Erin Montgomery
July 26, 2013

5 Unexpected Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has quickly become one of the most sought after natural beauty products on the market. It’s commonly used to protect and revive damaged hair — but it also has a few other beauty tricks you may not be aware of.

Luckily for you, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find those beauty tricks and show you how they can work for you.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

Highlight cheekbones

We’re always trying different products to add a little glow to our complexion. It’s time to put down those store-bought products and reach for something more natural.

Coconut oil is a great way to highlight your cheeks!

Simply sweep a small amount on top of your makeup and leave it to dry. Your skin will have a little more glow and a lot less makeup gunk. By skipping the extra step of adding blush or bronzer, you’re creating a more natural look by adding just a touch of coconut oil.

Plus, your face will smell delicious.

Soothe chapped lips

Chapped lips are one of the most irritating effects of dry weather. We go through tons of different lip balms in search of the perfect one to help heal and soothe our lips, but most of the ones that don’t end up lining the bottom of a purse, piled on top of the dryer and littered throughout the house end up in the trash.

The search for a great, natural lip balm is over! Coconut oil is the answer you’ve been looking for. Just dab a small amount onto your lips and the coconut oil will keep them moisturized all day. (Plus, your lips will smell delicious — do I need to keep stressing this point?)

Tame frizz

Aside from moisturizing your hair and repairing damage, coconut oil is also great for taming frizz in the hot summer months. It can be applied to wet or dry hair and won’t leave any residue. Simply rub coconut oil on the ends of your hair and along your hairline and watch as your unruly frizz begins to flatten out into something that resembles a hairstyle once again.

Moisturize dry skin

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

Dry skin is a fact of life, even in the summer. Coconut oil is a great way to bring moisture back into your skin and it’s safe for all skin types. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can help with different skin issues including eczema and psoriasis.

Remove makeup

Removing your makeup is something you should do every night — seriously, it’s so important — but some harsh makeup removers can irritate your skin or eyes.

Have you ever thought of using coconut oil? It’s a natural makeup remover that won’t irritate your skin or eyes, it doesn’t have a harsh smell (just a delicious one — are you guys getting this?) or any hard to pronounce chemicals.

Not only will it remove your makeup, but it’ll moisturize your skin at the same time and help fight signs of aging.