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9 Ways You're Not Using Coconut Oil But Should Be

9 Ways You're Not Using Coconut Oil But Should Be

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Coconut oil has most famously been used as a hair soak or a skin softener. With its medium chain fatty acids that slip into pores and hair shafts, it works great for hydrating skin and hair, but these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using coconut oil as a beauty product. Here are some new ways to use coconut oil that may save you money while providing excellent benefits for your body at the same time.

1. Lip balm. Coconut oil alone is an excellent moisturizer for your lips, but carrying it around in your purse can be impractical because of its low melting temperature. Mixing with cocoa butter (melt together, then cool) in a little tin or empty chapstick tube can keep things solid until you want to use it.

2. Makeup remover. Use coconut oil to dissolve even waterproof mascara. Wipe makeup away with a soft cloth or even tissues in a pinch. The moisturizer left behind will help keep skin hydrated overnight.

3. Facial cleanser. Take the makeup remover one step further and cleanse your face with coconut oil instead of soap. The lack of suds takes some getting used to, but oil dissolves oil even better than soap does, making coconut oil a surprisingly non-comedogenic (not pore-clogging) cleanser for even the most acne-prone skin. And because it won't strip the natural oils from your skin like soap can, it may actually give your skin fewer breakouts.

4. Undereye cream. If you are removing makeup and cleansing your face with coconut oil, your undereye area will already be getting slathered, so just don't rub it all off and you can get the wrinkle-fighting, bag-tightening benefits all night long while you sleep. In fact, you can leave a light layer over your entire face after cleansing and skip the night cream as well.

Coconut oil Don't underestimate the use of coconut oil for skin and hair.

5. Itch relief. Many people prefer coconut oil to topical creams like hydrocortisone cream due to its soothing feel, and it works great on any kind of itch from bug bite to skin rash, even minor burns. The lauric acid and antioxidants speed skin healing, too.

6. Shaving cream. Using coconut oil as a shave balm leaves legs moisturized instead of dried out and gives a closer shave, too.

7. Deodorant. Mixing coconut oil with arrowroot or cornstarch and baking soda makes a great odor absorber. Add in some essential oils for a nice natural scent. This deodorant will not keep you from sweating like commercial antiperspirants and may need to be reapplied in especially hot weather, but it does work to absorb perspiration and odor.

8. Whitening Toothpaste. A mix of coconut oil and baking soda will get teeth white and freshen breath at the same time. Keep in mind that this blend doesn't contain fluoride like conventional toothpastes.

9. Cuticle oil. Cracked cuticles are painful and unattractive. Rub coconut oil into your cuticles to soften them and prevent splitting. Using oil this way can also make manicures last longer and strengthen weak nails.

Coconut oil has many great uses for skin and hair. Biconi's 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is the highest quality and suitable for every part of your beauty regimen.

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