5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Regimen!

Coconut (Image Credit: Chandrika Nair)

Coconut (Image Credit: Chandrika Nair)

I’m sure most of you readers out there have heard of Coconut Oil if not due to your clean eating diet then for other health benefits.  Touted as one of the healthiest cooking oils available, the solidified oil in a jar seems to be making its rounds in the food community.  However, did you know that coconut oil is also a multi-use beauty product?  Before I list 5 ways you can use it in your beauty regimen, let me give you a brief history.

Coconut has been a huge part of all tropical island culture both as a food and medical material for thousands of years.  Since WWII the substance has been sold in England and the US as “margarine” or “coconut butter.”  For years the fat content was considered bad until modern science was able to divide and classify the various fats and determine which ones were healthiest.  Eventually, the research indicated that the saturated fat contained in coconut oil was indeed healthy and quickly became a health food darling. (source 1)

Those same cultures that utilized coconut as a renewable resource for generations also passed down the non-culinary uses for coconut oil.  After surveying a few of my friends and researching online here are the top five ways to use it in your beauty regimen:

  1. Sunscreen naturally SPF 4 (it will also sooth skin that has already been burned)
  2. Skin Lotion
  3. Hair conditioner
  4. Chapstick
  5. De-frizz curly hair

Since coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing – many women use it to keep their skin looking fresh and glowing.  Just beware that it will not quickly absorb into skin and may require a quick cleanse after you’ve applied it unless you’re able to wear it overnight in which you’ll gain the benefits of deep moisturizing.  There are tons of other ways you can use this seemingly miracle substance so make sure you keep a jar in the kitchen for cooking and little container in your bathroom for your skin. (source 2)

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