These days, coconut oil seems to be everywhere you look - online, in magazines, on T.V. Once only found in specialty health stores, can now be seen super sized at stores like Costco.
So what’s up with all this hype? Is it all it’s “cracked” up to be? Touted by some to reverse Alzheimer’s disease, prevent diabetes and even kill lice. Well, as for the skin care benefits, it looks really promising. And although coconut oil has become all the rage the past few years, the uses and benefits have been widely known by ancient cultures in the pacific, where coconuts originated.
What makes it so special?
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids: Capric, Caprylic and Lauric acid. These MCFTs are not easily oxidized and don’t cause free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils do and help the skin retain moisture. These three fatty acids along with numerous others contained in coconut oil, such as, linolenic and plamitic acids are also known to be anti-fungal and antibacterial.
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of coconut oil can be very helpful when dealing with conditions such as, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It can first help treat the infection by battling microbial bodies and then help heal the damage or visible marks of the skin disorder.
But wait, that’s not all. It also contains Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin growth, skin repair and the prevention of premature aging/wrinkling of the skin.
So, if you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? We’re officially dubbing it “Rad” (not a fad) and here are some tips and tricks for adding coconut oil to your beauty regimen:
- Eye makeup remover: Put a little bit on a cotton ball and gently sweep over eyes and then wash face as usual.
- Moisturizer for face and body: First, apply to a small area to be sure you’re not allergic
- Helps psoriasis, eczema and acne: apply to affected areas as you would a moisturizer. Again, you may want to first apply to a small area to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
- Tame fly aways-rub small amount into ends of hair
- Lip balm
- Body scrub: Add 1 cup of brown sugar or salt to ½ cup of coconut oil and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil and there you have it.
- Deep conditioner for hair: Rub about a tablespoon of coconut oil into your hair, comb through and leave in for a couple of hours or even over night. Then, shampoo as usual.
However you decide to try coconut oil, make sure you use a high quality, unrefined pure virgin coconut oil. And if you thought coconut oil was just a fad, we hope now you’ll at least give it chance and maybe you’ll find it’s a “rad” way to naturally give your skin a healthy glow.