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Honey for skin: How to use and side effects

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — Written by Jenna Fletcher on April 3, 2020

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Honey may aid with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.

While people mostly use honey to sweeten foods and beverages, it also has some therapeutic value for the skin.

Many products available over the counter, such as lip ointments, aftersun creams, and lotions, contain varying amounts of honey.

An increasing amount of evidence supports the use of honey as a remedy for many skin conditions. Keep reading to learn more about the research on the benefits of honey, as well as how to use it and the potential side

The use of honey in skin care is not a new concept. However, researchers have recently started to verify some of the anecdotal evidence about the benefits of applying honey to the skin.

These benefits may include the following:

Microbial properties and wound healing

One of the most widely recognized properties of honey is its ability to help fight against skin infections. According to one review, many in vitro studies support the idea that honey has antimicrobial properties.

The same review states that Manuka honey from New Zealand helps with healing wounds. Several countries, including the United States, have approved honey in medications for healing wounds.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid with skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. Learn more about using honey for acne here.

A 2017 study on the honey of the stingless bee found that the raw honey has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Another review of studies supports this, finding that most honey varieties have anti-inflammatory properties.

Anti-aging effects

According to an older study, honey can help with improving the skin’s appearance. The authors state that it can help stop wrinkles from forming, keep the skin looking young, and prevent infections on the skin that can accelerate aging.

Treatment of skin cancer

Some evidence suggests that honey can help treat skin cancer and other cancers. A review article found several studies showing positive results of using honey on cancer cells. The studies mostly focused on honey’s ability to help slow the growth and reproduction of cancerous cells in the body.

Another more recent study also cites honey’s ability to help with cancer treatment. The study indicates that honey has antiproliferative, anticancer, and antimetastatic effects.

A person should talk to their doctor if they have, or suspect that they have, skin cancer. Only a doctor can diagnose the condition. They can also help create an effective treatment plan for the person.

People should not try to treat skin cancer with honey alone, as it is not a reliable treatment. However, they can talk to their doctor about using this remedy alongside medical treatments.

Honey has several potential uses on the skin, including:

  • part of daily washing of the face
  • help with eczema
  • moisturizing effects
  • help with healing small cuts or abrasions
  • help skin look more youthful

A person should talk to their doctor before using honey for the treatment of skin conditions.

How to use

Before using honey on the skin, it is important to do a patch test first. A person should apply a tiny amount of honey to a small area of the skin and wait for at least 20 minutes. If the skin becomes irritated, they should not use the honey.

When using honey on the skin, a person can mix it with other ingredients to create a cream or ointment. Or, they can apply the honey directly to the area of skin that they wish to treat.

After cleaning the skin with soap and water, a person can apply the honey to the face or other areas of the skin. After leaving the honey on the skin for a few minutes, they can rinse it off.

Some people argue that raw honey is best for the skin, which a few small studies support. Raw honey contains pollen and bee propolis. According to a 2015 review, bee pollen has several helpful properties. For instance, it can have pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects.

In a 2017 review, researchers found that bee propolis may have anticancer and antifungal effects.

Pasteurization removes both pollen and propolis from the honey. It may also reduce its antioxidant effects. Finally, processed honey may contain additives, such as added sugar or syrup.

Original post:https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/honey-for-skin

 

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MINERAL OIL: SAFE OR SCARY?

Dr. Whitney Bowe January 14, 2019

There is so much buzz surrounding mineral oil. My patients ask me about it all the time. There is a lot of misinformation out there – and a lot of it is scary (for example, many of my patients are wondering whether mineral oil can cause cancer). I wanted to give more background and information on this subject to help to separate fact from fiction. This is especially timely because products containing mineral oil (Aquaphor, Petroleum Jelly) are many people’s go-to products when their skin is dry, red, and chapped during winter.

What is Mineral Oil?

Mineral oil is a clear, odorless oil which is derived from petroleum. It comes in different grades, ranging from the technical grade – which is used to lubricate car engines and equipment – to a highly purified cosmetic grade which is often found in many of the skin care products you might have in your house.

Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are both byproducts of petroleum refinement and both are considered petrochemicals.  Recently, you may see more and more products marketed as “free of petrochemicals” or “petrochemical-free” and that means they don’t contain mineral oil or petroleum jelly.  Some popular products containing mineral oil that you probably have in your home include Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and Aquaphor.

Is it Dangerous?

