Coconut oil is all the rage right now. It can be used in your cooking, in hair, on your body and face. This fantastic oil is a great alternative for health nuts or those with sensitive skin. Perhaps you’ve heard of coconut oil for cooking and baking, but it might sound crazy when used for your hair and skin.
Coconut oil is great for soothing dry skin. It is much more moisturizing than your average face moisturizer and body lotion. Think all of the moisturizing benefits without added water and other sneaky additives that are harmful to your skin when it is supposed to be helping heal. Coconut oil helps remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface and provides deep moisture.
When applying, remember that a little goes a long way (which is also great for your wallet). It might seem greasy on your skin at first, but it will absorb pretty quickly into your skin so just let it dry a bit.
If you’ve ever looked at coconut oil at the store, you might be wondering what type you should buy for your skin. Buy extra virgin coconut oil that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. Organic is also a good choice because that ensures it will not contain any GMOs (genetically modified organisms). You may notice if you try coconut oil that isn’t virgin or organic that it may clog your pores, so shell out a few extra bucks for the virgin kind. If you use it in cooking, it is a good idea to keep in the fridge, but not necessary if you just use it on your skin. Look for it at a local health food store, such as Whole Foods or Trader Joes or find many different brands online.
Coconut oil also has health benefits greater than giving your skin a healthy glow. Virgin coconut oil can act as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. Perfect for extra protection in this nasty flu season!
You can also put coconut oil on your hair for a nice deep moisturizing treatment to heal a dry, itchy scalp and leave your hair soft and silky. It is so gentle on hair and skin you can leave it on as long as you’d like.
Have you tried coconut oil on your hair or skin? Tell me about your experience with it or if you plan to try it after reading this article!