In Asian traditional medicine coconut oil is known as a natural remedy, but it can also be used for makeup removal, as well as a natural deodorant, anti-aging crème and as lip and hair balsam. Coconut oil stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria and acts as an antiviral agent. It’s a great ally if you’re trying to lose excess weight and it helps maintain skin health and complexion. It can be drank or applied to skin or hair. It’s been increasingly used in cosmetic product industry over the last ten years. Beneficial acids contained in coconut oil have strong antiviral and antibacterial properties. They also bring favorable conditions for growth of helpful bacteria, especially those common in acids in milk.
1. Makeup remover
Coconut oil is a gentle makeup remover, particularly efficient in removing water resistant mascara. Apply several oil drops to your glove and then gently press it over your eyes so the makeup can melt down. Afterwards remove the makeup with gentle taps. When cotton is clean, rinse your face with water.
2. It makes the hair smooth and obedient
A few drops of coconut oil will keep stray hairs in place. Put a few drops of oil on your palm and rub your palms together to warm them up a bit. Rub them into your hair when you come out of shower. Coconut oil can also be used in creation of deep masks. Women living in tropical countries claim it helps maintain color and prevents hair loss.
3. Natural deodorant
Acids found inside coconut oil kill bacteria causing unpleasant scent. Applying few drops of coconut oil is enough during winter months. When the temperatures rise, you can make your own deodorant from 1/4 cup of baking soda, half a cup of thickening agent, 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Mix up all the ingredients thoroughly, pour them in a plastic mold or an old deodorant can and then just put it all in the fridge for a while so it can solidify.
4. Instead of shaving foam
If you have sensitive skin which is prone to rash and pimples after depilation, coconut oil is a much better option than regular shaving foam. After you’re done shaving, rub the oil into your skin thoroughly, combining it with lukewarm water. In addition to making the razor go over your skin in a smoother manner, it will also hydrate your skin, making afterward crème application unnecessary.
5. Lip balm
Wounded and sore lips can easily be treated with a daily dose of a few drops of coconut oil. If you find it impractical to carry a bottle of coconut oil with you, you can take out your favorite lip balm, let it melt and then add a few drops of coconut oil to it. Put it in a fridge so it can go back to its previous solid form.
6. Anti-aging crème
Coconut oil helps stimulate production of collagen, which has the function of keeping our skin elastic. That function steadily decreases in efficiency over the years. Take a few drops of coconut oil and warm them up in your hands. Gently apply them over your eyes, taking care to properly cover the outer corners. It can also be applied over and around lips.
7. Skin hydration and massage
Coconut oil is an excellent skin hydration agent because it binds water molecules, and itself gets absorbed into the skin faster than lotions do. If you want to use coconut oil, warm it up between your palms before you apply it. Coconut oil massage has anti-inflammatory properties and helps treat swelling, arthritis and rheumatism.