7 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Beauty

coconut oil beauty tips
If there is one natural beauty “secret” I can vouch for 100%, it would be coconut oil – I can’t even begin to explain how it has turned my hair after the abuse I gave it during high school.

Coconut oil isn’t just great for hair, though. What makes it such a good “beauty oil” is its small molecular structure – this allows for complete absorption into the skin and hair.

Here are some beauty ways to enjoy coconut oil:

1. Coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. Coconut oil is great for your skin, whether it’s the skin on your face, or on the body. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank explains:

Coconut oil has beneficial uses, both internally and externally. It has pure fatty acids essential for moisturising and also has anti-bacteria and anti-fungal properties.

Comuaric acid is an antioxidant present in coconut oil and decreases inflammation and increases over health of the skin. It is also very moisturising and sooth for sunburns and helps skin’s luminosity and gives a nice temporary glow.

You can use it for the face as a natural moisturizer, but I love it on the body. Apply it on your body immediately after a shower when your skin is a little damp, and it will absorb immediately without any greasy or sticky residue.

2. Coconut oil for dry, flaky lips. Coconut oil can be used as a lip balm to relief dry and flaky lips.

3. Coconut oil as a scrub. Coconut oil is a great oil to make some beauty recipes with. Mix coconut oil with some brown sugar for a facial scrub, a body scrub, a foot scrub, or a DIY natural lip scrub… the possibilities are endless!

4. Coconut oil for dry, cracked heels. Apply coconut oil liberally to your foot, wear a pair of socks over it, and sleep with it on over night. The next day you’ll get super soft feet.

5. Coconut oil for hair. Ah, my favorite way to use coconut oil! What I personally do is to use coconut oil as a pre-shampoo hair conditioner. (My favorite is this one.) Apply generous amounts of it to your hair, leave on for 30 minutes, and then rinse off and shampoo in the shower. You can also use it as a leave in conditioner.

6. Coconut oil for dandruff. Coconut oil is excellent for preventing and controlling dandruff. Just apply it to the scalp of your hair for 30 minutes before shampooing, 3 times a week, and you’ll see less flakes in about a week (or however frequent you shampoo your hair). Vatika Coconut Oil will get rid of dandruff within 2 days – promise.

7. Coconut oil as eye makeup remover. Careful with this one – but coconut oil can be a great eye makeup remover. Apply it to a warm cloth and be very careful not to put too much (this can cause milia seeds, those tiny, hard-to-get-rid-of oil ducts) or get it in your eyes. (Check out more tips on How to Remove Your Makeup Properly).

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  1. I use coconut oil as a pre shampoo conditioner because I don’t care for the smell. I just saturate my hair for 5 minutes, then shampoo off. My hair is super soft, and I don’t need to use a hair conditioner afterwards.

    1. Same! I do a pre-condition too, though I try to leave it as long as I can (usually an hour because that’s the most I can stand the smell, haha! :D)

  2. Ooh I need to get my hands on these! Do you have any recommendations for shampoos and conditioners? My hair is horribly damaged now because I bleached it like, six times over the past six months or something. And I dip-dye the ends magenta&purple every month too:/ I need help ahhhh):

  3. Oh right I currently co-wash once a week, shampoo once a week with a hair mask and dry shampoo in between. I blow dry my hair every time I wash my hair but I use heat protectant and a blend of my own hair oil which consists of apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. It’s still really damaged though and it’s so frustrating!

    1. Ah, I say leave your hair alone! This is what I did when I got a disaster perm, and now my hair is looking good as new:

      – Cut off the dead ends, and more if you can stand it!
      – STOP using blowdryers and any other styling tools
      – I use Dabur Vatika coconut oil (link in the article) and it has transformed my hair. I apply it and leave it on for an hour and then shampoo, and then use a very small amount as a leave in conditioner. Apply a dime-sized amount in damp hair.
      – I use Asciene shampoo, this wonder product from Asia that is great for damaged hair – permed, colored, you name it.
      – For conditioner in my shower, I use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle

      Do that for a couple of months I swear your hair will get better! Just dont do anymore chemical treatments on them. Good luck! Hmm maybe I should write a proper post on this too?

