When I think of coconuts, I immediately see images of palm trees swaying gently on a tropical beach and envision myself with my toes in the sand and my face towards the sun while I sip a cold, frothy drink. While the meat, juice and milk of a coconut is very nutritious, it is the oil that creates the magic. When purchasing coconut oil, be sure to buy only organic, virgin coconut oil. Other types of coconut oil may be hydrogenated and unhealthy. Read on to learn about the many beauty benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut Oil for Beauty
Coconut oil is a fabulous ingredient to use in homemade beauty products. It is chock full of beneficial anti-oxidants and other ingredients that absorb easily into the skin. It can also help reduce free radicals that age and wrinkle the skin. Coconut oil has natural UV protection properties to help protect your skin and hair from sun damage. Here are some ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine:
- Apply coconut oil to a damp cotton ball and to gently remove make-up.
- Coconut oil is a great hair/scalp conditioner – simply massage coconut oil into your scalp and comb a small amount through your hair and let sit for several minutes prior to washing. For deep conditioning, leave coconut oil in your hair overnight.
- To moisturize, apply coconut oil directly to the skin paying close attention to elbows, heels and knees. Coconut oil is also great to help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and athletes foot.
- Coconut oil makes a delightful massage oil. You can combine it with a tiny amount of your favorite essential oil to enhance your massage experience.
- Coconut oil is the perfect lip balm. You can use it straight from the jar or mix it with pure extracts to provide a bit of sweetness.
- Slather yourself with coconut oil after sun exposure to reduce the amount of damage done by free radicals.
These are just some of the dozens of uses for coconut oil. When you use it, you will discover why people throughout the Asian and Pacific regions of the world have celebrated the coconut for centuries.