Coconut oil is the “it” beauty product of the moment. The most common use for it that I’ve seen lately is a hair mask (which I provided my recipe for here). Although it’s great for your hair, it also serves a slew of other beauty purposes. Here are some ways that you can use coconut oil in your beauty routine.
1. Lip Balm
Run fingertips over the surface of room temperature coconut oil (when it’s solid), then run them over your lips. Instant hydration.
2. Heel Salve
Coat dry, cracked heels in a thin layer of solid coconut oil before bed. Slip on socks, and let it soak in while you sleep. It’s a super softening treatment that will improve the roughness of heels overnight.
3. Cuticle Oil
Ragged cuticles are so not cute. Dab a touch of warm (liquified) coconut oil on yours to moisturize and keep cuticles neat and tidy.
4. Body Lotion
See a pattern here? Coconut oil is great for dry skin. Rub liquified coconut oil onto dry spots if you’re caught without body lotion in a pinch (or if you just prefer the natural coconutty scent of the oil).
5. Split End Mender
While nothing can heal split ends once they’ve separated, coconut oil can help reduce the appearance of those broken flyaways. Warm a bit of coconut oil between your fingers and gently touch it onto your ends. (Use sparingly to avoid weighing locks down or looking greasy.) Your split ends will virtually disappear.
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6. Body Scrub
Mixed with coarse salt or sugar, room temperature coconut oil becomes the base for an exfoliating body scrub.
7. Sunburn Soother
Spent too long basking in the rays? After the damage is done, coconut oil can be used to soothe minor sunburns. Gently pat liquid coconut oil onto sunburned skin, and it could speed up the healing process.
8. Frizz Fighter
Warm a dab in your palms and smooth over hair to tame frizz and flyaways. Again, use sparingly so you don’t weight hair down.
9. Treatment for Irritated Skin
Skin woes like chicken pox, poison ivy, and even mosquito bites can cause a lot of pain and irritate skin. Coconut oil acts as a natural calming agent, reducing the sting of irritation and itch, and can help skin heal faster. (Note: Always check with your doctor before applying anything to topical skin conditions.)
10. Stretchmark Preventor
Expecting moms can rub liquid coconut oil onto their baby bumps to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks after baby arrives.
11. Shaving Cream
Warm it up and use it as a moisturizing shaving cream!
12. Massage Oil
Ease out kinks and comfort sore muscles with warmed coconut oil.
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