All of us Indian girls know only too well the power of a good coconut oil champi for our mane, but did you know that coconut oil has so many other astonishing beauty benefits too! It’s packed with antifungal and antibacterial properties and works as a perfect moisturizer for your delicate skin. Here are 11 unexpected but AWESOME beauty uses of coconut oil.
1. As A Lip Balm For Plump Lips
If you suffer from perpetually chapped lips, you might want to try giving coconut oil a shot! It hydrates your pucker and moisturizes it at the same time. Before you step out, apply it on your lips. You can also carry it around in your bag in a tiny tin container.
2. Use It As A Massage Oil
Why invest in a massage oil when you have some coconut oil at home, right? You can either microwave the oil for 15 seconds or heat it in a pan for half a minute. Also, feel free to add few drops of peppermint or lavender oil to it as it adds to the fragrance and makes the massage experience much richer.
3. The Best Toothpaste Alternative!
Are you out of toothpaste? Don’t step out to buy a new tube just yet! You can make one at home. Mix a bit of coconut oil with baking soda and you have a homemade toothpaste at your disposal. Try it to believe it!
4. It Fights Bad Breath Like A Pro!
For healthier gums, stronger teeth and fresher breath, coconut oil can make all of those dreams come true! It has antibacterial properties that fight germs and bad breath. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil into a cup of water, rinse your mouth and gargle with it a few minutes (also known as oil pulling).
5. Prolong Your Manicure
It’s perfect for strengthening nails and preventing cuticles from cracking and getting damaged. The best time to apply it to your nails is before going to bed. You can also apply it after you get a manicure done as it makes it last longer.
6. It’s Your New Makeup Remover!
Every night, I personally use coconut oil to remove my makeup. I pour some on a cotton pad and wipe my face with it. With hardly any effort, the makeup comes off instantly. I later wash my face with lukewarm water and pat dry using a soft towel.
7. No More Stretch Marks *Yay*
For women who are going to become young moms very soon, coconut oil helps clarify, soothe, heal and moisturize skin during pregnancy as well as helps ward off stretch marks. It should be applied once in the morning and once at night. If you aren’t expecting and yet have stretch marks, coconut oil will benefit your skin too.
8. It’s Better Than Your Regular Shaving Gel
Just when you’re out of shaving gel, coconut oil comes to the rescue! All you’ve got to do is apply it over the area and simply shave! Post shaving, it will leave your skin smooth and moist instead of dry and rough.
9. A Fabulous Body Oil
To be honest, body oils are quite expensive in the market. Don’t invest in one yet ‘coz coconut oil does the same job. Just after you finish your shower, apply it on damp skin and pat dry after. Did you also know that it acts as a natural SPF 4? Yes, it protects your skin from the sun.
10. Hello Glowy Skin
Ladies, it’s time to replace your night cream with good ol’ coconut oil. It has moisturizing benefits and is loaded with antioxidants that will keep the fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Apply it before you sleep and you’ll be waking up to glowing skin the next morning.
11. Tried Using It As A Cheekbone Highlighter?
Try using coconut oil to add a hint of glamour to your face and cheekbones. It helps create an illusion of brighter, fuller and firmer cheeks. Once you’re done applying your makeup, sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of it to give your cheeks a radiant, glowy finish.
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Published on Nov 07, 2016