If you have been spending a small fortune on personal care products it is high time you stop. Most of the commercially available hygiene products are filled with potentially harmful chemicals, so finding a natural, healthy alternative is an imperative. Coconut oil has been rapidly gaining on popularity around the globe, due to its health benefits when used in cooking, but did you know that it can help with personal care too?
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory product which can aid your body in staying healthy and looking rejuvenated. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and it smells heavenly. It will leave your body well-nourished and your skin silky-smooth.
Uses of coconut oil in personal hygiene
- Body scrub
Use a mixture of coconut oil and sea salt as a natural body scrub, for both your body and face. Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to 2 tablespoons of sea salt. It is safe to use daily and your skin will be smoother than ever.
Coconut oil has a natural sun protecting factor, which helps protect our skin from the harmful sun rays. This oil is also a cheaper, much healthier alternative to expensive sunscreens that can be full of chemicals and not as effective as the coconut oil. Just make sure you apply the coconut oil to exposed skin 20 minutes before stepping into sun.
- Hand sanitizer
Due to its amazing antibacterial properties coconut oil makes a great hand sanitizer. Massaging your hands for 30 seconds with coconut oil and then wiping it off with a warm washcloth will remove all the bacteria located on your hands, and the oil absorbed by your hands will leave them smooth and silky.
- After shave
If you find it harsh on your skin to use alcohol based aftershave, and commercial aftershave balsams just don’t do the trick for calming your skin after shaving, use coconut oil. It quickly and efficiently sooths the irritated skin, and can be used to treat razor burns.
- Anti-dandruff cream
Coconut oil reduces flaking and itching in the scalp and in addition to its moisturizing ability makes a great anti-dandruff cream. Just massage a bit of coconut oil onto your scalp before bed and leave overnight. Rinse out in the morning with warm water and shampoo.
Coconut oil is a great substitute for fluoride-rich commercial toothpastes. Just mix some of it with baking soda and use just like any other toothpaste. Your teeth will be cleaner and whiter than ever.
Coconut oil makes a great lubricant, suitable for many uses including sexual ones. Just make sure you don’t use coconut oil with condoms as it can affect the plastic, use water based lubricants instead.
- Pore minimizer
Coconut oil reduced the pores and makes the skin smooth and soft. It also unclogs pores, and prevents bacteria and dirt from entering the skin pores which lessens the chances of acne occurring.
- Hair gel
Instead of using brand name gels that leave your hair sticky or too hard, use coconut oil instead to style your hair.
- Tattoo healing
Apply coconut oil to new tattoos in order to speed up the healing process and prevent any potential infection.