10 Amazing Beauty Tricks With Coconut Oil

Hello! We whipped up this story for Prevention, and we thought we’d share it with you, too!

What do you use coconut oil for??

1. To soothe dry hands

This won’t work for dry digits when you’re on the go, but at home, coconut oil can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands. “I keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil by the kitchen sink and put a little on after washing my hands to keep them soft and moist,” says Dr. Low Dog. And if you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—scoop out a little extra for your hands, too. “Whenever I cook with coconut oil, I make sure to moisturize my hands with it too,” says Katrine van Wyk, a holistic health and nutrition coach based in New York.

2. As a cheekbone highlighter

Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store-bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas. If you’re looking for a more portable option, try the cult favorite Living Luminizer by RMS Beauty, which has a coconut-oil base and light reflecting pigment.

3. To shave your legs

Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

4. As a deep-conditioner

There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research. “I use it in my hair and on my skin for deep conditioning,” says Tasneen Bhatia, MD, an integrative doctor and owner of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.

5. To remove eye makeup

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

6. As a body moisturizer

A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin coconut oil can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Sounds like a recipe for a really good lotion to us! It’s a health-expert favorite, too. Says Wyk: “It smells delicious, is very affordable, and leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth.”

7. To clean and hydrate your face

Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturizing and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, many women swear by its use as a nighttime moisturizer for their face, too. Try the double-cleansing method: Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite cleanser. (If you’re adult-acne prone, avoid this technique unless you know your skin tolerates coconut oil.)

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54 Responses to “10 Amazing Beauty Tricks With Coconut Oil”
  1. adam says:

    I have had this really painful skin rash develop on my face, mainly around my mouth, I have had this 4 times this year. I have gone to the doctors and everytime they tell me they don’t know what has caused it. I even waited to see a skin dermatologist for 7 months and not even he could tell me what caused it or help to get rid of it. They would just keep giving me dif creams to try. I believe it is from a reaction from Paint, as every time I get it I have been painting the house.

    It starts off as just a red raw rash around my mouth just like a shaving rash, then starts to get worse and feels like prickly heat but worse! Then after a week or so will start to turn super dry and my face would start flaking all dry skin, and my chin and around my mouth would start to crack, I can honestly say it is the worst feeling ever.

    My friend told me I should try rubbing coconut oil over it, I thought why not I was willing to try anything, and to my amazement straight after I applied the coconut oil over my face, Instantly it felt better. The next day my rash was gone, I couldn’t believe it. I love coconut oil and now after reading all these comments, I now know what other amazing uses coconut oil has, I will be using this amazing oil for everything from now on.

  2. shelly says:

    I used it the night I colored my hair and when i washed it out the next morning my hair was stripped of color and the water was tinged with the dye.. now I have strawberry blonde hair instead of light ash brown… but that ok I want to go back to blonde so maybe ill do it again tonight and hope it just keeps stripping the color!

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