9 Ways to Use Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil is currently a huge staple among people everywhere. While it has countless health benefits, I want to tell you about how you can use coconut oil in your everyday lives outside of cooking. I have been using coconut oil for well over two years now and I only have good things to say about this super-product.

Coconut oil is relatively cheap, I buy mine at my local grocery store for around nine or ten dollars and it lasts for months. I know that some grocery stores don’t carry coconut oil, so if you can’t find it at your local store you can find coconut oil on Amazon (and it’s cheaper per ounce compared to mine!)

Like I said, there are a million different ways you can use coconut oil – from putting it in your morning coffee to lubricating a door hinge – but I want to talk to you about some of the beauty benefits you can get from coconut oil

Coconut Oil as an All Over Moisturizer

In the winter my skin gets bone dry an no amount of moisturizer was ever able to help until I started using coconut oil. Now after I shower I will slather a thin layer of coconut oil all over, then top that off with a regular body moisturizer and my skin stays baby soft even in the dry winter days.

Face Moisturizer

I use coconut oil all over my body and my face is no exception – the last thing I do every night before turning out the light is slather my face with the oil. I use a generous scoop of the oil and gently massage it onto my face and neck. I used to have really dry, flakey skin and coconut oil has all but healed it. It has also helped balance out my skin and I rarely break out!

Hair Masks

In my post talking about how to grow your hair out long and healthy I touched on the wonders of coconut oil. And it honestly was the turning point in my journey to growing long hair that still looked pretty. Before coconut oil I had only been able to grow my hair to right under my boobs before it started looking ratty and damaged and like it desperately needed chopped off. Once I started using coconut oil regularly my hair stayed looking healthy – no matter how long. All I do is fully saturate my hair with the coconut oil, braid it, and leave it in as long as possible – overnight if I can!

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Dandruff

Massaging coconut oil into your scalp will not only encourage hair growth, but it will also eliminate dandruff. By letting it set just thirty minutes or so before a shower your scalp will receive some much need moisture and you’ll find yourself with less and less of those white flakes.

Shine Serum

Using just a teeny tiny amount of coconut oil in the ends of your hair will keep it looking healthy and shiny without weighing it down. The longer your hair is, the more you can put in without looking greasy – just make sure not to use too much and don’t put it anywhere near your scalp or your hair will look dirty – not shiny.

Chapstick

Coconut oil is my holy grail lip item. Regular use of coconut oil will all but eliminate chronically dry and peeling lips. My biggest piece of advice is to layer it under another chapstick because being an oil, it is prone to slipping around otherwise.

Sunburn Relief

Considering it’s in the low forties and rainy here in Illinois, I feel a little bitter even writing about sunburn. But lo and behold – coconut oil has yet another use and that is soothing sunburn! After a long day in the sun slathering this on as soon as you’ve showered will save your from a long night of pain.

Post Shaving Lotion

After shaving sometimes my legs get itchy red bumps that I simply do not want to put up with. Lathering them in coconut oil eliminates all itching and cuts back on redness!

Eyelash Serum

I have never had the most impressive eyelashes. They are weak, sparse, and short. But when I started rubbing coconut oil on my eyes before bed I noticed a huge difference in the quality of my lashes. The first thing that I noticed is that they weren’t falling out anymore. As a result they grew longer, a lot longer. They still aren’t as thick as I would like, but thanks to coconut oil they are now crazy long, for me at least!

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That’s all the tips that I have for coconut oil. Have you tried coconut oil in your beauty routine? What do you use it for?

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  • Jenna

    I am addicted to coconut oil! There are so many healthy ways to use it. I recently heard it is great to help avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. It’s much better than using store-bought lotions that have who-knows-what in them.

    • Om Livin’

      When I was pregnant, my fiancé massaged me in coconut oil everyday & I am proud to say I didn’t get any stretch marks! 😀

    • It really is great! I hadn’t heard of the stretch mark trick, I’ll have to remember that for a few years down the road!

  • Om Livin’

    I LOVE coconut oil! It’s so good for you inside and out! 🙂 Loved your post I will defiantly have to try them on my eye lashes. 😀

    • I love it too! I don’t have much opportunity to cook living in the dorms, but this summer I want to experiment with using it in recipes so I can get some of those inside benefits, too! Thanks for stopping by, Ashleigh! 🙂

  • I absolutely love coconut oil. I made the switch about 2 years ago for cooking. My husband was not very happy about it, since his mom had been using crisco for 25 years of his life so he didn’t feel like we needed a change. Well I hate crisco; I think it’s disgusting, and since we made the switch to coconut oil, my husband hates it too. He can taste the difference in the food that we eat, and has even convinced the boat that he works on to use coconut oil in the kitchen. 🙂 I always forget to use coconut oil on my hair. I need to start doing that more regularly. Thanks for sharing Morgan 🙂

  • Okay, tell me more about the eyelash thing. What exactly do you do? I burned my eyelashes off one eye lighting a cigarette years ago (don’t smoke, kids), and I’ve been lopsided since.

    • Oh boy! I am sure that must have been scary, luckily it was just the eyelashes and not your actual eye!

      What I do is melt about a half teaspoon in the palm of my hand and rub it all around my eye area, then with the extra oil I rub it on the roots of my eye lashes and (gently!) sandwich my lashes between my thumb and pointer finger and pull so that they are coated with the remaining oil. It keeps them from being dry and breaking off!

      Sometimes if I use too much the oil gets in my eye, and that’s no fun – it makes my vision blurry. But that all goes away in like 20 minutes if that accidentally happens.

      • Thanks! I am going to try it.

  • Courtney

    For using it as a face moisturizer, do you think it would work with oily skin? I have really oily skin and I don’t want the coconut oil to just make it worse.

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    Has anyone had luck with coconut oil on their eyebrows?

    • Tina

      I have been putting it on my eyebrows and eyelashes every night for the past 6 months and I have noticed both my eyebrows and my lashes have gotten thicker. You have to be consistent and patient.

  • puzzlenutty

    I have psoriatic arthritis, and besides the painful joints, I get psoriasis red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. I have found that if I am diligent about using coconut oil, that my breakouts are less severe and the lesions fade more quickly. I hope users understand that they should use unrefined Organic Virgin coconut oil.