Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Most people swear by it as the number one natural ingredient for their skin and beauty routine. Not only is it a popular ingredient in beauty products, influencers and celebrities rave about its natural ability to curb appetite, reduce belly fat, and even cure Alzheimer’s. But is it as great as people say? Can it actually benefit your skin? Keep reading to find out about seven of the best coconut oil benefits for skin.
1. It’s an incredible moisturizer
First of all, coconut oil is an incredible moisturizer for your skin. You can use it to moisturize your body and your face. Apply it to your skin right after showering or washing your face and it will help to seal in the moisture and hydration you received from the water. Just remember that a little goes a long way and you don’t need to use too much to see excellent results.
2. Coconut oil Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
In addition to being an excellent moisturizer, coconut oil is also perfect for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. For best results, massage liquid coconut oil into your skin every night before bed. Leave it on overnight and rinse gently in the morning.
3. Coconut oil is the best natural eye makeup remover
I don’t know about you but removing my eye makeup can be a pain sometimes. Coconut oil is the only natural eye makeup remover I’ve found that really works. If your coconut oil is solid, run it under hot water for a few minutes then pour the liquid into a bowl. Apply a generous amount of oil to a cotton ball or a damp cloth and hold over your closed eyelid for a few seconds. Then gently wipe the makeup away.
4. Coconut Oil Softens and Hydrates Lips
Have dry or cracked lips in the winter? Coconut oil is the perfect moisturizer for your lips. I love that it’s all natural and does not contain any harmful chemicals like many lip balms do. Add a little coconut oil to a shallow container and apply to your lips whenever they feel cracked or dry.
5. It’s an Excellent Natural Exfoliant
Coconut oil is an incredible exfoliant. To use, apply a dime sized amount to a damp cloth and move in circular motions around your face. It will help to exfoliate dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and any other residue left on your skin after washing. For an even better exfoliating experience, combine it with organic brown sugar to make an exfoliating scrub!
6. Coconut Oil Reduces Stretch Marks
Coconut oil can help to prevent, heal, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It is a high emollient, meaning that it’s great for keeping skin hydrated, more elastic, and less prone to stretch marks. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help cut down healing time for existing stretch marks. Finally, it improves the appearance of stretch marks by brightening the skin so that over time the marks are less visible.
7. It’s a Powerful Teeth Whitener
Okay, I know your teeth aren’t exactly a part of your skin, but I couldn’t forget to mention that coconut oil is an incredible teeth whitener. Apply some coconut oil to your toothbrush and brush for a few minutes, then rinse, and follow up with your regular toothpaste.
I hope you enjoyed these coconut oil benefits for skin. Have any special ways you use coconut oil? Share below, I’d love to try them!