5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

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To say that we're obsessed with coconuts is an understatement. Aside from the fact that they're the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of a tropical island getaway, they're also packed with numerous health and beauty benefits. If you're looking for that perfect ingredient that does it all, look no further. Here, we share the top 5 beauty benefits of coconut oil.

 Coconut oil is the ideal body moisturizer.

Coconut oil is the ideal body moisturizer.

1. Body Moisturizer.

Virgin organic coconut oil is known for its skin healing properties, and studies have found it effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss. Not to mention that it smells amazing, and makes your skin look and feel like it was on an extended tropical island vacation!

Try: Eminence Organic Skin Care Firming Body Lotion ($36)

 Coconut oil is excellent for hydrating dry hands.

Coconut oil is excellent for hydrating dry hands.

2. Hand Hydrator.

We all experience dry hands from time to time, and coconut oil hydrates and softens skin as it sinks deeper into cells. Rich in vitamins A, C and E, coconut oil helps to smooth and restore dry, cracked and chapped skin, and nourishes nail cuticles as well. 

Try: Kopari Coconut Balm ($32)

 Shaving legs with coconut oil is the secret to smoother legs.

Shaving legs with coconut oil is the secret to smoother legs.

3. Shaving Cream.

Coconut oil is known for its natural antimicrobial properties, and is a great alternative to those chemical-ridden shaving creams on the market. It will leave your legs more hydrated and soft, not to mention that it smells amazing!

Try: The Oil by LALICIOUS ($34)

 Coconut oil is a great natural eye makeup remover.

Coconut oil is a great natural eye makeup remover.

4. Eye Makeup Remover

Having trouble removing that waterproof mascara? Coconut oil to the rescue! Simply dab a cotton ball with some coconut oil and gently sweep over eyes and lashes. The oil helps break down eye makeup without drying out the eye area and even leaves eyes feeling more hydrated.

Try: Sephora Collection Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes ($7.50)

 Coconut oil helps hydrate and moisturize locks.

Coconut oil helps hydrate and moisturize locks.

5. Hair Conditioner.

Many hair products include coconut oil as an ingredient because it penetrates hair better than other types of oils, and it helps prevent protein loss. Tip: Apply a small amount to your hair, concentrating on the ends (or wherever most of the dryness is), then wrap hair in a silk kerchief and sleep like that overnight. In the morning, shampoo hair. You'll notice that your tresses feel silkier and softer!

Try: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner ($5.69)

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