How to Use Coconut Oil for Gorgeous Skin


Lotions, moisturizers, creams, body butters and lip balms – general stuff you probably stock up on to get your skin through the winters. Wouldn’t you readily trade them for an all-natural, single-ingredient skin care regime?

Dry winters are particularly hard on one’s skin. And stretch marks, wrinkles and age spots, sun damage and a variety of other skin conditions demand care year-round.

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s as vulnerable as it is resilient. Coconut oil is that one natural product that’s capable of catering to the skin’s numerous and varied needs. You can use coconut oil for gorgeous skin.

coconut oil for skin

Coconut oil is very light, and thus completely absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy feel.

The saturated fats present in coconut oil provide long-lasting moisture, which makes the skin silky soft with continual use. The oil boasts anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can eliminate harmful pathogens to help treat skin infections.

Coconut oil improves collagen cross-linking and may help improve stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines. It also lightens skin and evens out skin tone, which makes it useful for dealing with scars, spots, freckles and blemishes.

Let go of the toxic skin care products you buy in the market, and use all-natural coconut oil for gorgeous skin.

Method 1: Skin Moisturizer

This homemade moisturizing lotion is made from only one ingredient – virgin coconut oil.

Coconut oil remains a grainy solid below 76° F, which generally melts in the palm of your hand and can be used as a fabulous skin moisturizer. But the oil tends to turn rock hard during the cold winters and grappling with it may be a headache in the early morning hours as you are rushing to get your day going.

Whipped coconut oil that has the consistency of body butter offers the perfect solution. Whipping the oil disperses any air pockets, preventing it from becoming a hard-packed solid again.

Step 1. Put solid coconut oil in a bowl

put coconut oil in a bowl

  • Scrape ½ cup of hard, solidified coconut oil into a mixing bowl. The oil needs to be solid and hard or else it won’t whip up into the perfect butter consistency.
  • You can use a knife to cut up chunks of the oil and transfer it into the mixing bowl.

Step 2. Whip the solid coconut oil

whip the oil

  • Whip the solid coconut oil with an electric hand mixer for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • You’ll notice that the texture transforms in front of your eyes as the oil becomes almost fluffy and forms soft, raised peaks.

Step 3. Store in a container of your choice

store in a container

  • Spoon the whipped oil into a container of your choice. A wide-mouthed jar will be an optimum choice for ease of application.

Step 4. Apply the lotion to moisturize your skin

apply coconut oil on your skin

For best results, apply the lotion daily on moist skin after a bath or shower.

Method 2: Deep Cleansing

Being antimicrobial, coconut oil is well-suited for deep skin cleansing. It not only removes the dirt on your face but also inhibits bacterial growth, which helps prevent acne.

Working on the principle of “like dissolves like”, coconut oil can clean out pores clogged with sebum (the skin’s natural oil). This also makes coconut oil a good makeup remover.

Here are two coconut oil-based recipes for different skin types.

# Coconut Oil & Almond Flour (Normal-Dry Skin)

Things you’ll need:

coconut oil for gorgeous skin things need

  • Almond flour (gentle exfoliant)
  • Coconut oil (removes dirt from skin)

Step 1. Mix almond flour and coconut oil

make a paste of almond oil flour and coconut oil

  • Put some almond flour in a small bowl.
  • Add enough virgin coconut oil to make a spreadable paste.

Step 2. Blend and deep clean your face with the paste

deep clean your face with the paste

  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Apply the paste on your face, massaging in circular motions.
  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • Give a final rinse with cold water to close the pores and pat dry with a towel.
  • Follow with a moisturizer only if your skin feels dry.

Cleanse your skin with coconut oil once or twice weekly.

# Coconut Oil and Oatmeal (Oily Skin)

Things you’ll need:

coconut oil and oatmeal for deep cleansing

  • Oatmeal (removes dead skin cells, dirt and impurities)
  • Coconut oil (cleans out pores clogged with sebum)

Step 1. Make a paste of oatmeal and coconut oil

make a paste of oatmeal and coconut oil

  • Add virgin coconut oil to oatmeal.
  • Mix well to form a spreadable paste.

