Coconut oil can work wonders on dry skin and keep hair healthy and strong. Don’t spread it around, okay? Just kidding, that’s no secret at all! Millions of people are using coconut oil every single day to keep frizzy hair at bay and their skin smooth and hydrated!
In fact, these uses are some of the most well-documented and popular of the many uses coconut oil provides.
Uses, Doses, and Methods
Let’s get right into the action. Coconut oil is known for having a powerful moisturizing effect on the skin and hair. This moisturization forms the basis for its many skins and hair care uses. If your skin is feeling a little bit dry, just rub some coconut oil on—dry no more! But coco oil (as some endearingly call it) is so much more than a chemical-free, natural moisturizer.
Applying it to the skin will not only moisturize, but may also help repel bugs and prevent bug bites (or ease the pain and itching if it’s too late). Coconut oil also acts as an antimicrobial that can accelerate skin repair and keep wounds clean. This means that any damage to the skin, like stretch marks or cuts, will not only be moisturized but also aided in their healing process.
For Dark Circles, Wrinkles, and Anti-Aging
When it comes to healing, how about the one thing everyone is trying to heal: the passing of time? Coconut oil may not literally take you back to those blissful childhood memories (at least the studies are still inconclusive…), but keeping your skin moisturized and well-cared for can make you look—and feel!—years younger.
For UV Protection and Sunburn Relief
Did you know approximately 75% of commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients? What’s more, in an attempt to protect against sunburn, most sunscreens also block the beneficial UV radiation we need to make Vitamin D.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, provides just the right amount of protection from sunburns and skin cancer without blocking out the beneficial rays! Perhaps this is why Pacific Islanders have been using it as sunscreen for decades
Acne-prone skin is often actually too dry; though applying any kind of oil may seem counterintuitive, a pea-sized amount of coconut oil may actually reduce oil gland stimulation and help keep skin oil balanced and acne-free. Plus, research has shown coconut oil to be effective against eliminating p. acne, the main causative organism of acne vulgaris.
Coconut oil not only helps lubricate skin for shaving, it also doubles as a moisturizer, but without the exposure to toxic ingredients! What’s more, since coconut oil has antibacterial properties, it’s particularly helpful for those who experience razor burn or are shaving delicate skin!
For Skin Conditions
New research has shown that coconut oil helps those with itchy, scaly skin find relief, which is fantastic news for those with atopic dermatitis and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis . Eczema patients in particular suffer from impaired barrier function which leads to a loss of moisture and can encourage bacterial infections. This is where the moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil truly shine.
For Hair Protection and Strength
Why use a conditioner full of chemicals few people can even pronounce, especially when an even better alternative is right at hand? Thanks to its moisturizing properties, coconut oil is the perfect hair treatment to prevent hair damage from brushing and combing, and keep it strong and healthy.
Research has found that a large cause of dandruff is an excess of the scalp-dwelling fungus known as Malassezia globosa (M. globosa). Of course, having a dry scalp doesn’t help either. What better to use than coconut oil as a proven anti-fungal and moisturizer?
Even for calming down hopelessly frizzy hair, a little coconut oil goes a long way. Applying coconut oil onto the hair will help get frizz under control, and can help reduce thermal damage from common hair tools like blow dryers and flat irons.
For Removing Dyes
A word of warning for those with a love for hair dye: coconut oil is known for stripping hair color back to its natural state, so if that isn’t your goal you may need to pass on most of these hair uses. On the other hand, those trying to ditch their current color to return to their original can actually benefit from this effect.