Coconut oil never ceases to amaze us. It has a lot of health benefits and nutritional properties, exotic and sweet taste and seductive aroma. More and more uses and benefits are found that can be taken advantage of this versatile and healthy oil, and a very important one is in natural cosmetics. If you’re not using it this way, start today. You no longer want to go back to commercial and buttery toxic creams after tasting this tropical beauty.
How to use coconut oil in natural cosmetics?
In this article we will explore some of the uses of coconut oil in natural cosmetics and body care. And you’ll realize that it’s great when what you eat, can also be used to protect and improve the health and appearance of your body. Unrefined coconut oil, cold pressed organic, is your best choice as it contains vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that are beneficial to the skin and hair products.
1. Best moisturizer for the skin
This is the most obvious and common use of coconut oil in natural cosmetics. When applied after the shower, it makes your skin soft and shiny. Reduces scarring and stretch marks and rejuvenates the skin. At first, it tends to have a greasier consistency, but is quickly absorbed into the skin. Another option is to use coconut oil as a carrier with the best essential oils for healthy skin.
Coconut oil can also be used for the face and actually makes your skin less oily by removing dirt and uncovering pores. Start with a small amount (the size of a pea/pea) and apply around your eyes and face, and up to your lips if they are dry and cracked.
And don’t forget that you can extend the use of coconut oil in your bedroom and use it as a massage lotion or lubricant. Coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for vaginal dryness.
2. Coconut oil to disinfect mouth
Natural cosmetics not only encompass what has to do with the care and beauty of our skin, but also with our teeth. If you haven’t done it before, coconut oil is great for oral care, for cleaning the mouth, bacteria and harmful toxins that cause inflammation.
- Take 2 tablespoons coconut oil when you wake up in the morning and before eating anything.
- Rinse in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Spit out the oil (do not swallow – it is full of bacteria).
- Brush your teeth.
Some also add a drop of essential oil into coconut oil to enhance antibacterial and antiviral properties. For example, you can use eucalyptus, mint, rosemary, or clove essential oil.
You can also use coconut oil as toothpaste.
3. Efficient hair treatment
Coconut oil can be used both as a pre-wash or post-wash treatment of the hair. It has been found to reduce protein loss in both damaged and uncut hair. Since hair is composed mainly of protein, the supply of enough protein is essential for healthy hair.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, compared coconut oil with mineral oil and sunflower oil. Experiments showed that mineral oil and sunflower oil had no effect at all on protein loss, while coconut oil makes a significant difference.
To avoid the fatty effect, it is best to add a little coconut oil as a pre-wash:
- Take 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (the amount also depends on the length and volume of your hair).
- Apply the oil, from the roots to the tips.
- Leave the oil for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly and wash as usual.
Another option is to use apple cider vinegar rinse, it is natural, it has no toxics, it is antiseptic, and it also leaves the hair soft and shiny. Don’t worry, that the smell goes off when it dries up.
4. Curly hair care
Natural cosmetics make very good use of coconut oil in everything that has to do with the beauty of the hair and scalp. It is a great help oil and works as a very effective natural remedy. For example, if your hair is very curly, you can use some coconut oil to tame it. Dry curly hair tends to get up when brushed, so, put some coconut oil on your fingers and bring it to your hair to avoid frizz.
Make sure you don’t overdo it with the oil or you’re going to end up with an oily look.
5. Coconut oil for leg shaving
When it’s time to shave your legs, apply a little coconut oil to your legs before you start. This will make the skin softer and less irritated.
It can also be used as a post-shaving/hair removal treatment to soothe the skin and reduce unpleasant sensations.
6. Natural home remedy for nail fungus
Many are aware of how resistant nail fungus they are. After months and years of treatment, they still persist.
Coconut oil works excellent because it goes towards the fungal membrane. Fatty acids are inserted into the membrane and disturb its function, which eventually leads to disintegration.
- Take some coconut oil and rub on the affected area. A small layer of oil will suffice.
- Let it absorb and dry.
- If you have more than one nail to treat, wash your hands before applying the oil to the next toe, or wear gloves.
- Repeat two to three times a day. It is very important to be diligent and patient, so do not skip a session.
7. It is a good carrier oil
Many essential oils have to be diluted, and coconut oil works very well as a carrier oil. The use of a carrier oil is crucial when working with powerful essential oils and/or when trying to cover a large area of the body.
Simply mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and enjoy the multiple benefits.
8. Face makeup remover
Coconut oil makes makeup remover a task less because it is very gentle oil for this part of our day at night that we have to execute before sleeping, especially if you are one of the women who usually put on makeup. Wash your face first and then use the coconut oil to remove the rest of the makeup. It is soft to remove makeup leaving the skin free of makeup particles of both face and eyes.
9. Coconut oil for the treatment of toenails and hands
Coconut oil is not only good for body massage, but also for gentle massage of toenails and hands, and can help soften the rough cuticles. Just apply a little oil on your fingers and nails and massage as many times as you want.
This is a great prevention of fungus too – as mentioned above, especially on the feet. Coconut oil is a powerful warrior against those annoying fungal infections.
10. Treatment for rashes and burns
Natural cosmetics with coconut oil also come in the skin treatment for rashes and burns. It is also effective with diaper rash and can be used safely with the little ones.
Another option is to mix coconut oil with tea tree essential oil. This oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Just combine 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a little coconut oil and massage gently over the rash.