There’s a reason why coconut oil for hair and skin care tops the list. From taming frizzy hair to moisturising dry, flaky skin to keeping your heels smooth and fungus-free, this natural ingredient has a wide range of beauty-boosting and healing properties.
Coconut oil is used in a variety of hair and skincare products including cosmeceuticals, cosmetic products that have drug-like benefits and are intended as a bridge between the physician’s office and traditional cosmetics. Along with canola oil, petrolatum, and mineral oil, coconut oil is commonly used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals to calm itchy, dry skin and moisturise as a creamy, lotion-like oil. When buying coconut oil, it is recommended that you look for 100 % coconut oil in solid form.
Here’s how to get the benefits of coconut oil at home:
How to use coconut oil for hair
Use as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Just rub a small amount of coconut oil into the scalp and dry hair and let it do its work for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. You can also tame the frizzies. Rub half teaspoon coconut onto your hair after styling. The oil will calm down dryness and the frizzies and give your hair a wonderful fragrance.
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Use Coconut Oil for Skin to Rehydrate
Virgin coconut oil is known to improve skin barrier function in patients with atopic dermatitis. Create a spa-like experience at home by whipping up this skin-softening treatment that also contains oats, a soothing ingredient.
Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of oats and coconut butter (the solid form of coconut oil) and place it in a reusable muslin bag. Then heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the mixture becomes a thick paste. The bag may be massaged, rolled, and compressed all around the body. The active ingredients from the oats and the coconut oil will help restore your skin’s pH levels, leaving your skin silky smooth.
Repair Damaged Hair While You Sleep
Coconut oil for hair has been a known strand-saver for years. It is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure. If your hair feels dry or is prone to breakage — which may be the case if you colour it or use heat tools regularly — try coconut oil as an overnight treatment.
Before going to bed, apply virgin coconut oil onto your hair. Rub the coconut oil into the palms of your hands and work your way along the hair shaft from the roots to the ends and on the scalp. Follow by combing through with a wide-tooth comb, then put your hair in a ponytail or bun and cover it with a shower cap before bed. In the morning, rinse with shampoo and conditioner.
Raw organic coconut oil for hair is best. Use warm oil to massage into your scalp and hair.
Coconut Oil May Make Your Mouth Healthier
Celebs are fans of oil pulling which has roots in ancient Indian culture. Oil pulling — swishing an oil in your mouth for several minutes a day — may have benefits including whitening your teeth and preventing tooth decay, bleeding gums, and cracked lips.
Want to get the benefits of oil pulling? Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons of a vegetable-based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in your mouth for 20 minutes, spit it out, rinse with warm water, and brush well after rinsing.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair to Tame the Frizzies
Is your hair a poufy mess? Get the benefits of coconut oil by using a small amount in your hair for instant control. Put a dime-size amount on your fingers and then run it through your hair to put frizz and flyaways in their place.
Taking a tropical vacation? Use coconut oil for hair to prevent your hair from frying in the heat. If you’re going to the pool or the beach, it’s best to leave coconut oil in your hair. This creates a barrier between your hair and the drying sun, chlorine, or saltwater and keeps it conditioned and healthy.
Prevent Toenail Infections With Coconut Oil for Skin
Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties making it the perfect ingredient to use to prevent toenail infections and foot fungus.
Try coconut oil for skin before your next pedicure: Pour coconut oil into an empty jar or small bowl until it’s halfway full, then add two tablespoons of honey and mix in a tablespoon of sugar until the sugar is completely immersed in the oil. Take a couple of spoonfuls of the scrub and work it into your legs and feet to fully exfoliate, sloughing away dead skin and smoothing out calluses, cracked heels and rough spots.