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The Best Natural Beauty Product for Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Aug 06, 2013

The Best Natural Beauty Product for Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Coconut oil is like the MacGyver of natural beauty products. Use it on your hair. Use it on your nails. Even use it on your teeth. It works wonders. 

Never mind that you buy it from the grocery store, coconut oil has all the properties of an amazing natural beauty product: it's a rich moisturizer, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and it contains antioxidants to fight free radicals (and those pesky smile lines). Not to mention that with summer winding down, we can't get enough of our favorite beachy scent. 
The product is so versatile, it can solve ten common beauty problems in just one 16 ounce jar. Here's how:

1.) Massage the oil into your cuticles to stimulate healthy nail growth. Its anti-fungal properties will ward off infections, and keep your nails growing strong.

2.) New research suggests rubbing coconut oil on your teeth and gums can help fight bacteria and prevent cavities. Mix it with baking soda for an all-natural, whitening paste.

3.) Make your own gentle, exfoliating shower scrub by combining two parts sugar with one part coconut oil.

4.) Coconut oil can work wonders on dry, cracked hands. Soothe skin by applying oil directly to the afflicted area.

5.) Because of its antibacterial properties, coconut oil can be used to fight acne. Just smoothe it onto your face. The oil's natural vitamin E will also help fade scarring. 

6.) Naturally repair dry ends by applying coconut oil directly to the damaged hair. For a more intense treatment, coat your hair with the product, then let it sit for an hour under a shower cap. The hydrating mask will transform your hair.

7.)  Expensive shaving creams can contain harsh chemicals. Nix the lather, and use coconut oil instead.

8.) Use it as a makeup remover. Wipe away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara with a cotton ball soaked in the oil.

9.) Combat dandruff by massaging the oil into your scalp, then shampoo like normal. You'll be flake-free in no time. 

10.) If you like the taste of coconut, use it as a lip balm. The fatty acids in the oil will help maintain moisture.

Remember to use organic, virgin coconut oil if at all possible, and check out the slideshow above for more all-natural beauty products!

(h/t Wellness Mama)

By Caroline Hallemann

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