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The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil on Your Skin and Hair

Not only is it all-natural and inexpensive, but I have found that coconut oil is truly the best moisturizer for both my skin and my hair.

Aside from a host of benefits when consumed internally, coconut oil is also one of the very best moisturizers for your skin and hair.

Aside from a host of benefits when consumed internally, coconut oil is also one of the very best moisturizers for your skin and hair.

Not only does unrefined or virgin coconut oil taste delicious, but when used as a moisturizer, it makes you smell like a tropical delight. It is also extremely beneficial for you in a multitude of ways.

Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is in fact a healthy fat. This is because it is a naturally occurring saturated fat, and 50 percent of it is composed of lauric acid. Lauric acid is in many beauty and skincare products, and consuming some of it daily has many benefits. It is good for your thyroid, can lower cholesterol, and helps to speed up your metabolism, thus helping aid weight loss.

Coconut oil is also fantastic for your heart health and has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. As a result, it works wonderfully to help treat skin problems like psoriasis, acne, eczema, dermatitis, and all sorts of skin-related ailments. It is also great for your immune system and aids digestion.

It is easy to take virgin coconut oil internally: simply use it in place of butter or try a spoonful in your hot tea or coffee. The purpose of this article, however, concerns the use of coconut oil for your skin and hair, as it is truly one of the very best moisturizers around.

How Coconut Oil Helps Your Skin

First off, remember, our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it can absorb things right into our bloodstreams. When it comes to using it for your skin, you want to make sure you use an unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil.

The meat of a coconut is called copra. The oil is taken from the copra. Refined oil is taken from dried copra. Sometimes they use chemicals to obtain as much oil from the copra as possible, then bleach it to ensure there are no contaminates. Once that process is done, it is heated to remove its flavor and odor. Unrefined or pure coconut oil is taken from fresh coconut copra without using any additives or heating it.

The unrefined oil is all natural and has antioxidant properties, so it aids in preventing premature aging. It absorbs deeply into the layers of your skin, ensuring real moisturizing and hydration for your skin. Along with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it is an all-natural way to add moisture to your skin versus expensive, chemical-laden products that oftentimes do not even penetrate through the top layer of skin when applied. It protects against aging because it has antioxidant effects that fight free radical damage, which is what causes wrinkles. It also helps to repair and heal damaged skin.

Coconut oil is made of medium-chain fatty acids that are easily absorbed into our skin. It helps exfoliate dead skin and also helps to strengthen connective tissue. Having antibacterial properties, the oil works well to treat athlete's foot and even diaper rash too.

Should You Use Coconut Oil as a Solid or as a Liquid?

Since coconut oil's melting point is 76°F, it will be a liquid at any temperature higher than that and will be a solid at any temperature that is lower. Many people who use this for skin and hair care choose to keep it refrigerated, because it is easier to use when it is in a solid form. You are still able to use it when it is a liquid, however, it's just messier that way.

How to Apply Coconut Oil to Your Skin

  1. Using a clean spoon, remove a small amount from the container (if it's in a solid state) and place it in the palm of your hands. It will immediately begin to liquefy due to your body's temperature.
  2. Rub your hands together and apply to your skin where so desired.
  3. You should apply it in thin layers, rubbing it in and allowing it to completely absorb into your skin. You can always apply more layers as needed.

Doing this on a regular basis can really help you achieve a youthful glow about your skin.

Recipe for a Coconut Oil Facial Scrub

Here's a recipe for using coconut oil to create your own facial scrub.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Few drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Apply the scrub in a gentle, circular motion.
  3. Rinse and pat dry.

Note: If you like, you can also use this on your whole body as well.

How Coconut Oil Helps Your Hair

Most hair care products coat and sit on the outside layer of your hair, making it appear healthier. Coconut oil actually penetrates completely through your hair shafts, however, nourishing them from the inside and out and making them healthier. It works wonders in achieving healthy, glossy, smooth, shiny hair and helps prevent the loss of protein in our hair. It does wonders for dry, damaged, brittle hair. It is said to help prevent hair loss and help grow hair faster too.

Luckily, a container of it will last you a very long time. It only takes a small amount, and a little goes a very long way.

My Experience Using Coconut Oil in My Own Hair

I can say from personal experience that this is the best product I've found for my skin and especially for my hair. I use the Nutiva Extra Virgin brand. I have naturally curly, extremely frizzy hair and have found no other product that works so well to eliminate frizz—and believe me, I have tried many, many products before discovering this. I use it as an anti-frizz product, a shine serum, and occasionally as a deep oil treatment. It makes my hair very shiny and provides softness to my otherwise coarse, out-of-control, frizzy hair.

How to Apply Coconut Oil to Your Hair

As with skincare, you'll want to start by rubbing the oil between your palms.

Using Coconut Oil as a Pre-Wash

  1. Apply the oil to your hair starting from your roots and working towards the ends of your hair.
  2. Leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes before shampooing.

Using Coconut Oil as a Deep Treatment

  1. Apply the oil to your hair starting from your roots and working towards the ends of your hair.
  2. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag or shower cap.
  3. Leave the oil in your hair for at least an hour or overnight before washing. Just be sure you cover your hair and pillow with a towel, just in case.
  4. After showering, I apply a very small amount to the bottom half of the length of my damp hair, focusing mostly on the ends. I leave it in for extra shine and frizz control.

Recipe for an Ultra-Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Here's an easy recipe for using coconut oil to create a deep conditioning mask for your hair:


  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (If your coconut oil is in a solid state, you can microwave it for a few seconds first.)
  • Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Apply to hair in sections, then massage through thoroughly.
  3. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over hair, and then wrap a towel around your head.
  4. Let this treatment stay in your hair for 15 to 20 minutes. If your hair is in bad condition or just very dry, you can leave it on for longer.
  5. Rinse well.

What Is Your Experience With Coconut Oil?

I'd love to hear comments from readers on if they have ever tried this, how they have used it and the benefits they have received from it.

Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers available.

Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers available.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 liataylor


rohimic on October 21, 2018:

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liataylor (author) on March 15, 2017:

Thanks for commenting Adele

Adele Elves from India on March 15, 2017:

Wonderful post ! Very helpful and effective for us. I have found the other benefits of coconut oil for acne. I want to share it to all. It will helpful for us.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on April 17, 2013:

I like Aloe vera products. Aloe vera does good to the body.