This article originally appeared on HealthFoodResources.com.
You don’t need those personal care products containing high amounts of chemicals. You should be replacing them with coconut oil. You can be surprised if you don’t know that there are even 28 uses of Coconut Oil for your personal hygiene. It has around 150 more uses of many different kinds.
There are many health benefits associated with the use of coconut oil. The oil is a strong antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving our nutrient absorption capability. It is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal agent. You can get coconut oil easily from a health food or grocery store. I use only Skinny Coconut Oil, as they produce their oil using only genuine raw standards. In fact, I found their products to smell, feel and taste far better and natural than any other coconut oil products I have come across.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene
So there are 28 applications of coconut oil in our personal hygiene regimen:
Coconut oil can help in reducing flaking and itching in the scalp. This is because it has amazing moisturizing properties. It can also help in controlling the secretion of oil from your scalp (main cause behind production of dandruff).
Just massage some coconut oil on your scalp before going to bed. Then rinse it when you wake up and shampoo using a raw vegan hair care product for avoiding any harmful chemical irritants that could worsen dandruff.
2. Pore minimizer
You should be using coconut oil for your pores. It helps in tightening the pores and providing a smoother and softer touch to your skin. it will also ensure that bacteria and dirt don’t enter the pores, which helps in preventing acne.
3. Cuticle cream
You can easily push back the cuticles using coconut oil. All you have to do is to rub some oil on the cuticles for softening them.
4. Cream for stretch marks
If you have stretched and damaged skin, you should take advantage of the healing and nourishing properties of coconut oil. Just apply it 3 to 4 times daily and it will reduce the stretch marks.
5. Hair gel
You can also use coconut oil to style your hair. Replace your hair gel with this natural oil, and it can be used to style your hair with ease.
It can help in giving your relief from razor burns. Apply it right after shaving and it will help in nourishing hair follicles and healing irritated skin bits.
7. Hair conditioner and deep treatment
You can also use coconut oil like me for deep conditioning your hair. After I use it, my hair become silky smooth and glossy. Coconut oil contains lots of fatty acids and helps in nourishing the hair follicles and scalp.
Just massage 2 teaspoons of the oil into your hair. Leave for an hour or through the night. Use an all-natural shampoo the next day to rinse it off. Condition your hair using apple cider vinegar. You will also have shiny and conditioned gorgeous hair.
8. Tattoo healing
When you use coconut oil on your tattoos, it can help in preventing the fading of the pigment. If you have a new tattoo, use it to speed the healing time. It will also help prevent any infection.
9. Eyelash conditioner
Our eyelashes also need some conditioning from time to time –after all they are also hair. Rub a little bit of coconut oil in between the fingers and apply on the lashes before going to bed. You should apply it only on the tips.
You can use coconut oil to replace the deodorant (which can have aluminium in it). It is believed to help eliminate the risk of cancer from deodorants. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can kill fungi, yeast and bacteria. You can simply rub a little coconut oil in the armpits and feel better with a natural alternative.
11. Massage oil
You can also use coconut oil as a great massage oil. Its smell also helps in making it an amazing massage oil. It can also help you get relief from aching muscles because of is anti-inflammatory benefits.
You can exfoliate your skin by rubbing it with coconut oil. Then use a scrubby hand mitten/washcloth for brushing the dead skin cells. It will also remove dirt and hydrate your skin. the oil has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial benefits. It is also loaded with lauric acid that helps in lifting dirt off your skin.
13. Hand cleaner
The antibacterial benefits of coconut oil make it a remarkable hand cleaner. Massage it on your hands for half a minute and wipe using a warm damp washcloth. Then wipe it using dry washcloth. The remaining oil will be absorbed by your hands. It will work great during the dry and harsh winters when your hands can start cracking.
14. Preventing wrinkles
Coconut oil also helps in strengthening and tightening the skin and connective tissues. It gives you a younger and refreshed look. Use it as a nighttime facial moisturizer. It will help in preventing and minimizing the wrinkles too.
Coconut oil can also be used for hydrating and moisturizing the lips. It has natural SPF, beneficial in protecting the lips against sunlight, thus preventing peeling lips.
16. Varicose veins
You must be fed up of the varicose veins. Do you know that coconut oil can be used as an effective natural treatment? Massage some of it on the area around 3 to 6 times daily until you start getting the desired results.
You can also use coconut oil for healing burns. Keep applying it regularly until the burn site is healed. It will speed up the healing and eliminate any risk of permanent scarring.
18. Nail strengthener
When you rub your nails with coconut oil, it will help in strengthening and protecting the laminated keratin layers. These layers protect the fingernails against outer environment.
19. Vaseline substitute
You can also use coconut oil in place of the petroleum based Vaseline. It is not only natural and safe, it is also thousands of times better.
20. Body scrub
I regularly use a mixture of coconut oil and sugar/sea salt for creating my natural body scrub (used for both face and body). my recipe comprises of 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of salt/sugar(gentler).
21. Eye cream
Dab a tiny amount of coconut oil around the eyes to before going to bed to hydrate the skin. Your eyes will both feel and look great when you wake up.
Mix baking soda into coconut oil and you will get a natural toothpaste that is free from fluoride.
23. Makeup remover
You can also use coconut oil for removing makeup. Just take some of the oil on a cotton pad and use it to rub the makeup. Then wash your face using natural soap product.
24. Insect repellent
You can also use coconut oil for making your homemade insect repellant. The oil will also increase the shelf life of the repellant. You should avoid insect repellants containing DEET. They can cause damage to both your body and the environment.
25. Preventing split ends
I was having dry split ends (it was because of my hot yoga program. I didn’t used to protect my hair from the heat). I fixed the problem using coconut oil. I cut most of my hair and applied coconut oil on the tips before my yoga sessions. This significantly reduced the split ends.
As already mentioned, coconut oil has natural SPF. The oil protects the skin from getting burnt. I have been using coconut oil throughout the summer and have never received a burn since. Apply it on your skin just 20 minutes before you go outdoors so that it can get absorbed.
Coconut oil also works as an amazing lubricant. It is natural and also feels amazing. You could use it in the bed (avoid using with condoms because it could affect the plastics).
28. Healing bruises
Coconut oil can also help in speeding up healing when you apply it on bruises. It can also help in reducing redness and swelling.