21 Unexpected Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil
There are very few beauty products that we can honestly say are cure-alls, but coconut oil comes pretty close. You can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees.
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Recently, all the talk about relying on this oil for fresh breath got us thinking: What can't coconut oil do? The answer: mattify (and it took us a minute to come up with that one).
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Celebrities like Emma Stone count it among their favorite natural ingredients, and you should too.
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So head to your local health food store, pick up a jar, and allow this list to help you get creative with coconuts. (We just stuck to the beauty applications here, but there are tons more tasks it can handle, from starting fires to losing a few pounds.)
Even the most resistant waterproof mascara doesn't stand a chance against coconut oil. Apply it directly to the face as an oil cleanser or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad. Makeup will melt away.
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Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (aka oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums.
Start this all-natural lice treatment with a rinse of apple cider vinegar. Once the vinegar has dried, apply coconut oil to the entire head and let sit for 12 to 24 hours. Brush through hair with fine comb, and shampoo.
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If you're a DIY mixologist, then coconut oil is a vanity essential. You can use this versatile oil as the base to make your own lotion bars.
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Got cracked cuticles? Remedy peeling skin with a coconut balm right at the base of nails. It can also help your manicure to last longer.
Makeup Brush Cleaner
Cleaning your makeup brushes should be a monthly ritual. You can use a DIY cleanser that's two parts antibacterial soap and one part coconut oil.
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Coconut oil is the ideal remedy for chapped lips, especially because it's semi-solid at room temperature. Pack a bit in a miniature jar and smooth over lips all day long.
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Expectant moms should keep a jar of coconut oil nearby to help ward off stretch marks, but anyone can use this as a topical treatment for scars. While the oil won't fade any marks, it can help prevent dark spots and blisters from forming.