Coconut oil has made a remarkable comeback in the last decade and it captured the attention of the whole world. Countless studies have shown its incredible benefits on our health. Because of that, all spotlights are on this miracle vegetable oil. In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil for a great skin!
Why use Coconut oil? Because it can be used in many situations, and it has so many good fatty acids that the skin needs to function at its best. Find out what are the health benefits of Coconut oil. Also, follow 30 simple tips to look and feel great every time you go out.
Have you run out of shaving cream? Your wound won’t heal already? No worries! Coconut oil can help you with all of that and even more.
Why, When and How to Use Coconut Oil as a Carrier Oil?
I was saying that Coconut oil has had to make a comeback. Well, that was mainly because of a propaganda campaign after WWII. It came from soy and corn oil producers that wanted to stop people from using Coconut oil.
They said the high content of saturated fats was bad for health. Because of that, Coconut oil slowly vanished from the Western market.
In the last decade however, the interest in Coconut oil has sparked again. That happened because more and more researchers studied the oil. They proved that its saturated fats are really good for health. It is also good because some of its fats can’t be synthesized by some people, even though they need it for good body functioning.
Coconut vegetable oil contains:
- 40% Lauric acid – it is a medium chain triglyceride (saturated fat). That means our body can assimilate them really well and fast. Unlike the long chain fatty acids you find in cheese or milk. Those aren’t metabolized completely and the process is very slow. Medium chain triglycerides are useful in fighting off various diseases or viruses.
- Capric acid and Caprylic acid (both named after the goat) – are also good saturated fats that can be assimilated by the body in a fast manner. They are the reason for coconut’s antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
- Linoleic acid – polyunsaturated fats.
- Oleic acid – monounsaturated fats.
- Polyphenols – they give the oil its smell and taste, and antioxidant properties.
- Vitamins K and E, and Iron.
Because of its high content of saturated fats (almost 90%) Coconut oil is also used in the kitchen. It is used for cooking and to replace most other fats, like butter. If you want to know exactly how to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil, you must also know its health benefits. That is to better decide when to use it and for what.
Coconut oil can:
- Help people lose weight. It can do so by increasing their metabolism and helping them burn more energy.
- Help the hair grow stronger. It also protects it from dandruff and makes it look shinier.
- Prevent high blood pressure and cholesterol. It is because of the high concentration of lauric acid. It does not damage the arteries.
- Improve digestive activities.
- Protect from Candida infections in the stomach.
- Provide stress relief.
- Improve insulin secretion and control the blood sugar.
- Prevent liver and kidney problems.
Coconut oil as a carrier oil can be used anytime you want to use essential oils. Essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils. Otherwise, they can irritate the skin.
Even though Coconut oil gets solid at room temperature, it also melts really fast. It’s enough to take some oil between your fingers and it’ll become just as liquid as any other vegetable oil.
Now you’ve seen why it is so valuable for your health. Let’s see how to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil for a beautiful and healthy skin.
30 Coconut Oil Tips for Beautiful and Healthy Skin
Indigenous people have used Coconut oil for hundreds of years. Their knowledge on the coconut and the benefits of the oil has been passed on to the next generations.
Luckily, today we have enough research to support Coconut oil’s properties, uses and benefits. We can also trust its many uses when they’re backed up by scientific proof.
Here are the best 30 tips on how to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil for a beautiful skin:
1. Coconut oil as a massage oil.
Coconut oil is a very good choice when you want a soft and silky skin. A massage with Coconut oil will also be relaxing. You can use it as it is or simply add a few drops of whatever essential oil you like or need for the best results.
2. Coconut oil to effectively remove makeup.
Instead of using commercial makeup removers, put a bit of Coconut oil on your eyes and face. Then massage it gently until the makeup starts to dissolve. Then you can wipe all the makeup off with a well-drained, warm cloth. It’s natural and it also protects your thin skin around the eyes, nourishing it.
3. Coconut oil to moisturize the skin.
Coconut oil gets absorbed by the skin really fast leaving a silky feeling behind. It is non-greasy and it works great for all skin types. But I suggest you put really tiny amounts of this oil on acne skin. Some acne skins react well to Coconut oil, while others don’t.
Just do a small test and see what happens before you use it more often. Generally speaking, you can massage your face with Coconut oil for at least 3 or 4 minutes. Then leave it on for 5 more minutes. Rinse all that’s left with a warm towel.
