Skin and Hair Care
Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.
Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.
Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin.
Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
This all natural, edible oil is inarguably the best moisturizer out there, and the only one you’d ever need. Coconut oil may be solid at room temperature if your room temperature happens to be below 75F, but it typically remains a liquid in the tropical regions where coconut trees grow. Solidified coconut oil has a texture similar to plain petroleum jelly, but it does not feel sticky or greasy on your skin because our body temperature is normally above 97F.
Coconut oil melts on the skin as soon as you apply it, without leaving any kind of residues. It easily seeps into the skin pores, moisturizing deeply and thoroughly.
How to use it: If you have dry skin, apply coconut oil to your face after washing and drying it lightly with a towel. You need only a small amount since the oil spreads well. Take just ¼ teaspoon oil in the palm of one hand rub it with the other. Apply it on the face with both palms, gently massaging it in. Wait for 5-10 minutes for the oil to absorb into the skin, and wipe away any excess with a soft cotton towel. A thin layer is all you need to prevent moisture loss through evaporation from the skin surface.
If you have oily skin, you can still make use of the moisturizing effect of this oil. Overproduction of sebum is often the result of inadequate skin hydration; it is body’s own attempt to prevent further dehydration. However, extra sebum secretion can cause skin problems like comedy formation and acne, especially when dry, flaky skin easily forms keratin plugs over the follicles.
For oily skin, apply warm coconut oil liberally on the face and neck after washing with a mild soap. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water and dry with a soft towel. Repeat this for several days to condition your skin. You may experience an initial flare up of acne, but you can ignore it unless it is too severe. Your skin would eventually reduce sebum secretion.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair Growth:
here is a reason why coconut oil is considered miraculous. It has the ability to repair even the most damaged hair. Blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners, hair dye, and other styling products cause severe damage to our hair.
Hair becomes dry and brittle, which is why it is crucial to restoring the hair protein to a balanced content. Coconut oil contains all the essential hair nutrients that hair follicles need in order to be restored to their original state.
The fatty acids present in coconut oil protect the hair from breaking by working with the proteins naturally found in hair, therefore enabling it to grow. The Lauric acid, in particular, is brilliant at hair care.
coconut oil works as an anti-dandruff too. his itchy and usually unsightly condition is primarily caused by a dry scalp, which can be further problematic if your skin is sensitive to harsh chemicals found in hair products.
For damaged hair, Warm up some coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and hair, targeting trouble spots in particular. Dip a towel in warm water, squeeze out the excess water and then wrap it around your head while it is still warm. Alternatively, cover your hair with a shower cap.
After a couple of hours, gently wash out the oil with preferably an herbal shampoo. A shampoo with harsh chemicals is just going to hinder the restoration process