6. Tattoo Healing
Tattoo artists typically suggest that you use a thin layer of antibiotic or vitamin E cream for the first few days after getting a tattoo (5). Although they prevent infection, these cream can leach out your fresh ink and distort your tattoo. Instead, use coconut oil to heal and nourish your skin.
7. Heal Burns
Coconut oil accelerates the healing process of burns, particularly sunburns. It can also prevent infection and minimize scars by boosting collagen production (6,7).
Coconut oil has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It prevents body odor by killing bad bacteria that feed off moisture and produce smelly pits. Coconut oil is actually the main ingredient in natural aluminum-free deodorants. Learn how to make your own here.
9. Fight Dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that can be caused by dry skin, fungal infection or autoimmune disorders (8).
Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against candida yeast. These acids also hydrate the scalp and relieve inflammation (9).
To use, comb coconut oil through your hair, massaging it through your scalp. Cover it overnight with a showercap and wash it out in the morning.
10. Body Scrub
To make a natural body scrub, mix two tablespoons of sea salt or raw sugar with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Use in the shower on wet skin and rinse thoroughly.