4. Coconut oil to reduce wrinkles.
How to use coconut oil as a carrier oil is quite simple when the carrier oil is as potent as Coconut oil. Used on its own, Coconut is a great anti-aging product. You can use it as it is around the eyes through circular, gentle massage movements.
But you can also add a few drops of Patchouli essential oil or Frankincense to combat pre-mature aging.
5. Coconut oil for healing and relaxation.
Using Epsom salts in a warm bath is known to relieve tension and help the body relax. Combine equal parts of Epsom salts with Coconut oil and add it to your bath water. The oil will soothe your skin, no matter how dry it is.
6. Coconut oil for damaged heels.
Thanks to its high content of fatty acids, Coconut oil is a deep moisturizer. So every night after soaking up your feet in warm water, massage a good amount of oil onto the bottom of your feet and heels. Then put on some cotton socks. It’ll keep the warmth inside and help the Coconut oil seep into the cracked, dry heels.
7. Coconut oil to protect your skin against UV rays.
Coconut oil is great at protecting the skin from UV rays because it has a natural SPF. It is the perfect choice to use in the summer, after a shower.
It will lock in moisture and deeply moisturize the skin. Combine Coconut oil with Almond carrier oil for a higher UV protection. But keep in mind that no essential oil or carrier oil has enough SPF to protect from long exposures in the sun.
8. Coconut oil for hydrated lips.
Whether you’re looking for a natural lip balm or a better treatment for dry, chapped lips you can use Coconut oil. It is natural and safe to consume, unlike the commercial lip balms. You can melt Coconut oil and add a drop or two of Lavender essential oil, and then pour it in an old lip balm recipient. Now your lips will always look kissable and nourished!
9. Coconut oil for gum health.
Your gums and teeth are as important as your skin. How to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil for healthy gums, white teeth and fresh breath requires only a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.
You can also add a bit of baking soda (if you can stand it). Wash your teeth with this mixture daily. Coconut oil helps decrease plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.
10. Coconut oil swishing
Like I said above, Coconut oil is a very good antimicrobial so you can use it to swish it in your mouth. Do it as often as you can after washing your teeth. A teaspoon of Coconut oil should be enough.
Try to swish it for at least 5 minutes. Experts suggest 10 – 20 minutes, but we all know that is too much. DON’T swallow the oil, because it contains toxins, and don’t spit it in the sink either. Coconut oil becomes solid really fast and you risk clogging the pipes.
11. Coconut oil as a lubricant.
Because of its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, Coconut oil makes a great lubricant. It is very effective in restoring and keeping the vaginal flora healthy. But remember that oils and latex don’t go well together, as the latter can deteriorate.
12. Coconut oil to treat wounds, rashes and burns.
Coconut oil can speed up the healing process of open wounds, rashes and burns. Mix Coconut carrier oil with Tea Tree and Lavender for a potent blend that will disinfect, treat and minimize the aspect of scars.
13. Coconut oil against cellulite.
The aspect of cellulite can be a real pain, and so can its treatment. Luckily, there are two efficient essential oils that can be mixed with Coconut oil to improve the aspect of cellulite.
I’m talking about Fennel and Juniper essential oils. Add 5 drops of each to a tablespoon of Coconut oil and massage the affected areas. You can also stimulate the circulation further on by scrubbing the skin with baking soda or a loofah.
14. Coconut oil as a deodorant.
The properties of Coconut oil make it very good at keeping body odors away and disinfect the sweating areas. You can make a blend from Coconut oil and Lemongrass essential oil. Other essential oils that work well in this type of blend are Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Geranium. But Thyme and Lavender essential oils work great too.
15. Coconut oil as aftershave and shaving cream at the same time.
If you’re wondering how to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil in preventing further skin irritation from shaving, you can use it on its own. Or you can mix it with other soothing and calming essential oils, like Lavender or Chamomile.
They will nourish your skin and protect it from irritations, itchiness and dryness. Just spread the Coconut oil on the skin and then shave. You won’t need to use anything else afterwards. Just make sure you wash the razor in a separate bowl of warm water mixed with vinegar.
