If you’ve ever wondered if there was a beauty cure-all, the short answer is yes, there is. And the secret ingredient is called coconut oil. Not only does this sweet-smelling oil have health benefits, but it’s a beauty staple as well. Coconut oil truly is one of nature’s wonders and can be used literally from head to toe. After learning about all the benefits of coconut oil, you will definitely be running to the store to stock up on this miracle oil. Here are 45 coconut oil beauty hacks you need to try right now!
Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks: For Your Hair
1. Frizzy Hair
Coconut oil is great for taming frizzy hair. Use a drop or two of coconut oil between your palms and lightly apply it over straight hair for that sleek look or run your fingers through curly hair and scrunch to tame curls.
2. Natural Conditioner
If your hair is feeling dry and rough, you should massage a few tablespoons of this conditioner into your hair and scalp. Leave it on for as long as possible or overnight for best results. It’s molecular structure also allows it to penetrate deep into the strands of your hair adding moisture where it is needed.
3. Leave-in Conditioner
Massage a few drops of coconut oil while your hair is still damp to lock in moisture.
4. Deep Conditioning
If your hair is very dry and damaged, you should apply a paste made up of half an avocado and 4 tablespoons of coconut oil to it. Evenly distribute the paste using a comb. This conditioning mask can be left on for approximately 20 minutes, and then washed and rinsed using your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.
5. Hair Strengthening Mask
If your hair is feeling brittle and you notice split ends, you can use a combination of 3 tablespoons of warmed and cooled coconut oil mixed with raw egg to create a strengthening hair mask. Leave on for one hour and then shampoo and rinse thoroughly. This will help minimize the appearance of split ends and prevent breakage.
6. Treatment for Dandruff
Since coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it makes a great treatment for dandruff. Simply massage a small amount into scalp and leave it on as long as possible before shampooing as normal.
7. Noticing Grey Hair?
Combine a bunch of curry leaves with 2 cups of coconut oil and bring to the boil until all the moisture evaporates. Pour mixture into a bottle once it cools down and apply to your hair two to three times every two weeks. This treatment is said to be effective in combating premature greying.
8. Get Gum out of Hair
If you happen to get gum on your hair, simply apply a generous amount of coconut oil onto the affected strands and let it soak a couple of hours. The gum should slide right off.
9. Hair Protector
If you are planning on spending a day at the beach or pool, consider the damage that could possibly be done to hair in the sun. Coat the ends of your hair in coconut oil prior to getting it wet. Another benefit is that your hair will dry out smoother as opposed to frizzier.
Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks: For Your Body
10. Homemade Body Wash
Combine 2 cups of any unscented body wash or liquid castile soap, 1 cup of rosewater, 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 20 to 30 drops off lavender essential oil. Combine all these ingredients in one bottle and shake well until everything is combined. Use this mixture as a body soap.
11. Body Scrub
Use some sea salt with a few tablespoons of coconut oil to create your own body scrub.
12. Deep Skin Moisturizer
Combine equal parts of coconut and olive oil, add a few drops of frankincense or rose essential oil to use as a moisturizing body oil.
13. Everyday Body Moisturizer
Simply massage coconut oil into your entire body after a bath, while skin is still wet to lock in moisture.
14. Shaving Cream
Using coconut oil on your skin before shaving as opposed to shaving cream will give you a closer shave as it softens the hair follicle.
15. After Shave Treatment
If you have razor bumps or skin that is easily irritated after shaving, apply coconut oil over your skin to soothe it.
16. Home Waxing
Use coconut oil to prep your skin before hot waxing, and to remove wax residue after your waxing session.
17. Cellulite Cream
Struggling with cellulite? Combine 1 cup of coconut oil with 1 cup of jojoba oil, 20 drops off Juniper oil, 20 drops off Cyprus essential oil, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix it well and apply to the affected areas of the body leaving it overnight.
18. After-Sun Soother
Combine 4 teaspoons of shea butter, 4 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, and half a cup of coconut oil. Double boil the ingredients over medium heat until the butter is melted. Store in a jar and allow to cool. This can be used on sunburned skin too.
19. Muscle Soother
If you have aching muscles, combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 teaspoons of shea butter, 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil, 1 teaspoon beeswax, six drops of eucalyptus oil and four drops of lavender essential oil. Once the shea butter is melted, add essential oils and stored in an air tight container.
20. Treatment for Moles
Moles have been known to simply slide off or disappear after being treated with a vinegar compress and coconut oil for a few weeks.
