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7 Beauty Products You Can Easily Replace With Coconut Oil (PHOTOS)

coconut oil Lately, the buzzworthy beauty products are the ones that can apparently do 500 gazillion things in one step! You know, the highlighter that doubles as a lipstick and cream eye shadow or the moisturizer that's also fighting acne and aging. It's hard to believe a lot of the marketing hype out there. Except when it comes to some products -- often, incredibly straightforward, one-ingredient, all-natural ones ... like coconut oil!

Coconut oil's many household uses are well-known, of course, but it's also a go-to wonder tool that often puts other cosmetics and bath/body products to shame. Here, 7 beauty products it can totally replace in your daily routine ...

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1Leave-In Hair Conditioner

The fatty acids in coconut oils often your strands, and it's a super no-brainer to apply: Scoop half a teaspoon of coconut oil, heat it up between your plams, then grab sections of your hair and drag it through as evenly as possible. Brush hair with a wide-toothed comb. Wrap it a top knot, bun, or a tight fish-tail braid. The longer you leave it in, the better. Poof, a beautiful, de-frizzed, conditioned mane!

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2Cuticle Oil

It's easy to think we need separate products to achieve various results -- hence why something like cuticle oil is so big and used so often in nail salons. But coconut oil can multitask in this department, too. It helps keep cuticles soft and nails from getting dry and brittle. If you prefer to apply it in liquid (as opposed to solid) form, melt a small scoop in the microwave or put the container under hot running water for a minute or two.

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3Makeup Remover

Ever notice how caprylic acid is one of the top ingredients in a lot of our facial cleansers or makeup removers? It's one of the three fatty acids found in coconut oil, which can actually strip dirt or makeup from the skin. And when you use coconut oil instead of a chemical-laden makeup remover or cleanser, you're avoiding detergents that could compromise your skin's natural oils.

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4Lip Balm/Gloss

Keeping chapped lips at bay doesn't mean having to stockpile products from the drugstore -- particularly the kinds you feel as though you need to constantly reapply. Coconut oil works just as well, and it's also one of the key ingredients in many lip balms and glosses on shelves.

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5Moisturizer

With cold weather on the horizon, dry skin is inevitable. That's why coconut oil must be in your medicine cabinet as a go-to moisturizer. Experts explain that its fatty acids help reinforce the skin's natural lipid barrier to help not only lock in moisture but promote hydration.

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6Sugar Scrub

If you need to slough off dead or sunburned, peeling skin with a yummy-smelling sugar (or salt) scrub, look no further than your kitchen cabinets. A simple mix of coconut oil and brown or white sugar or salt to exfoliate and make skin happy! (Believe me -- it worked when I got totally burned on a summer vacay and didn't wanna plunk down mega-bucks for a tub of scrub!)

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7Shaving Cream (or Shower Oil)

If you're like me, you probably hate buying a separate shaving cream to do something you know your shower gel or soap can handle just fine. But when skin's especially dry in the fall and winter, it can be helpful to have something with a little extra moisturizing oomph! Hellooo, lubricating coconut oil! A little goes a long way, but if you find it's too slippery to shave with, putting some on in the shower right after you shave can help seal in moisture.

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