Coconut oil might as well be called magic oil. Its multitasking powers put it in a league of its own. Think of it as the beauty world's holy water. 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, etc. 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 one of the most comedogenic oils 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. Read why you need it in your everyday life below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We firmly believe in its preventative powers.
Next time you’re baking, use coconut oil in place of butter. It’ll taste just as good and be a million times better for you (that’s not a scientific number).
And go ahead and eat an extra cookie because though it gives you energy, coconut oil doesn’t make your insulin spike. You get the benefits of carbohydrates without the crash!
Add salt or sugar to a spoonful of coconut oil for an all-natural, barely scented exfoliator that works all over your body—and face.
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, and watch your teeth get whiter.
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!
Razors glide smoothly over skin prepped with the oil, preventing ingrown hairs and razor burn. Also, did we mention it’s moisturizing?
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, they’ll be back to bushy in no time. (Like the hair on your head, it nourishes the skin and stimulates hair growth.)
This story was originally published on July 4, 2016, and has since been updated.