A simple trip to the grocery store can solve a lot of your beauty problems. Just keep a tub of 100% pure coconut oil in your kitchen pantry and you’ll have a universal beauty product at your fingertips! Lovers of natural beauty products have long touted the incredible benefits of coconut oil, and because it’s a food-grade oil, it can be used on even the most sensitive skin types. Check out this list of six amazing benefits that will make you want to spring clean your beauty routine.
Use for healthy gums
Oil-pulling is when you swirl coconut oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes each day. The reported benefits of oil-pulling are numerous. Coconut oil is said to whiten teeth, and because of its antifungal nature, help prevent tooth decay and freshen breath.
Use as a makeup remover
It’s super important to get makeup, sunscreen and pollution off your face before bed. Nothing breaks down makeup quite like oil does, and coconut oil will remove some of the most difficult waterproof makeup you can buy. It also does wonders at breaking down sunscreen, which is notoriously tough to get off.
Use as a moisturizer
Due to its effectiveness, oil as a moisturizer has grown in popularity. People enjoy the way oils sink into the skin seamlessly, without leaving any residue behind. Coconut oil is a popular choice because it’s so easily accessible, affordable and incredibly hydrating. It can be used to moisturize the face and body, so there’s no need to buy separate moisturizers.
Use as a hair strengthener
When it comes to hair, coconut oil can be used in many ways. The most common use is as a deep conditioning hair treatment. Leave it on for 20 minutes or more, and then shampoo it out. It’s even said to help prevent dandruff when used on the scalp, so feel free to rub the oil from the scalp to the ends before shampooing.
Use as a deodorant
This naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil can be used under your arms to prevent odor. Some purists use coconut oil on its own as a deodorant, but you can also experiment to make your own. Mix coconut oil with something absorbent, such as baking soda or arrowroot powder, and you have your own natural deodorant. You can even mix a drop of your favorite essential oil into the mixture to mask odor under the arms.
Use in a scrub
DIY-ers will love coconut oil in a lip or body scrub. You can mix it with sugar if your skin is dry, or sea salt if your skin is more oily or acneic. Check out these DIY skin scrub recipes for more inspiration!