15 (Yes, 15!) Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Regimen

The multi-purpose oil is a cult favorite with over 100 uses. We've listed our favorite beauty uses for the most versatile oil around.

Virginia Lowman Feb, 18, 2016

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It's no secret that coconut oil is the holy grail of beauty—and life in general. Face it, there aren't many products that can heal eczema, moisturize your hair, whiten your smile and be used to cook your favorite meals. Here we've highlighted the top beauty uses for beauty's favorite balm.

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Next time you run out of lotion, reach for coconut oil instead. It's super hydrating and will give your skin a healthy glow. If you're feeling creative, try this DIY recipe for Coconut Oil Lotion Bar Sticks.

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After you slogh off any dead skin before you shave, slather on a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to guarantee a super close shave. Just make sure you use a brand new razor!

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Forget about using makeup wipes that sometimes requires three or four wipes to remove all of your mascara. It's time to work smarter, not harder. Ditch the wipes and dip a cotton ball in coconut oil instead. That very stubborn—and obviously very waterproof—mascara won't stand a chance.

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If you're natural and need to prep your curls for wash day, heat up a 1/4 cup of coconut oil and distribute throughout your hair. Leave it in for at least an hour to moisturize and soften your curls. Post-wash, seal damp strands with a small about of coconut oil to lock in moisture.

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If you struggle with dandruff, then you know that those little white flakes don't do you any favors in the beauty and grooming department. Massaging coconut oil into your scalp can help minimize dandruff while also replenishing your scalp during the dry winter months.

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The thought of gargling with coconut oil—or any oil for that matter—may not sound very appealing, but it might be worth a try. Coconut oil doubles as an anti-fungal, which means bad breath and bacteria won't stand a chance.

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If you're prone to breakouts or just have really sensitive skin, you may have trouble finding a moisturizer that really works for you. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a great choice to fight bacteria that may live on the skin and hydrate the face and delicate eye areas without aking your ksin look and feel greasy. 

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Whether you're pampering yourself or treating 'bae' warming up a cup of coconut oil along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is the key to finding your (budget-friendly) bliss.''

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Ask any experienced manicurist or nail tech and they will advise you to keep cuticle oil on hand at all times. Simply rub a drop of coconut oil onto each cuticle to maintain strong, healthy nails.

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Give dual cleansing a try and massage coconut oil into your face and neck to take advantage of its' antifungal properties. Follow it by rinsing with your favorite cleanser to reveal fresher, clearer skin without the hefty price tag.

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Running out of your favorite body scrub? Mix 2 parts coconut oil with 1 part brown sugar or coarse salt to create the ultimate skin softening body scrub. 

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A quarter-size amount of coconut oil gives both natural and chemically processed tresses a healthy shine.

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If you don't have money to splurge on that $600 night cream that promises to reverse signs of aging, then coconut oil is your best bet. massage a small amount into clean skin before going to bed to lock in moisture while you catch a few z's. 

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For a youthful, model-like glow, layering a little coconut oil on your cheek bones (over makeup or bare skin) is a must.