Step 2. Deep clean your face with the paste

coconut oil for deep cleansing

  • Massage the paste over your face in gentle circular motions.
  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • Follow with a cool water rinse to close your pores and pat dry with a towel.

Do this once or twice weekly.

You can also use rice flour instead of oatmeal for cleansing oily skin.

Method 3: Soft Lips

Chapped lips are the most unwelcome aspect of winter dryness. Cracked and bloody lips stinging with pain prompt you to spend money on bucket loads of lip balms that seem unable to protect your lips from the weather.

A coconut oil-beeswax lip balm will protect your lips from the harsh winter. It will seal in moisture and promote healing. The best thing about this homemade lip balm is that you can customize the ingredients according to which are best suited to your skin type.

In addition to coconut oil and beeswax, we’ve used honey, vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil in our lip balm. Besides being a humectant, honey also sweetens the lip balm. Vitamin E oil softens dry lips and promotes healing.

Essential oil is optional, but it will add antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to your lip balm. We used lavender but you can go with your choice of essential oils.

Things you’ll need:

coconut oil for soft lips things need

  • Virgin coconut oil (moisturizes your lips) – 1 tablespoon
  • Beeswax, grated or pastilles (seals in moisture) – 1 tablespoon
  • Raw honey (natural humectant) – 1 teaspoon
  • Vitamin E oil (softens dry lips) – 2 capsules
  • Lavender essential oil (optional) (contains anti-inflammatory properties) – 10 to 15 drops

Step 1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler

melt beeswax in a double boiler

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles in a double boiler to melt it. Always use organic, unprocessed beeswax.
  • If you don’t have a double boiler, you can do this in a water bath. Just fill a pan with water and place a heat-resistant container inside it. The water level in the pan should be considerably below the container.

Step 2. Mix in the remaining ingredients

mix in coconut oil, essential oil, honey and vitamin e oil

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil into the double boiler.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey to it.
  • One by one, puncture 2 vitamin E capsules and drain the oil into the boiler.
  • Add 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil or any other essential oil of your choice. Stir the mixture until the ingredients are thoroughly blended.

Step 3. Stir and store the mixture in a jar

store the mixture in a jar

  • Stir the mixture until the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Pour the mixture promptly into a container of your choice before the lip balm solidifies.
  • Choose a container with a wide mouth for ease of application.

Step 4. Apply the homemade lip balm on chapped lips

apply the lipbalm on cahpped lips

  • Apply a little of this coconut oil lip balm on your lips with your finger whenever they feel chapped and dry to make them soft and nourished.

Method 4: Under-Eye Cream

The area under the eyes is where the first signs of aging start to appear. The skin in this area is very thin and susceptible to the mildest of changes. Coconut oil is apt for the care of this delicate area.

Using coconut oil as an under-eye cream can help you deal with bags under the eyes as well as dark circles. Coconut oil can moisturize and soothe the delicate skin, thus diminishing the appearance of eye bags.

The skin-lightening properties of coconut oil can also help lighten the dark circles under your eyes. Combining coconut oil with vitamin E oil makes a superb serum for under-eye care that will make the skin under your eyes thick, supple and strong. All it takes is a gentle application at night before you go to bed.

Things you’ll need:

coconut oil for under-eye cream things need

  • Virgin coconut oil (helps lighten dark circles) – 1 tablespoon
  • Vitamin E oil capsules (excellent serum for under-eye care) – 3 or 4

Step 1. Combine coconut oil and vitamin E oil

combine coocnut oil, honey, vitamin e oil

  • Put 1 tablespoon of melted virgin coconut oil in a small bowl.
  • Puncture a vitamin E capsule with a clean pin or a toothpick and drain the oil into the bowl. Do this with 3 or 4 capsules.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 2. Store in a container and apply as needed

store in a container

  • Pour the oil blend into any small container of your choice for storing.
  • Lightly massage the under-eye area with this oil blend each night before you go to sleep.

coconut oil for under-eye care

Method 5: Sunburn Protection

You don’t need to be marooned on an island to find out about the sunscreen property of coconut oil. Coconut is a tropical fruit, so it makes sense that coconut oil offers the best natural sun protection.