There is so much ongoing confusion and even fear surrounding mineral oil and petroleum jelly. People are worried about “impurities” and “contaminants” found in mineral oil – and there is some concern that it could even be carcinogenic.

The cosmetic grade mineral oil is completely different from the type of mineral oil used to lubricate engines. It’s gone through purification processes to remove these contaminants and impurities. Mineral oil is an occlusive emollient, meaning that it helps to keep your skin hydrated by locking in moisture by forming a barrier on your skin’s surface. Based on my research, it’s actually considered very safe and rarely causes irritation or an allergic reaction.

Would I be afraid to use Vaseline or Aquaphor on myself or my family, say, after a burn or after washing out a cut or scrape?  Not at all. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology advocates using Petroleum Jelly as standard protocol in wound care.

Do I use products with mineral oil on my skin or my daughter’s skin every day?  

I don’t, but it’s not because mineral oil scares me. Here are two main reasons I don’t rely on mineral oil containing products on a daily basis. First, I expect more from my skincare ingredients. Mineral oil isn’t irritating, and yes it is hydrating, but for me, that’s not enough justification to use it on a daily basis. I’d prefer to find ingredients that not only moisturize but also provide other benefits such as anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties. The second reason I don’t use mineral oil containing products on a daily basis is because, even though mineral oil is unlikely to clog pores on its own, it can trap other pore-clogging ingredients in the skin. So if you use a product that combines mineral oil with another ingredient, the mineral oil can potentially trap that other ingredient in the skin.

What can I use instead of mineral oil?

Many of my patients are starting to consider other options to mineral oil and have noticed that clean beauty certifications often specifically exclude products containing mineral oil. For example, “Clean at Sephora” specifically means that the products included are free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates and mineral oils.  Two of my favorite alternatives to mineral oil and petroleum jelly are shea butter and sunflower seed oil. Stay tuned for some of my favorite DIY home skincare recipes using these ingredients

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African Black Soap Benefits: 14 Reasons to Try This Cult Favorite

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHTonMarch 14, 2018— Written by Kristeen Cherney

What is African black soap?

African black soap (also called African soap or black soap) is the latest skin care product to reach “holy grail” status, and for good reason.

Touted as a solution for breakouts, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and everything in between, black soap is the ultimate beauty buy for those on a budget. A one-size-fits-all approach to flawless skin? Sign us up!

And unlike the synthetic soaps you find at the drugstore, authentic black soap is handmade from plant-based ingredients in Africa. Each fair-trade purchase supports sustainable production and, in some cases, directly benefits communities in need.

Still not convinced? Read on to learn more about this cult favorite and how you can add it to your routine.

1. It’s antibacterial

Natural antibacterial properties make African black soap an excellent alternative to chemical-laden cleansers. In fact, it may actually remove more bacteria than chemical cleansers do. Despite its strength, black soap is gentle enough to use on your face, hands, and body.

2. It’s safe for all skin types

If you have dry or sensitive skin, you know that scented soaps and lotions are off-limits. African black soap is naturally fragrance-free — just make sure your chosen product is labeled “unscented.”

People with oily or combination skin are also in the clear! Black soap can help balance your skin’s natural oil production without stripping necessary oils or adding excess oil to your skin.

3. It’s moisturizing

Shea butter is a crucial ingredient in black soap. While shea can help relieve itchiness and soothe dry skin, cocoa and coconut oil add moisture.

4. It won’t make your skin oily

If you have combination skin, this makes choosing the right soap that much easier. Shea may add moisture, but coconut oil may help prevent overactive oil glands.

5. It helps soothe irritation

African black soap may also soothe itchiness and irritation caused by eczema, contact dermatitis, and skin allergies. It may even help clear rashes related to eczema and psoriasis. To maximize these benefits, find a soap with oatmeal added.

6. It’s anti-inflammatory

Black soap is rich in vitamins A and E. These vitamins are both antioxidants, which help combat free radicals and attacks on otherwise healthy skin tissues. This may be helpful for people who have inflammatory conditions like rosacea.

7. It helps fight acne

On that note, black soap may also help fight acne. In addition to balancing your skin’s natural oils, the soap’s shea content may help repair damaged cells. Its antimicrobial properties may even clear severe acne caused by Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.

8. It may help reduce fine lines

Shea butter and coconut oil may help reduce collagen loss and encourage new development. In turn, this can help plump up fine lines and wrinkles. The rough texture of the soap can also exfoliate dead skin cells that make fine lines more noticeable.

