It's hard to miss. Popping up on store shelves, in news stories and on vanities everywhere. Coconut oil, that is. And its sudden popularity is for good reason. Coconut oil is rich in skin-friendly saturated fats and antioxidants. It also helps strengthen underlying tissues and smooth the skin's surface. This all-natural, affordable and easy-to-find product just might be a perfect addition to your beauty routine.

Here are a few DIY beauty tricks with coconut oil. Remember, when using coconut oil for beauty purposes, it is best to buy quality. Look for food grade, unrefined oil. Give these tricks a try and let us know what you think. 

Moisturizer

Keep dry skin at bay. Try applying coconut oil to your face and body right after you step out of the shower. Scoop a little directly into your hands, rub in between your palms to soften and smooth over your skin. The oil absorbs quickly and won't clog your pores. Or try replacing your shaving cream with coconut oil. This is a perfect solution for those with sensitive skin. Just smooth the oil over your skin and shave as usual. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

Body scrub

All you need is two ingredients for this DIY body scrub. Three if you're feeling fancy. Mix two parts coconut oil to one part sugar. Warm the oil in the microwave first to make mixing easier. Don't forget to add a few drops of essential oil if you'd like a specific fragrance. Just rub it all over your skin and rinse off. It's really that easy.

Makeup remover

Do your face a favor and ditch the harsh chemicals. Rub a little coconut oil between your fingers to soften, then apply to your face in a circular motion. The coconut oil will break down waxy makeups and leave your skin moisturized. To help remove stubborn mascara, put a couple drops of oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over closed eyes. Then, wash your face as usual. Coconut oils works well as a makeup brush cleaner, too. Just soak the brushes in melted coconut oil, rinse thoroughly and let air dry.

Hair treatment

Coconut oil works well as a leave-in hair conditioner. Work a teaspoon of oil in your hands, then run your fingers through your hair. Make sure to pay special attention to any damaged ends. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it on for a few hours, or overnight for an even deeper treatment. When it comes time to rinse your hair out, shampoo a few times to remove any excess oil. You'll be left with soft, shiny hair.