Coconut Oil as a Beauty Product
Coconut oil as a beauty product, really? Yes definitely!
Raw, organic, extra virgin, coconut oil can be used as a natural product for the skin, hair and body too. It can keep you looking beautiful, youthful and radiant – and who doesn’t want a piece of that?
Here are our favourite beauty benefits of coconut oil. Read on, and you’ll be wondering why you’ve never invested in it before…
For centuries, coconut oil has been used to keep skin soft, supple and well-hydrated. In fact, the fatty acids found in coconut oil mean it can be a brilliantly effective (and purse-friendly!) lip balm or night cream, particularly for anyone who suffers from dry skin or skin conditions.
We also love using it as a body moisturiser, particularly after bathing as this helps to lock the moisture in. As well as the fact that the vitamin E in coconut oil it will hydrate and nourish any tricky patches (scaly, dry legs, be gone!), you’ll also smell utterly delicious and totally tropical.
Treat Skin Conditions
Many studies have shown that coconut oil can effectively treat mild skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, by boosting the moisture and lipid content of the skin.
To feel the full benefits, we recommend that you include it both in your diet and also apply it directly to the skin, whenever needed.
We now know that all too many of our facial products and make-up removers are loaded with junk and chemicals, yet we keep on coming back to them for more. Why, when we can turn to nature’s own beauty products, including organic coconut oil?
You’ve probably heard of using olive oil to remove make-up before but you can use coconut oil in exactly the same way. Not only is it gentle, making it ideal for sensitive skin but it can also leave the face looking radiant, fresh and silky smooth to the touch.
Coconut oil is particularly good at removing make-up around delicate areas, such as the eyes (you’d be amazed at how good it is at removing stubborn waterproof mascara!). Since it’s ideal for protecting against sun damage, and softens lines and wrinkles, it will give the eye area a youthful appearance.
Use as a Natural Mouth Wash
Many people use coconut oil for something called “oil pulling”, which has been practised for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy. Oil pulling basically involves swilling a teaspoon or tablespoon of oil around your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes, then spitting the oil out.
Traditionally, Indians use oils such as sesame and vegetable to do this, however coconut oil is a brilliant substitute (just remember to dispose of it in the bin as it might block the drains!).
Natural Sun Screen
While we would never recommend that you protect your skin with coconut oil alone, with its low SPF of around 4, one of the oldest and most traditional uses for the oil is as a natural sunscreen.
Dr Bruce Fife said: “One of the oldest uses for coconut oil is as a sun screen / suntan lotion. Islanders have been using coconut oil for this purpose for thousands of years.
“In the tropics where the climate is hot, islanders traditionally wore little clothing so that they could keep themselves cool. To protect themselves from the burning rays of the hot tropical sun they applied a thin layer of coconut oil over their entire body. This would protect them from sunburn, improve skin tone and help keep annoying insects away.”
If you are planning on spending a lot of time in the sun, then always wear a higher SPF.
Hair Damage and Loss
For years, women living in tropical countries have been treating their luscious locks with coconut oil. But now their secret is out, why not get in on the act yourself?
Studies3 have shown that coconut oil is effective in preventing the hair from damage from combing, brushing and everyday life because it prevents protein loss.
For this reason, it can, also, be effective in treating dandruff.
We believe that coconut oil will beat any synthetic conditioner on the market – simply apply some warm oil at night ( heat between the palms of your hands), then wash in the morning for shimmering, glistening locks that will earn you many an envious look.
Anecdotal Reports of Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Readers have shared their experiences of using coconut oil to not only help to prevent stretch marks by keeping the skin supple, but to, also, help fade ones already there. There’s no need for a pricey lotion or specially-formulated oil – simply massage your coconut oil in to the tummy, hips and breasts morning and night to reap the rewards.
We’ve had reports from fans claiming coconut oil has helped their acne. It’s so much gentler and kinder to your skin than so many of the other remedies on the market, which tend to strip the skin of natural oils and aggravate existing problems.
Smoothing liquid organic coconut oil over cuticles can help to keep them soft and strengthen your nails.
