We’re Coco Loco Over Beauty’s Best Kept Secret
Beauty’s best kept secret is finally out Coconut Oil! and we are so here for it. For years, many thought its highly nutritional benefits were exclusive to the kitchen but how wrong were we? Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular outside of the kitchen and has several benefits such as skin care, hair care, weight loss, treating yeast infections, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases. The oil which has been used for generations in tropical countries, is now gaining popularity in the US and the UK. People are discovering the miracles this oil can create and we’re about to break down 5 of the best known and unusual uses and benefits below:
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease
- Coconut is an excellent skin moisturizer
When applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil can speed up wound healing. A human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.
2. Coconut Oil is the perfect deep cleanse
Coconut oil is a gentle, yet thorough cleanser. It softens the keratin caps and makes exfoliation much easier. The light, spreading texture of coconut oil enables it to seep into the hair follicles and dissolve the hardened sebum, bringing it up to the skin surface.
3. Coconut oil is a fabulous natural makeup remover
Ever get home from a night out and the thought of going to battle with your face to take your make up off makese you want to quit while you’re ahead? Coconut oil makes this hard task easy on you and your skin. It’s an excellent oil grease cutter; it is as good as, or even better than, commercial anti-grease products. The oil does a great job breaking down makeup, and leaves the skin hydrated.
4. Coconut oil can reduce facial wrinkles
Coconut oil can preserve the smoothness of the face by keeping it wrinkle-free. Collagen, a structural protein in the inner layers of skin, is what keeps the skin elastic and smooth. It may breakdown due to the effect of UV rays, pollution, smoking, and physical injuries. Replacement of collagen is necessary to counteract the effects of its breakdown. It has been found that coconut oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin. The triglycerides in the oil attract protein molecules, ensuring timely repair of the collagen layer.
5. Coconut oil can soothe chapped lips
Coconut oil can help relieve chapped and cracked lips. All you have to do is apply a single drop of oil on your lips with your finger tip. It is perfectly fine to lick off a little of this edible oil. Its antifungal action may even bring relief to painful oral thrush infections.
Coconut oil is safe on babies and for people with sensitive skin. Pure, unrefined, virgin coconut oil is one of the most natural products available today. Firstly, it is highly stable on account of being over 85% saturated oil, so it does not require any additives or preservatives. Secondly, coconuts are still a GMO free item (fingers crossed this doesn’t change)
The next time you are tempted to purchase expensive cleansers and moisturisers for your skin… remember the humble coconut and its healing oil. You skin will thank you.