9. It helps protect against photoaging

Antioxidants found in shea butter can help protect your skin from photoaging. Over time, sun exposure can cause sun spots (age spots), but black soap may offer another barrier.

10. It helps improve skin texture

African black soap is chock-full of natural ingredients, but part of its benefits come from its form. When left unprocessed, the raw ingredients that make up black soap leave the product far less smooth than the average drugstore soap bar. This makes it a natural exfoliant, which may help improve skin texture.

11. It helps prevent razor burn and related rashes

Exfoliation is another key factor in keeping your skin smooth after shaving, waxing, or other methods of hair removal. Exfoliating will help remove dead skin cells before they can clog your hair follicles. The moisture in African black soap may also help prevent the lumps and bumps that result from razor burn.

12. It may help reduce hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is often caused by acne scarring and sun damage — two things that African black soap may help soothe or prevent.

13. It may help minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Thanks to its shea butter and vitamin E content, black soap may help reduce the redness and overall appearance of stretch marks and other scars. It may also help minimize related itchiness.

14. It’s antifungal

One study on the effects of African black soap found the product effective for seven types of fungus — this includes the common Candida albicans yeast. You can safely use African black soap to help treat conditions like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.

Where do all these benefits come from?

The benefits of African black soap lie in its ingredients. This includes a combination of:

  • cocoa pods
  • coconut oil
  • palm tree leaf derivatives, including palm kernel oil and palm oil
  • plantain bark, which contains iron, as well as vitamins A and E
  • shea butter

Keep in mind that the ingredient makeup of black soap largely varies based on the region of Africa it’s made from. For example, plantains are found in Central and Western Africa, but not in eastern regions.

You may also find black soap with added essential oils, such as eucalyptus, to promote relaxation. Some African black soap bars contain added oatmeal or aloe vera.

How to use African black soap

Real, unprocessed African black soap has a rough texture. Although the natural texture is ideal for removing dead skin during exfoliation, you’ll want to smooth it out before using it as a regular cleanser.

To do this, simply pull a small chunk of soap off of the bar and rub in between your hands. If you prefer a liquid cleanser, you can dissolve your piece of soap in water before use.

You can apply the bar directly to your skin if you’re looking for exfoliation, but be gentle! The rough texture is already an exfoliant in itself, so you don’t have to scrub. You may also consider rubbing the bar on a soft washcloth first for gentle cleansing or use on rashes.

With whatever method you choose, make sure that you thoroughly rinse the soap off with lukewarm water after use.

Afterward, apply your favorite moisturizer to your damp skin. This will help lock in the soap’s natural hydrating effects.

Potential side effects and risks

Although African black soap can work well for all skin types, using it correctly is key to preventing unnecessary side effects.

Some people find black soap to be drying. You may be able to reduce your risk for this by adding a teaspoon of raw honey to your soap mixture.

To do this:

  1. Gently break a piece of the soap bar off and drop it in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Use a spoon or fork to break the soap down into smaller pieces.
  3. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the bowl.
  4. Mix the honey and soap together to create a black soap paste. You can add more honey as needed.

If you’re new to raw black soap, consider using it once every couple of days to start. You can gradually increase your use as your skin gets used to the soap. It’s possible to be allergic to any soap. If your skin becomes irritated or develops a rash, discontinue use.

Natural black soap is also rough, so it can irritate or even break your skin if you’re not careful. Stinging and burning are also possible. If you’re using a raw block of soap, use gentle, circular motions as you glide it along your skin.

The best way to prevent skin breakage is to smooth out the soap and combine it with water, or use it with a washcloth.

Products to try

Real, traditional African black soap is handmade. Once the ingredients are combined, the soap is heated and left to cure for several days before use.

If you want to reap the most benefits, it’s important to find the real thing. Purchasing authentic black soap also helps ensure that proceeds from the products go back to the communities that actually create the soap. These are often labeled as “fair trade” products.

Depending on the region it’s made in, African black soap can also be found under the guise of other names, such as Anago or Yoruba soaps.

Due to the soap’s popularity, there are an increasing number of knock-off products. You can tell the soap is a dud if it has synthetic ingredients or additives that aren’t in raw black soap (basically anything not plant-based!).

Look for some of the following products to make sure you’re buying the real thing while also supporting related communities:

The bottom line

African black soap is packed with essential nutrients designed to enhance your skin’s natural complexion and help you glow from the inside out. For maximum results, work your way up to using the soap morning and night.

