bookmark_borderBeauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Cococonut oilconut oil has been around for centuries, yet it seems that it has just gained mainstream popularity in the past year or two. Coconut oil can be used in cooking, cleaning and even on your hair and skin. It’s a great alternative to over-the-counter products since it’s all-natural and safe. Here are a few of the beauty and skincare uses and benefits of coconut oil.

The main use for coconut oil is as a moisturizer. Apply it to your dry, cracked hands if winter has ruined them (or if you work with your hands a lot and they become rough).

If you run out of shaving cream, coconut oil is an awesome alternative. It’s naturally anti-microbial, so it holds up well in the shower and bathroom areas.  The oil’s skin-soothing properties will also leave your legs looking hydrated.

Coconut oil can be used as a natural highlighter. Dotting the oil on the tops of your cheekbones adds a natural shine and sheen without being too greasy. Skip the expensive highlighters and try coconut oil out.

Not only does coconut oil work as makeup, but it also removes makeup just as well. Smear a spoonful of coconut oil around your eyes to remove mascara and eyeliner. It helps if the oil is a bit warm, so you can always rub a bit in your hands before applying. Then wipe away with a clean washcloth and you’re done.

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and moisturizing. Many women use it as a nighttime moisurizer on their face and neck.

bookmark_borderSkin Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been popping up everywhere from grocery stores to health stores. Coconuts have a wide variety of health benefits including helping you to burn fat, moisturizing your hair, and even work to remove makeup. Here are just a few of the skin benefits of using coconut.

  • Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer. It improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin, giving you a youthful appearance. Most moisturizers contain petroleum, which can suffocate the skin. Coconut oil is in it’s purest form (especially the organic kind) is the most natural thing you can use on your face to moisturize it.
  • Coconut oil removes stubborn makeup easily. Instead of using makeup removers with tons of weird ingredients, coconut oil is a natural alternative that actually works. Apply a quarter-sized amount over your eyelids to remove mascara and eyeliner. Rinse with water. An added bonus? The oil works to moisturize and strengthen your eyelashes.
  • Coconut oil softens the skin and adds a glistening shine. Apply it to freshly-shaved legs in the summer for a glow that shows off your tan. Add to cheekbones for a dewy finish.
  • Coconut oil repairs damaged skin. For cracked and dry feet or hands, apply a generous amount of coconut oil to the area and throw on an old pair of socks or rubber gloves. After a few hours (or overnight) you will wake up with drastically softer and improved skin in that area.