By Adonia Dennis
Professional Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser
Why coconut oil is your must-have beauty product
I am the first to admit that I am completely in love with coconut oil. It is the oil that is extracted by drying and pressing the mature flesh of a coconut. Despite being villainised for a while because of how high in saturated fat it is, coconut oil is enjoying a new found popularity as a ‘healthy oil’ option in some cases. Its high burning point makes it ideal for frying and its palatable taste and aroma make it an ideal binder for raw food snacks and sweets. Aside from being good for your body, this oil is also particularly great for your skin. It is rich in moisturising compounds like vitamin A and vitamin C as well as anti-microbial compounds like lauric acid.
From head to toe, there is not much that coconut oil cannot replace in your beauty product cupboard. Below are some of the awesome ways to use coconut oil for your skin.
Most people forget that scalp is actually skin and that it should also be nourished like the skin on your face and body. The skin on your scalp is especially exposed to the heat of the sun and harsh chemicals from your shampoo and conditioner. That is why the scalp can be so dry sometimes. People will often think the flakes are just dandruff flakes and bombard the scalp with even more chemicals to get rid of the ‘dandruff.’.However, a lot of times the flakes on your head are simply just flakes of dry skin desperately asking to be moisturised by olive oil.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is a potent anti-microbial compound. Dandruff is typically caused by a type of fungus that thrives off of the moist environment of thick hair and sweaty and oily scalp. Treat dandruff without having to use harsh chemicals by rubbing coconut oil into your scalp and letting it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
Coconut oil is especially effective with stubborn eye makeup. Partially soak a cotton pad with coconut oil and press it against your eyes for a minute or two, wipe the makeup off. It should slip right off. As an extra perk, using coconut oil to remove your eye makeup can help improve the appearance of under eye dark circles. Coconut oil is high in anti-oxidants and can combat the free radicals that can cause under eyes to darken.
Makeup remover can often be expensive. Try a healthier and more pocket-friendly makeup remover by using coconut oil to remove the day’s dirt and makeup from your face.
This is honestly one of our favorite ways to use coconut oil. Just a pump of this magical stuff goes a long way. After duly removing your makeup and cleansing your face, reintroduce moisture to your face by using this vitamin A and E rich oil.
There are actually two types of moisturisers: humectants and occlusive moisturisers. Humectants are moisturisers that add moisture to the skin by attracting water. An occlusive is a type of moisturiser that keeps water from escaping the skin by creating a barrier between the skin and the environment. Coconut oil, as well as other types of oils, is an occlusive. To maximise the benefits of coconut oil, you may choose to use a humectant (i.e. hyaluronic acid) on your skin, allow it to attract moisture and spread coconut oil all over your face to prevent the trapped moisture from escaping.
It seems counterintuitive, but oil cleansing has become all the rage with those who suffer from acne. People think that it is oil that causes people to break out, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Clogged pores can only be cleaned out by dissolving what’s clogging them (sebum, dirt and makeup) in a substance where they can be dissolved. Most of these are oil based, so it makes sense to cleanse your face with oil. Not only are you cleansing your face, but you are also moisturising it as well.
If the oiliness really bothers you, you can either wash your face with a gently facial cleanser or warm water afterward.
Shaving Cream Substitute
Coconut oil provides an unbelievably close shave. Aside from that, it also softens the hair making it easier to shave and less likely to develop into an ingrown hair.
Coconut oil is just as good for the skin on your body as it is for the skin on your face. While still in the shower, apply and massage coconut oil all over your body. Don’t way ‘til you’ve dried off to apply the coconut oil. You will end up greasy, and it will be a little difficult to spread the oil all over your body.
Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), by profession a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She provides solution related to health and beauty problems. She is an independent researcher who researches for all type of skin related issues. She is a passionate blogger who loves to read latest lifestyle news and share her views on health, fitness and diet. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.