Personal hygiene products are normally laden with chemicals, some of which can trigger a number of skin conditions. If you knew the plethora of health benefits coconut oil provides, you would never go back to your favorite personal care products. There are 28 amazing uses of this health-boosting oil for personal hygiene, and these are not all inclusive. In fact, coconut oil has over 150 different uses in total.
For one thing, this oil is a powerful antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties. It also improves your body’s nutrient absorption. All in all, it’s a strong antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.
On the plus side, coconut oil is easily available in drug stores or even healthy food stores.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene
This super healthy ingredient can help you reduce flaking and itching in the scalp. Well, this is mainly because coconut oil has amazing moisturizing properties. Coconut oil can also help you to control the oil secretion from your scalp, which is probably the main cause for dandruff. Here’s what you need to do – just apply some coconut oil on your scalp before you go to sleep and leave it on overnight. Then, when you wake up in the morning you need to rinse it off with some raw-vegan shampoo and warm water. Note: make sure you use raw vegan hair care product, because the commercial shampoos are loaded with many harmful chemicals and irritants, and they could make the dandruff condition even worse.
2. PORE MINIMIZER
Make sure you use this ingredient for your pores, because coconut oil is very useful in tightening the pores and it provides a smoother and softer touch to your skin. This is extremely useful, because it will prevent the bacteria and the dirt from entering the skin pores and it will prevent the acne appearance as well.
3. CUTICLE CREAM
You can also use coconut oil to get rid cuticles. All you need to do is to rub some coconut oil on the cuticles.
4. CREAM FOR STRETCH MARKS
This amazing oil also reduces stretch marks. You just need to apply it to the affected area 3 to 4 times every day.
5. HAIR GEL
We recommend you to replace the commercial hair gel with this safer natural alternative to style your hair.
6. AFTER SHAVE
Coconut oil also treats razor burns. Apply it after shaving to heal the irritated skin.
7. HAIR CONDITIONER AND DEEP TREATMENT
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that are beneficial for your scalp and hair follicles, so it will deeply condition your hair, and it will leave your hair shiny and smooth. Take 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and massage it into your hair. Leave it during the entire night, or, at least, an hour. Afterward, rinse it with shampoo, and eventually apply some apple cider vinegar. Your hair will become fabulous!
8. TATTOO HEALING
In order to prevent fading of the colors, apply some coconut oil on your tattoos. This will accelerate the healing process and inhibit infections.
9. EYELASH CONDITIONER
As your eyelashes are also hair, they too need some conditioning every now and then. Just rub some coconut oil between your fingers and apply on the tips of your lashes before going to bed.
Use coconut oil instead of deodorants as these are often laden with aluminum. This will reduce your risk of cancer from deodorants. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties so it effectively destroys fungi, yeast and bacteria. Simply rub a little coconut oil on your armpits.
11. MASSAGE OIL
Use coconut oil for massages. It can relieve aching muscles due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it smells great.
12. SKIN EXFOLIATOR
Exfoliate your skin by rubbing it with coconut oil. Then use a scrubby hand mitten/washcloth for removing the dead skin cells. This will also remove dirt and hydrate your skin. Coconut oil has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial benefits. Plus, it’s abundant in lauric acid, which is extremely beneficial for improving skin quality.
13. HAND CLEANER
As we said before in this article, the coconut oil has powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it an amazing hand cleaner. So, you should massage it on your hands for 30 seconds and wipe it with a warm washcloth. Then you need to wipe your hands with dry washcloth. Leave the remaining oil on your hands and your skin will absorb it. This hand cleaning method will work very well during the dry and cold winter nights, when your hands can start cracking.
14. PREVENTING WRINKLES
This amazing oil is also very useful in strengthening and tightening the skin and the connective tissues. The coconut oil will also give you a younger and refreshed look. Note: you can use it as a nighttime facial moisturizer. The coconut oil is also very useful in preventing and minimizing the wrinkles.
You can use this amazing coconut oil for hydrating and moisturizing the lips. It’s because the coconut oil has natural SPF (Sun Protecting Factor), which is very useful in protecting the lips against sunlight and in preventing peeling lips.
16. VARICOSE VEINS
Did you know that you can use this remarkable coconut oil as a natural remedy for treating varicose veins? Well yes, all you have to do is apply some coconut oil on the affected area 3 to 6 times every day, until you get the desired results.
Coconut oil can be also used for healing burns. Make sure you apply some coconut oil on the affected area, until the burn site is healed. It will help you speed up the healing process and eliminate the risk of permanent scaring.
18. NAIL STRENGTHENER
You can strengthen the nails by rubbing some coconut oil on them.
19. VASELINE SUBSTITUTE
Coconut oil is a far safer alternative when compared to the petroleum based Vaseline.
20. BODY SCRUB
You can use a mixture of coconut oil and sea salt as a natural body scrub for both the face and the body. All you have to do is to mix 2 tbsp. of coconut oil and 2 tbsp. of sea salt.
21. EYE CREAM
Put a dash of coconut oil around your eyes before going to bed to hydrate the skin. Your eyes will feel and look better upon waking up.
Mix baking soda with some coconut oil to make natural fluoride-free toothpaste.
23. MAKEUP REMOVER
Use coconut oil to effectively remove makeup. Simply put some oil on a cotton pad and remove your makeup. In the end, wash your face with natural face soap.
24. INSECT REPELLENT
Use coconut oil to make your own insect repellant. This oil also increases the shelf life of the repellant. In any case, avoid using insect repellants that contain DEET as these can damage both your body and the environment.
25. REDUCE SPLIT ENDS
Coconut oil can also help you reduce dry split ends. You will need to cut your hair, and then apply a little bit of coconut oil on the tips.
As we said before, the coconut oil contains natural SPF (Sun Protecting Factor). So, this oil is very useful in protecting the skin from the sun rays. You should definitely try using coconut oil, instead of the expensive sunscreen products, which are loaded with harmful chemicals and substances. Here’s what you need to do – just apply some coconut oil on your skin, 20 minutes before you go outside, so that it can get absorbed.
You can use coconut oil as a lubricant as well. Coconut oil is an amazing natural lubricant and you will feel amazing if you use it. You can use it in “bed” as well, but avoid using condoms, because it could affect the plastics.
28. HEALING BRUISES
This amazing natural oil is also very useful in speeding up the healing process when you apply it on bruises. You can also use it in reducing redness and swelling as well.
As you can see, this amazing ingredient has many different uses for personal hygiene. So, don’t wait, just go to the local health store and buy some coconut oil.