Coconut oil is everywhere these days. We all know that it’s healthy for cooking, but it’s also a great beauty product in its own right. I love it for a moisturizing, antioxidant-filled addition to my beauty routine, and I’m not alone. Almost anywhere you look, people are touting it as one of the best beauty products of 2013—and it’s pretty easy to find.
Below are a few of my favorite uses for coconut oil. Make sure you get the right product, though. You want to look for extra virgin coconut oil—which means it hasn’t been bleached, refined, or hydrogenated. If you can, buy organic. The best thing is, you don’t have to refrigerate it. You can keep it in the bathroom or on your nightstand. The graphic below shows some of my favorite brands: Nature’s Way EfaGold, Nutiva Organic, and Barlean’s Organic Oils.
7 Incredible Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil 1 of 8
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Hair Conditioning 2 of 8
Coconut oil is great for dry, damaged hair. Apply a small amount on to the ends of your hair for extra conditioning. For an all-over repair, rub into small sections of hair, wrap it up for two hours or let it set overnight, then wash it out. It may take 2-3 times until your hair doesn't feel oily anymore, but it's totally worth it. You can also use a tiny amount of coconut oil to tame fly-aways and frizz.
Makeup Removal 3 of 8
Put a little coconut oil on a cotton ball or cotton pad. Sweep over your eyes — it's amazing for waterproof mascara. Gently rub a small amount on to your face. Afterwards, wash as usual or lay a warm, damp rag on your face before washing ... and relax for a few minutes. It tightens your skin and feels great.
(Warning: If you're acne-prone, coconut oil can clog pores, so make sure you're just using a small amount.)
Facial Softener 4 of 8
Coconut oil will soften and moisturize your lips. Just rub a little across them to lock in moisture. It tastes great too! You can also use it around your eyes to soften and moisturize the delicate eye area. As a bonus, its antioxidants help with fine lines.
Body Scrub 5 of 8
Mix coconut oil with salt or sugar to create a great DIY body scrub. Apply it with a loofah or brush, or just scrub with your hands. It exfoliates, moisturizes, and smells great!
Hand Moisturizing 6 of 8
Apply a little coconut oil after doing the dishes to keep your hands soft. Just rub in a small amount and let it work its magic. Coconut oil is also great for keeping cuticles from becoming ragged and dry. Rub a small amount around each nail. As a bonus, it keeps your nails from becoming brittle (but unfortunately it won't help them grow).
Shaving 7 of 8
This one's simple: Instead of buying shaving cream, use coconut oil to shave your legs and underarms. It's easy, cheaper, and moisturizes at the same time.
Massage Oil 8 of 8
Guess what's already an ingredient in massage oil? Yes — coconut oil. It's organic, moisturizing, and most importantly, it stays slippery because it doesn't absorb immediately. Keep some right there on your nightstand.