Raise your hands if you’re COCO LOCO (Coconut Crazy that is). If you’re not already, you will by the time you realize all the Coconut Oil benefits for the skin & the benefits of Coconut Water. The beautiful, natural, solidified oil is one of the healthiest oils you can use with cooking, and when used as a part of your skincare routine.
Coconut Oil Benefits for the Skin
- Anti-inflammatory – When used in your diet or applied to the skin, it’s great to calm down inflamed acne.
- Softens skin – Vitamin E in it makes it great for moisturizing dry, hard skin conditions. Good for psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis when used as a cleanser or moisturizer.
- Anti-aging Antioxidant – Protects the skin from oxidative stress that causes skin damage and premature aging such as wrinkles.
- Soothes & relieves skin – Tones down redness, puffiness and itchiness from skin rashes.
- Protects skin – Antibacterial properties help protect against harmful microorganisms, helping skin infections such as cellulitis and athlete’s foot, caused by bacteria or fungi.
- Healthy glow – When the right amount is used, it makes you skin look radiant. Too much will make you look too shiny. Use as a cleanser to give it a radiant, healthy glow.
- Heal wounds – Improves tissue growth by supporting its healing process
- Lightens skin and evens skin tone – Massage into your skin at night for one minute at least, then rinse off in morning and repeat until skin tone is even or lightened.
Skin Care Beauty tips for using Coconut Oil
- Take a small amount in your hands before rubbing your hands together to melt it, if it’s not already liquified, and apply it on to the desired area to get an even distribution.
- Don’t use too much as it’s usually solidified before you use it, once it melts it will spread, so you only need a bit.
- Be careful not to get it on your clothes. Don’t worry if you do, it does wash out after a good soak and using the hottest washer setting.
- Buy one with a wide jar opening so it’s quicker to just scoop out rather than heating up the bottle/jar.
- Don’t forget to smell just how fabulously exotic it is.
Coconut Oil Uses
So now we know why it’s healthy for us, here are some ways you can use it.
Coconut Oil Uses:
- Dog Moisturizer – Perfect to moisturise your furry friend’s paws, nose & skin as well help their hair grow back from itching (plus they’ll love a lick of it).
- Cleansing Oil – Massage it into your skin then rinse off with warm water for a moisturizing, radiant cleanse.
- Make-up Remover – A natural, gentle make up remover without chemicals that even remove waterproof mascara.
- Face & Body Moisturizer – Can be used on any areas of the skin.
- Cooking Oil – One of the healthiest oils for cooking and baking with.
- Hair Conditioner – A natural conditioner that helps strengthen the hair shaft and prevents breakage
- Hair Growth Remedy – Stimulates hair growth, helping your hair grow faster, thicker and longer.
- Massage Oil – Great to use as a massage medium.
- Lip Balm – Apply a pea sized amount on the lips to keep them moisturized.
- Sunburn – Use it as cleanser for sun burn before applying Aloe Vera to soothe the skin.
- Scar Preventer – Can be applied on open wounds then bandaged over to prevent scarring.
- Weight Loss – Fuels metabolism as moderate amounts in your diet can help you get rid of some unnecessary fats.
- Exfoliation – Add an equal amount of sugar to it to use it a moisterising face or body scrub.
- Oil Pulling – Put a tablespoon in your mouth and swish around for 20 minutes to draw out toxins & improve oral health.
- Teeth Whitening – Mix with a bit of baking soda to create your own whitening toothpaste.
- Cream – Add & blend with other creams to make your own creams.
- Shaving Medium – Great to use as a shaving oil to leave your skin softer.
Please note: Depending on your skin condition and skin type, Coconut Oil may not be suitable for you. Always test patch skincare products on a small area of skin before using it regularly.
Which is the best Coconut Oil to buy?
Be careful of some that will say “100% pure” but then once you buy it, you realise it doesn’t even smell like coconuts. The best to buy are the Organic Virgin coconut oils as they’re the most unrefined. Refined Coconut Oil is made from dried Coconut fruit making it lose that magnificent, exotic scent.
I have a few different Coconut Oils (2 of them are just for my puppy, the one in the picture is from Portugal), but this is the one I would recommend.
Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 32 oz (896 g)
✔ Organic & Cold-pressed from fresh, organic coconuts giving that amazing aroma and flavor for cooking.
✔ Contains no trans or hydrogenated fats
✔ Pure and unrefined
✔ Decent size jar with a broad opening
Brilliant to use for eczema as a moisturizer, or as a facial cleanser for a nice, moisturizing, anti-bacterial cleanse. A good all-rounder, great for hair, skin and cooking. A good amount that should last you a while if you’re furry friend doesn’t get to it first.
Like people, Coconuts come in all different shapes and sizes. The color of them are a good indication of ripeness. They can be orange, yellow or green before turning brown as the exotic fruit matures. Immature coconuts are usually filled with Coconut Water which has similar benefits for the skin and body as Coconut Oil does when consumed.
Coconut Water Benefits:
- Healthier than other fruit juices as it has no added sugar
- Great to rehydrate with and can help headaches, making it a great hangover remedy.
- Good for high blood pressure supporting heart health.
- Helps to dissolve kidney stones and protect the body against bladder infections.
- Good source of Vitamins and Minerals including Potassium, Sodium, Vitamin C & B Vitamin.
- Healthy, low calorie drink making it great for Diabetes.
- Aids in digestion as it’s a good source of fiber.
- Boosts energy making it the ideal natural sports drink.
In a CocoNut Shell
Whether you eat the white, fresh coconut flesh, drink the natural, sweet water or use the fabulous oil on your skin, it’s amazing for your body inside out. Soon you’ll be on holiday, enjoying it straight from the shell!
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