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17 coconut oil uses for skin

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It's been a health trend for years now, and even if you’ve used coconut oil before - there's probably many uses of coconut oil for skin care you've never even thought of. When coconut oil is cold-pressed, organic and virgin, it can be surprisingly effective at treating skin conditions or simply providing some extra moisturisation.

So, is coconut oil good for your skin? Read on for 17 ways coconut oil can be used to nourish your skin naturally.  

  1. Face Moisturiser

For those with dry skin in particular, coconut oil is perfect as a nourishing and natural daytime moisturiser. The benefits of coconut oil on your skin and face are endless.

  1. Body Moisturiser

This is one of the most common coconut oil uses by far. High in fatty acids, coconut oil is a perfect moisturiser for your body. And as a bonus, it'll make your skin look soft and glowy.

  1. Body Scrub

Mix one part coconut oil to two parts sugar for an effective all-over body scrub. You can also substitute the sugar for salt.

  1. Lip Exfoliator

The same body scrub is also an effective lip exfoliant. Fix those dry, chapped lips easily with a gentle scrub.

  1. Lip Balm

Using a dab of coconut oil is the perfect solution for when you can’t find your lip balm at home and need a quick replacement.

  1. Makeup Remover

If you've ever struggled to remove waterproof mascara or eyeliner at the end of the day, coconut oil is definitely your saviour. Gently apply it to your face to remove the makeup, then wipe away with a damp cotton pad.

  1. Makeup Primer

Conversely, you can actually use coconut oil to keep your makeup on. It can provide a great barrier between your skin and your foundation, or a base for your eyeshadow to achieve a long lasting look.

  1. Night Cream

All coconut oil skin care products are super effective, particularly the Söndskin Midnight Feast Night Cream.

  1. Massage Oil

Heat up some coconut oil (if you're in a cooler climate), and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Voila, you're ready for a mini at-home spa experience.

  1. Stretch Mark Cream

Rub some coconut oil on your belly or legs to remove the look of stretch marks and promote healing.

  1. Eczema Relief

One of the best coconut oil for skin benefits is its treatment of eczema. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties can soothe your skin during a flare-up.

  1. Sunburn Relief

After spending time in the sun, your body is in desperate need of hydration and moisturisation. Coconut oil will bring some soothing relief to your burnt skin.

  1. Hand Cream

Perfect for sensitive skin, lather up the coconut oil on your hands and elbows before going to sleep.

  1. Shaving Cream

Could coconut oil be the secret to gorgeously smooth summer legs? Moisturising with coconut oil before a shave will allow the razor to glide over your skin with ease, helping you avoid any cuts or razor burn.

  1. Cuticle Cream

If your fingers and nails are looking a little rough around the edges, use coconut oil around your cuticles for effective and easy treatment.

  1. Rosacea Treatment

Coconut oil’s lauric acid can be effective at reducing redness and inflammation without irritating the skin further.

  1. Psoriasis Relief

Safe and side-effect free, coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can provide some much welcome soothing relief for psoriasis sufferers.

Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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