11 May Top Uses of Coconut Oil For Skin Care
We all know coconuts are tasty treats on a tropical vacation, and that coconut water is a hydration wonder, but another coconut product – the high-in-fat coconut oil that is made from the meat of the fruit – is also getting some time in the spotlight. This product has a long shelf life and can be used for frying, baking, as well as different types of skin and home remedies. Coconut oil is extremely popular currently in vegan and healthy cooking circles as an alternative to more commonly-used cooking oils. Coconut oil also making quite a splash in oral health arena with oil pulling; fans swear that swishing coconut oil for a few minutes can help reduce toxins in your mouth!
When it comes to skin care, this wonder oil has been used for years to keep skin glowing and soft. However, there’s more to coconut oil than just looking good. Coconut oil is also naturally antibacterial, meaning that this alternative oil can kill the little germs that like to hang out on your skin. It’s also antifungal, thanks to the oil’s healthy dose of caprylic, lauric, and capric acid, so using it as a topical treatment can help curb minor skin infections. The anti-fungal capabilities of coconut oil are also well-touted in the candida diet, since adding coconut oil to your food is so easy and it is so effective at killing off the candida. Coconut oil has also been hailed as therapeutic for brain disorders, maintaining energy, fighting obesity, and more. Why wouldn’t you make use of this fruit magic? For your skin’s health, it could not be easier. Here are a few ways to use coconut oil to improve your skin!
Use It “Straight Up”
Why buy a fancy lotion when you can just pull down the jar of coconut oil? Put a smaller portion in a baby food jar or small container so you can take it with you when you’re on the move. The high fat content in this magical oil lends itself to moisturizing. You can add a dab to your hands during the dry winter, rub it on rough knees and elbows, or use it to treat chapped lips instead of Vaseline. Use it as a night cream before bed, a conditioner for your hair, or as a stretch mark prevention measure during pregnancy. There are a million ways to use it (basically, if you think lotion will do the job, try coconut oil instead). And it all comes from the same jar, without having to do anything to make it work. Though there are plenty of options below if you want to make coconut oil gifts for friends, or some fun products to use yourself!
Make A Lotion Bar
For a chemical free way to moisturize, and look adorable while doing it, you can make fun-shaped lotion bars with a handful of all-natural ingredients. You can easily buy these ingredients online, or call around to local health food stores. Simply mix one part coconut oil with one part shea or cocoa butter and one part beeswax in a double boiler, then pour into whatever cute molds you decide to use. It’s pretty easy to find silicone baking molds around the holidays (hearts for Valentine’s Day, snowflakes in winter, etc), so you can stock up when they are on sale. If you want a scented lotion bar, add your favorite essential oil to the mix after you remove it from heat but before you pour into the molds. Once these bars are completely set (give it a few hours) you can pop them out and give them to friends.
Concoct A Body Scrub
There’s nothing like a good body scrub to slough off the dead cells and leave you with soft, glowing skin. And you can use your jar of coconut oil to make a ton of different types of body scrubs. Start collecting your jelly jars to store this stuff in! The basic recipe: mix ½ cup of sugar with ¼ cup of coconut oil. From there, you can add to the mixture. Include some cinnamon for a great scent, and even more antibacterial power. Or add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, anyone?) to leave your skin not only soft, but also smelling fabulous!