16. Coconut oil as face cleansing lotion.
Melted Coconut oil can be mixed with Aloe Vera gel and a few drops of Lavender or Tea Tree essential oils, or both. Use the mix as a gentle face cleansing lotion. You can also add pure honey to your face lotion.
17. Coconut oil to fight fungi.
Athlete’s foot or other skin fungi can be treated with a bit of Coconut oil. Massage the affected area and leave it overnight for better results. You can also add some Tea Tree essential oil.
18. Coconut oil for cuticle care.
It is always best to nourish your cuticles so you don’t have to cut them and risk infections. Massage your cuticles with enough Coconut oil and leave it on for 5 minutes. You can then start pushing back the cuticles. This way your nails and cuticles will be healthy and your manicure impeccable. I don’t even consider using something else for my cuticles.
19. Coconut oil against bug bites.
Thanks to its antimicrobial and soothing properties, Coconut oil can be used on the skin to effectively repel all kinds of bugs. Flies, mosquitoes and bees can now stop being a threat. You can make a blend from a tbsp. of Coconut oil with Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils for better results.
20. Coconut oil against cold sores.
There is a high level of lauric acid in Coconut oil (40%). That helps killing the bacteria that live inside a cold sore. Just apply Coconut oil on it several times a day. It will help relieving the itchiness or the pain and it will also heal faster.
21. Coconut oil against dandruff.
How to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil against dandruff can be pretty simple. You’ll need 2-3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and a teaspoon of Coconut oil. Massage your scalp and the hair with it and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. You’ll have to rinse really, really well; 2 or 3 times at least for a brilliant hair and healthy scalp.
22. Coconut oil against stretch marks.
Prevent the appearance of stretch marks by massaging your belly and breasts during and after pregnancy. You can also use it to prevent further stretch marks that can occur after a sudden weight loss. Coconut oil can help fade away discoloration and dark marks. It can also hydrate and help the skin heal faster.
23. Coconut oil to highlight natural beauty.
Instead of using commercial highlighters, you can use Coconut oil for your cheekbones, eye lids and eye arcades. Moisturize your skin in those key spots for a natural glow and healthy look. This way you can use less makeup too.
24. Coconut oil as a body scrub.
Using Coconut oil as a carrier oil for a body scrub requires only a teaspoon of coffee and 4 drops of Juniper or Grapefruit essential oils. Mix them with 2 teaspoons of Coconut oil and use twice a week. This body scrub will keep inward hairs from forming and developing dullness anywhere on the skin. It will also hydrate the skin profoundly.
25. Coconut oil against diaper rashes.
Coconut oil is gentle with baby skin. That’s why it is useful against diaper rashes and irritations. You can just massage the oil on the affected areas and let it absorb well until putting on a new diaper.
26. Coconut oil as home remedy against colds.
How to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil against a cold? Just mix the oil with Peppermint, Spearmint or Tea Tree essential oils. Then rub the chest with the blend for easier breathing and increased circulation.
27. Coconut oil to treat dry elbows.
Unfortunately, nobody gets away from dry, rough elbows. But when that happens all you have to do is use some Coconut oil on them and rub thoroughly. Put on a fair amount of oil so that it can seep deep into the skin. You could also try exfoliating the elbows first for a better result.
28. Coconut oil against age spots.
Those colored age spots on the hands or cheeks can also be prevented and improved with a bit of Coconut carrier oil. You can also add a few drops of Geranium, Neroli or Rose essential oils to help the blend fight those dark aging spots.
29. Coconut oil for nursing mothers.
Nursing mothers need to protect their nipples constantly. Coconut oil is natural and safe for the body, so it can be used on a daily basis. Massage the nipples gently after feeding the baby and before going to bed.
30. Coconut oil for eye lids.
You can also use Coconut oil to take care of your sensitive eye lids, while removing your makeup at the same time. Your eye lashes will also enjoy this treatment. They will become stronger and shinier, plus they can regenerate faster.
How to use Coconut oil as a carrier oil is quite simple, don’t you think? I was amazed at how many things you can do with it and how well it works. In the end, that is what matters most, and I’m just thrilled to have some Coconut oil in my home.
Sometimes I also use Monoi oil, which is Coconut oil infused with Monoi flower. It’s that Tahitian flower, also known as Tahitian gardenia. Together they smell amazing!
What are the most creative or strange uses you’ve had for Coconut oil? Were you happy with the result?