Top 10 Uses of Coconut Oil for Skincare

Sunburn Relief

Here are our Top 10 skincare uses for coconut oil:

  1. Moisturizer – Rub a little coconut oil all over instead of your store bought lotion.  Put a lot on at night or a little in the morning to leave you smelling coco-nutty fresh with silky smooth skin.  Remember, a little will go a long way!
  2. Shaving “Cream” – Use in place of your shaving cream or gel.  You won’t even have to moisturize afterwards!
  3. Sunburn Relief – Coconut oil is great for sunburns, plus any other burn you get on your skin.It will relieve the burning and stop infection from occurring due to its antibacterial properties.  Use it often on your sunburn to help prevent peeling.  Check out our sunburn post from last summer!
  4. Makeup Remover – Remove your water-proof makeup with coconut oil.  Simply dip a q-tip or tissue in coconut oil and sweep over eyes.  Your makeup will come right off. It won’t dry out your skin like other makeup removers.  Added bonus: You won’t have to use additional moisturizer after taking off your makeup!
  5. Skin rashes – It will heal any type of skin rash!  Use it on diaper rash(check out our recipe for homemade organic baby wipes), eczema, or just dry, flaky skin. 
  6. Stretch Marks – Use on your belly during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks from showing up.

    Homemade Body Scrub

  7. Foot care – Rub on your feet at night, put on socks and voila! You will have super soft feet in the morning.  Plus, due to it’s anti-fungal properties it is great for athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, or any other type of foot imperfection.
  8. Body Scrubs – Make your own homemade body scrub and have a spa day at home!  Try our recipe for candy cane sugar scrub or swap the peppermint oil for your favorite essential oil.
  9. Cuticles – Take your spa day one step further by giving yourself a manicure.  Rub coconut oil over cuticles to soften them.
  10. Chapped Lips – Spread a little coconut oil over chapped lips for instant relief of sore and cracked lips.  Add a little Vitamin E for extra relief. Use everyday in place of your regular chap-stick.

BONUS: Coconut oil is a great massage oil and personal lubricant.  Have a romantic night in with your significant other, just don’t forget the coconut oil!


– Jen


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16 Comments Post a comment

  1. steven stewart
    April 27, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Can’t wait to try this as shaving cream.

  2. Lisa
    April 27, 2012 at 5:35 am

    THIS is why I need some haha

  3. April 27, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Wow – this is great to use as a body moisturiser and especially on sunburn as suncream is so expensive. Have just spotted the 10 household uses too. Will have to try this!

  4. Crismarlyn Valentin
    April 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow, I didn’t know coconut oil could be used for so many things. I will defintely give it a try!

  5. Jessica M
    April 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I just started hearing about coconut oil & all of the things you can do with it & I was pretty amazed at all of the beauty things you can do with it.

  6. Michelle
    June 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I love using coconut oil……… many good uses

  7. shelley
    August 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hi, I heard that you are suppose to use refined coconut oil for the body and unrefined for cooking. Is this true?

    • August 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Hi Shelley! It’s always a personal choice, but at Kelapo we believe that if you are eating unrefined it’s also probably the best choice for your skin. Unrefined coconut oil has gone through less processing, meaning there are less chemicals for your skin/body to absorb.

      • Lee
        January 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        I am in Aussie, where is the best place to buy the kelapo oil.

        • January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

          Lee, Kelapo currently does not ship to Australia. I’m so sorry, but keep checking back for great recipes and tips!

  8. April 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for making this site you have taught me so much. No more spending 16.00 on make up remover or ChapStick. Your awesome.

  9. Billie
    July 1, 2015 at 10:09 am

    About a month ago i was told about the benifits using cocnut oil for oral health, i can not swish it without gagging horribly, for me its a texture thing, so i started using it as a toothpaste. My gums were very bad and bled everytime i brushed, they were almost purple. After a month of using the coconut oil my gums are 99% healed and i dont have any tarter or plaque, my teeth are very white and smooth, no bleeding, I smile alot now to show them off. I brush for 5-6 min with the oil then i use my regular toothpaste for 5-6 min. I am so impressed….

    • July 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm


      Thank you so much for sharing your story! We are so happy to hear that after using coconut oil as a toothpaste, you have been so much better! That is a great tip and much appreciated.

  10. July 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

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