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The Real Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil You Should Know!

13 August, 2018 - 05:53pm by - Head Pixie | 22 Comments

By BR Amelia

Coconut oil. How did we live without you for so long? How did we not know about your goodness? How did we not see you for the beloved beauty multi-purpose delight that you are? Okay, to be fair, some people have long known about the beauty benefits of coconut oil, but it feels like in the last few years it's become more and more mainstream. From the tips of your hair down to the tops of your toes, coconut oil has proven itself to be the good oil, and it's been the basis of some amazing coconut-based products? So, what's what, and why do you need it? Let's start at the top of our bod and work our way down...

Your hair and coconut oil may well be a match made in heaven. Coconut oil can...

  • Tame flyaways. 
  • Work as an intensive hair treatment. 
  • Provide instant shine to dull hair.

Like the idea of smothering your hair in coconutty goodness? Recently we introduced Beauty Review members to the L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Coconut range of products, which included a shampoo, conditioner, oil and mask. The regime was wonderfully received with an overall rating of 4.6/5, with reviewers noticing shinier, softer, less-frizzy, more nourished hair. Sounds like a must-try to us! 

As for coconut oil on your face? It's a slightly contentious subject, with some skin experts calling it comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause breakouts. While others say it's non-comedogenic, and therefore unlikely to cause breakouts due to clogged pores. HOWEVER, coconut oil contains ingredients that makes it antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so it's often seen as being good for the skin, and some people report that it's done wonders for their skin. With that in mind you can use coconut oil as...

  • A cleanser. 
  • Makeup remover. 
  • Moisturiser. 
  • Eye cream. 

If you're game to try coconut on your skin the Skinfood Organic Coconut & Nut Oils moisturiser could be a delightful addition to your skin care regime.

It's not just in a skin care sense that we can use coconut oil on our faces - it can beautify us as well when used as a...

  • Lip balm.
  • Lip tint (when mixed with a little lipstick).
  • Highlighter.

For an instant glow try Frank Body Illuminator, a coconut-based body illuminator that gives a gorgeous gleam.

Is your mouth in need of some extra care? Due to its antimicrobial nature, some people swear oil pulling with coconut oil is a great way to...

  • Create whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Remove bacteria
  • Better smelling breath

Intrigued? Check out our article, 'Oil Pulling... Oral hygiene heaven or internet myth', and decide for yourself if oil pulling's for you. OR, freshen up your oral area with Dr Brite, which features organic coconut oil to moisturise the mouth.

Your hair is gleaming, your face is glowing, don't forget to tend to your bod! Coconut oil's uses for the area neck down is varied and many. 

  • Take sugar, or salt, add coconut oil - instant scrub. 
  • De-fuzzing in the shower? Use it as a shaving cream replacement
  • Body moisturiser.
  • Massage oil.
  • Nails and cuticle treatment.
  • Intensive hand and foot treatment.

Not wanting to cart around pottles of the stuff? Check out the Palmer's Coconut Oil range, which uses coconut oil as a base for a fantastic range of body care products.

Phew! Did we miss anything? So... do tell. Are you a fan of coconut oil? What do you use it for? Sharing is caring!

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12th October, 2018

I don’t know what it is but the oil Pulling thing always seems to grosse me out! Sounds like it’s quite effiecent though.

22nd August, 2018

I love coconut oil for its many uses. Such a versatile product and full of goodness too. I use coconut oil in lots of things - including cooking.

21st August, 2018

Wow the mouth/teeth properties I had never heard of!

20th August, 2018

Awesome, I love coconut oil. That highlighter looks super pretty!

17th August, 2018

Coconut oil has always been around but now we know more about it.I use it in cooking and also keep a pot nearby for a quick dip into for dry lips or hands in the kitchen.I use it on feet and my therapist uses it for massage.In fact it is so handy you can use it for many things.Great to see more coming out for skincare etc too.Some people swear by using it to swill around their teeth to keep that area clean and healthy so now we see a mouthrinse too so it must be true

16th August, 2018

I have never used it for my skin etc but I would definitely give it a go - you don't know until you try and everyone's skin is different :)

15th August, 2018

My main use for coconut oil in it's natural pure form is cooking and after that it's as a hair oil treatment that helps to balance out my scalp. I do really like the coconut oil range from Palmers particularly the body lotion it's a fave in my family.

14th August, 2018

I make my own body scrub using coffee grounds and coconut oil. When I used this mixture on my face though.... break-out central. My skin had never looked so bad. So unfortunately for my skin it is definitely comodogenic :-(

14th August, 2018

Wow didn't know coconut oil has so many beauty benefits. Only tried on my hair and absolutely likes it. Should give it a go on my dry skin during winter

14th August, 2018

At the moment I’m using this coconut face oil from skinfood and I’m really enjoying it at the moment. Must try some of these out.

14th August, 2018

I brought a body scrub from Kmart today wanted to try something different but it’s really harsh feels more like bath salts than salt or sugar so mixed in some coconut oil and it’s ablot nicer to use

14th August, 2018

I have used coconut oil in my hair as a leave in conditioner but never used any skin care products,very tempted to now after reading this article.

14th August, 2018

I love coconut oil on my skin but does not appeal as a mouth wash

14th August, 2018

Im not a huge fan of coconut oil. Though I do loike a coconut scent.

13th August, 2018

I love coconut oil. I've used it for oil pulling and it works great in my opinion. I've used it on my hair as a light mask before washing it for shine and hair health. There are endless uses for coconut oil!

Julieal
14th August, 2018

Totally agree