21. Cuts and scrapes
Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, coconut oil will help your cuts, scrapes, and bruises heal faster. As a bonus, it may also help to minimize scarring.
22. Relaxing Night Balm
Combine 1 cup of melted coconut oil, and one cup of almond oil 2 to 3 drops of rose essential oil. This mixture can be stored in an airtight container and used whenever you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
Rub coconut oil over your entire body to add a natural glow. To add a shimmer and shine to that glow, use sparkling Mica in your oil.
Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks: For Hands and Feet
24. Homemade Hand Cream
Combine 10 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons off cold compressed sweet almond oil, and 4 tablespoons of grated beeswax. Melt ingredients over a double boiler. Once the mixture has cooled, transfer it into any suitable container and massage into your hands for smooth, supple and spot free hands.
25. Nail and Cuticle Treatment
Coconut oil contains fatty acids that allow the oil to be absorbed quickly absorbed into the skin so that it can carry nutrients to the cells. Massage oil into nails and cuticles to strengthen them.
26. Lightening Dark Patches
Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into the juice of one lemon and apply this mixture to elbows, knees and wherever else dark patches are present.
27. Moisturizing Foot Mask
If you have dry and cracked feet, massage coconut oil into your feet, cover with a pair of old socks and leave on overnight. You may also use a pumice stone to go over flaky areas.
28. Fungal Infections
Coconut oil contains a powerful anti-fungal agent known as caprylic acid. So it is great for treating any type of foot fungus. Simply lather your feet or affected area in coconut oil, cover with socks and leave overnight. You can use this treatment until the infection has gone.
29. Tired Feet
Add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and one cup of mixed spice to your warm foot bath and soak your feet for as long as you like. The lauric acid in coconut oil will soothe tired feet.
30. Natural Deodorizer
Massage coconut oil into your feet to deodorize it. You may combine a few drops of your favorite essential oil with the coconut oil for added fragrance.
Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks: For Your Face
31. Face Scrub
Coconut oil makes a fantastic exfoliator. Simply combine a few teaspoons of coconut oil with baking soda to make a potent and effective scrub for your face.
32. Face mask
If you have naturally dry skin, combine coconut oil with a little bit of honey and smooth it over your face. Leave the sticky mixture on for 10 minutes before rinsing off well. This works wonders during the wintertime.
33. Make-up Remover
If you have a hard time removing make-up from your face, massage coconut oil into your skin. It removes all traces of make-up including waterproof mascara. The antimicrobial element will also leave your skin with a beautiful glow.
Since coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, it makes it an excellent soothing treatment for eczema. However, it needs to be organic virgin coconut oil. Apply a small amount to the affected areas at least 3 to 4 times a day.
35. After Sun Soother
If you forgot to buy sunscreen, add a few teaspoons of coconut oil in your aloe vera gel and apply it all over your body to prevent free radicals from running amok. Coconut oil is high in antioxidants and minimizes sunspots.
36. Cold Sores
The Lauric acid content in coconut oil is over 50% making coconut oil anti-viral. Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add oregano to it. Use this mixture to treat cold sores, warts, boils and even acne.
Rub a little bit of coconut oil inside your nostrils when you have a cold to ease allergies, sore nostrils, and a runny nose.
Use on eyelashes to speed up growth and help with pigmentation
39. Natural Highlighter
Coconut oil is used as a base for many different types of make-up. Sweep a small amount over your cheekbones and bridge of your nose to give your skin a natural-looking glow.
Add coconut oil with nutmeg and apply it to the areas of your face affected with acne. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks: For Wellness
41. PMS Blend
If you are experiencing menstrual cramps, mix half a cup of coconut oil with 3 drops of cypress oil, 5 drops of chamomile oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well and apply it to your abdomen.
42. Hot Flashes
It is believed that coconut oil can relieve the symptoms of hot flashes when it is applied under the feet and on hair and scalp before bedtime.
43. Mood Elevator
Feeling blue? Make your own mood lifting massage oil by combining a cup of coconut oil and a bunch of basil or lavender. Simmer this mixer on low heat for half an hour. Use it as an aromatherapy oil and mood elevator.
44. Insect Repellent
You should combine one cup of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 20 drops of eucalyptus, citronella or patchouli essential oil. Keep the mixer in a jar and rub onto your body to keep bugs such as mosquitos away.
45. Chest Rub
Relieve congestion, blocked nose, and sinus headaches by combining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and 3 drops of peppermint oil. Warm up a small amount between your palms then apply to your chest, nose, hands, and feet.