Beauty Benefits of Coconut & Olive Oil

Written by candace n. smith
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Coconut and olive oil are considered among beauty editors to be two of the best-kept secrets in beauty aids. Both are natural and can be found at the local grocery or health food store. In their purest forms, they possess outstanding benefits for skin, hair and nail health.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is the oily fat from the fruit of the olive tree, which grows in the Mediterranean. For centuries, natives of the region have credited olive oil for its versatility in serving as both a health and a beauty aid. The oil is popular with notable brands that use it as a base ingredient in making cosmetics, shampoos and skin moisturisers.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from cold-pressed, unsullied coconuts and the ordinary process of separating the oil from the milk. All-natural coconut oil has a sweet taste and fragrance. The uses of coconut oil are many, and like olive oil, include benefits to the skin, hair, nails and overall good health. Coconut oil is found in a solid form and has to be liquefied for use.


Extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil are the ideal types to use, as these are often the purest forms commercially available. Olive oil is the pricier of the two oils, however, its multipurpose properties will allow you to get the most for your money and the beauty benefits will be invaluable in the long run. Olive oil's many uses include make-up removal, hair conditioning, moisturiser, nail and cuticle enhancer, lip balm an alternative to shaving cream.

Coconut oil is inexpensive compared to olive oil. It comes in a solid form and should be melted before use. It can be used as a hair conditioner, hot oil treatment, a foot smoother, lip balm, deodorant, shaving oil, body lotion, face moisturiser and as a sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays.


The benefits of incorporating olive and coconut oil into your beauty regimen include deeply nourished radiant skin, hair, nails and lips. Olive oil repairs split ends, heals dandruff caused by dry scalp and gives your hair a shiny look and silky feel. Coconut oil rubbed in small amounts to the ends of hair seals and strengthens it. Dry, brittle nails and cuticles are easily nursed back to health with 30 minutes of soaking them and covering with breathable fabric gloves. Dry, chapped lips are smoothed and softened by applying oil to lips as needed. Shaving with either oil eliminates razor bumps under the arms, on legs and the face, while deeply penetrating and moisturising the skin .

Olive and coconut oil taken orally help prevent wrinkles and weak skin, decreasing the signs of ageing and helping to retain the density and elasticity of skin cells. In addition to this, consuming coconut oil prevents pimples and acne by unclogging pores, deeply cleansing skin and allowing skin to breathe, giving it a natural glow and shine.

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