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8 Surprising beauty uses for coconut oil

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A natural, multi-purpose beauty product

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If you're looking for a beauty product that is a jack of many trades, look no further than coconut oil. It's all natural and fragrance free, and you'll be amazed at all the ways it can be added to your beauty routine.

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1

Lip conditioner

After the winter, our lips need a little extra care from the damage of the cold air. Many people might choose to use commercial products that contain a lot of chemicals, but coconut oil works just as well to soften and smooth lips.

2

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy used to improve oral health and to treat such systemic diseases as diabetes and digestive issues. It requires swishing oil in your mouth each morning — typically sesame or sunflower oil — but many choose coconut oil because of its lack of taste, making the process easier.

3

Cracked heel soother

The summer is going to come faster than we realize, and that means we must get our feet flip-flop ready. If you've got dry, cracked heels, coconut oil is your friend. Slather it on at bedtime, and cover your feet with socks. After a few nights, your feet will be as good as new.

4

Facial moisturizer

If you're worried about dry skin, wrinkles, acne or other skin issues, finding a facial moisturizer that does everything you want it to do without making your skin worse can be a challenge. Coconut oil makes a great skin conditioner and won't leave your skin worse for wear.

5

Hair mask

Skip those expensive drugstore hair mask treatments that are full of chemicals, and use coconut oil instead. Brush some coconut oil into your hair, making sure to coat it from root to tip. After about an hour, rinse the oil out, just as you would shampoo, and you'll be surprised how healthy your hair will look and feel.

6

Upper arm bump remedy

You know those small white bumps you sometimes get on your upper arms? The medical name is keratosis pilaris, and while it's nothing to worry about, many who have this skin condition want to get rid of it. All you need to do is rub coconut oil on the affected areas, and after a week or so, you'll notice they have either decreased in number or are gone altogether.

7

Makeup remover

If you have really sensitive skin, it can be difficult to find a makeup remover that doesn't dry it out or make it break out. Adding coconut oil to a cotton ball and wiping away your makeup works wonders and hydrates your skin at the same time.

8

Shaving lotion

Forget drugstore shaving lotions that are packed with hard-to-read chemicals; all-natural coconut oil works just as well. Slathering your legs with coconut oil just before you take your razor to them hydrates and smooths at the same time, leaving your legs skirt-ready.

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