If you begin experiencing any unusual rashes or irritation, discontinue use until you can see your doctor or dermatologist. They can help determine what’s causing your symptoms and whether you should permanently stop using black soap.

Original post: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/african-black-soap-benefits

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SHEA BUTTER AND BENEFITS ON SKIN

You’ll struggle to come across a natural substance as famous for being kind to the skin as shea butter. It’s not the most flashy nor does it have the ‘Hollywood’ appeal but it’s unmatched hydrating and healthy fatty acids, means it can handle a lot of skin conditions. Also, the vitamins it carries are typical skin foods that can only better your health. Vitamins A, E, and F act as springboards to deal with blemishes, eczema, wrinkles and many others. Again, the properties contained in shea butter work in sync with the substances the sebaceous gland produces, not least because they are similar. You’ll be getting a lot of kicks out of shea butter with the following benefits that are always present in our products which is why customers love it so much.

Shea Butter And Benefits On Skin

Anti-Inflammatory Capacity

This just had to come first because conditions such as dermatitis can really work the damage. Swellings and inflammation leave the skin looking worse for wear. But with the properties the shea butter boasts, inflammation can be reduced and entirely dealt with. If you’ve had sunburns, cuts, scrapes or rashes, then you’d know they can lead to inflammation. But this time, knowing what shea butter does, you’d handle things better. It’s also useful for treating inflammation from arthritis.

Stretch Marks Reduction

Stretch marks can be quite the bother especially if you have a beach body to display. Thanks to shea butter, you can realize that dream or get rid of marks after childbirth. In fact, it’s a known ingredient in ointments and creams manufactured for stretch marks removal. What it does is restores your skins’ elasticity while increasing collagen production. Apply it frequently to lighten the affected area.

Shea Butter And Benefits On Skin

Relief For Itches, Scratchy/Peeling Skin

If you have an area of the skin that just won’t stop itching, being flaky or peeling as a result of dryness and other skin conditions, you can count on shea butter. You’ll instantly receive relief thanks to the moisturizing fatty acids it contains. Further, it’s anti-inflammatory nature means it’s quick to provide soothing effects to peeling areas. Babies are not left out too. With rashes from heat and diapers, you can apply shea butter for its soothing effects.

Solves Your Acne And Blemishes Problems

Acne and blemishes are not a pleasing sight. But with shea butter, you can effectively put an end to them. Acne stems from bacteria and unrefined shea butter has high levels of antibacterial properties to treat it. Also, the presence of fatty acids and plant sterol give your skin a fighting chance to ward off bacteria and the likes.

Anti-aging Capacity

If you’re worried about aging, you can use shea butter to slow down the process. Also, you can use it to have that youthful look. It contains agents which help the skin age slower. With more collagen, you’re bound to look younger. Furthermore, wrinkles and facial lines are greatly reduced, whether they occur prematurely or at the right time. Shea butter revitalizes your skin which firms-up when it absorbs the rich properties.

Shea Butter And Benefits On Skin

In conclusion, shea butter is all-natural and profoundly safe to use unless otherwise stated by a professional. It sure beats chemical substances that could potentially cause more harm to your skin.

Original Post: https://www.phbalanceskincare.com/blogs/news/shea-butter-and-benefits-on-skin

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Are there any home remedies for ringworm?

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHTonFebruary 14, 2018— Written by Jayne Leonard

Ringworm is a very common fungal infection that is not, despite its name, caused by a worm. It is caused by the fungus Tinea, which is highly contagious. Anyone can get ringworm, although some people are more susceptible than others, such as those with compromised immunity and young children.

Symptoms of ringworm include a red, scaly, circular patch on the skin or nails. It usually affects the scalp and arms, but it can appear on any part of the body. Jock itch and athlete’s foot are common forms of ringworm.

While many medications are available to treat this fungal infection, natural treatments can also be effective.

What are the home remedies for ringworm?

Read on to discover 11 natural treatments for fungal infections, such as ringworm:

1. Garlic

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Garlic paste may be used as a topical treatment, although no studies have been conducted on its use.

Garlic is often used to treat infection. Although there are no studies that examine the effects of garlic on ringworm, it has proven effectiveTrusted Source for other types of fungi, including CandidaTorulopsisTrichophyton, and Cryptococcus.