      1. I’m gonna cut 2-3 inches of when I get back to Singapore because they’re splitting so badly. The only thing is that I really want to keep my dip-dyed hair and somehow my hair dries really frizzy when I’m in Singapore so airdrying probably isn’t an option. I’m totally gonna hit up Mustafa when I get back though! And I’ll check out the shampoo although I might have tried it before hmm. Yes write up a post Renee:D

    2. Saturate your hair in EXTRA VIRGIN (organic) Coconut Oil before going to bed, wrap your hair in a small bag/shower cap/plastic wrap and lay a towel over your pillow before you go to sleep. When you wake up, wash (about 2 times) and condition your hair as usual. On days that you dont feel like doing so much, leave it on for at least 2 hrs before washing your hair. If you do this at least once a week, you will see BETTER results.

  4. Eurgh the smell! Smells lovely in the tub, but once it touches my skin it smells rancid, like vomit-ish! I still use it on my hair now and again, leave it in for an hour tops, and then shampoo out. It’s good stuff – apart from the smell obviously 😛 xx

    1. Glad I’m not the only one who think it smells like hell 😛 Everyone keeps saying it’s nice and sweet, I’m like, are you mad?! 😀

  5. Renee, can you recommend a good coconut oil to use on your face and body? I am utterly obsessed with oils! They are the best moisturiseres, especially if you suffer from dry skin like me, or, if you’re just obsessed with them like me!

    1. Hey Shannon! Oh dear I am so sorry, I don’t have any in particular to recommend except for the hair oil… have you tried the complete natural ones, though? I reckon the ones that are the purest would be the best! (I saw a lot with added ingredients, don’t know how great they are…)

  6. For all those with hair damage, just wanted to share a tip that’s reallyyyy worked for my hair! Just mix 2 parts each coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil with 1 part each of almond and castor oil, and apply to hair twice a week.. reallyyyy stopped my hairfall!

  7. i heard great things too about coconut oil but still unsure whether try it out or not. a friend of mine told me it has this odd smell?

    1. I’m here to tell you it’s seriously THE BEST. But yeah, I hate the smell, it’s horrible. But I bare it ’cause it’s that good!

    1. I actually don’t, I’m afraid. I think it may be slightly comedogenic for oily skin. Unless of course you use very little and perhaps even dilute it a little bit.

      Definitely try it out for your hair, though!

  8. Someday few years ago, I visit Indonesia. People in there use coconut oil for fry, chicken, duck, fish, meat and everything you can name it.
    I don’t know this can cure the cracked heels, that’s great news for me.

  9. Lol being Indian, my mom would often condition my hair with coconut oil when I was younger but not daily, once a month or once in a while before showering. We are not fans of the smell. Or well, it smells great for 15mins but then when it does its magic and stuff it starts to stink lol. My grandmother who is reaching 500soon enough still has a lot of black hair and she says its bcoz she oils it every 2 days (not sure if its because of the oil or not but her hair is thiiick and glossy for sure)
    Coconut oil is magic. I haven’t tried argon oil yet either but I can’t wait.
    I wrote in another comment prior to this, I tried Castor and almond oil and my hair is suppperrrr soft right now. I used it because I moved here to India a few months ago and when my favourite shampoo ran out I had to change to something I found here – clinic. I’m sure its the weather,water,food change but I got intenseeee dandruff. And after a week it got Sooo bad… Like Renee, I was ruffing my hair and shit loads was snowing out I wanted to cry. So I went out that second and bought the oils, left it overnight and washed it out. My head doesn’t itch oand there is like 85 or 90% less than there was a day ago. I
    Guess I don’t need the sensun shampoo I bought now (sensun – removes dandruff too. Ugh happens every time I move countries)

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