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11 ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen

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Coconut oil is about to become your best friend.

Coconut oil is about to become your best friend.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had one versatile product that could be used to treat your skin, hair and everything in between? News flash: There is one, and you won’t even find it in the beauty aisle.

What is this magical solution, you ask? Coconut oil. And it’s loaded with so many essential nutrients that you’ll reap a number of benefits from using the stuff. Read on to learn 11 ways coconut oil can fit into your beauty regimen:

1. Removing your makeup
Who needs expensive makeup remover when you have coconut oil to rely on? Allure said you can apply it to a cotton swab and wipe away your mascara effortlessly.

2. Freshening your breath
Coconut oil is rich in antibacterial properties, so start oil pulling! It’s the simple act of gargling and swishing the stuff around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. It’s great for freshening your breath, whitening your teeth and cleansing your gums. Worried you’ll lose track of time? You can use the alarm on your favorite Baby-G watch so you know when it’s time to stop.

3. Moisturizing your body
Running out of your favorite body lotion doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Just reach for coconut oil – it moisturizes just as well.

4. Removing dark circles
Staying up all night to study might help you ace that test, but it’s not going to keep those dark circles from surfacing. But don’t worry, it’s nothing coconut oil can’t fix. Just use a dab of the stuff to ward away dark bags and fine lines.

5. Taming frizzy hair
Frizzy hair got you down? Just rub a small amount of coconut oil in your palms and smooth those flyaways out. Remember: a little goes a long way – you don’t want to turn your shiny strands into a greasy mess.

6. Shaving your legs
There’s no need to lather up on the shaving cream when there’s coconut oil present. Allure said it’ll help you get an even closer shave while moisturizing your legs at the same time!

7. Deep conditioning your hair
After days of using dry shampoo, your hair could use a deep-conditioning treatment before hopping in the shower. Just work a dab of coconut oil through your ends and let it sit for at least an hour before washing.

8. Freshening up your pits 
Want to make your own natural deodorant? Mix equal parts coconut, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, baking soda and a drop of scented oil to freshen things up.

9. Oiling up your cuticles
Are your cuticles looking rough? Marie Claire suggested brushing them with coconut oil. Not only can it help repair the damage, it’ll also strengthen your nails in general! Dab the oil on your toenails and let the antifungal properties keep your feet healthy and fresh.

10. Moisturizing your lips
You lose your lip balm so regularly that you’ve never even made it through a whole tube. So why not just turn to your jar of coconut oil? It has the ability to nourish cracked lips and bring them back to that luscious pout you love showing off.

11. Highlighting your cheekbones
Don’t stress out in the makeup aisle deciding which expensive highlighter best fits your budget. Prevention magazine said to use your handy coconut oil! A slight sweep of the stuff and you’ll get the same radiant glow as you would with the beauty product.

Pass these coconut hacks on to your besties and become the queen of beauty regimens!

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