To use garlic as a treatment, make a paste of crushed garlic cloves by blending the garlic with some olive or coconut oil. Apply a thin layer of paste to the affected skin and cover with gauze. Leave in place for up to 2 hours before rinsing. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.

If the garlic paste causes stinging, swelling, or redness, rinse off immediately and do not reapply.

2. Soapy water

To prevent ringworm from spreading or infecting other areas of the body, keep the skin as clean as possible. To do this, rinse the infection with soap and warm water once or twice daily. Be sure to dry the skin fully, as fungus thrives in moist areas.

Always clean the skin in this way before using any of the other home remedies listed below. Before using any of the following substances on the ringworm patches, a person should apply a small amount to a healthy area of skin to ensure they do not have a sensitivity or allergy to the treatment.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has demonstratedTrusted Source antifungal properties against Candida, another fungal infection.

To treat ringworm with apple cider vinegar, soak a cotton wool pad in the undiluted vinegar and wipe it on the affected area. Repeat up to 3 times daily.

4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera contains six antiseptic agents that, according to researchTrusted Source, exhibit antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral activities.

Apply the gel from an aloe vera plant onto the ringworm patch three or four times daily. The gel also has cooling properties, so it may soothe itchy and swollen skin.

5. Coconut oil

Certain fatty acids found in coconut oil may kill fungal cells by damaging their cell membranes.

Some research suggests that coconut oil may be an effective remedy for people with mild to moderate skin infections. Use it to treat ringworm by applying liquid coconut oil to the skin three times per day.

Also, people can use coconut oil as a moisturizing lotion, which may be an effective way to prevent future ringworm infections.

6. Grapefruit seed extract

Anecdotal evidence suggests that grapefruit seed extract may treat fungal infections. To treat ringworm, proponents recommend mixing 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract with a tablespoon of water and applying to the skin twice daily.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice with anti-inflammatory properties. A part of turmeric known as curcumin is believed to be responsible for the spice’s health benefits. Numerous studiesTrusted Source detail its extensive antimicrobial abilities.

Consume turmeric as a tea or add it to meals to reap its benefits. For topical applications, mix it with a small amount of water or coconut oil until it forms a paste and apply this to the skin. Leave it to dry before wiping off.

Be aware that turmeric may stain lighter skin a yellow color, but this will fade within a few days.

8. Powdered licorice

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Licorice powder can be used to make a paste with antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

A frequently used herb in traditional Chinese medicine, licorice demonstrates antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is also used as a home remedy for ringworm and other fungal infections. For best results, mix 3 tablespoons of powdered licorice root into a cup of water.

Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Once the liquid has cooled, it should form a paste.

Apply this to the ringworm patch twice a day, allowing it to sit for at least 10 minutes each time before wiping or rinsing off.

9. Tea tree oil

Native Australians have used tea tree oil as a remedyTrusted Source for many bacterial and fungal skin conditions for almost a century. Today, tea tree oil is both popular and effective in treating ringworm.

Make a 2 percent dilution of tea tree oil by mixing 12 drops of the essential oil with 1 ounce of a cold-pressed carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Apply this to the skin three times daily.

Those who do not have sensitive skin may be able to apply the tea tree oil directly to the affected skin without diluting it first.

10. Oil of oregano

Oil of oregano that is made from wild oregano (Origanum vulgare) contains two strong antifungals called thymol and carvacrol.

Some researchTrusted Source has shown that oil of oregano can stop the growth of the fungus Candida albicans. Always dilute oil of oregano with a carrier oil before use. Apply the oil to the affected area up to three times daily.

Note that the majority of oil of oregano on the market contains common oregano (Origanum marjoram) rather than wild oregano.

11. Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass essential oil has been shown to reduce the activity of several types of fungus. To use lemongrass oil for ringworm, mix it with a carrier oil, and apply it to the skin twice daily with a cotton ball.

Original Post: Medical News Today

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13 Reasons You Should Be Using Coconut Oil Every Day

Coconut oil might as well be called magic oil. Its multitasking powers put it in a league of its own. Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is not only great at moisturizing the skin but because it also increases skin elasticity, it can be anti-aging, as well. The seemingly magical oil also contains many antioxidants, especially vitamin E, which means it can protect skin from free radical damage. Additionally, coconut oil has lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties, so it can help fight acne-causing bacteria—especially if you mix it with baking soda to create a gentle exfoliating scrub.