Sun damage is a serious issue that fuels an entire sunscreen industry. But unlike conventional sunscreen lotions, virgin coconut oil provides sun protection without any harmful additives and their side effects. Compared to conventional sunscreens, it doesn’t get washed away as easily with swimming or sweating.

The antioxidants present in coconut oil can also prevent sunburn. It is known to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation but has a relatively low SPF of 4 or 5, which makes frequent application a must.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply virgin coconut oil as sunscreen

coconut oil as sunblock

  • Apply a thin layer of organic virgin coconut oil on your skin for sun protection.
  • When beginning to use coconut oil as a sunscreen, start with a small window of sun exposure, say 15 to 20 minutes a day. For the next 2 weeks, increase the sun exposure 10 minutes each day to gradually adapt your body to this new sunscreen.
  • Reapply the coconut oil every 1 to 2 hours for complete sun protection.

Method 6: Age Spots

Coconut oil also makes an effective age-spot remedy. When applied regularly, it not only protects the skin from sun damage to help prevent age spots, it also fades existing spots.

Age spots, also called liver spots or solar lentigines, occur when excess sun exposure causes hyperpigmentation in the skin. Exposure to sunrays and pollution creates free radicals in the body that are known to cause skin damage.

The skin-lightening and healing properties of coconut oil come into the play when dealing with age spots. The antioxidants present in the oil prevent free-radical damage and further development of age spots.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply virgin coconut oil to fade age spots

coconut oil for age spots

  • Clean your face and apply virgin coconut oil on the age spots.
  • Massage the area lightly until the oil absorbs completely into the skin.

Do this each night before going to bed for a few months for best results.

Method 7: Cuticle Oil

Hangnails and dry cuticles are another painful feature of the dry winter season. Dry cuticles are often marked by parched and rough skin near the nail area, which often manifests into painful hangnails.

Coconut oil is one of the best natural cuticle oils that you can find. It is an inexpensive alternative to those costly cuticle creams. When included in your regular nail care regime, coconut oil can single-handedly make your cuticles healthy, soft and nourished.

Single-Step Treatment: Use virgin coconut oil as a natural cuticle oil

coconut oil for cuticles

  • Wash your hands with warm water and pat them dry.
  • Dip a cotton ball in virgin coconut oil and apply a small amount over the cuticles.
  • Lightly massage the cuticles to work the oil into the skin.

Repeat once or twice daily, as needed.

Method 8: Stretch Marks

Rapid weight loss or gain can leave you with stretch marks. The biggest concern of expectant moms, stretch marks can be tackled with regular use of coconut oil.

Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and increases skin elasticity by promoting collagen regeneration. It promotes healing and repairs tears in the skin, which gradually diminishes the appearance of stretch marks.

This remedy works best on fresh stretch marks, so get to it the moment you notice them developing. Coconut oil is especially beneficial for stretch marks that appear due to puberty-induced body and weight changes.

While you cannot entirely prevent pregnancy-induced stretch marks, coconut oil can make dealing with them fairly easy, especially when applied early in the pregnancy.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply coconut oil at the first sign of stretch marks

coconut oil for stretch marks

  • Massage the affected skin with a little coconut oil for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Repeat once or twice daily to erase your stretch marks.

Method 9: Facial Wrinkles

If you want to prevent or get rid of wrinkles on your face, coconut oil is an all-natural remedy that is effective, safe and free of side effects. Now you can deal with wrinkles around your mouth, forehead or under your eyes without investing in expensive anti-aging creams.

Coconut oil not only deeply moisturizes the skin but also helps build collagen, which promotes elasticity in the skin. It promotes skin regeneration that helps diminish wrinkles over a period of regular use.

