What Can a Coconut Do For Hair and Skin?

coconut-oil-for-hairThere are numerous hair and skincare products on the market today that claim to work, but when you use these products, the end results are typically lackluster. These products do serve a purpose, and that purpose is taking your money (kidding). Forget about those commercial goods for just a minute. How would you feel if you could get amazing looking skin and hair just by using coconut oil?

Polynesian cultures, as well as other cultures around the world have been harnessing the power of this miracle oil for centuries. It’s hard to believe that a product that has been used to beautify women for ages is just now gaining momentum in mainstream cultures.

Why Coconut Oil Works Better Than Commercial Products

When you purchase products for your hair and skin, you often have to buy several different items to meet all of your needs. Coconut oil is an all-in-one product that can be used to nourish and moisturize both the hair and skin. Some people even cook with it and swear they reap the beautifying benefits from the inside out.

Beauty manufacturers don’t just produce products out of the blue. They spend years researching and combining ingredients to make their products. They know the benefits coconut oil has for skin and hair. This is why many of their products usually contain it. Unfortunately, mixing over processed coconut oil into chemical-laden ingredients is counterproductive.

Commercial face oils, lotions and hair products are filled with chemicals that can actually harm your skin more than help. For instance, when you look at the ingredient list on the back of popular skin cream containers, you’ll often see a chemical called paraben. This ingredient is used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of microbes.

Paraben can absorb in your skin and enter into your blood stream and digestive tract. Some studies show that various forms of this chemical have been found in breast cancer tumors. In addition, traces of paraben is found in most adult urine samples in the United States.

Commercial moisturizers also contain petroleum based ingredients. Although a lot of products contain petroleum, this substance does not moisturize because it is not absorbed by the skin. All it does is sit on top of your skin and smother it. Some studies even suggest that petroleum may contain cancer-causing contaminants.

In addition to contaminants, many commercial moisturizers contain water. While the water is not harmful, when water-based moisturizers are applied to the skin, they do not moisturize. Initially, it may feel like your skin is being moisturized, but once the water dries, your skin dries too.

The difference between coconut oil and commercial skin and hair care products are that coconut oil truly nourishes and helps give skin and hair the moisture it needs for optimum health.

How Does Coconut Oil Help the Skin?

Coconut oil makes the perfect moisturizer because it enables the skin to retain the necessary oils to prevent it from cracking and drying out. When you rub coconut oil in, it seems really oily at first, but it absorbs quickly and can be used all over the body.

Coconut oil is a good emollient as it is made up of mostly fat. When you apply it to the skin, it provides a softening effect. As the oil melts into your skin, it increases the skin surface lipid levels to improve softness and provide that extra glow.

The antioxidants in coconut oil smooths away wrinkles. Pollutants in the environment cause free radicals in your body that can destroy skin cells and cause premature aging. Coconut oil contains powerful antioxidants called p-coumaric and ferulic acids. When applied to the skin, it improves elasticity and diminishes wrinkles.

Coconut oil also works to treat acne. It seems counterproductive to put oil on acne, but this natural oil contains antimicrobial properties. These properties have been shown to kill the bacteria that cause acne to form. In addition, when rubbed over pimples, eczema, psoriasis and wounds, it stimulates the skin’s natural immunity which works to heal blemishes, rashes, etc.

It only takes a small dose of coconut oil to moisturize the skin, so a spoonful should moisturize your entire body. Ingredients in coconut oil are all natural, so there are rarely any adverse side effects.

How to Use Coconut Oil On Your Hair

Use coconut oil as a deep conditioner. Massage one or two tablespoons of oil on your hair and scalp. If your hair is short or thin, you might not need this much. However, if you have really long, thick hair, you may need to use a little more. Use more on areas where the hair is dry or damaged. If the oil is solid, heat it up just a little so that it turns to liquid. This makes it easier to spread over the hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, wrap a hot towel around your head, and let it sit for 30 minutes. You may also turn a hair dryer on a low heat setting and sit under it.

After you condition your hair with coconut oil, shampoo it thoroughly to remove the oil. Leaving large amounts of coconut oil on your hair can weigh it down and make it really greasy. All hair types are different, so experiment with the amount of oil you need to put on your hair to meet your needs.

Coconut oil also works well for untangling knotty hair. After you shampoo your hair, put a dime-sized amount of coconut oil on the ends and massage it in. This makes it easier to comb after washing.

If you have problems with dandruff, massage a little coconut oil on your scalp, wrap your head in a scarf and leave it on overnight. Shampoo your hair the next morning to remove the coconut oil.

If you simply want to hydrate and add shine to your hair, put a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub it into your hair.

The Best Type of Coconut Oil to Use

Opt for organic, extra virgin coconut oil, that has not been bleached, refined, hydrogenated or deodorized in any way. Extra virgin coconut oil has a really light scent. If you come across coconut oil with a strong smell, it has been processed.

How to Store Coconut Oil

Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated. When the temperature is cooler, it will remain solid. If the temperature in your home rises above 76 degrees, it will turn to liquid. The oil is okay to use in either form. When it is in its solid form, simply rub it between the palms of your hands. It will liquefy and be much easier to spread on your hair and skin.

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