28 Surprising Uses of Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

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Most of the store-bought hygiene products are loaded with chemicals, which cause various skin issues. Luckily, there is a healthier alternative! After reading about the uses and benefits of coconut oil, you will definitely start using it instead of the products for personal care you used previously.

This oil possesses potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It also has the ability to boost the absorption of nutrients. As such, it has more than 150 different uses.  Below, there is a list of the 28 most common uses for personal hygiene. Check them out!

  1. Healing Burns

Coconut oil has the ability to speed up the healing process as well as to protect your skin from permanent scars. Use it on regular basis until you get the wanted results.

  1. Tattoo Healing

Applying coconut oil onto your tattoo will prevent fading of its colors. Moreover, it stimulates the healing process and prevents potential infections.

  1. Healing Bruises

There is no better natural remedy for bruises than coconut oil! This amazing ingredient reduces swelling, redness, and it speeds up the healing process.

  1. Anti-dandruff

Given the fact that coconut oil has potent moisturizing properties, it has the ability to reduce flaking and itching of the scalp. It also regulates the secretion of oil from the scalp, which is actually the most common cause of dandruff.

Simply rub some coconut into the scalp before bedtime and let it work overnight. Rinse it off with some quality product in the morning.

  1. Hair Gel

You can use coconut oil as substitute for the store-bought hair gel.

  1. Hair Conditioner

Given the fact that coconut oil is abundant in fatty acids which are great for the scalp and hair follicles, it makes the hair smooth and shiny.

Massage two teaspoons of coconut oil into the hair and let it work for an hour, or overnight. Then, rinse it off with shampoo and apply ACV in the end. This simple trick will make your hair look amazingly!

  1. Prevent Split Ends

To treat try split hair ends, just apply some coconut oil on them. As simple as that!

  1. Eyelash Conditioner

The eyelashes need some conditioning once in a while, just as your hair does.  Rub some coconut oil between the fingers and apply onto the lashes before bedtime.

  1. Toothpaste

Just mix some coconut oil with baking soda to create your own fluoride-free toothpaste!

  1. Deodorant

Due to its potent antifungal and antibacterial properties coconut oil is able to prevent fungi, bacteria, and yeast. Simply rub in on your armpits as you do with your deodorant.

Most of the store-bought deodorants contain aluminum which is considered as cancer-causing chemical. Therefore, consider replacing these deodorants with natural alternative like coconut oil and lower the risk of developing cancer.

  1. Massage Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best massage oils, as it provides relief from painful muscles and it also smells great!

  1. Sunscreen

Due to its natural SPF, coconut oil prevents burning of the skin. All you have to do is to apply some of it onto the skin about half an hour before going outside so that the skin has time to absorb it.

  1. Chapstick

As mentioned above, coconut oil has a natural SPF which prevents damage from the sun radiation. In addition, this can work as preventive measure and treatment of chapped lips as well.

  1. Varicose Veins

Coconut oil is definitely one of the most effective remedies against varicose veins. Simply massage the affected area with coconut for 3-6 times on a daily basis.

  1. Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

Coconut oil is very helpful when it comes to damaged and stretched skin as it has amazing nourishing properties.  Just rub it onto the affected area 3-4 times a day.

  1. Wrinkle Prevention

Thanks to its ability to strengthen and tighten the skin and its connective tissues, coconut oil refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. Regular application of coconut oil before bedtime prevents and treats wrinkles as well.

  1. Eye Cream

Applying coconut oil around the eyes on a regular basis provides hydration, rejuvenation and reduction of the dark circles.

  1. Body Scrub

Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of sugar or tea to create your own body scrub which can be used on both the face and the entire body.

  1. Exfoliator

First, rub coconut oil onto the skin to exfoliate it and then remove the dead skin cells with a scrubby hand mitten. By doing so, you will eliminate all dirt and moisturize the skin at the same time. given the fact that this oil has potent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties as well as large amount of lauric acid, it is extremely effective at improving skin`s elasticity.

  1. Aftershave

To soothe razor-burned skin and heal irritation, just apply some coconut oil onto the affected area.

  1. Insect Repellent

Coconut oil works great against insects and it also extends the shelf life of your store-bought repellent.

  1. Vaseline Substitute

Coconut oil is safer and more effective than the petroleum-based Vaseline and it is highly recommended to start using it as Vaseline substitute.

  1. Lubricant

Coconut oil works as natural, amazing, and safe lubricant.

  1. Pore Minimizer

Given the fact that coconut oil tightens the skin and its tissues, it tightens the pores, prevents dirt to penetrate into the skin, and eventually cause acne. In other words, regular use of coconut oil will make your skin smooth and soft.

  1. Makeup Remover

Put some coconut oil onto a cotton pad, apply onto the face, and then wash it off with moisturizing soap. This simple trick will effectively remove your makeup in an all -natural way.

  1. Hand Cleaner

Coconut oil works as great hand cleaner due to its antibacterial properties. Prevent cracking and dry hands, massage the hands with coconut oil for half a minute and then wipe then using a warm damp washcloth.

  1. Cuticle Cream

By applying coconut oil onto the cuticles you can soften them and push them, when needed.

  1. Nail Strengthener

To strengthen the nails, just rub some coconut oil on them. By doing so, you are also protecting the keratin layers, which serves as preventive measure against external influences.

Source : www.healthyfoodhouse.com