Considering the number of benefits, this naturally-derived oil has been used for centuries for a multitude of things, spanning the spectrum of skin, hair, nails, makeup, teeth, health, and wellness. The real question is, what can’t coconut oil do?

It’s worth noting that certain things about coconut oil are mildly controversial, like the idea of it being healthy to consume on a regular basis. And if you have acne-prone skin, you should use it sparingly as it’s a comedogenic oil that can potentially clog pores. However, its list of benefits outweighs the cons by a long shot. From burning fat to whitening your teeth, coconut oil is one of the earth’s greatest gifts.

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Coconut Oil on Fat Burning

 

Coconut oil’s unique for its medium-chain fatty acids. They’re easy to digest and funneled straight to the liver, where they produce energy instead of body fat, stimulating your metabolism. Studies have shown that women who consumed about two tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks lowered their abdominal fat, which we all know isn’t easy.

Coconut Oil for Hair

 

Heat three to five tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave and apply it to your dry hair before bed. Cover with a shower cap and shampoo as usual in the morning. Your locks will be significantly less frizzy and your scalp with be thrilled with the moisture.

It can be hard to get all the coconut oil out of your hair, so try this first on a weekend or a day when you don’t have to head out the door right away. Once you figure out the best technique for getting the coconut oil out of your hair and how much to actually use, you’ll love the benefits.

Coconut Oil for Health

 

A 2012 study showed that coconut oil can single-handedly stop most of the common causes of tooth decay. And monolaurin (what our body converts coconut’s lauric acid into) actually fights everything from the flu to measles.

Is Coconut Oil Moisturizing?

 

Coconut oil’s full of vitamin E, which is about the most moisturizing thing you can give your skin. If you’re going to go ahead and replace your lotion with oil, make sure you buy organic—you don’t want your skin soaking up any toxins along with the good stuff.

If you choose to replace your current facial moisturizer with coconut oil for hydrated, healthy-looking skin, use a small amount and apply it to your face before bed each night. Note that while coconut oil will sit on top of your skin for a little bit, it will eventually soak in. You can also use it on other parts of your body where you have a lot of dry, flaky skin such as elbows, knees, or heels. It works great as a conditioning cuticle cream and lip moisturizer, too. Just remember: A little bit goes a long way when it comes to moisturizing with coconut oil.

Coconut Oil for Food

 

You’ve probably heard that it’s bad to cook with olive oil. Its low smoke point means it chemically breaks down when it heats up and actually becomes toxic. You know what’s good to cook with? Coconut oil. It has a crazy-high smoke point and makes everything taste better—really.

Coconut Oil as Eye Cream

 

Not interested in dropping serious cash on an eye cream before the age of 30? Gently dab a bit of coconut oil all the way around your eyes when you finish your nighttime routine. Applying a tiny amount around the eyes will keep the skin plump with hydration and also minimize any fine lines that are the result of skin dehydration you may have in that area. We firmly believe in its preventative powers.

Coconut Oil for Dairy

 

Next time you’re baking, use coconut oil in place of butter. It’ll taste just as good and is much better for you.

Coconut Oil for Diabetes

 

And go ahead and eat an extra coconut oil cookie because while it gives you energy, coconut oil doesn’t make your insulin spike. You get the benefits of carbohydrates without the crash!

Coconut Oil as Exfoliator

 

Add some sugar or coarse salt to the coconut oil for an all-natural, lightly-scented exfoliator that works all over your body and face—including your lips. Mix the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon so the heat of your hands doesn’t melt the oil right away. This concoction also makes for a great foot scrub—especially since coconut oil has anti-fungal properties.

Coconut Oil for Teeth Whitening

 

Mix six tablespoons of coconut oil with the same amount of baking soda and add about 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Mix it all together, store it in a mason jar. Use regularly and watch your teeth get whiter.

Coconut Oil as Makeup Removing

 

Believe it or not, coconut oil easily breaks down even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. The natural oil contains vitamins and minerals that stimulate lash growth, too!

Coconut Oil for Shaving

 

Razors glide smoothly over skin prepped with the oil, preventing ingrown hairs and razor burn. The coconut oil will protect your skin while you shave, and it will also leave the area so moisturized that you might not need to use lotion after your shower.

Coconut Oil for Brows

 

If you’re still having trouble growing out over-plucked brows, guess what the solution is? Coconut oil! Smooth a tiny bit over both brows before bed, and they’ll be back to full arches in no time. (Like the hair on your head, it nourishes the skin and stimulates hair growth.)

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