Coconut oil won’t give you the fast-track results advertised by the leading brands of anti-aging cosmetics, but it will surely provide you with long-lasting and reliable results without any repercussions.

Single-Step Treatment: Use virgin coconut oil to erase wrinkles

coconut oil for wrinkles

  • Make sure that your face is clean and free of makeup.
  • Apply coconut oil on any wrinkles on your face.
  • Lightly massage the areas so that the oil absorbs into the skin.

Repeat the remedy every night until it reduces your wrinkles and fine lines.

Method 10: Skin Disorders

The dermatological benefits of coconut oil are not limited to cosmetic issues, but also extend to the treatment of skin disorders. Since coconut oil is well-suited to most skin types, it can be used to treat symptoms associated with a variety of skin conditions.

Being antimicrobial, it can be used to treat fungal infections and conditions like athlete’s foot. Combine that with its anti-inflammatory properties and you’ve got a great acne remedy for a variety of skin types.

It’s extremely soothing on skin and can be used to tackle cold sores, a variety of rashes, cradle cap as well as bites, stings, cuts and mild burns.

Single-Step Treatment: Use virgin coconut oil to treat skin ailments

use coconut oil for skin ailments

  • Generally, coconut oil can be topically applied for relief from most skin conditions. You may need to modify the application slightly to suit your individual condition.
  • If possible, rinse the skin with water and pat dry before applying the oil to promote absorption into the skin and produce better results.
  • Always apply a little of the oil at a time, so that it absorbs completely into the skin.

Method 11: Body Scrub

Exfoliation is the most important activity of any skin care routine. A well-exfoliated skin absorbs moisture and nutrients more readily than skin with dead cells accumulated on the surface.

Exfoliation cleanses and unclogs your pores, allowing your skin to breathe. Ideally, exfoliation and moisturizing should go hand in hand for a healthy skin care routine. A simple sugar and coconut oil scrub is just the way to do that.

You can personalize you coconut oil and sugar scrub with essential oils of your choice. We used orange essential oil. You can also use brown sugar in this recipe.

Things you’ll need:

coconut oil for body scrub things need

  • Virgin coconut oil (moisturizes and nourishes your skin) – ½ cup
  • Cane sugar (removes dead skin cells) – ¼ cup
  • Orange essential oil (uplifts your mood) – 10 to 15 drops

Step 1. Combine cane sugar and coconut oil

combine coconut oil, sugar to make body scrub

  • Start with ¼ cup of white cane sugar in a bowl.
  • Pour ½ cup of virgin coconut into the bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 2. Add in essential oil and exfoliate your skin with the scrub

add essential oil

  • Add 10 to 15 drops of orange essential oil to it.
  • Blend it well.
  • Apply the sugar scrub, gently massaging it on your skin.
  • Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water and pat dry with towel.
  • If you have extremely dry skin, you may follow it with a light moisturizer.

Use this remedy once a week for a softer and flawless skin.

coconut oil and sugar scrub

Tips

  • Coconut oil suits most skin types, but do a spot test before going through any of the given remedies to be sure that you’re not allergic to it.
  • Including vitamin E oil in coconut oil recipes can add shelf life to them. So, add vitamin E oil to the recipes that you’ll be using over an extended period of time.
  • Don’t use a power blender for whipping coconut oil, as the heat will start melting the oil and prevent it from getting properly whipped.
  • While deep cleansing, cover your face with a warm, moist towel for 10 to 15 minutes after applying the almond/oatmeal and coconut oil paste.
  • You can give your lip balm a natural tint with beetroot powder, turmeric, cinnamon or cocoa powder.
  • You can make your lip balm firmer or softer by adjusting the proportions of beeswax and oil. The more beeswax you put in, the harder your lip balm will be.
  • Harder lip balms can be stored in old lipstick cases for ease of application.
  • Coconut oil is effective by itself as a sunscreen, but you can add raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil for an extra kick.

Citations:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15724344\

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22279374


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