4 Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil Without Eating It
Health aficionado or not, you’ve probably heard a million some-odd reasons for why you shouldn’t eat coconut oil—The American Heart Association said so, it’s full of bad cholesterol, it’s a saturated fat—but don’t toss it in the can yet. Just because some say you shouldn’t eat the white, waxy substance doesn’t mean it can’t help you in other ways. Coconut oil is good for skin, hair, teeth, cuts, and it’s a great makeup remover.
1. Lather Your Hair Before Bed for a Natural Hair Mask
Shampoo companies have trained us to clean our hair every day, but if you're questioning why your mane feels dry and stringy, over-shampooing may be the problem. Harsh chemicals in most shampoos strip hair of its natural oils, making it look (and feel) dry. Adding more grease to your hair can help train the follicles to lock in moisture and repair from within. Fatty acids in coconut oil are said to strengthen hair so it's less prone to breakage. Lather the ends of your hair with coconut oil before bed, put it in a tight bun and wash out in the morning. Your shiny, strong hair will thank you.
2. Antioxidants Help Fight Pimples and Aging Skin
Antimicrobial properties in coconut oil kill bacteria and fungus. After a deep clean, trade your moisturizer for coconut oil and apply to your face. You’ll wake up with soft skin and smaller zits. Coconut oil is also a great body moisturizer; some even say it can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some say it can clog your pores, so if you have sensitive skin use purified, cold-pressed coconut oil.
3. Use it as an Oral Rinse for Whiter Teeth
Nothing’s worse than the sharp pain of 2-hour Crest White strips. Instead of stripping (literally) your teeth, use a spoonful of coconut oil as an oral rinse—try to keep in in your mouth, moving it around for about 10 minutes. The lauric acids in the oil reduces plaque, which is a major contributor of yellow teeth. You can also put the oil on your toothbrush and scrub.
4. Removes Makeup
Apply the coconut oil to a soft cotton pad and use it to remove makeup. It also safe for your eyes so you won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals making your eyes water or turn bright red. Once the makeup is off, rinse face with warm water and towel dry.