If you suffer from dry hands that are exacerbated by washing up, try using coconut oil in soap to moisturise as you go. Sorry, we know that we’ve just quashed your excuse to not do the washing up…!
Mix coconut oil with butters, such as shea, to make a brilliantly moisturising DIY body balm. You can also mix with salts or sugar to create a fantastic, exfoliating body scrub that will leave your skin super soft and silky. Scaly, reptile legs, be gone!
Coconut oil works brilliantly as a massage oil. We love using it as a natural way to massage our little ones and babies in particular – it works wonders in those tricky newborn months.
Try using Lucy Bee Coconut Oil to style your hair and fight frizz. Warm a small amount between your hands, then work into the ends and mid-lengths of your hair as a natural serum. A little goes a long way so start with a small amount and use more if you think it’s needed.
Delicate enough to use on the most sensitive of skins, it is extremely effective on little ones too. Try using it to treat nappy rash and cradle cap, or to soothe any dry patches on your baby or child’s skin.
“Our 4 month old baby had cradle cap. The doctor prescribed creams which seem to have no effect; they then prescribed a steroid cream. Not wanting to use such a strong drug on our baby I heard about coconut oil. Within a few days of applying to his scalp there was a noticeable improvement, two weeks later it has gone”
– KARL BROWN PERSONAL FITNESS INSTRUCTOR, BEDFORD
If your teeth are showing the signs of red wine or caffeine abuse, then try a simple home remedy before turning to a pricey alternative at the dentist. Many people don’t realise that coconut oil can be mixed in equal parts with bicarbonate of soda to create a toothpaste – we even have our own recipe for you to try4.
If you loved these suggestions, then take a moment to explore our website by clicking here. You can find some fantastic videos and advice on the varying coconut oil DIY beauty remedies out there, including how to use it as an intensive hair treatment. Alternatively, Lucy now has a book dedicated to using Lucy Bee in your beauty regime, Natural Beauty with Coconut Oil with recipes and tips.
Don’t Just Take it From Us
As you can see, coconut oil is a fantastic remedy to care for your body, both inside and out.
However, don’t just take it from us! Instead, check out these quotes from other coconut oil devotees to see what we mean.
Doutzen Kroes, supermodel:
“I put coconut oil on my hair. It keeps it soft and shiny. Put a bit in before you go to sleep at night and wash it out in the morning.”
Giselle Bundchen, supermodel:
“Use coconut oil on your body at night. It will help sooth and hydrate the skin if you’ve stayed in the sun too long”
Miranda Kerr, supermodel:
“I personally take around four tablespoons of coconut oil per day either on salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea. I will not go a day without Coconut Oil. It is also great for the skin and hair.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, actress:
“I love Epsom salt baths to detox, revive muscles and de-puff skin. While in the bath, I use an exfoliating mitt which stimulates skin and leaves it soft and bump-free. After the bath, I slather my skin with extra-virgin organic coconut oil.”
Dr Ray Peat, a specialist in dietary nutrition:
“Several years ago I met an old couple, who were only a few years apart in age, but the wife looked many years younger than her doddering old husband. She was from the Philippines, and she remarked that she always had to cook two meals at the same time, because her husband couldn’t adapt to her traditional food. Three times every day, she still prepared her food in coconut oil. Her apparent youth increased my interest in the effects of coconut oil.”
Get Shopping: Where to Buy Coconut Oil
So, now you know all about it, what are you waiting for? Get shopping and get involved with this wondrous food!
Lucy Bee Coconut Oil is available in glass jars and costs just £9.95 for a 500ml, £5.99 for 300ml, or £17.95 for 1 litre and is available to buy online or in store, including many Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, Lakeland, Booths, Whole Foods, Planet Organic and numerous independent health food stores.
Once you try it, you’ll never look back…
Read The Definitive Guide Part One for more details about coconut oil.
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Members of the Lucy Bee team are not medically trained and can only offer their best advice. Any information provided by us is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Please note you should always refer your health queries to a qualified medical practitioner.