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12 Benefits of Coconut Oil That Will Change Your Beauty Regimen

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 by Kapuluan

A tube of "raw coconut oil" skincare product lies on a sandy beach next to a large seashell, with gentle ocean waves approaching in the background.
While coconut oil is a superfood, chock full of essential medium-chain fatty acids that can aid weight loss, help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, increase energy, reduce cholesterol, assist in stabilizing insulin, and act as an antibiotic, we’re all about the benefits of using raw organic coconut oil all over your body as an essential part of your daily self-care routine.

Here are the top 12 head-to-toe benefits of coconut oil:

1. It strengthens, conditions, and protects your hair

One of coconut oil’s main essential fatty oils is lauric acid, which strengthens hair fiber by seeping into the strands. Now’s the time to stop buying synthetic “coconut-scented” conditioners and go to the source for great-smelling, super practical, all-natural hair care. A small amount in your hair will make it look shiny, decrease frizz, eliminate dandruff, detangle knots, and, thanks to its built-in SPF, shield it from sun damage when you’re out and about all day.

2. It’s a chemical-free, highly effective facial cleanser and moisturizer

Coconut oil does a fantastic job penetrating deeply into your skin without leaving a greasy residue. It moisturizes your skin, and the triglycerides in coconut oil attract protein molecules and repair your skin’s collagen layer to smooth fine lines, diminish wrinkles, and minimize discoloration, including dark circles under your eyes. Use it as a powerful, all-natural makeup remover that quickly removes even the most demanding beauty products. (Goodbye, waterproof mascara!) Thanks to coconut oil’s antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, it can even be used to treat acne.

3. It soothes your lips and helps keep your teeth and gums healthy

Daily application of coconut oil benefits your kisser, too, in much of the same way it safeguards your skin and hair. The built-in SPF protects, and the fatty acids in coconut oil lock in moisture and provide an effective barrier for your lips. But don’t stop there: coconut oil has been used for centuries for oral detoxification. “Oil pulling,” an ancient Indian remedy where you take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes, helps whiten teeth, reduces bad breath, prevents mouth and gum disease, and overall is an excellent addition to your dental care routine.

4. It gives you beautiful, glowing skin and protects you from sunburn

Coconut oil keeps your skin hydrated and creates a protective barrier that never feels greasy or slimy. Indigenous Pacific Islanders over the ages have effectively used coconut oil as a non-toxic sunscreen. Today we know it has an SPF of around 8, which blocks 75% of the sun’s rays without totally obscuring the UVB rays that provide Vitamin D – an essential nutrient that most of us tend to be deficient in. Use coconut oil correctly, and you’ll avoid getting sunburned. It also contains plenty of antioxidant-rich vitamin E, which helps repair skin damage and keeps you looking fresh and vibrant.

5. It alleviates dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis

TIt’she double whammy of the anti-inflammatory/antibacterial properties combined with the intense moisture it provides makes coconut oil an effective way to treat even the most demanding dry skin conditions. For example, a recent study showed that coconut oil was more effective in treating eczema than mineral oil.

6. It gives you an incredible shave

Forget about chemical-heavy shaving creams that leave your skin blotchy and irritated – coconut oil provides a next-level, perfect shave. Your razor easily glides over your legs and underarm for a super close shave and coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory and deeply hydrating properties leave your skin silky soft, irritation-free, fully moisturized, and smelling delicious. You can also try our Whipped Coconut Shaving Butter.

7. It strengthens, heals, and conditions your nails

Nails, like hair and skin, are easily damaged, and coconut oil helps keep your cuticles moisturized, strong and healthy, promoting nail growth and preventing hangnails. Another significant benefit of coconut oil is that its medium-chain fatty acids act as a natural fungicide and can effectively treat athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

8. It helps decrease stretch marks

Stretch marks occur when the elastic fibers under the surface of your skin are stretched – be it during pregnancy, puberty, or other rapid muscle mass gain or weight change – and break. While there’s no magic bullet to prevent or “cure” stretch marks, doctors recommend boosting collagen and hydrating your skin, making coconut oil the perfect treatment. It also helps eliminate the itchiness that often comes with stretch marks.

9. It’s a natural antiseptic

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil make it an ideal addition to your all-natural, chemical-free first aid kit. Apply it on minor scrapes, scratches, and burns. It also has a cooling effect on your skin and helps prevent peeling, blistering, and scarring. And if you’ve just gotten a fresh tattoo – which your body essentially believes is a wound – apply some coconut oil to help aid the healing process.

10. It heals severely cracked skin

From hands and elbows to heels, severely dry, cracked skin can be painful and unsightly. Coconut oil naturally clears away dead skin cells and dirt and deeply penetrates the skin for lasting hydration. And for breastfeeding moms, not only does coconut oil prevent dry nipples, but the antibacterial qualities will also eliminate thrush (an infection caused by an overgrowth of the candida fungus, aka yeast), which is a common breastfeeding condition passed from baby to mom that can leave nipples dry, sore, and cracked.

11. It’s also a toxin-free lubricant

Especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies, coconut oil can be an excellent choice for an all-natural, chemical-free personal lubricant. It combats vaginal dryness, and the lauric acid in coconut oil can help fight bacterial-based STDs like chlamydia and yeast infections. Don’tdon’tcoconut oil with condoms, as it breaks down latex.

12. It provides exceptional stress relief

Research shows that coconut oil releases stress, largely thanks to its antioxidant-rich makeup. A vital part of ancient Ayurvedic practices and aromatherapy, coconut oil can be used alone or as a “carr” er oil” com”ined with other scents. When used for massage, it’s optionally soothing and relieves physical and mental fatigue. The benefits of coconut oil, celebrated since ancient times, make it the perfect modern-day beauty, health, and wellness hack. Use it daily as an aromatic, highly effective, extremely versatile, head-to-toe nourishing regimen.  
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