10 Clever Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair
In a 2016 survey in the U.S. it showed that 72 percent of people think coconut oil is healthy. Today, there are over 1,500 studies proving the health benefits of coconut oil. Here are 10 ways that people are using it; from home remedies, to beauty treatments, and more.
1. Eye Wrinkles
To help fight pre-mature aging you can gently dab a touch of coconut oil around the eyes. Alternatively Pure Fiji’s Anti-Wrinkle Eye Crème also contains coconut oil which reduces wrinkle depth by 45% after 3 months of use. High in antioxidants this powerful eye cream helps the skin maintain optimum hydration, reduces the depth of existing wrinkles and helps promote a more youthful appearance.
2. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and also works as a great first-aid cream. Because of its detergent effect, it works well as a makeup remover. Rub coconut oil gently onto the upper & lower eye lids in a circular motion. Once your makeup has been sufficiently melted away, wipe the eye area with a warm cotton pad and continue with your facial cleanser. The coconut oil hydrates your skin and as a bonus will not sting or irritate your eyes.
3. Soothes Dry Skin
Coconut Detox Bath
- ¼ cup Epsom salts
- ¼ cup Pure Fiji Exotic Bath & Body oil (contains coconut oil) to a warm bath
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oils
Add all the ingredients to your bath. The Epsom salts will help to draw out toxins while the coconut oil will help to soothe dry skin.
4. Lip Balm
Regardless of what season it is we all experience chapped lips. Not all lip balms are created equal and some include potentially toxic ingredients. The healing properties of coconut oil helps to nourish the lips, provides a touch of sun protection, and most importantly it is safe to consume. We also recommend Pure Fiji’s lip balm.
DIY Coconut Lip Balm
Ingredients & supplies
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- Lip balm container
- Pour all ingredients into a nonstick saucepan.
- Cook in low temperature until all ingredients have melted.
- Use a small funnel to fill a lip balm container
- Set for up to six hours.
You can naturally tint the lip balm recipe above with beetroot powder, cocoa powder, turmeric, and cinnamon. A little goes a longs way.
5. Natural Deodorant
Coconut oil’s natural antibacterial properties help to keep body odor at bay. It is an excellent deodorant on its own, or when combined into a paste with baking soda and essential oils.
This homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin is simple and all the ingredients are recognizable and safe.
Ingredients and supplies
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 3 Tbs. beeswax, grated or pellets
- 2 Tbs. shea butter
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 Tbs. baking soda (reduce to 1 Tbs if still to harsh for your skin)
- 7 drops of tea tree oil
- 7 drops of lavender or tangerine oil
- 2 deodorant containers
- Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted.
- Once completely melted remove off heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Then add essential oils. Mix thoroughly, but quickly as mixture will start to thicken.
- Pour into two empty deodorant containers and let your homemade deodorant sit until completely set (give it a couple hours for good measure). Place lid on and use as you would any other deodorant.
6. Wound Ointment
Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to speed healing of rashes, burns, and open wounds due to its antibacterial properties. Since coconut oil promotes collagen production, it can help repair skin cells, meaning our cuts and rashes will heal faster.
DIY Antibacterial Wound Ointment
- 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil
- 2 drops oregano essential oil or tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops of helichrysum oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops frankincense essential oil
- Pour all ingredients into a small jar and mix.
- Dip a Q-tip into the jar and apply to your wounds every 3 hours until bed time.
- Oregano oil and tea tree oil: powerful anti-microbial oils, and act as strong anti-infection forces in this recipe.
- Helichrysum oil: anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and great at helping to close up a wound. Lavender oil: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and calming.
- Frankincense: heal the skin and helps with inflammation.
7. Reduce Cellulite
- 1 tablespoon of Pure Fiji Exotic Bath & Body oil (coconut oil)
- 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- Apply and massage affected areas with the cellulite solution.
- Dry brushing to help stimulate circulation and encourage cellular detox.
- Drink one of our detox tea recipes.
8. Sunburn Remedy
Coconut oil is an all -natural sunscreen with a SPF 4 and promotes healing while soothing pain. Gently apply coconut oil into the affected areas.
9. DIY Insect repellent
Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree oil to repel flies, mosquitos, gnats, and bees. Alternatively use Pure Fiji Dilo Rescue Body Spray on the bite right away after the bite/sting and as needed after that – make sure skin is clean before spraying. This spray is effective on bites/stings because of the dilo oil which helps to enhance the skin’s own repair mechanism, soothe pain and irritation, and promote the growth of healthy skin.
10. Stretch Mark Reducer
Stretch marks are typically visible in the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs, upper arms and even around your knees when the skin is stretched during pregnancy, weight gain and body building. Coconut will help to fade dark discoloration and redness plus it hydrates the skin and allows it heal more quickly.
Remember that not all coconut oils are created equally. Choose organic and those described as “cold pressed” & “virgin” like Pure Fiji’s line of skin, bath and body products. Coconut virgin oil is extracted within a few hours of harvesting the coconut, maintaining its naturally high nutrient content of vitamins A.B.C. and E. as well as antioxidants. To preserve the quality of your coconut oil place it in a cool, dark place. Like other saturated fats, it will solidify when at room temperature and liquefies when heated. When using the above DIY remedies always perform a small patch test.
Posted: Fri, Jun 15th, 2018