We all know about health benefits of coconut oil, but lately it is being used as one of the miracle beauty ingredients in skincare regimes by a lot of people. Hollywood celebs like Angeline Jolie and Emma Watson swear by this amazing oil. Though women in India have been using coconut oil for years, it is gradually becoming part of the western world and is being included as a major ingredient in a lot of cosmetic products as well. Coconut oil is indeed one of the most versatile products that can be easily found in your kitchen cabinet, and you can use it from head-to toe to reap its benefits.Also Read - Easy And Natural Home Remedies For a Bright Smile Recommended by Shahnaz Husain

Coconut oil has both antibacterial and antifungal properties. Also, it is a great moisturizer. You can use it to moisturize your skin and hair. We have compiled a list of beauty benefits  of coconut oil and how you can use it in your daily beauty regime to reap the benefits of this miracle ingredient. Also Read - Easy And Quick DIY Organic Pedicure At Home, Approved by Shahnaz Husain

Moisturizes your skin

Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer, you can use it on your skin instead of a body lotion. Simply apply coconut oil post taking a shower to moisturize your skin, it will nourish your skin and make your skin soft and supple. If you have dry skin, it will work like magic to reduce water loss from your skin and hydrate your skin well. It also has a natural SPF 4. Also Read - Skincare Tips by Shahnaz Husain: Ingredients From Your Kitchen Shelf For Spotless Skin

Soothes chapped lips

Are you fed up of your dry, chapped lips? Throw away your chap stick and use coconut oil instead on your lips. The nourishing oil will immediately hydrate and moisturize your lips. Pour it in a small container and apply it throughout the day to bid goodbye to your chapped lips. (ALSO READ Beauty benefits of turmeric essential oil: 8 ways to use turmeric essential oil in your skincare and haircare regimen).

Top 9 beauty benefits of coconut oil: 9 reasons to include coconut oil in your beauty routine to get glowing skin and lustrous hair

Conditions your hair

You can use coconut oil as a deep conditioner to soothe dry hair and hydrate your scalp. It seals in moisture and leaves you with silky and shiny mane. Apply coconut oil on your scalp and hair, massaging it gently into the scalp. Leave for an hour or overnight and then wash it using shampoo.

Stimulates hair growth

Coconut oil not only conditions your hair, but also stimulates hair growth. Use it to massage your scalp in gentle circular motions, it will increase the blood circulation, stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. After application, leave it overnight and wash it using your regular shampoo. You can also use it post shampoo from the mid shaft to hair ends to get rid of frizz.

Heals cracked cuticles

If you want your manicure to last longer, apply a dollop of coconut oil on your cuticle. It will help heal the cracked cuticles and also the peeling skin around the base. All you have to do is apply it right at the base of the nails.

Top 9 beauty benefits of coconut oil: 9 reasons to include coconut oil in your beauty routine to get glowing skin and lustrous hair

Prevents wrinkles and under eye bags

Coconut oil works as a great under eye cream to prevent wrinkles and under eye bags. So forget about the expensive under eye creams and night creams. Dab some coconut oil under your eyes before and all over your face for maximum moisturizing benefits. The antioxidants will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Exfoliates skin

You can whip up a great body exfoliator using coconut oil. To use coconut oil as body scrub, mix half a cup of coconut oil with a handful of sugar. Mix the two well to create a body exfoliator. Use it on your skin to get rid of the dead skin cells and to moisturize your skin as well. (ALSO READ Top 5 beauty oils to include in your skincare regimen for flawless skin).

Top 9 beauty benefits of coconut oil: 9 reasons to include coconut oil in your beauty routine to get glowing skin and lustrous hair

Soothes your skin

Use the goodness of coconut oil by using it as massage oil. Warm a little coconut oil and add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender oil or peppermint oil and then massage into your skin for a soothing and relaxing experience.

Moisturizes your hands and feet

Forget about your expensive hand cream and foot cream. You can trust coconut oil to moisturize your hands and feet. In comparison to the rest of the body, the skin on your palms and feet is thick, so you need a cream that penetrates and works well. Coconut oil is rich and moisture binding, leaving you with supple and soft hands and feet.

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