With specific products marketed toward specific problems, it is no wonder why the average woman spends approximately $15,000 on beauty products in her lifetime. One day might bring dry skin, while another day brings acne problems. If there is one single product that you may want to consider as an all-purpose, cost cutting beauty weapon; it might just be the wonderful coconut oil.
Coconut oil’s high level of lauric acid contributes to its antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and soothing benefits. These benefits help it act as a moisturizer for the skin and the hair, as well as providing an abundance of health benefits. The oil can be applied topically or consumed. Experts believe that using coconut oil in recipes can help prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. It may also lead to weight loss and increased bone strength.
For consumption, using coconut oil as all-purpose cooking oil is a great choice due to its higher smoke point. This means that it can tolerate high temperatures. Although it is a saturated fat, it is free of trans-fatty acids and cholesterol. In fact, it can help lower a person’s cholesterol since it stimulates the function of the thyroid. When purchasing coconut oil, buy the extra virgin variety. Make sure it has not been bleached, hydrogenated, deodorized, or refined. Store it at room temperature.
Topically, the benefits of applying coconut oil are enormous; especially in regards to hair care. Its high protein content helps nourish damaged hair as well as stimulate new hair growth when rubbed into the scalp. Massaging the scalp with coconut oil can also ward off dandruff and lice. To use coconut oil as a hair care product, simply pour a dime-sized amount in the palm of your hand and apply either to the scalp or the strands; especially the dry ends. A little goes a long way. Too much can make hair appear oily.
Just as it moisturizes the hair, coconut oil is also a fantastic moisturizer for the skin. Besides healing flaky, dry skin, it also improves its elasticity, delaying the sagging and wrinkles that occur with increased age. Its antioxidant properties help ward off cancer and premature aging as well. Various skin problems can also be treated with coconut oil, including eczema and psoriasis. To use coconut oil on the face, simply apply a few drops to your palm and rub into your skin. It may seem greasy at first, but it absorbs quickly. You can also slather head to toe with this fragrant oil for super smooth skin.
Use coconut oil for the following beauty tricks:
- Apply over makeup as a light-reflecting cheekbone highlighter.
- Rub on legs instead of using shaving cream.
- Apply to a cotton ball and sweep across the eyelids to remove eye makeup.
- Rub a very small amount into your hands and run through styled hair to prevent fly-aways.
The uses for this miracle oil are endless. Try experimenting with a jar to see how it can work for you – you may be pleasantly surprised!