Summer time is great but it can take a toll on our skin, hair, and body. There are tons of beauty products  that can maintain your look but they can get pricey. Some of the best products can cost more than $50, so buying more than one product can add up quickly.

However there is one product that can help with all of those things, and you probably have it sitting in your kitchen pantry.

Coconut oil has been known to be a healthier alternative to cooking oil or butter. Some studies have found that coconut oil has many benefits on various health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and it can help with digestion and weight loss.

While medical professionals disagree with the health benefits, the beauty benefits of coconut oil are a different story. Coconut oil for skin care and hair care has grown popularity over the years. It has become an essential and affordable home remedy for our toughest beauty problems.

With summer finally rolling in, here are a few ways you can use coconut oil to your benefit.

  • 1

    The Dreaded Sunburn

    Sometimes we unintentionally get a little too much sun. Coconut oil is a great way to moisturize your sunburnt skin. It can reduce the redness and prevent the peeling we all hate getting after a sunburn.  Just apply a little bit of coconut oil to your sunburn several times a day.

  • 2

    Dry Cracked Lips

    Our lips can be affected by the sun as well and can become dry and crack. Just like on your skin, coconut oil works the same way to keep your lips moisturized. Just apply a tiny dab of oil on your lips before you head out for the day.

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    Dry Damaged Hair

    Summer time frizzy hair is a girl’s worst nightmare. Between the humidity, ocean water, or tough chlorine our hair can get damaged or become dry. Rub a small amount of coconut oil between your palms and work it into your hair. Try to focus on getting it in the roots and on the tips. But make sure you don’t sure too much oil, otherwise your hair will look greasy.

  • 4

    Summer Funk

    Coconut oil can also work as a great deodorant to help fight against that summer funk. Again using a small amount, rub it onto your underarms before you head out for the day. If you like DIYs, you can try making a homemade deodorant stick using the coconut oil.

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    Itchy Bug Bites

    It is important to prevent bug bites altogether, but if you do find yourself itching from a little bug bite coconut oil can help. Rubbing a small amount on the itchy area can help relieve the itching. (Coconut oil has also helped bring relief to people with eczema, but ask your dermatologist)