28 Surprising Uses of Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

You don’t need those personal care products containing high amounts of chemicals. You should be replacing them with coconut oil. You don’t need those personal care products containing high amounts of chemicals. You should be replacing them with coconut oil.

28-uses-of-coconut-oilThere are numerous health benefits associated with the use of coconut oil. The oil is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving our nutrient absorption capability. It is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.

1. Dandruff

Coconut oil can help in reducing flaking and itching in the scalp. This is because it has amazing moisturizing properties. It can also help in controlling the secretion of oil from your scalp (main cause behind production of dandruff).

Just massage some coconut oil on your scalp before going to bed. Then rinse it when you wake up and shampoo using a raw vegan hair care product for avoiding any harmful chemical irritants that could worsen dandruff.

 

2. Pore Minimizer

You should be using coconut oil for your pores. It helps in tightening the pores and providing a smoother and softer touch to your skin. It will also ensure that bacteria and dirt don’t enter the pores, which helps in preventing acne.

3. Cuticle Cream

 Pushing your cuticles back with coconut oil is quite simple – just rub a dab of coconut oil on your cuticles to soften, and then push them back – a little oil goes a long way!

4. Cream for Stretch Marks

If you have stretched and damaged skin, you should take advantage of the healing and nourishing properties of coconut oil. Just apply it 3 to 4 times daily and it will reduce the stretch marks.

5. Hair Gel

Want to style your hair with coconut oil? Simply use it in replacement of your regular hair gels, and style as you would normally.

6. After Shave

It can help in giving you relief from razor burns. Apply it right after shaving and it will help in nourishing hair follicles and healing irritated skin bits.

7. Hair Conditioner & Deep Treatment

You can also use coconut oil like me for deep conditioning your hair. After I use it, my hair becomes silky smooth and glossy. Coconut oil contains lots of fatty acids and helps in nourishing the hair follicles and scalp.

Just massage 2 teaspoons of the oil into your hair. Leave for an hour or through the night. Use an all-natural shampoo the next day to rinse it off. Condition your hair using apple cider vinegar. You will also have shiny and conditioned gorgeous hair.

8. Tattoo Healing

When you use coconut oil on your tattoos, it can help in preventing the fading of the pigment. If you have a new tattoo, use it to speed the healing time. It will also help prevent any infection.

9. Eyelash Conditioner

Our eyelashes also need some conditioning from time to time –after all they are also hair. Rub a little bit of coconut oil in between the fingers and apply on the lashes before going to bed. You should apply it only on the tips.

10. Deodorant

You can use coconut oil to replace the deodorant (which can have aluminium in it). It is believed to help eliminate the risk of cancer from deodorants. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can kill fungi, yeast and bacteria. You can simply rub a little coconut oil in the armpits and feel better with a natural alternative.

11. Massage Oil

 One of the best uses – massage oil. Coconut oil smells great, and works as a great massage tool! Not to mention, it will help relieve achy muscles too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.

12. Exfoliator

You can exfoliate your skin by rubbing it with coconut oil. Then use a scrubby hand mitten/washcloth for brushing the dead skin cells. It will also remove dirt and hydrate your skin. The oil has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial benefits. It is also loaded with lauric acid that helps in lifting dirt off your skin.

 

13. Hand Cleaner

The antibacterial benefits of coconut oil make it a remarkable hand cleaner. Massage it on your hands for half a minute and wipe using a warm damp washcloth. Then wipe it using dry washcloth. The remaining oil will be absorbed by your hands. It will work great during the dry and harsh winters when your hands can start cracking.

14. Preventing Wrinkles

Coconut oil also helps in strengthening and tightening the skin and connective tissues. It gives you a younger and refreshed look. Use it as a nighttime facial moisturizer. It will help in preventing and minimizing the wrinkles too.

15. Chapstick 

Hydrate and moisturize your lips with coconut! Coconut oil also has a natural SPF, which protects our lips from the sun and prevents peeling lips.

16. Varicose Veins

You must be fed up of the varicose veins. Do you know that coconut oil can be used as an effective natural treatment? Massage some of it on the area around 3 to 6 times daily until you start getting the desired results.

17. Burns 

Apply to burn site, and continue applying until healed. This will hasten the healing process and reduce chances of permanent scarring.

18. Nail Strengthener

When you rub your nails with coconut oil, it will help in strengthening and protecting the laminated keratin layers. These layers protect the fingernails against outer environment.

19. Vaseline Substitute

You can also use coconut oil in place of the petroleum based Vaseline. It is not only natural and safe, it is also thousands of times better.

20. Body Scrub

I regularly use a mixture of coconut oil and sugar/sea salt for creating my natural body scrub (used for both face and body). My recipe comprises of 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of salt/sugar(gentler).

21. Eye Cream

 Hydrate gentle skin around the eyes by dabbing a little bit of coconut oil around your eyes before bed. This will make your eyes look and feel better in the morning.

22. Toothpaste

Mix baking soda into coconut oil and you will get a natural toothpaste that is free from fluoride.

23. Makeup Remover

You can also use coconut oil for removing makeup. Just take some of the oil on a cotton pad and use it to rub the makeup. Then wash your face using natural soap product.

24. Insect Repellent

You can also use coconut oil for making your homemade insect repellant. The oil will also increase the shelf life of the repellant. You should avoid insect repellants containing DEET. They can cause damage to both your body and the environment.

25. Prevent Split Ends

 I used to have really dry split ends (mainly due to my rigorous hot yoga schedule, which destroyed my hair because I wasn’t protecting it from the heat). I fixed this by first cutting off a majority of my hair, and then using coconut oil in the tips of my hair before each hot yoga session. This has considerably improved the amount of split ends in my hair.

26. Sunscreen

As already mentioned, coconut oil has natural SPF. The oil protects the skin from getting burnt. I have been using coconut oil throughout the summer and have never received a burn since. Apply it on your skin just 20 minutes before you go outdoors so that it can get absorbed.

27. Lubricant

Coconut oil also works as an amazing lubricant. It is natural and also feels amazing. You could use it in the bed (avoid using with condoms because it could affect the plastics).

28. Healing Bruises

Coconut oil can also help in speeding up healing when you apply it on bruises. It can also help in reducing redness and swelling.

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