy. If you are using coconut oil in a mixture and want it completely liquefied quickly, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds but keep an eye on it, as it will melt very quickly.
1. As eye make-up remover:
Coconut oil breaks up water-resistance substances, like those used in eye makeup products. Scoop a little bit of room temperature coconut oil onto your finger and rub it onto your eye (be careful not to get it IN your eye!). Then, rub off the oil using a cotton ball or makeup removing pad and the makeup will slide right off with it. We found that coconut oil did indeed work well in this case, and was much cheaper than buying real makeup remover. Just make sure to wash off all the left over oil with warm water!
2. As lotion/moisturizer:
Coconut oil is very moisturizing and sinks into your skin pretty quickly so you are not left with an oily residue. With the winter months coming, rubbing some coconut oil onto your skin after showers, before going out into the cold, and just about any other time is a great idea! In our testing, we found that coconut oil does indeed to a wonderful job of moisturizing hands, legs, the face, etc. We will say though, that a little bit does go a long way, so don’t feel like you need to use an entire jar! A little scoop will cover your entire body! When first scooped out of the jar (at room temperature) the coconut oil will be solid but once you start to rub it into your hands or skin it will melt and rub right in!
3. In coconut oil-sugar body scrub:
Mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar to create a great body scrub! You can either make enough for one use, or make a big batch and bottle it up for future uses. We loved how quick and simple this was to make and what a great job it did! Skin really feels fresh and soft after this!
4. For oil pulling:
Coconut oil is said to whiten teeth, improve gum health, and freshen your breath. Oil putting is also said to pull the toxins out of your body. How do you oil pull? First off, for the best results you are supposed to do this on an empty stomach, so try it in the morning! Simply take a spoonful of room temperature coconut oil and put it in your mouth—but don’t swallow! The trick is to swoosh it around your mouth, just like when you use mouth wash, for as long as you’d like—most people say that they oil pull for anywhere between 3 and 10 minutes. When trying this technique, we found that it was sort of strange at first—it felt weird to swish it around for so long without swallowing or spitting it out—it’s definitely something you have to get used to. It did freshen breath, but the other benefits of this are things that won’t necessarily appear in short term use (teeth whitening, gum health, etc).
5. As post-shaving lotion:
This use is similar to using coconut oil as a moisturizer. After shaving, we lathered our legs up in coconut oil and oh my goodness were they soft and smooth!
6. On cuticles to soften fingertips and help nails grow:
Coconut oil not only moisturizes your fingers and nails but helps them grow more quickly and strongly. You can rub it into your cuticles both when painting your nails and on a daily basis for the most results. When testing this out we found that it does make cuticles seem more moisturized and softer. For anyone that tends to get little cuts on their fingers in cold weather, moisturizing your fingers with coconut oil will probably help.
The uses of coconut oil are endless, whether you are using it for cooking or for external health and beauty uses. We only tried out a handful of popular uses for coconut oil but there are so many more ways to incorporate it into your health and beauty routine! Below are a few other popular uses for coconut oil, and if you have any other suggestions, please share!
-To clear breakouts. Apply as spot treatment.
-As a deep conditioner. Mix coconut oil with your favorite deep conditioner and leave on your hair for 20 minutes.
-To prevent/heal stretch marks. Apply several times a day to stretching skin or stretch marks.
-To fade age spots. Rub onto age spots everyday.
-To tame flyaway hairs. Dab a very small amount of coconut oil onto stray hairs.