My Top Five Uses for Coconut Oil

Monday, June 03, 2013


If you'd have told me six months ago that I'd be happily slicking oil into my hair every morning I'd have literally thought you'd lost the plot, but it's somehow happened and my haircare routine wouldn't be the same without my various oil treatments now. Coconut oil in particular is an amazing beauty treatment; it's antiseptic, antibacterial and apparently does a pretty good job at healing skin. It's extremely nourishing and on top of that costs pennies- why haven't I been using it sooner? There's more to the nifty coconut than using it to drink cocktails out of on the beach, so I've come up with the top five ways you can use the oil in your beauty regime.

1. Hair
This is how I first came to hear about coconut oil. I do prefer a lighter hair oil to smooth the ends of my hair after I've washed it, but use this as a treatment. On days where I don't have to be anywhere I get a huge blob of it, slather it through my entire hair and whack it up in a top knot. I'll admit that this particular look makes me appear like something you might see walking onto the set of the Jeremy Kyle Show, but while I'm just at home I'm not out to impress (my boyfriend has seen me walking around with all kinds of scary face and hair masks so is pretty much desensitised to it now). When I wash it out later that night my hair feels amazing, it does such a good job of hydrating dry hair. Apparently it can also stimulate hair growth by getting deep into the follicles; personally I have to doubt this, but it leaves my hair feeling nice which is the result I'm after.

2. Skin
In the same way that coconut oil is good for the hair it's also good for the skin. Most hair oils are, but unlike products like Argan oil this is really cheap so you don't have to worry about spending a fortune. Apparently you can actually wash your face with this- even people with oily skin should use an oil based cleanser because 'like dissolves like' meaning that the best way to remove excess oils from the skin is with an oil based product. From what I can see online it appears that washing your face with coconut oil involves rubbing it onto the skin and removing it with a damp washcloth, any excess then absorbs leaving the skin moisturised. I haven't tried this method yet but if I do I'll report back with how it went; if you see me walking around crying with a greasy face full of spots, you'll know it hasn't worked. I apply coconut oil to dry areas like elbows and knees before fake tanning and find it absorbs really nicely.

3&4. Nails and Cuticles
Do you neglect to moisturise your nails? They can absorb moisturiser much like skin, and coconut oil is a great inexpensive product for the nails and cuticles. Because I was painting my nails so often I was starting to find that when they were bare they felt weak and even a bit sore; I'm now trying to give my nails at least three days a month with nothing on them (even though I hate naked nails) and in that time make sure they're being well moisturised. Massaging a product like coconut oil into the cuticles will stop those evil bits of dry skin that get really sore when they catch on anything from appearing. My nails and cuticles definitely feel better since I've been using this, it beats my Lancome hand cream that I paid £25 for!

5. Eating
From what I've read there are a lot of health benefits from using coconut oil in cooking, it can be used in the place of other oils and doesn't make the food taste like coconut. I haven't tried this and am not keen on the idea, I'm partial to a 3am greasy drunk kebab as much as the next person but when I'm at home I don't cook with oil at all and use low calorie sprays instead. For me the thought of frying something in coconut oil doesn't float my boat, but if you don't mind the idea it definitely seems worthwhile giving it a go. Some of the health benefits include improved digestion, increased immunity against disease and even helps with weight loss. NOTE only eat virgin/ unprocessed coconut oil, the one I own above from Superdrug is for beauty purposes only and can't be eaten as it contains perfumes.

Coconut oil is really cheap and best of all it can be found just about anywhere, it's available here on eBay but you can also get it in Superdrug and Boots

What's your favourite way to use coconut oil?


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16 comments

  1. Have you tried drinking coconut water? It's a good way to get the health benefits without eating the oil! xoxo

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    1. That's a great idea, I always see coconut water health drinks about will have to give them a try! x

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  2. I love using coconut oil as a makeup remover. I massage it into my dry skin and remove it was a hot washcloth. It hasn't broken me out or made my combination skin greasy! Here is a recent blog post I wrote about it--http://lifeandsortswithcc.blogspot.com/2013/05/natural-skincare-coconut-oil-and.html.

    I've had a new container of coconut oil sitting in my pantry for the last month but haven't figured out how I want to cook with it yet.

    CC

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    1. Glad to know it hasn't broken you out, I'm going to give it a go on my skin and hope for the best lol x

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  3. I love coconut oil it's so versatile! I like using it to remove eye makeup!

    Ria x
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    1. Great idea, and I suppose as it's natural it wont sting the eyes! x

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  4. I've been meaning to get some coconut oil since I learned about it in a diy hair tutorial. Will definitely have to try it for my nails - I'm constantly washing my hands at work and they could use the extra help.

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    1. I'm a bit of a germ-a-phobe so am always washing my hands so I know what you mean about it drying out your hands. I definitely recommend trying it in your hair it works brilliantly x

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  5. I also big fun coconut oil. I'm from Pin It Monday Hop#11

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  6. I am going to try coconut oils on my nails. they need some tlc. x

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    1. Mine too, I need to give it a rest on the nail varnish it's ruining my nails lol x

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  7. I've heard about the benefits of coconut oil before but didn't realise it had quite so many uses. I might have to get some from my local health food shop soon.

    Sharon x

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    1. I'd love to hear how you get on with it! :) x

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  8. I use coconut oil on my skin - Mostly on my elbows and legs.
    I use other oils for my hair but may have to give coconut oil a go.
    I hadn't even thought about washing my face with it! I will also be trying this... if a little apprehensively. x

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  9. Stopping by from the Blog Hop! I love coconut oil, and use it for several of these things!! :) Great post.

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